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MARCH 20, 2018 | NATIONAL PROPOSAL DAY | NATIONAL AG DAY | SPRING BEGINS | NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY | NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

National Proposal Day - March 20
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NATIONAL PROPOSAL DAY

This day is for those who have waited patiently for that special someone to pop the question without success.  March 20th is National Proposal Day.  

Observed on both the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes, National Proposal Day 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

Use #NationalProposalDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Proposal Day was created by John Michael O’Loughlin. For more information visit http://www.proposalday.com.

National Ag Day - Changes Annually
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NATIONAL AG DAY

National Ag Day is observed annually.  This day is a day for all to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture across the United States.  American agriculture plays a very critical economic and food security role in our country.

Farm co-ops, universities, 4-H clubs, agricultural associations, FFA clubs, businesses and other organizations at the city, county and state levels celebrate with a variety of events that give the general public an opportunity to see how their food, clothing and other products get from the farm to you.

These events also demonstrate the economic impact agriculture has on a society.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Check your local newspaper or online listings for events near you. Use #NationalAgDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The National Ag Day Program and The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) were both started in 1973 as a way to increase public awareness of agriculture’s role in society.  You will find additional information at http://www.agday.org/

Spring Begins - Changes Annually
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SPRING BEGINS

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. This happens on March 19, 20 or 21 every year.  

The time the sun crosses the equator marking the Vernal Equinox is different for each time zone.  For those in the Pacific, Mountain and Central time zones, this will occur on March 19th.  For those in the Eastern time zone, spring begins on March 20th at 12:30 a.m.

For more information visit almanac.com.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Get ready for longer days and increased sunshine. Tune up the lawn mower.  More sunshine means the grass will be growing. Use #SpringBegins to post on social media.

HISTORY

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

This year spring arrives a little earlier due to it being a leap year.  You might remember back on Leap Day a little 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.

However, that is a bit of an over-adjustment.  To correct it, years also evenly divisible by 100 but not 400 are skipped.  For example, in 1700, 1800 and 1900 there were no leap days added.  In the year 2000, a leap year was added to the first century year with a leap year since 1600.  Consider that Galileo was at the height of his scientific career, Shakespeare was nearing the end of his and Queen Elizabeth I would die three years later.

This has caused this spring to occur earlier than any living human being alive has every seen.  Before this year, the earliest spring on record took place in 1896.

National Ravioli Day - March 20
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NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY

National Ravioli Day is observed each year on March 20th.  As one of the food holidays, it is very popular with pasta lovers.

Ravioli are a traditional type of Italian filled pasta, made up of a filling sealed between two layers of thin egg pasta dough. The ravioli are usually served in either a broth or with a pasta sauce.  A variety of filling recipes are available from cheesy to meaty.

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

Ravioli can be homemade or may be purchased fresh or frozen in grocery stores.  In the United States, Chef Boyardee popularized the canned ravioli.  This ravioli is filled with either beef or processed cheese and served in a tomato, tomato-meat or tomato-cheese sauce.  St. Louis, Missouri is where the toasted ravioli got its start.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy the following ravioli recipes:

Easy Ravioli Bake
Ravioli Lasagna
Homemade Four Cheese Ravioli
Ravioli Dolci (Sweet Ravioli)

Use #NationalRavioliDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Our research was unable to find the creator or the origin of National Ravioli Day.

National Native HIV-AIDS Awareness Day - March 20
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NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

Many groups across the United States, such as the CDC and the National Native Capacity Building Assistance Network are working in coordination by putting out press releases, displaying posters and holding community events for the annual March 20th, National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  These groups hope to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) has teamed up with various organizations nationwide to commemorate National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

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

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

Use #NativeHIVAIDSAwarnessDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

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

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