March Madness, A Month of Celebrating Obscure Holidays

ScanLooking at my calendar (and by that I mean an actual paper calendar on my desk) I see that, once again, my children have another holiday off from school tomorrow. It is Casimir Pulaski Day. I’m not sure that my children know who he was or why we celebrate this holiday, but they are thankful for the day off.

I know that most of us are familiar with the “big” holidays this month; St. Patrick’s Day, Palm Sunday, and Easter, but did you know that there is a plethora of holidays out there waiting to be celebrated? I was researching Casimir Pulaski when my attention was drawn away by a list of other holidays that are listed for March. My curiosity piqued, I soon followed that tangent and came across a very interesting list of days that I intend to acknowledge this year.

First up, today is What If Your Pet Had Opposable Thumbs Day . Who knew? Although this isn’t an “official” holiday, there are several links on the internet suggesting that pet owners think about what life would be like if their pets were able to do so much more for themselves. I will thank my dogs later by giving them the opportunity to open the baggie of their own treats.

Coming up this Wednesday, is National Frozen Food Day. Not kidding. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed a declaration that March 8th be known as National Frozen Food Day. Maybe the schools could use this holiday to teach the importance of safe food storage. I will be cleaning out my freezer to celebrate.

March 8th, we have a dilemma. Do we celebrate International Women’s Day or Be Nasty Day? They both fall on this date and I’m not at all convinced that this is coincidental. I think how you celebrate is dependent upon the type of person you are. You could carry yourself like a lady and spew nasty comments all day to cover both holidays, or you could just pick the one you like best. I will decide what to do when I wake up that morning.

On Monday, March 11, we have another two-fer: National Napping Day and Worship of Tools Day. (I am not making this stuff up! Look it up!) Since it is the day after Daylight Savings Time, I will be honoring the nap and will take a nice long one in the early afternoon. I think you should, too.

National Pi Day is on Thursday, March 14. It celebrates the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. Einstein’s birthday is also celebrated with Pi Day. I prefer to celebrate National Pie Day , which is on January 23.  It also happens to be National Popcorn Lovers Day on the 14th. I am really going all out to celebrate by making real, oil-and-kernels-in-the-pan, popcorn for a caramel corn recipe.

I don’t typically celebrate St. Patrick’s Day anymore. I hate corned beef and cabbage and I’m too old and tired to bar hop at all of the Irish taverns in the city. Maybe I’ll watch the parade on tv.

I will be ordering (4) one pound bags of Mrs. Fisher’s potato chips to go with the two-16 oz tubs of Dean’s sour cream and onion dip to celebrate one of my very favorite holidays of the year. National Chip and Dip Day is on Saturday, March 23 this year and I can not wait! I will also be serving Fritos for a little variety.

Now, we have something very special happening on Sunday, March 23! On the first Sunday of NCAA Div. I Men’s Basketball, it is National Corn Dog Day! There is an entire website dedicated to this holiday for those of you in need of more information.  ***Just a sidenote: This is not to be confused with Something On A Stick Day, which is being celebrated that Friday, the 28th. That holiday is all-encompassing and not limited to corn dogs.

To round things out in the month of March, we have National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day on the 24th and International Waffle Day on the 25th. I am not a big Raisinette fan, so I think I will pass on this one, but waffles is another story. Belgian waffles are one of my favorite things to eat when we go out. I think this holiday calls for a reservation.

I am not immune to the fact that I have managed to turn this month into a gastronomical schedule for the celebration of foods by eating said foods. It isn’t where I thought my reasearch on holidays would lead me, but I guess that’s what happens when writing takes precedence over breakfast. I wonder if, by chance, today is National Scrambled Eggs and Bacon Day? I’ll check and get back to you on that, but in the meantime, Happy Holidays!