Wow, is it March already?? Even with an extra day this year, February just flew by, didn’t it? And March will be just as busy, maybe busier than February. And it has 31 days!
March not only has St. Patrick’s Day (Mom has already picked out my green outfit), the first day of Spring on the 20th, the start of Daylight Savings Time on the 13th, National Pi Day (3-14, get it? I don’t, then again I don’t know math!) and one of my personal favorites, Cheese Doodle Day on the 5th. How can I possibly be denied these delicious cheesy treats on that day?
And, of course, March is also the month for Palm Sunday (20th), Good Friday (25th) and Easter Sunday (27th).
I didn’t know much about Easter, so I asked Mom to look up some info for me (I think people call it Googling) so I could pass it along to you.
Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is Christianity’s most important holiday. It doesn’t fall on the same day every year, but on the first Sunday following the full moon after the first day of spring.
I think most people know about Easter, its origins and significance and such. Notice I said people? For us French bulldogs we really like all the stuff that happens around Easter, like chocolate bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter baskets, Easter ham and, for Princess Lulu, colorful Easter bonnets. You wouldn’t catch me in one of those, no matter how cute and colorful! (Are you listening Mom?)
Do you know why eggs are so closely associated with Easter? Well, eating of animal products, including eggs, during Lent was not allowed. Eggs were still being laid by hens, so by the time Easter (and the end of Lent) came around, there were a lot of eggs left over.
It was the ancient people, Egyptians and Persians, who started painting eggs, which they would exchange with each other as a symbol of fertility and new life.
And it was the Germans who believed the Easter Bunny, which originated in Germany, was a white hare that would leave colorful eggs for good girls and boys on Easter morning. I like that tradition!
And when those girls and boys would wake up Easter morning, they would build nests out of sticks and leaves so the Easter Bunny could leave them the colored eggs. That’s how the first Easter egg hunts got started!
Did you know that Easter is the second largest candy-consuming holiday? Guess what’s first? Halloween!
More than 90 million chocolate Easter bunnies, 16 billion jelly beans and 700 million Peeps are made for Easter. That’s a lot of Peeps!
And I’ve been told that when most people eat chocolate Easter bunnies they eat the ears first! Well I’d like to see then try that with the largest Easter egg ever made: 25 feet of chocolate and marshmallow according to Guinness Book of World Records!
But March is more than Easter and St. Patrick’s Day, it’s also Irish American Month, Music in Our Schools Month, National Women’s History Month, Red Cross Month and Social Workers Month.
And it’s also got some pretty weird days, like If Pets Had Thumbs Day (March 3), Everything You Do is Right Day (16th), National Goof Off Day (22nd), Make Up Your Own Holiday Day (26th), Smoke and Mirrors Day (29th), Bunsen Burner Day (31st) and the weirdest of them all and one that seems really out of place, Be Nasty Day on March 8th.
Can you imagine if your pets had thumbs? Wow, we could get into a lot of trouble and really drive Mom crazy with our shenanigans. Not that we don’t already drive her a little batty!
So Happy Goof Off Day, St. Patrick’s Day and have a happy Easter! Watch out for those Peeps!