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 2016, 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 2016 spring to occur earlier than any living human being alive had ever seen. Before 2016, the earliest spring on record took place in 1896.
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HOW TO OBSERVE #SpringBegins
Get ready for longer days and increased sunshine. Tune-up the lawnmower. More sunshine means the grass will be growing. Use #SpringBegins to post on social media.
SPRING BEGINS HISTORY
Human beings have been following the sun and creating a calendar based on seasons since the beginning of time.
NATIONAL LET’S LAUGH DAY
Each year, National Let’s Laugh Day on March 19th reminds us to add a little humor to our day. It’s never good to be serious all the time and letting the laughter bubble up from time to time is good for all of us!
We have all heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine.” This is the day to take your medicine.
Some studies have shown that laughter may boost your immune system, relieve tension and help you relax. Who does not need any of those things in our busy and hectic world?
Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can. ~ Elsa Maxwell
We don’t laugh because we’re happy — we’re happy because we laugh. ~ William James
As we all know, laughter can also be contagious. Even faking it seems to have some benefits. Classes called “laughter yoga” engage the abdominal muscles, lungs, arms and facial muscles while using humor to get us laughing to cure what ails us.
When you and a friend have those long bouts of uncontrolled laughter that end in tears and aching stomach muscles that last a good 10 minutes or longer, you burn between 10-40 calories per 10 minutes. So, keep giving each other those don’t-look-at-me-or-I’ll-start-laughing-again looks and you’ll keep right on burning more laugh-healthy calories and you’ll enjoy a good memory, too!
HOW TO OBSERVE #LetsLaughDay
Add a laughing baby ringtone to your phone. Use humor to make someone’s day. Take some time to laugh and use #LetsLaughDay to post on social media.
Try laughter yoga to get you started.
Educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for more fun ways to celebrate the day, too!
NATIONAL LET’S LAUGH DAY HISTORY
The origins of this funny holiday have slipped by us. However, we continue to find humor in everyday events and continue to #CelebrateEveryDay, too!
NATIONAL FARM RESCUER DAY
National Farm Rescuer Day dedicates the third Thursday of March to those who support farmers in need.
When crisis strikes in the form of illness, injury or natural disaster, Farm Rescuers throughout the heartland get the jobs done. Whether hay needs to be baled or crops need to be harvested, these men and women plant the fields and feed the souls of the farm family when times take a turn for the worse.
What was once a community tradition is now a non-profit called Farm Rescue. Founded in 2005, Farm Rescue and its volunteers have assisted more than 400 farm and ranch families throughout the region. The day encourages you to join the community that lends a hand when crisis strikes.
Whether a Farm Rescuer volunteers their time, talents or financial resources, their commitment is valuable. Keeping a farm running is hard work. When the unexpected happens, many hands make the work manageable. There are several ways to get involved with Farm Rescue and make a difference on National Farm Rescuer Day.
HOW TO OBSERVE #FarmRescuerDay
Consider volunteering your skills and time. Support a volunteer by being a sponsor. Make an individual donation. Thank a Farm Rescuer and spread the word by using #BeAFarmRescuer and #FarmRescuerDay on social media.
Farm Rescue founded National Farm Rescuer Day to recognize all the amazing men and women who help get the crops in the ground or to the market from all around the country. Founded by Bill Gross in 2005, Farm Rescue has helped over 400 families across the region. In 2008, People Magazine named Farm Rescue’s Founder and President, Bill Gross, the original Farm Rescuer. Like Gross, many Rescuers have a deep appreciation for the land and the strong community spirit found in farming and ranching. But, Rescuers come from all walks of life, from coast to coast and often generations removed from the family farm.
The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day to be celebrated annually on the third Thursday of March.
NATIONAL CERTIFIED NURSES DAY
Every March 19th, National Certified Nurses Day celebrates the certified nurses who impact lives every day.
Certified nurses dedicate their entire careers to helping others and often work long, hard hours. The day honors and recognizes them and their significant achievements. Their advanced skills require continuing education, re-certification, and continued knowledge of ever-changing technology. Certified nurses balance clinical needs and patient care. Helping patients meet their healthcare goals in complex and challenging times makes a Certified Nurse’s commitment even more valuable.
A nursing career is as varied as a doctor’s. They specialize and can earn certifications in specialties and sub-specialties. Certified nurses study and take certification exams to demonstrate their competency, skill, and knowledge in a field. Board certification is available in a variety of fields including:
- Ambulatory Care Certification
- Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification
- Informatics Certification
- Medical-Surgical Certification
- Nurse Practitioner Specialty Certification
- Pediatric Nursing Certification
- Psychiatric Nursing Certification
Nurses can also obtain sub-specialty certifications. Certified nurses provide skilled experience in the medical fields where they work. They also improve the quality of the health care provided. Now, more than ever, health care needs more qualified nurses providing the care that we need.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCertifiedNursesDay
Thank a certified nurse, and all they do. If you know someone who is striving to become a certified nurse, encourage them in their endeavors. Encourage certified nurses to attend job fairs to share their experiences and inspire others to become certified nurses. Consider taking a certification you’ve had your eye on. Learn more about the certification process. Speak to other certified nurses. Use #CertifiedNursesDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CERTIFIED NURSES DAY HISTORY
National Certified Nurses Day was established on March 19th in honor of Margretta (Gretta) Madden Styles (March 19, 1930 – November 20, 2005), MSN, Ph.D. Her pioneering and distinguished career inspired nurses around the country. She was recognized worldwide for her leadership and contributions to the study and practice of nursing.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CARAMEL DAY
A great combination is celebrated each year on National Chocolate Caramel Day. On March 19th, enjoy chocolate and caramel in your favorite candy bar, ice cream or dessert. It’ll put a smile on most people’s faces! The combination also invokes some cravings for chocolate caramel coffee, milkshakes, or just about any treat with this hard-to-resist combination.
