Excuses to celebrate

March. It’s such a boring month. But wait. Upon careful examination, there are actually a plethora of celebrations in this springy time of year. For those who appreciate a little random knowledge, here’s some history of March: The name “March” comes from ancient Rome. At that time, March was the first month of the new year. Apparently, months have birthstones. March has 2 birthstones, aquamarine and bloodstone, which symbolize courage. For some reason, months also have “birth flowers.” The birth flower of March is the Daffodil. March is the first month of spring in the Northern Hemisphere (North America, Europe, Asia and part of Africa) and the first month of fall or autumn in the Southern Hemisphere (South America, part of Africa, and Oceania). Happy birthday to Pisces (until March 19) and Aries (starting March 20)! Some people need an excuse to party. Here are some special days in March: Specific days: Self-injury Awareness Day : March 1 National Reading Day (United States): March 2 World Maths Day : March 6 International Women’s Day : March 8 Commonwealth Day : March 11 Pi Day : March 14 (Get it? 3.14) Save a Spider Day: March 14 World Kidney Day : March 14 Saint Patrick’s Day : March 17 Sun-Earth Day : March 18 Saint Joseph’s Day : March 19 The equinox , named the vernal or spring equinox in the northern hemisphere and the autumnal equinox in the southern hemisphere: March 20 World Water Day : March 22 Good Friday : March 29 Easter : March 31 All month long: American Red Cross Month Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month Hexagonal Awareness Month Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Spring Training for Major League Baseball Considering all these special days and celebrations, I sincerely hope you have a good March. Just kidding, March is stupid.