Welcome March 2019!
It doesn't seem like it now, but March is the first month of spring and brings with it the promise of warmer, sunny days, as Earth turns its frostbitten cheek and emerges from winter and springs to the vernal equinox.
In come the March winds, They blow and blow, They sweep up the brown leaves That green ones may grow. –George Washington Wright Houghton, American poet (1850–91)
March 5: Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday”) or Shrove Tuesday. Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday” and is the final feasting day before the Christian season of Lent, which begins on the day after Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday.
March 8: International Women’s Day.
March 10: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. Don’t forget to “spring forward” and set your clocks ahead one hour!
March 15: The Ides of March. Legend surrounds this ill-fated day. Beware the Ides of March!
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick was patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with successfully bringing Christianity to Ireland.
March 20: The vernal equinox, also called the Spring Equinox, marking the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, occurs on Wednesday, March 20, at 5:58 P.M. EDT. On this day, the Sun rises due east and sets due west. In the Southern Hemisphere, this date marks the autumnal equinox. Read more about the First Day of Spring!
The Borrowing Days: According to lore, the last three days of March have a reputation for being stormy. Read about the Borrowing Days.
Easter Sunday: This year, Easter Sunday will occur on April 21, culminating the Holy Week for Christian churches and commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter is a “movable feast” and does not have a fixed date; however, it is always held on a Sunday. As a rule, Easter Sunday is always held on the first Sunday after the paschal full Moon, which is the full Moon after the spring equinox. This year, the equinox is March 20 and the full Moon is also on March 20. So, why isn’t Easter on Sunday March 24, 2019? As it turns out, to make things a little simpler for the Christian Church, the spring equinox was determined to always be March 21. (In reality, the equinox can happen on March 19, 20, or 21.) Since the first full Moon after March 21 doesn’t occur until April 19 this year, Easter will be celebrated on Sunday, April 21.
Have a great March 2019!