March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. It used to be the first month of the year because it’s when spring starts so it’s a time of new life and new beginnings. January and February were added to the calendar about 2700 years ago, making March the third month.
The winter is finally over and spring begins. Around the 21st, the night and day are the same length. This is called the Spring Equinox. The weather gets warmer and things start growing again in the garden after the cold winter months. At the end of the month, we put the clocks forward one hour. This means we potentially lose an hour of sleep but then we have more light in the evenings.
Easter Sunday is on a different day each year. It’s on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. It is sometimes in March and sometimes in April so I won’t say any more about it here but I’ll write a separate post. In the UK, Mother’s Day falls three weeks before Easter Sunday, so it is almost always in March. This is a day to celebrate mothers and motherhood. We give cards, flowers or other gifts to our mums and maybe to grandmas as well. It used to be called Mothering Sunday but it is more commonly known as Mother’s Day nowadays, probably because of influence from America.
Another special day for some people is Saint Patrick’s Day. This is a national holiday in Ireland and Northern Ireland but not in England. However, in recent years, it seems to be growing in popularity in England too. Some cities with a large Irish community might have parades or celebrations with Irish music and dancing. In other places, some people might just use it as an excuse to go to the pub and drink Guinness, a type of beer made in Ireland. It’s a busy night for Irish-themed pubs, which can be found across the UK.
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