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MARCH 16, 2019 | NATIONAL PANDA DAY | NATIONAL EVERYTHING YOU DO IS RIGHT DAY | NATIONAL QUILTING DAY | NATIONAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DAY | NATIONAL ARTICHOKE HEARTS DAY

NATIONAL PANDA DAY

On March 16, conservationists and animal lovers alike spread the word about one of the world’s most endangered and adored animals.  National Panda Day brings together the efforts of an international community dedicated to protecting and restoring habitat.

Native to China, giant pandas are members of the Bear (Ursidae) family. Their rapidly shrinking habitat is a major cause for concern.  As an endangered species, successful panda breeding programs are rare. In the wild, there are approximately only 1,864 (according to the World Wide Fund for Nature) and 100 living in zoos around the world.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Share your love for pandas! Use #NationalPandaDay on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the source of National Panda Day.

NATIONAL EVERYTHING YOU DO IS RIGHT DAY – March 16
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NATIONAL EVERYTHING YOU DO IS RIGHT DAY

March 15th may have been a difficult day as it was National Everything You Think is Wrong Day, but March 16th is just the opposite as it is National Everything You Do is Right Day.  You get to feel good about everything that you do.

HOW TO OBSERVE

When you are right, you’re right.  There is no wrong way about it.  Take the good with the bad and a have a right kind of day.   Use #EverythingYouDoIsRightDay to post on social media.

Have a Safe, Legal and Fun Everything You Do Is Right Day.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Everything You Do is Right Day.

NATIONAL QUILTING DAY – Third Saturday in March
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NATIONAL QUILTING DAY

National Quilting Day is observed annually on the third Saturday in March.  It is a day that is celebrated around the country with special quilting shows, classes, open museums and much more.  This is a day to appreciate and to recognize quilt makers, along with all of their long labor, love and skill that goes into the making of each quilt.

A quilt is a layer of batting or stuffing between two layers of pieced together fabric. Early American quilts were the result of patched together pieces of worn out blankets and clothing.  Since they had to weave their own fabrics, there was little time for creative piecing together of colorful, artful patterns.  These items were purely functional.

By the mid 18th century Americans were making elaborate quilts designed to be handed down from mother to daughter, often pieced together from salvaged pieces of clothing and other bedding.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Buy a homemade quilt or make one yourself. Use #NationalQuiltingDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

At the 22nd annual show of the National Quilting Association in Lincoln, Nebraska in June of 1991, a resolution was passed and National Quilting Day was started. 

NATIONAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DAY – March 16
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NATIONAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DAY

March 16th recognizes National Freedom of Information Day.  This day is an annual event held during Sunshine Week. National Freedom of Information Day celebrates the birthday of President James Madison.  

Madison is known as the “Father of the Constitution” and as the foremost advocate for openness in government.  He is also hailed as being instrumental in the drafting of the United States Constitution and as the key champion and author of the United States Bill of Rights.  Individual rights and freedom of information were of high importance to Madison.

  • Born James Madison, Jr on March 16, 1751, in Port Conway, Virginia.  Madison died on June 28, 1836, on his Montpelier Estate.
  • James Madison was the 4th President of the United States of America (1809-1817).
  • The Freedom of Information Act was passed into law in 1966.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #FreedomOfInformationDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

This day is recognized and documented in U.S. Government websites.  The creator of National Freedom of Information Day is Jim Bohannon, a nationally syndicated radio talk show host on Westwood 1 stations.  

NATIONAL ARTICHOKE HEARTS DAY – March 16
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NATIONAL ARTICHOKE HEARTS DAY

March 16th is National Artichoke Hearts Day.  According to the California Artichoke Advisory Board, artichokes are a good source of antioxidants, vitamin C, folate and magnesium.  The antioxidants in artichokes are very good for your liver and help promote healthy skin.  Artichokes are also high in fiber, calcium and protein while low in calories.  For all of these reasons, along with being fat-free and cholesterol free, artichokes are truly a healthy and delicious food to celebrate!

  • The total antioxidant capacity of an artichoke flower head is one of the highest reported for vegetables.
  • The fleshy base of the artichoke is perhaps the most enjoyably edible part of this oddly-shaped vegetable. 
  •  You can find artichoke hearts that are packed in vinegar, oil or marinade and canned.
  • They make for a great low sodium snack and lend themselves well to other snacks like artichoke dip, as well as a pizza topping.
  • Toss them in the skillet for a savory sauté.
  • They might just turn into a healthy addiction!
  • California is known as the artichoke capital of the world.  They supply nearly 100% of North American fresh artichokes.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Try this artichoke hearts recipe: Artichoke Hearts Gratin

Use #ArtichokeHeartsDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Artichoke Hearts Day.

About National Day Calendar

National Day Calendar™ is the authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days! Since our humble beginnings on National Popcorn Day in 2013, we now track nearly 1,500 National Days, National Weeks and National Months.  In addition, our research team continues to uncover the origins of existing National Days as well as discover new, exciting days for everyone to celebrate.
 
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