Not Quite Spring|: OK, we agreed last time we wrote that we’re only sort of in Spring. It is if you say that Spring comprises March, April and May, but not if you wait for what is called the Vernal Equinox, the 20th or 21st March, when the sun starts to go above the Equator. That we’re still waiting for, but as far as length of day is concerned we are indeed moving towards the point when day and night will soon be equal length. Already we have a sense of the days being longer, not so dark in mornings and evenings. It is all happening.
Now March is notable for the fact that within it is St. Patrick’s Day. Now as I’m not Irish and I’m not sure if there is much of an Irish population in Rochford and Ashingdon, I’m going to pass it by. Sorry
Now the Internet is truly an incredible source of information but it wasn’t very good on the subject of ‘March Madness’. It may be something to do with Mad March Hares but for us it’s because of a site we’ve come across. We don’t know whether it is wonderful or nutty: it’s called www.associatedcontent.com which appears to come from Yahoo. On this site I found myself browsing a page entitled “Weird Holidays for the Month of March.”
Now I can only go on face value – and this is one of the difficulties of the Internet, but I assume with the Yahoo tag this is not a spoof site, but I have to say it had me wondering, for the lass who writes there maintains she has a different ‘special day’ for every day of March, I think it is. For starters:
March 1st is National Pig Day, and Peanut Butter Lover's Day.
March 2nd is Old Stuff Day.
March 3rd we are scheduled to celebrate Peach Blossom Day, National Anthem Day, and I Want You To Be Happy Day!
On March 4th we are to celebrate Holy Experiment Day.
On March 5th we can all be someone else, because it is Multiple Personality Day!
On March 6th we are to chill out and celebrate Frozen Foods Day!
March 7th is a time for pigging out with National Crown Roast of Pork Day.
Forgive me, I’m going to stop there; if you want to work your way through the whole month, I’ve given you the site link above. Now OK, this is clearly an American site but what it has left me wondering is
Who designates all these days?
Are there at least 365 designations for the year?
Who pays any attention to most of them anyway?
If this was purely for March it would merely confirm my theory that March is such a boring month we need to zest it up a bit by having all these different ‘days’.
Once upon a time Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday were sufficient designations. No longer!
I always liked the Scaffold’s song which built up to the last verse:
Today's Sunday, today's Sunday, Sunday is church...
Friday is fish
Thursday is shepherd's pie
Wednesday is roast beef
Tuesday is soup
Monday is washing day
Is everybody happy? You bet your life we are!
I’m sure many of us could put new words to that verse to fit our regular lives.