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March 2020 Calendar
And, now that you know a little bit about who we are and what we do, we’ll go ahead and introduce you to our March 2020 Calendar, available for download below. Furthermore, on this calendar you’ll find 31 days and three landmark dates labelled: St. Patrick’s Day, the first day of spring, and Daylight’s Savings Time. While St. Patrick’s Day is always on the 17th of every March, the other two holidays vary. The first day of spring can range anytime between March 19 and 21, depending on when the sun crosses the equator. In contrast, Daylight Savings Time (DST) is set to be the second Sunday of every March. Consequently, on the March 2020 calendar you’ll find DST on Sunday, March 8 when we skip our clocks forward one hour and begin to enjoy more hours of sunlight each day.
Moon Phases for March 2020
With every month comes a full moon! This is an astrological phenomenon many look forward to as this large whole moon in the night sky can be quite breathtaking. Therefore, if you’re an avid night sky stargazer, here’s the moon phases for March 2020 so you can stay in the moon phase loop:
- March 2 – First Quarter Moon
- March 9 – Full Moon
- March 16 – Last Quarter Moon
- March 24 – New Moon (as a result you can just see a very small glowing crescent or ring in the sky!)
The Month of March in the United States
Currently, in the United States and in all other countries that use the modern day twelve month calendar, March is the third month of the year. However, believe it or not, it was not always this way. Back in ancient Rome, March was the first month of a ten month year. This is because the winter months of January and February didn’t exist and the start of spring, or the first of March, was deemed the start of the year. This mostly had to do with war.
So, you’re probably asking, “What do war and spring have in common?” First of all, in ancient Rome, war was very popular, but it ceased in the winter months. Therefore, in spring, when the weather was warmer, war was allowed to resume. This also explains where the month of March got its name. After Mars, the Roman God of War, of course!
St. Patrick’s Day in the United States
St. Patrick’s Day stems from Irish culture and is celebrated every March 17 in the United States. On the March 2020 Calendar, you’ll find that St. Patrick’s day will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 17. The name of the holiday comes from the most noteworthy Patron Saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick.
Due to the four leaf clover and prominence of the color green in Irish culture, including on their country’s flag, green is an extremely popular color on St. Patrick’s Day. You’ll find many Americans wearing green on this day. In some places it’s even a tradition to pinch people who are not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day! You also might find some other items green throughout the day as well, including: food, milk, makeup, water, headwear, and even street markings being painted over with green.
Furthermore, it’s especially popular on St. Patrick’s Day or on its closest weekend for local towns in America to hold parades where their fire departments, police departments, local businesses, and more dress up floats and play traditional Irish bagpipe music throughout the streets.
While St. Patrick’s Day is not a federal holiday and most businesses will remain open, if a parade is being held some normal business hours or streets may experience disruptions due to the large crowds and parade floats.
First Day of Spring in the United States
On the March calendar, available for free download and printing below, you’ll find that the first day of spring falls on Thursday, March 19. Believe it or not, the date of the first day of spring changes each year. This is because the start of spring is determined by the exact date that the sun crosses the equator, which happens to be March 19th of this year. While the first day of spring is typically a day or two later, 2020 is a leap year, therefore shifting the start of spring a bit earlier than in previous years.
Daylight Savings Time in the United States
When you download the March 2020 calendar below, you’ll see Daylight Savings Time falls on Sunday, March 8 this year. At 2 am on this Sunday, be sure to jump your clocks forward one hour. So as a result we can begin to enjoy longer hours of daylight. In order to recall exactly how Daylight Savings Time works, many use the phrases “spring forward” and also “fall back.” These are referring to the ideas that in the spring our clocks jump an hour ahead for Daylight Savings Time, and are set an hour backwards in the fall season.
While Daylight Savings Time was officially proposed as a bill in the United Kingdom in 1908, it was thought of prior to that for multiple reasons. Several people in history in differing parts of the world noticed the effects that the sun’s natural changes had on different facets of human life. While some noticed that more electricity was being burned as people weren’t fully functioning during normal daylight hours, others noticed that civilians seemed exhausted or still sleeping during morning daylight hours in the summer. And so, Daylight Savings Time was born. However, recently, there has been a movement to do away with Daylight Savings Time. So, who knows if we’ll even have it on our calendar next year! You might just have to come back and visit us again in 2021 to see that March Calendar for yourselves.