31 Reasons to Celebrate in March

Special days and unconventional holidays to observe

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There's a lot to celebrate in March. From fun foodie holidays like National Something on a Stick Day to classics like St. Patrick's Day, you're sure to find something to enjoy.

Here are 31 reasons to celebrate during the month of March.

Fun Fact

March is named for the Roman god of war, Mars.

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    March 1: National Peanut Butter Lovers Day

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    Peanut butter is essential for classics like peanut butter and jelly. Whether you dig into a PB&J sandwich, homemade peanut butter cookies, or a Thai peanut sauce that you'll want to put on everything, there's no wrong way to enjoy peanut butter today.

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    March 2: National Banana Cream Pie Day

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    Banana cream pie is a classic. Whether you order a slice from an old-school diner or prefer to make your own, today is the day to enjoy this layered dessert.

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    March 3: What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day

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    There are a few quirky things many pet parents have pondered about their cats and dogs. And this includes what would happen if their pets had opposable thumbs. If you've never considered the question, today is the day to do it.

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    March 4: National Pound Cake Day

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    Pound cake is named because it is traditionally made with 1 pound of each of its four ingredients: flour, butter, eggs, and sugar. For National Pound Cake Day, pair it with some freshly brewed coffee for a deliciously decadent breakfast, or drizzle homemade glaze over the top for a sweet dessert. 

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    March 5: National Cheese Doodle Day

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    On this day, honor the snack responsible for many streaky orange stains on clothing, upholstery, and basically any surface that can grab onto its orange dust. Grab a handful of cheese doodles to celebrate the snack's special holiday. Just make sure you know some tips for removing stains in case you leave a few orange fingerprints behind.  

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    March 6: National Oreo Cookie Day

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    The first Oreo cookie was sold on March 6, 1912, to a grocer in Hoboken, New Jersey. Since then, these cookies have become one of America's favorite treats and have been turned into pies, blended into milkshakes, crushed over ice cream, and even deep-fried. Today's the perfect day to indulge in these sweet sandwich cookies.

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    March 7: National Cereal Day

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    While cereal ranges in how healthy it is for you, it's still always a quick and tasty meal option. In honor of National Cereal Day, pour yourself a bowl of your favorite cereal. You always can jazz it up with some cold milk or freshly cut fruit.

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    March 8: International Women's Day

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    Today (and every day), honor all of the smart, hardworking, kind, hilarious, compassionate women in your life. You might even consider making a donation to or volunteering for a charity that helps women.  

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    March 9: National Meatball Day

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    Celebrate National Meatball Day by indulging in a mountain of spaghetti topped with homemade meatballs. Want to get a little more creative with your cooking? Try grape jelly meatballs or sweet and sour meatballs.  

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    March 10: Pack Your Lunch Day

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    Save money by packing your lunch for work or your next outing. There are tons of creative and affordable ways to brown bag delicious meals. Use Pack Your Lunch Day as an excuse to kick off a new habit of making your own packable meals.

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    March 11: Johnny Appleseed Day

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    Where would we be without Johnny Appleseed, who brought apple trees to many parts of the country? We might not have as many opportunities to go apple picking or indulge in delicious apple pies and drink apple cocktails. Today's the day to make your favorite apple-centric recipe or just snack on the fruit plain.

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    March 12: National Plant a Flower Day

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    Even if you don't have much garden space, you can still celebrate National Plant a Flower Day. Try adding some blooms to planters in your backyard, window boxes, or hanging baskets to give your home a pop of color.

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    March 13: Earmuff Day

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    Today's the day to celebrate these toasty accessories. Earmuffs keep your ears warm without giving you hat head. So don't miss your chance to wear them now; spring is on its way.

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    March 14: Pi Day

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    Can you list the digits of pi: 3.141592653 ... ? Whether you see who among your friends or family can memorize the most pi digits, solve a few math problems, or indulge in some pie, there's no wrong way to celebrate Pi Day.

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    March 15: Ides of March

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    The Ides of March is most remembered as the anniversary of the day Julius Caesar was assassinated. Mark the day with a Roman-themed meal, a reenactment of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," or maybe even a toga party.

