Category: March 20



    Every year on March 20th World Oral Health Day encourages people around the world to make a pledge to look after their oral health.

    According to the FDI World Dental Association, oral diseases affect nearly 4 billion people around the globe. Untreated tooth decay is the most prevalent oral health issue. Other common oral health issues around the world include gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth loss. About 30% of people between the ages of 65 and 74 have no natural teeth.

    When a person has poor oral health, it may affect their physical appearance. This contributes to anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. Poor oral health even contributes to problems in school, at work, and in relationships.
    Besides affecting physical appearance, poor oral hygiene leads to a variety of health issues including cardiovascular disease, dementia, chronic infections, diabetes, pregnancy complications, and kidney disease.

    The good news is, many of these oral health issues can be greatly reduced or eliminated with good oral hygiene. This includes brushing the teeth twice a day, daily flossing, and routine dental exams. Unfortunately, however, due to lack of dental supplies and access to dentists, people in underdeveloped countries struggle with maintaining good oral health.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldOralHealthDay

    Dental associations around the world, along with dentistry students, dentists, and other health professionals hold free dental screenings, free oral cancer screenings, and oral health seminars. Some dentists provide free or low-cost basic dental services. Other dentists hold toothbrush drives. During the toothbrush drive, dentists collect new toothbrushes and other dental supplies and disperse them to local charities.

    The best thing you can do to participate is to make a pledge to look after your oral health. Here are some other ways to participate:

    • Organize a toothbrush drive in your community.
    • Schedule your routine dental exam.
    • Learn how your oral health impacts your overall health.
    • Thank your dental team for helping you maintain good oral health.

    Don’t forget to spread awareness for this day on social media with #WorldOralHealthDay or #WOHD


    The FDI World Dental Federation launched World Oral Health Day in 2007. The day was originally celebrated on September 12th, which is the birthdate of FDI founder, Dr. Charles Godon. In 2013, to avoid conflict with the FDI World Dental Congress in September, the date was changed to March 20th. The date reflects the importance of the number 20 when it comes to oral health. Seniors should have 20 natural teeth at the end of their life to be considered healthy. Also, children should possess 20 baby teeth.

    Recent themes for World Oral Health Day include:

    2020: Unite for Mouth Health
    2019: Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health
    2018: Say Ahh: Think Mouth Think Health
    2017: Live Mouth Smart
    2016: Healthy mouth. Healthy body.
    2015: Smile for Life!



    Every year on March 20th, World Storytelling Day celebrates the art of oral storytelling. It’s also a day for people around the globe to listen and tell stories in as many languages as possible.

    Many of us go throughout the day engaging in oral storytelling without even realizing it. Have you ever made up a bedtime story for your children? Have you ever told a friend about your most embarrassing moment? What about recounting a childhood memory with a sibling? These are all examples of oral storytelling.

    Oral storytelling is about illuminating experiences for an audience. This audience could be anyone, including your kids or spouse. Professional storytellers also tell stories to whole groups of people. When telling a story, most people use gestures, facial expressions, and different tones of voice.

    There are many good things about oral storytelling. Besides creating a bonding environment, oral storytelling provides rich opportunities to reminisce and helps to connect our past to our present. Oral storytelling also fosters creativity and encourages visualization.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldStorytellingDay

    Many schools, libraries, and other organizations hold storytelling events on this day. The best way for you to observe this day is to simply tell someone a story. If you know stories in other languages, tell those as well. You could also look for videos online of your favorite story told in a different language. Another way to participate is to sit with family or friends in a circle and take turn telling stories. The stories could be real or made up. Whatever you do, be sure to share this day on social media with #WorldStorytellingDay


    World Storytelling Day started out as a national day for storytelling in Sweden around 1991. The day was called “Alla berättares dag,” which translates to All Storytellers Day. In 1997, storytellers in Australia coordinated a five-week long celebration of story. The day became known as the International Day of Oral Narrators. Around this time, Mexico and other Latin American countries were celebrating their own National Day of Storytellers. In 2002, Scandinavians created their own storytelling web-network called Ratatosk. The new network helped the national day for storytelling spread from Sweden to Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Estonia. In 2003, the idea continued to spread to other countries including Canada. The event became known as World Storytelling Day. Today, storytelling events occur on every continent except Antarctica.

