About the Month of March
March is the 3rd month of the year and has 31 days.
Season (Northern Hemisphere): Spring
Symbols of March
- Birthstone: aquamarine and bloodstone
- Flower: daffodil
- Zodiac signs: Pisces and Aries
The name March comes from the Roman god of war, Mars. For many years, March, being the start of spring, was also the start of the New Year. Much of Europe used March as the start of the year. Britain used March 25th as the beginning of the New Year until 1752.
March in Other Languages
- Chinese (Mandarin) – sanyuè
- Danish – marts
- French – mars
- Italian – marzo
- Latin – Martius
- Spanish – marzo
- Roman: Martius
- Saxon: Hrethmonath
- Germanic: Lenz-mond (Springtime month)
Fun Facts about March
- It is the first month of Spring which begins between March 19-21.
- In the Southern Hemisphere, March is the same as September in the Northern Hemisphere.
- Each year March and June end on the same day of the week.
- It is the time of year when animals start to wake up from hibernation.
- March Madness is a basketball tournament played by the NCAA.
- Easter is sometimes celebrated in March.
Below are some fun facts about March:
- The birthstone for March is the aquamarine.
- The zodiac signs for March are Aries (March 21 – April 19) and Pisces (February 19 – March 20)
- The birth flower for March is daffodil.
- American Red Cross Month
- Fire Prevention Month
- Women’s History Month
- National Reading Day
- Saint David’s Day
- World Math’s Day – the first Wednesday in March
- March 1 is the date the Nebraskans celebrate the admission of their state to the union.
- March 2nd is celebrated by Texas as the anniversary of its independence from Mexico.
- On March 4, 1681, William Penn was granted Pennsylvania’s royal charter.
- March 25th is celebrated by people in Maryland to commemorate the arrival of the first Maryland colonists in 1634.
- Purim, a Jewish festival usually occurs in March. It is held on the day corresponding to the 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar.
- March 8 – International Women’s Day
- March 14 – Pi Day
- March 19 – Saint Joseph’s Day
- March 22 – World Water Day
- March 23 – Pakistan Day
- March 26 – Bangladeshi Independence Day
Famous people born in the month of March include Albert Einstein, Vincent Van Gogh, Daniel Craig, Justin Bieber, and Bruce Willis.
March Health Awareness
- Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
- National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month
- National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
- National Endometriosis Awareness Month
- National Kidney Month
- National Nutrition Month
- National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month
- Save Your Vision Month
- Trisomy Awareness Month
- World Kidney Day (March 14)
- World Sleep Day (March 15)
- National School Breakfast Week (March 4–8)
- National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10)
- Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 10–16)
- National Sleep Awareness Week (March 3–10)
- Brain Awareness Week (March 11–17)
- National Poison Prevention Week (March 17–23)
- National Native American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20)
- World Tuberculosis Day (March 24)
- American Diabetes Alert Day (March 26)
- Purple Day for epilepsy awareness (March 26)