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    March 16: National Artichoke Hearts Day

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    If you're not sure how to eat artichoke hearts, start with spinach and artichoke dip or add them to grilled cheese. Steam fresh ones for an easy side dish, or use jarred ones in dips and other delicacies. If you've never cooked with artichoke hearts before, National Artichoke Hearts Day is the perfect excuse to start.

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    March 17: St. Patrick's Day

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    Regardless of whether you're of Irish descent and truly celebrating the history of St. Patrick, enjoy a green beer for St. Patrick's Day. Also, dig into some corned beef and cabbage, drink an Irish beer, play some Irish-themed games, and hit the local St. Patrick's Day parade if you have one.

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    March 18: National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

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    Lacy oatmeal cookies are the thin, crisp alternative to fat, raisin-packed oatmeal cookies. They're amazing dipped in coffee or chocolate or jammed into the side of a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Learn how to make these treats for National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day.

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    March 19: National Poultry Day

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    For National Poultry Day, honor the meat that makes favorite dishes possible, including chicken wings, chicken fingers, chicken Marsala, and chicken salad. Try a new poultry recipe, or stick to one of the classics for a meal today.

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    March 20: National Ravioli Day

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    Ravioli are tiny little purses stuffed with cheese, vegetables, or meat. For National Ravioli Day, make your own ravioli (it's easier than you might think), or try whipping up a new-to-you ravioli recipe, such as pumpkin-stuffed ravioli or ravioli lasagna.  

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    March 21: National Flower Day

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    Nothing can cheer a person up like a bunch of beautiful flowers. Today, stop and smell the roses, pick a few daisies, or just treat yourself to a bouquet of freshly cut stems

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    March 22: World Water Day

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    World Water Day is celebrated each year to highlight the importance of universal access to clean water and sanitation. Consider donating to a charity that supports access to clean water or another favorite humanitarian charity.

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    March 23: National Chip and Dip Day

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    Chips and dip are always a crowd-pleasing snack. So for National Chip and Dip Day, grab your favorite chips (or try making your own), and whip up some guacamole, salsa, spinach and artichoke, or even spicy buffalo chicken dip in celebration. 

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    March 24: National Cocktail Day

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    It's time to raise a glass for National Cocktail Day. This is the perfect day to have a happy hour with friends. Learn how to make a classic cocktail recipe, or try something a little more bold and adventurous.

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    March 25: International Waffle Day

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    Waffles can be incorporated into every meal. Drench them in butter and syrup for breakfast, top them with tomato sauce and mozzarella for lunch, use them instead of a bun for a burger at dinner, and make an ice cream sandwich for dessert. For International Waffle Day, enjoy your favorite waffle recipe, or try something new.

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    March 26: National Spinach Day

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    If you need an excuse to eat more greens, a national holiday is a pretty good reason. To celebrate National Spinach Day, you can make a spinach salad with bacon, stuff spinach into chicken thighs with feta, or make some spinach and artichoke dip.

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    March 27: National Spanish Paella Day

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    Spanish paella includes perfectly cooked rice with seafood, beans, roasted tomatoes, and olive oil. If you've never made this recipe before, today's the day to learn. Or pick some up from your favorite Spanish restaurant.

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    March 28: National Something on a Stick Day

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    Everything tastes better on a stick, from corn dogs to cake pops. The possibilities are endless for National Something on a Stick Day. So treat yourself to one of these fun handheld foods.

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    March 29: National Lemon Chiffon Cake Day

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    The namesake of this March holiday is a light, airy cake that is made with oil, not butter, so it won't harden when refrigerated. Try your baking skills at making your own lemon chiffon cake today. Top it with homemade frosting and lemon zest for a tangy, delicious dessert. 

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    March 30: Take a Walk in the Park Day

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    Walking has been linked to reduced stress and improved brain function. And some studies say spending time outdoors can also brighten your mood and boost your productivity. So what are you waiting for? Enjoy a stroll for Take a Walk in the Park Day.

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    March 31: National Tater Day

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    Spuds are nothing short of a treasure when it comes to cooking on National Tater Day and every day. Shred some potatoes to make your own hash browns or tater tots. Slice them to make creamy potatoes au gratin. Cube and roast them with your other favorite root veggies. Or mash them into delicious, creamy mashed potatoes.