    Recent themes include:

    2020: Voyages
    2019: Myths, Legends, and Epics
    2018: Wise Fools
    2017: Transformation
    2016: Strong Women

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  • WORLD FLOUR DAY – March 20


    On March 20th, World Flour Day recognizes the importance of flour in our daily diets and our health. In every part of the world, products made from flour provide daily sustenance for billions of people.

    Flour is the main ingredient in delicious foods like pasta, cakes, pastries, bread, and biscuits. For thousands of years, humans have consumed grains ground into flour. Ancient humans gathered the oat kernels growing wild around them. Using a stone tool much like a pestle, they crushed the kernels into a coarse flour.

    Today, we continue to enjoy many varieties of domesticated grains. In the Northern Hemisphere, many farms prepare to plant these grain crops around March 20th. The earth is warming and ready to grow. In the Southern Hemisphere, autumn has arrived. The grains have ripened, and harvest is beginning.

    The day honors the farmers and millers, shippers and truckers, processors and bakers who bring the white gold to our tables. It’s a day for gratitude, and one of hope as the seeds are sown, and harvests are reaped.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldFlourDay

    • Invite a friend for a meal made with flour. A whole-grain sandwich or a sweet pastry sounds delicious.
    • Don an apron and bake up some cookies; deliver them to your favorite farmer or co-worker.
    • Try a new recipe while you’re at it.
    • Learn about varieties of flour and try baking with one you’ve never used.
    • Practice making a rue. One of the key ingredients is flour, and it makes some of the most amazing sauces and soups.
    • What’s your favorite flour product? Tell us using #WorldFlourDay and share on social media.


    The Flour World Museum founded World Flour Day on March 20th in 2019 to celebrate the global significance of flour in our daily lives.

    In 2019, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed World Flour Day to be observed on March 20th, Annually.

    About the Flour World Museum

    The Flour World Museum in Wittenburg near Hamburg, Germany, has set itself the goal of creating a monument to flour in all its globe-spanning significance. After all, some 750 million tonnes of wheat flour are harvested each year and turned into a wide variety of foods.

    Flour FAQ

    Q. What grains are used to make flour?
    A. Almost any grain can be used to make flour. Mills also make flour from seeds, nuts, and beans.

    Q. Can I use all-purpose flour for any recipe that calls for flour?
    A. All-purpose flour is the most versatile flour you can use. However, specialty flours fit a specific purpose. For example, cake flour offers more light, airy textures for cakes.



    On March 20, French Language Day explores the influences of the language as a culture, how it marks history and celebrates achievements. Around the world, the human race communicates in numerous languages.

    Paris ne s’est pas fait en un jour! (French proverb translates to mean, “Paris was not made in a day!”)

    Spoken in more than 25 countries, French developed from Latin between the 5th and 8th centuries. It is one of the primary romance languages spoken today. French, along with English, is spoken on all five continents. While it’s one language, there are many dialects. Spread out on these five continents are 275 million speakers all fluently speaking a diverse and colorful language influenced by their culture. From France to Canada, South Africa, and Louisiana, French dialects are as nuanced as the cuisine is from culture to culture.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #FrenchLanguageDay

    Brush up on your French or challenge yourself to learn a new language! If you’re fluent in the language, compare your French to the French spoken in another country or even region. How do the words vary? Or perhaps, do the meanings and usage change?

    Some other ways to explore the French language include:

    • Discover words in your native tongue derived from a French word.
    • Watch a French-language film or listen to French music.
    • Cook from a French translated cookbook. Many of the words in French cooking, while translated, still remain very French. Look up the correct pronunciations, meanings and learn them.

    While you explore, share your discoveries using #FrenchLanguageDay to share on social media.


    In 2010, the United Nations named six language days in recognition of the six official languages of the U.N. and to bring attention to the history, culture, and achievements of each of the languages. The U.N. selected March 20 for French Language Day in honor of the 40th anniversary of the International Organization of La Francophonie.

