March is the third month of the year, one of 7 months with 31 days and of course the month of the spring equinox here in our northern hemisphere. The 13th of March falls on a Friday and that is also the start of the Daylight Savings Time.

March’s birthstones are aquamarine and bloodstone which symbolize courage.
Its birth flower is the daffodil and the zodiac signs are Pisces and Aries.

Mar 13, 2016 – Daylight Saving Time Starts -Also called Spring Forward, summer time, and Daylight Savings Time.

When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2:00:00 AM clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 3:00:00 AM local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 13, 2016 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.
The new moon will be on March 9 and the full moon on March 23, 2016:

March Observances:

  • Women’s History Month
  • National Nutrition Month
  • Irish-American Heritage Month
  • American Red Cross Month

This month we celebrate:

Daylight Saving Begins 13
Saint Patrick’s Day 17
St Joseph 19
Palm Sunday 20
Spring Begins 20
Holi (Hindu) 23
Purim (Start) 23
Holy Thursday 24
Good Friday 25
Easter 27

Here are some things to do this March:

1. Start getting your spring wardrobe up front and center! Bring back the colorful pieces to your life!

2. Whether or not you are Irish, anyone can enjoy St. Paddy’s day! Join in the festivities by going to a local parade:)

3. St. Paddy’s day is the perfect excuse for a bar crawl, not that you needed one.

4. Take the kids out for an Easter egg hunt!

Quogue Wildlife Refuge-Saturday, March 26th, Session I 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM; Session II 2:00 PM -2:45 PM

Connetquot River State Park Preserve– Eggtacular: (Family program)
Sunday, March 13, 2016 01:30 PM – 03:00 PM

Orient Beach State Park-Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 19, 2016 11:00 AM

Belmont Lake State Park-Spring Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 19, 2016 12:00 PM – 02:00 PM

5. Bake some goodies with the kids for Easter! Try our Easter bread recipe!

6. Give to charity in honor of Purim.

The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar (late winter/early spring). It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day.”
Purim observances:
a) Reading of the megillah (book of Esther), which recounts the story of the Purim miracle. b) Giving money gifts to the poor. c) Sending gifts of food to friends. d) A festive Purim feast.
It is also customary for children to dress up in disguising costumes.-chabad.org

7. Take the kids to Planting Fields Arboretum where you’ll delight at The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party & Storytelling, see a magic show, sign the kids up to enjoy a watercolor workshop, listen to live music, and more at the Camellia House Weekend.

8. Get festive and throw a St. Paddy’s potluck dinner, invite your friends and have them all bring a different dish for the celebration!

9. Celebrate Women’s History Month: The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts presents, A FAMILY OF WOMEN.

This is a month long celebration of the experiences that connect us as women and create a family that transcends all boundaries. Exhibition of works by three artists who explore the relationships and histories of their own family of women will be on display at the Long Island Writer’s House from March 6th through 12th.

10. Take up gardening.

With spring on the forefront, it’s a great time to take up gardening. You can start small but will relish in all its benefits and beauty. Find out why gardening is so good for your body, mind and soul here!

woman in garden

11. Enjoy the day at Hoftra’s Irish Festival.

Irish Festival Save The Date

12. Get pictures with the Easter Bunny! You can find the Easter Bunny at garden centers, malls, and Easter brunch!

13. In honor of Red Cross Month, give blood. Find out more HERE.

14. In celebration of Holi, compete in the Holi Talent Competition in Hempstead:

Holi (pronunciation: /ˈhl/; Sanskrit: होली Holī) is a spring festival, also known as the festival of colours or the festival of sharing love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other regions of the world with significant populations of Hindus or people of Indian origin. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours.-wikipedia

15. Make Easter Palms

Traditionally, Easter palms are prepared on Ash Wednesday, from willow branches (with catkins).As palm trees are not indigenous to Poland, willow branches serve as symbolic substitutes for palm branches. An Easter palm may also sport some decorations, such as ribbons or dried flowers or other plants, with attributed beneficial effects.-Wikipedia

 

Sources: wikipedia, Midnight Kitewincalendar, giphy, chabad.org

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