Every year, March is filled an array of cultural activities . Across the world, people and cultures commemorate heroes and honor religious and cultural personas through national and international events.
So what exciting and lesser known events are taking place this March?
Many countries including Bulgaria, South Korea, and Morocco, celebrate their liberation or independence day in March. Bulgaria on the 3rd, South Korea on the 2nd, and Morocco on the 1st of March are commemorating days that forever changed their countries’ course in history.
March, the month of the French Culture and Language
March is dedicated to Francophonie, the French language as it is spoken around the world. The celebrations culminate March 20 through cultural initiatives and projects across the world in an effort to raise awareness of the French language and honor French culture.
Thousands of people out of more than 274 million French language speakers will celebrate International Francophonie Day.
Across the US, the United Kingdom, and other western and eastern countries, women’s organizations, charities, NGOs and other bodies will celebrate Women’s History Month as a way of highlighting the contribution, sacrifices and achievements of women. The month-long observance coincides with March 8, International Women’s Day, during which local and national events that celebrate women are at their peak.
St Patrick’s Day
This cultural and religious event takes place on the 17th of March every year and celebrates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. St Patrick’s Day is commonly perceived as a celebration of Irish heritage and cultural legacy more than a religious event these days, however.
Cultural events including parades and the customary wearing of green apparel are among the most distinctive practices people partake in when celebrating this special day. St Patrick’s Day is observed in the US, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom and other regions across the world where Irish people live.
Spring will be sprung on the 20th of March!
Europe officially marks the onset of Spring on the 20th of March every year. The Northern Hemisphere’s Vernal Equinox is considered the first day of spring, and many people spend the day engaged in ‘spring cleaning’ and other observations of renewal and rebirth as a way of passing from winter to summer through optimism-driven activities.
Iran and Belgium both celebrate trees and nature as a whole with two movable special days that happen to take place in March this year. On March 6, 2016 Iran celebrates its National Tree Planting Day and Belgium launches its National Festival of Trees on March 18, 2016.
Other Important Events Taking Place in March in 2016
Canada observes the Epilepsy Awareness Month during March while in the United States, organizations and NGOs supporting the American Dietetic Association celebrate National Nutrition Month through campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness on proper nutrition for children and adults. In the same vein, the National Association for Music Education runs several initiatives nationwide in schools and beyond.
Cultural Events Near You In March
March is a fascinating month with many international and national music stars embarking on world tours while big play productions are premiering. From Adele to Muse and shows like ‘Wicked’ in Paris, there are plenty of options for music lovers and drama aficionados.
So, if you’re traveling to a big city in Europe, Asia or the US, make sure to attend the best music and cultural events on display this March!