    The six days recognized include French Language Day on March 20, Chinese Language Day on April 20, English Language Day on April 23, Russian Language Day on June 6, Spanish Language Day on October 12, and Arabic Language Day on December 18. The U.N. also celebrates International Mother Language Day on February 21 and International Translation Day on September 30.




    Every year on March 20th, the International Day of Happiness promotes the idea that part of humanity’s progress should include how to increase happiness and wellbeing.

    For far too long, progress in the world has been all about the economy. But more people are realizing that happiness is also an essential part of progress. Happiness is defined as the state of being happy. When someone is happy, they are delighted or glad. People might differ in what makes them happy. Some delight in a good cup of coffee. Others are glad when their dog greets them at the door.

    According to research, three things make people happy:

    1. The quality of their relationships.
    2. Having a job or hobby that they love and that challenges them.
    3. Helping others through volunteer work or random acts of kindness.

    Having basic needs met can also induce happiness. However, having extra money does not necessarily make people happier.
    When there are large numbers of happy people, it makes entire communities, and even entire countries, a happier place to live. Some of the happiest countries in the world include Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland. Apparently, living in colder climates is not an indicator of happiness! Switzerland, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia also ranked in the top 10 for the happiest countries. The United States ranked 19th.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalDayOfHappiness or #DayOfHappiness

    On this day, people all around the world are encouraged to create more happiness in the world around them. Think about what you can do to create more happiness. Maybe you can volunteer or help someone in need. Or maybe you need to focus on becoming a happier person. This might involve improving the quality of your relationships. It might also be about finding a more fulfilling job. Whatever you do on this day, be sure to spread the happiness on social media with #InternationalDayOfHappiness.


    In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognized happiness as a fundamental human goal. The resolution called for a more inclusive and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes happiness. In 2012, the first-ever UN Conference on Happiness took place. During this conference, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution stating International Happiness Day would be celebrated every year on March 20th. The first International Day of Happiness was observed in 2013.




    On March 20th, the days and nights balance, and National Proposal Day offers an equal opportunity for a marriage proposal. For many, this is the day they’ve been waiting patiently to arrive without success. Others will pop the question suddenly.  

    Observed on both the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes, this day of proposal making is an opportunity to let the loved one in your life know you are open to a marriage proposal. Where subtle hints have not worked, a more direct approach may be required.

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalProposalDay

    • If you’ve identified your one true love and are seeking a marriage proposal, pop the question! 
    • Drop some hints if you prefer to be the one asked. Try these:
      • Show your love pictures of your friend’s new engagement ring.
      • Pick up the latest bridal magazine and leave it lying around.
      • Visit your favorite bakery, and while there, ask what their most popular wedding cake flavors are.
      • Ask your love whether they want a big wedding or prefer to elope.
      • Drive by churches on a Saturday afternoon until you see a bridal party leaving and ask your love for their thoughts on the attire. 
      • Go jewelry shopping. 
      • Get caught singing Chapel of Love by The Dixie Cups.
      • When someone asks when you’re getting married, look to your love to answer the question. 
    • Use #NationalProposalDay to post on social media.


    John Michael O’Loughlin created Proposal Day. For more information, visit

    Proposal FAQ

    Q. Who’s responsible for making a marriage proposal?
    A. These days, either party can pop the question. If you’ve found the love of your life, why wait. Ask!

    Q. What is the longest marriage on record?
    A. According to Guinness World Records, the trophy for longest marriage goes to Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher of Bern, North Carolina. They were married on May 13, 1924, and the marriage lasted 86 years, 290 days. Herbert passed away on February 27, 2011. He lived to 104 years old. Zelmyra died two years later living to 105 years old.

  • SPRING BEGINS – Changes Annually

    Spring begins on the March or vernal equinox, which is when the amount of sunshine is approximately 12 hours long. The amount of sunlight will incrementally increase until the first day of Summer.

