March Holidays, Events, and Observances Not To Miss with your Family!

Celebrate the Springtime Holidays of Purim, St. Patrick's Day, Holi, Nowruz Ramadan and more!

By Brenna Gutell March 18, 2023

March might seem like one of those in-between months, but there are actually a lot of important celebrations for different cultures happening. Celebrate and learn more about Purim, Holi, St. Patrick's Day, spring equinox, Nowruz and the start of Ramadan! It's also a month where we transition from winter to spring, but you wouldn't know that here in Southern California where we tend to transition back and forth in the same week - although we've had a bit more winter weather than usual this year. The change of seasons isn't the only thing that's happening in March. Here are 12 holidays happening in March you can learn more about with your kids.

Anytime you are looking for FUN things to do with your family be sure and visit the Macaroni KID Conejo Valley - Malibu - Calabasas event calendar

Here are just a few of the significant days, holidays, events, and observances your family can celebrate, honor and learn more about in March:

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Dr. Seuss' Birthday

March 2

Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991), also known as Dr. Seuss, grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. He's most famous as an author and illustrator of many classic children's books two of his most popular are Green Eggs and Ham and The Cat in the Hat although he wrote sooo many more. Many of his books have inspired animated shorts and movies. I'm a big Dr. Seuss fan as are my kids, my personal all-time favorite is And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, but I have many more I love to read. What's your favorite Dr. Seuss book? One thing I remember as a child was the illustrations and for me that was a big part of my love for Dr. Seuss books.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss With a Cat in the Hat Craft

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Another celebration on this same day is Read Across America Day and the start of Reading across America week. March also happens to be National Reading Month, many schools celebrate these "book themed" holidays each year. You can celebrate at home too - visit your local library to find some new favorites and read together as a family. Need some book suggestions? Read Across America: 50 Kids' Books Set in 50 States

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March 6-7

The festival of Purim begins the evening of March 6th and ends at sundown on March 7th this year.  Like all the Jewish holidays it begins and ends around sundown and since it follows the Jewish Calendar, the date changes from year to year, but typically lands in March, on occasion it can be celebrated as early as February. Purim is a fun and festive Jewish holiday with special ceremonies and traditions including festive foods, dressing in costume, attending festive celebrations, carnivals, eating hamantaschen, triangle shaped cookies and lots of noise making! Please know you don't need to be Jewish to join in the local festivities or celebrate at home with fun activities and yummy treats. Visit the Macaroni KID Conejo Valley - Malibu - Calabasas event calendar for the most up to date celebrations and carnivals.

Purim Events - check the Macaroni KID Calendar

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PJ Library - Celebrating Purim With Your Family

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Festival of Holi

March 8

This one - two celebration is a Hindu spring festival known to many as the Festival of Colors! Holi has a rich history, celebrated in India and all over the world. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the changing of the seasons from winter to spring.

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National Girl Scout Day

March 12

Hard to believe that the Girl Scouts have been around 111 years! If you are not familiar with the history - Juliette Gordon Low (nicknamed "Daisy") started the Girl Scouts in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia in 1912 with a troop of 18 girls who believed they could do Anything! The history of the Girl Scouts is even more remarkable given they began during a time when women in the United States were not yet able to vote and there were limited expectations for what girls and women could accomplish. Way back when I was in first grade I joined the Girl Scouts, starting out as a Brownie . . . then a Junior and finally a Cadet I have wonderful memories of all I learned, the camping trips, the friends and so much more. One thing I remember doing at every meeting as a Brownie was saying grace before snacks and singing songs like the Brownie Smile Song and Make New Friends

It's Cookie-Time, well in my house it's always cookie time, but I meat Girl Scout Cookie time! You don't have to be a Girl Scout or even a Girl to love their cookies! Girl Scout Cookie Sales are ongoing through at least March 13th. Next time you head to the market you might just find them out in front selling their tasty treats - consider supporting a local troop with your purchase or donation. They've gone techie since I was a scout, click on the link above to find where you can buy cookies near you or use the app.

Do you have a daughter who might be interested in joining? 