While Milton Hershey receives a lot of credit for making chocolate caramel popular (he did make his living making caramel first), recipes for chocolate caramels were around as early as the 1880s. At about the same time, the first mass-produced chocolate bar became available.
In 1893, the World’s Colombian Exposition came to Chicago. Hershey’s fascination with an exhibit featuring machinery for the production of German chocolate became apparent. So fascinated, in fact, he purchased the equipment and soon was producing chocolate bars, many of which included his company’s bedrock ingredient: caramel.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateCaramelDay
There are so many ways to celebrate this day! Add caramel to chocolate ice cream. Enjoy your favorite chocolate caramel candy bar. Make a delicious chocolate caramel dessert or order one from your favorite bakery. Want to add even more variety? Consider that chocolate and caramel also pair well with nuts and whole grains, too. Adding a little dark chocolate and caramel to your granola and yogurt routine in the morning might be a nice treat. Also, drizzle a little over your popcorn.
Of course, the best way to celebrate is by sharing. Try making up a big batch of your favorite recipe for co-workers or the neighbors. Another option is to create recipe cards to give out to friends and family. We also have one recipe for you to try.
Enjoy this delicious Dark Chocolate Caramel Corn recipe.
Use #ChocolateCaramelDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CARAMEL DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this sweet national holiday.
NATIONAL POULTRY DAY
Poultry is the theme for March 19th as it is National Poultry Day. No fowl moods or ruffled feathers. However, there may be some quackers and gobbling going on.
Kick the day off with eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast. Around lunchtime, serve an open-faced turkey avocado sandwich. Then perhaps, finish off the day with a good, ol’ fashioned fried chicken dinner.
Poultry refers to domestic birds that are raised for meat and eggs. These birds include chicken, turkey, ducks, geese, quail, and pheasant. Poultry is farmed in large numbers with chickens being the most numerous.
It is believed that chicken was introduced to American soil by the European explorers in the 16th century. Most American’s raised small flocks, enough to feed their families. Over time, chicken consumption in the United States increased. And during World War II, due to a shortage of beef and pork, chicken stepped in to fill the protein need.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture oversees the poultry production in the United States. Estimates place production at around 9 billion chickens in the United States. Chicken and turkey are lower in fats and cholesterol than other meats
Poultry can be prepared in many different ways including roasting, baking, frying, grilling, sautéing, steaming, and broasting. The size of the chicken typically determines the best cooking style to use.
A Brooding and a Gaggling
While a group of chickens is called either a brood or peep, if they are chicks we call them a clutch or chattering. When it comes to ducks and geese, their collective nouns depend on where they are in relation to the Earth. A group of ducks in flight is called a flock, but once they land on the ground their collective nouns change. We call them either a brace or a badling. If they take to water they could be called a raft, team or paddling. Whether geese are in the air, ground or on the water, we generally use the collective noun flock. However, in flight, they can be called a skein, too. Once they land, though, they can be a gaggle, herd or corps.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPoultryDay
Enjoy your favorite poultry dish, either at home or your favorite restaurant. Feel free to try one of the following recipes:
Use #NationalPoultryDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL POULTRY DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this food and ag holiday. However, it has been celebrated since at least 2004. Before that, different states and organizations celebrated a National Poultry Day throughout the year, recognizing farmers, the produce they raised, the industry as a whole.
On Deck for March 20, 2020
- World Flour Day *
- National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- National Proposal Day
- National Ravioli Day
- National Kick Butts Day – Changes Annually
- World Flour Day *
- International Day of Happiness
- French Language Day
- World Storytelling Day – On the Vernal Equinox
- World Oral Health Day
Recipe of the Day
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total Prep: 20 minutes
8 ounces fettuccine
1 pound large shrimp, de-shelled and de-veined
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper for taste
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
Cook your pasta according to the directions on the package.
Place uncooked shrimp in bowl and sprinkle shrimp with the entire tablespoon of cajun spice, and toss well.
Next, sprinkle all-purpose flour on top of the seasoned shrimp and toss well. Coat well.
Put butter and oil in a deep skillet and cook on high heat.
Add your shrimp to skillet and cook for about 2 minutes on each side.
Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.
Add chicken broth and heavy cream to the same skillet, whisking continuously until remaining ingredients are added.
Season with salt and pepper (or additional cajun spice if you prefer!)
Still whisking, bring mixture to a boil.
Add Parmesan cheese.
Add fettuccine and shrimp back into the pot and toss.
Garnish with additional Parmesan cheese and parsley on top.
(Note to chef: try to buy a Cajun seasoning without salt to avoid making this recipe too salty.)
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