    The vernal equinox marks the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator. This is the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator, from south to north. The vernal equinox happens on March 19, 20, or 21 every year in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, this same event marks the beginning of fall.  Meteorologists mark the spring from March 1 through May 31st.

    In 2020, spring arrived a little earlier due to it being a leap year. On Leap Day, there’s a short math lesson regarding the Gregorian calendar. To keep our calendar following the seasons so that spring happens when flowers grow and winter arrives when snow falls, an additional day was figured into years divisible by the number four. This caused the 2020 spring to occur earlier than any living human being alive had ever seen. Before 2020, the earliest spring on record took place in 1896.

    For more information, visit

    HOW TO OBSERVE #SpringBegins

    • Get ready for longer days and increased sunshine.
    • Tune up the lawnmower. More sunshine means the grass will be growing.
    • Spend some time outside.
    • Plan your garden or start planting. 
    • Host a spring party with lots of bright, fresh foods.
    • Use #SpringBegins to post on social media.


    Human beings have been following the sun and creating a calendar based on seasons since the beginning of time.  

    Spring FAQ

    Q. When it’s spring in the Northern Hemisphere what season is happening in the Southern Hemisphere?
    A. When spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere, fall is beginning in the Southern Hemisphere.

    Q. What does vernal equinox mean?
    A. Vernal is Latin for spring, and equinox means equal night. During the vernal equinox, we experience equal amounts of daylight and night. Following the vernal equinox, the days become longer.

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    On March 20th, National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day brings many groups across the United States together to increase education and provide support in communities nationwide.

    Over 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV/AIDS. One in seven of them isn’t aware that they have it. Of the nearly 39,000 people diagnosed (CDC) with HIV in 2017, 1% were among the American Indian and Alaska Native populations. While those at the highest risk are gay and bisexual men who are sexually active, anyone not practicing safe sex is at risk. HIV is a virus that causes an infection, and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) is a condition that can develop when someone contracts HIV.

    The campaign provides educational information, support options, and more. Clinics, support groups, and others join this National Day campaign to learn more about prevention, testing, and bringing attention to this national health issue. While treatment options have improved over the decades, prevention and testing are still necessary. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NativeHIVAIDSAwarnessDay

    Organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Native Capacity Building Assistance Network promote the day. They issue press releases, displaying posters, and holding community events for the day. The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) also teams up with various organizations nationwide to commemorate the day. Attend the events. Learn more about prevention and testing. Join the conversations and your community in raising awareness.  

    Each year the communities of the American Indians, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiians:

    1. Encourage Native people to get educated, learn more about HIV/AIDS, and its impact on their community.
    2. Work together to promote testing options and HIV counseling in Native communities.
    3. Help eliminate the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.

    Use #NativeHIVAIDSAwarnessDay to post on social media.


    In October of 2006, the National Native CBA Network presented a resolution to the National Congress of American Indians for National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and it was approved. They held the first observance in 2007.

    For more information on National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day visit:


    Q. Where can I be tested for HIV?
    A. Several facilities offer HIV testing. Look for these facilities where you live:

    • Physician’s office
    • STD or sexual health clinics
    • Medical centers
    • Health department
    • Family planning clinics
    • Treatment programs

    You can also visit for listings.

    Q. Is there a cure for HIV/AIDS?
    A. No. Research continues and several treatment options are available for those diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.


    March 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History


    John P. Jewett and Company publishes Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly by Harriet Beecher Stowe.


    Former Whigs and Free-Soilers meet in Ripon, Wisconsin, and form the Republican Party with the primary goal to prevent slavery from extending into western territories.


    Albert Einstein publishes his Theory of General Relativity in the scientific journal Annalen der Physik.


    The United States Navy commissions its first aircraft carrier, the USS Langley.


    In a race riddled with storms, Libby Riddles claimed victory in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, becoming the first woman to win the famed endurance race.


    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the antiviral drug azidothymidine (AZT) for the treatment of AIDS patients.


    Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones completed the first non-stop circumnavigation of the Earth by balloon.

