Special Dates in March

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3rd March – World Book Day

A celebration of authors, books, illustrations and most importantly, reading.

Find out more: worldbookday.com

6th March – Mothering Sunday, or Mother's Day

Originally a religious event but these days this is mainly celebrated as a day when we honour our mothers, and give them flowers and gifts.

Find out more: en.wikipedia.org

8th March – International Women's Day

A day commemorating women's achievements around the world, and drawing attention to the struggles of women, in particular in countries where women's rights are still an important political issue.

Find out more: www.internationalwomensday.com 

14th March – Commonwealth Day

Celebrating Commonwealth values and the fifty-three countries that are members of the Commonwealth. The theme for 2016 is 'An Inclusive Commonwealth'.

Find out more: thecommonwealth.org

17th March – St Patrick's Day

A celebration of Saint Patrick (c.AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Observed not just in Ireland but around the world. In Dublin it is celebrated with a massive festival.

Find out more: www.stpatricksfestival.ie 

20th March – International Day of Happiness

A day of events aimed at increasing everyone's happiness, worldwide. How happy are you? Try out our quiz here!

Find out more: www.dayofhappiness.net

21st March – World Poetry Day

An annual mass celebration of poetry, 2016 marks the 21st year.

Find out more: www.forwardartsfoundation.org

27th March – Easter Day

The day when Christians around the world celebrate their belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. It's preceded by 40 days of Lent. Monday 28th March is a bank holiday.

27th March – Daylight Saving Time Starts

Clocks go forward one hour, at 1am in the morning, so we all lose an hour's sleep!

Find out more: en.wikipedia.org