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 almanac.com.
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 RAVIOLI DAY
On National Ravioli Day, celebrate a pasta that is fun and versatile. Observed on March 20th each year, pasta lovers dive in on this food holiday.
Ravioli are a traditional type of Italian filled pasta, made up of a filling sealed between two layers of thin egg pasta dough. Imagine a small meatball tucked, snug inside two cozy layers of delicious pasta dough. That’s basically what ravioli is. Although, a variety of fillings from cheesy to meaty take up that cozy spot in the dough. And 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.
While ravioli often serves as the main course, it 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.
We turn to St. Louis, Missouri, to learn about the toasted ravioli. By accident, a ravioli fell into the fryer at Oldani’s back in the 1940s. And as with accidents, the crisp ravioli earned a place on the menu. Or so the story goes. If so, it’s a delicious one.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalRavioliDay
Ravioli always sparks an appetite, so be sure to mix up your favorite sauce and pasta combinations. Try your hand at homemade. Make it a family affair. As usual, we found some delicious recipes, too! Give them a try and share your own, too.
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NATIONAL RAVIOLI DAY HISTORY
While National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this food holiday, we will also keep the art of celebrating every day. We’ll bring you updates as we find them, pasta included.
WORLD FLOUR DAY
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 and deliver them to your favorite farmer or delivery personnel. 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.
WORLD FLOUR DAY HISTORY
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.
NATIONAL PROPOSAL DAY
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 you’re one true love and are seeking a marriage proposal, there are ways to participate in the day. Some are subtle and others are, well, a proposal.
- Show your love pictures of your friend’s new engagement ring.
- Pick up the latest bridal magazine and leave it laying 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 Chaple of Love by The Dixie Cups.
- When someone asks when you’re getting married, look to your love to answer the question.
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NATIONAL PROPOSAL DAY HISTORY
John Michael O’Loughlin created Proposal Day. For more information visit http://www.proposalday.com.
NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY
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:
- Encourage Native people to get educated, learn more about HIV/AIDS, and its impact on their community.
- Work together to promote testing options and HIV counseling in Native communities.
- Help eliminate the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
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NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY HISTORY
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.
NATIONAL QUILTING DAY
Snuggle up every National Quilting Day on the third Saturday in March. Around the country, special quilting shows, classes, open museums and much more celebrate the day. It also appreciates and recognizes 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 #NationalQuiltingDay
Celebrate the warmth and the stories behind the quilts you collect. Whether you make them or they’ve been given to you, mark the day.
- Attend a quilt fair. You might learn techniques or discover new quilting styles.
- Take a quilting class. The next family heirloom might be in the making!
- Share the story of a family quilt. Don’t let it become lost to the ages. Take a picture of it and the person who made it.
- Discover the significance of 7 Historical Quilt Patterns.
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NATIONAL QUILTING DAY 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 CORN DOG DAY
In March every year, National Corn Dog Day gives sports fans, concert and fairgoers another chance to dunk.
The corn dog started out as a sausage or hot dog baked or deep-fried in a cornmeal breading and served as a sandwich. In the late 1930s or early 1940s, this sandwich became a convenient fair food when the whole meal was put on a stick before being deep-fried. Fairgoers could then eat their corn dog while taking in the exhibits.
The popular convenience food is often enjoyed with mustard, ketchup, and other dipping sauces. Adding utility of a stick carried to other fried foods as well and the practice continues today. From sports arenas to amusement parks, state fairs and concerts, Americans can get their corn dogs and dipping sauces to go and not miss out on a moment of the game.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCornDogDay
Grab a corn dog and get back to the game. Don’t forget the sauces, either. You can also make homemade corn dogs. We even have some dipping sauce recipes for you to try. Be sure to get the whole family involved.
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NATIONAL CORN DOG DAY HISTORY
Brady Sahnow and Henry Otley created the observance in 1992 in honor of the saving grace of corn dogs and the March Madness that is basketball.
On Deck for March 21, 2021
- National California Strawberry Day
- National Common Courtesy Day
- National Countdown Day
- National Fragrance Day
- National French Bread Day
- National Single Parent Day
- World Down Syndrome Day
- World Down Syndrome Day
- World Poetry Day
- International Day of Colour
- International Day of Nowruz
- International Day of Forests
- World Puppetry Day
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.
Recipe of the Day
Name: Toasted Ravioli
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
- Total Prep: 50 minutes
- Servings: 6
1 16 oz. package cheese ravioli, fresh or frozen (thawed)
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Prepare a platter with paper towels to absorb oil from the ravioli after frying.
In a deep fryer or a saucepan, heat 2-3 inches of oil to 325° F.
In a small bowl, whisk eggs and milk together.
In a separate bowl, mix breadcrumbs.
Coat ravioli thoroughly in egg mixture and allow excess to drip off. Then, dredge in the breadcrumbs and completely cover.
Drop ravioli gently into the oil, frying 3-5 at a time. Be sure to flip with a wooden spoon to cook evenly.
Remove ravioli to drain on the paper towels when they are golden brown and sprinkle with Parmesan.
Serve with marinara, ranch or alfredo sauce.
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.
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 “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.
Vera Panova – 1905
Bettye Washington Green – 1935
Pat Riley – 1945
William Hurt – 1950
David Thewlis – 1963
Kathy Ireland – 1963
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