    March 20th Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

    Amanda Clement – 1888

    In 1905, the seventeen-year-old college student became the first woman to be paid to umpire professional baseball games. Having grown up playing the game with her brothers and his friends, Clement was well versed in the game. One reporter from her inaugural year wrote, “Altogether Miss Clement is declared to be the equal if not the superior of most of the league umpires.” – The Creston Statesman (Creston, Nebraska) October 6, 1905.

    Bases loaded. Bottom of the ninth, a tied game between Hudson and Hawarden.

    The batter stepped to the plate. Behind the pitcher, arbiter Amanda Clement leaned forward, prepared to make her call. Sweat dampened her black blouse, a blouse she ironed and folded the night before.

    The pitcher’s delivery rose to the challenge; the batter’s reply – a ricochet to the mound.

    Runners advanced. Men converged at home. Clement’s skirt kicked up dust as the lone woman sped toward the play, scanning the field. The ball shot to the catcher’s glove. Runner slides, dust flies.

    Catcher lays the tag.

    “He’s out!”

    At the Plate by Michele Schaaf

    Sister Rosetta Tharpe – 1915

    Considered the Godmother of Rock & Roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe’s spiritual gospel vocals against the background of her signature electric guitar inspired many Hall of Fame inductees.

    BF Skinner – 1904

    The American psychologist firmly believed in behaviorism developing his own philosophy called “radical behaviorism.” During his career, he would further develop theories regarding operant conditioning.

    Carl Reiner – 1928

    The award-winning comedic actor, director, and writer began making his mark on pop culture in the 1950s. From The Dick Van Dyke Show to The Jerk and the Ocean’s series, Reiner saw both popular and critical success. He often teamed up with Mel Brooks, creating iconic projects such as “The 2000 Year Old Man.”

    Fred Rogers – 1928

    On February 19, 1968, the Presbyterian minister launched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood on the National Education Network. The program introduced children to a world of puppets, creativity, and a safe environment to discuss concerns children have. Central to Mister Roger’s daily routine was his iconic sweaters, which he donned at the beginning of every episode.

    Bobby Orr – 1948

    Considered one of hockey’s greatest players, the defenseman for the Boston Bruins played nine seasons in the National Hockey League.

    Notable Mentions

    Vera Panova – 1905
    Bettye Washington Green – 1935
    Pat Riley – 1945
    William Hurt – 1950
    David Thewlis – 1963
    Kathy Ireland – 1963
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    March 20th celebrates a fun-filled and versatile pasta. National Ravioli Day is a food holiday for pasta lovers! So pick your favorite filling and sauce and cook up a meal everyone will love!

    Ravioli are a traditional Italian-filled pasta. Pasta makers fill two layers of thin egg pasta dough with various ingredients. Imagine a small meatball tucked, snug inside two cozy layers of delicious dough. That’s what ravioli is. Some of the fillings include, cheese, meat, vegetables and seasonings. They also usually serve the ravioli in either a broth or with a pasta sauce.

    While ravioli often serves as the main course, it can also be a side dish or appetizer. Many popular recipes bake or deep fry the ravioli. The dish also quickly becomes a dessert with chocolate added to the pasta or cream cheese stuffing and a caramel sauce!

    Ravioli can be homemade or purchased fresh or frozen in grocery stores. In the United States, Chef Boyardee popularized canned ravioli. This ravioli is filled with beef or processed cheese and served in a tomato, tomato-meat, or tomato-cheese sauce.  

    But what about toasted ravioli? Where does this delicious creation come from? Well, we turn to St. Louis, Missouri, for the answer. In the 1940s at Oldani’s, a cook accidentally dropped a ravioli into the fryer. And what a delicious accident this ravioli became! The crisp ravioli earned a place on the menu. Or so the story goes. If so, we think it is a tasty one. 

    HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRavioliDay


    National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this food holiday. We will bring you updates as we find them, pasta included.  

    Ravioli FAQ

    Q. What are large ravioli called?
    A. Large ravioli are called ravioloni.

    Q. What are small ravioli called?
    A. Small ravioli are called ravioletti.

    Q. Are ravioli always square?
    A. No, but most cookies prepare them that way. Ravioli can also be round.