Below you can find a holiday calendar for March 2022. These holidays include religious holidays, national holidays and/or historical holidays, and holidays that are just for fun! Please feel free to leave a comment with suggestions for any holidays not included on this calendar.
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March 1: Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras translates to “Fat Tuesday” in French. This is a Christian and cultural holiday that celebrates that last day of feasting before the fasting season of Lent. Though this originated in Europe, it is celebrated widely across the United States today. People celebrate by having parades and parties. Here are some ideas for celebrating Mardi Gras with your kiddos:
- Whip up a big feast! It doesn’t have to actually be unhealthy or “fatty” foods. Try cooking a large meal together as a family!
- Decorate masks! Whether you start with cardboard cutting or a craft-store mask, decorate it and make it your own with feathers, crazy colors, glitter, and more!
- Throw your own parade! Whether you decide to flaunt your fun masks all around the neighborhood or just around the house, turn on jazz music and dance around parade style!
For even more kid-friendly Mardi Gras celebration ideas, check out this blog!
March 3: Hinamatsuri
This Japanese festival is known as “Girl’s Day” or “Doll’s Day.” Young daughters are celebrated on this day as families pray for their health and good fortune. This religious holiday is meant to celebrate and honor young girls. Dolls were a big part of these festivals, too. People would make straw or paper dolls, put them on a raft, and push them down the river. They believed that these dolls would carry away evil spirits. You can celebrate this holiday even if you aren’t in Japan! Spend the day making dolls out of any household items, and share a picture with us of what you have created!
For more information about this holiday and how it is celebrated, check out this blog!
March 5: Learn What Your Name Means Day
Do you know what your name means? Do you know why it was chosen for you? Do you share a name with anyone in your family? These are all great questions to ask on this special, fun holiday. We have created a fun printable for your learners to use to discover more about the meaning of their name. Help them research their name’s origin!
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March 17: St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration honoring the patron saint of Ireland, and this feast day commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Some observe this holiday in Ireland by attending mass or a religious service.
There are tons of kid-friendly ways to celebrate this holiday, many of which can be found on this awesome blog!
March 17: Absolutely Incredible Kid Day
This day honors all of our young learners across the nation! If you are the caregiver to a child, use this day as an opportunity to write a note to that child about how special and amazing they are—and what makes them so! Maybe even ask other adults that know the child to write a short letter doing the same. Children are the future, and we need to lift them up! This is a great chance to do just that!
Check out this article for more information about this national holiday!
March 20: World Story-telling Day
Today is such a fun holiday! It’s pretty self-explanatory, and of course celebrating with your learners should involve telling stories! This year’s theme is “Lost and Found.”
- Ask your learners to make up a story with this theme! Either record what they say, or have them try to write it down!
- If you are with several kiddos in a school or at home, ask them to create a story together! This can be a great collaborative activity.
- Have your learners create an entire book! They can write their own story and illustrate the pages as well! This can easily be done with folded paper and coloring supplies you already have at home!
March 21: Nowruz
This is the Iranian, or Persian, New Year! This holiday begins on the spring equinox because it marks the first day of Farvardin—this is the first month of the Iranian solar calendar. Spending time with family is a major component of this holiday. In Turkey, people celebrated with music and dancing, and in Iraq people often carried torches and set off fireworks after sunset. This is no small holiday—for those who celebrate, it’s a very special celebration.
Read all about it with this link!