With the latest crisis to face us, COVID-19, the constant doom & gloom and, to a degree uncertainty, I feel a bit of light relief is in order. Looking at the month of March and some of the special days I thought I would put some fun facts together in the hope to bring some light relief.
17th March – St Patricks Day
- It is celebrated in more countries than any other national festival. It celebrates the date of the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick’s death, (c AD 385-461).
- In most cases, the day is celebrated with parties and drinking, including a tradition at the end of the celebration of putting a shamrock into the bottom of the glass, which is filled with whiskey (Irish of course), Beer, Guinness or Cider. It is then drunk as a toast to St Patrick. The Shamrock would then either be swallowed or taken out and tossed over the shoulder for good luck.
- Wearing green has become normal on St. Patrick’s Day, but the holiday was originally associated with the colour blue. It’s thought that the shift to green happened because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle”. There is also an adorable legend that says that wearing green makes you invisible to Leprechauns. Apparently, if they see you, they will pinch you.
22nd March – Mothering Sunday in the UK
- Every Mother’s Day there are approximately 152 million Mother’s Day cards sent.
- It is the third highest selling holiday for flowers and plants.
- One of the earliest celebrations of Mothers was in ancient Greece honouring Rhea, the goddess of fertility, motherhood, and generation.
29th March – The Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race
- The first race was held in 1829 and held annually since 1856, except during the first and second World Wars.
- The first women’s race was in 1927 and has been held annually since 1964. Since 2015, the women’s race is held on the same day as the men, on the same course. The ladies always go first.
- The course is 6,799 km or 4 miles and 374 yards.
I am putting a caveat on the fun facts – they have all been gleaned from various sources in the public domain, so forgive me if there are any inaccuracies. I hope they have alleviated some of the doom and gloom.
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