You don't have to be a scout or even a girl to enjoy fun camp songs or learn to tie essential knots:

Learn more about the History of the Girl Scouts:

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Daylight Saving Time Starts

March 12 at 2:00 am

It's that time of year again when we spring forward setting our clocks ahead an hour. With the sun setting an hour later we have more daylight-time for fun outdoor activities! Not sure about you, but I'm in the love it category, but I know many who do not. Love It or Hate It ~ Daylight Saving Time Arrives March 1, 2023.

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St. Patrick's Day

March 17

It's time to make an elaborate leprechaun trap! Maybe this will be the year your kids catch hold of that little troublemaker. Looking for St. Patrick's Day crafts and rainbow inspired snacks for kids? Don't forget to wear something "green!"

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First Day of Spring

March 20

Springtime is coming, yeah! The first day of spring is also known as the spring equinox, watch the National Geographic video above to learn about equinoxes. 

Read more Almanac and Farmers Almanac.

Thinking about Spring cleaning?

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Nowruz the Persian New Year

March 20-21

The first day of spring is also a time when many people around the world celebrate Nowruz (pronounced NO-rooz), it means “New Day” in Farsi. You might be more familiar with it as the Persian New Year, it’s celebrated by millions of people worldwide including the U.S. but especially in Iran (formerly called Persia) and other countries throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.

Families celebrate Nowruz by cleaning their homes and having a big feast. A table is usually arranged with seven items that start with the letter "s" in the Persian language - such as sprouts (sabzeh) and dried fruit (senjed). Each item symbolizes a principle, such as love or rebirth. Some people also exchange gifts or attend street festivals to ring in the new year.

More about Nowruz:

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World Down Syndrome Day

March 21 

World Down Syndrome Day is observed the 21st of March each year to signify the uniqueness of the triplication (trisomy) of the 21st chromosome causing Down syndrome. On this day, people with Down syndrome, along with their families and friends, participate in activities and events to raise public awareness and advocate for people with Down syndrome. March also happens to be Developmental Disabilities Awareness month

Learn More

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March 22 - April 21

This year the holy month of Ramadan begins at sunset on March 22nd and ends the evening of April 21st, since Muslim holidays follow the Islamic calendar the dates change from year to year. For Muslims around the world this month of fasting is also a time to focus on faith and helping others. The observances include daily prayer, reflection, community, and fasting from sunrise to sunset. As the sun sets the daily fast is broken with prayers and a meal, often shared with family and friends. It also commemorates the time of year when the prophet Mohammad receives the Quran, the holy book for Muslims. Ramadan starts from one sighting of the crescent moon to the next.

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National Vietnam War Veterans Day

March 29

This is a day to commemorate and honor all the men and women who served our country during the Vietnam War.  Support our local Veterans! Find a local organizations that support Veterans or contact local Senior organizations, Assisted Living facilities and Nursing homes as they often have many residents who are Veterans, please do call ahead to see what is allowed at this time. See a Veteran? Thank them for their service and teach your children to do the same!

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Cesar Chavez Day

March 31

Cesar Chavez (1927-1993), was born on March 31st in Yuma Arizona he is known to many as a Mexican-American folk hero. He left Arizona for California with his parents, they were farm workers. Later when he was older he joined them working in the fields of California. He's most know for his community activism, civil rights work, non-violent fights for the rights of farmworkers, later co-founding the United Farm Workers organization that still protects workers to this day. He drew inspiration from great leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi.

Please note: Cesar Chavez Day is also a State of California Holiday, some public offices and libraries are closed this day.

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In addition to honoring Cesar Chavez, March 31st is also National Farm Workers Day and the end of National Farm Workers Week March 25-31 (this year.) Pretty much everything we eat is brought to us by men and women working hard, braving the heat and the cold on farms not just in California, but across our nation and all over the world. The next time you have something tasty to eat - take a moment to think about their hard work for you and your family and the significant contributions they make to our world.

Take a look at the Macaroni KID Conejo Valley - Malibu - Calabasas calendar for a list of family-friendly events happening in Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Malibu, Newbury Park, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake Village and in nearby areas in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. 

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