For the record, no, this is not a post about the NCAA basketball tournament. There are lots of people far more qualified than I am wasting tons of ink on the typical March Madness posts. I’m here to talk about a different kind of March Madness.
We humans seem to have an unquenchable thirst for celebration. From our earliest times right up until today, if we can dream up a reason, we’ll celebrate. And it really doesn’t have to be a particularly good reason. Any old reason will do.
The early celebrations tended toward the more spiritual. Religious celebrations and the like. The more contemporary celebrations lean a little more secular. And goofy. Some are downright ridiculous.
Follow me below the fold for an incomplete list of celebrations in the month of March.
Beer Day – Iceland
Icelanders celebrate the end of Prohibition there by participating in the Icelandic version of a pub crawl. And here I thought every day was Beer Day. Silly me. Mmm, beer.
National Pig Day – United States
This day is intended “to accord the pig its rightful, though generally unrecognized, place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.” No, really.
National Canadian Bacon Day – United States
Because everything’s better with bacon! Celebrate the pig, then eat the pig. I’m sure that somewhere, right now, an American patriot is saying “How come we celebrate Canadian bacon?”
National Grammar Day – United States
Founded by Martha Brockenbrough, author of “Things That Make Us [Sic] (2008), a celebration of all things grammar. Like the grammar police. Her book title says it all. You English very good.
National Mario Day – International
Because video game characters need love, too. Celebrated on March 10th because when written MAR 10, it looks like MARIO on old CGA video monitors.
Pi Day – United States
Because mathematical symbols need love, too. Celebrated on the 14th of March because 3.14 is just too weird to be a coincidence.
World Contact Day – International
Since 1953, this is the day that members of the International Flying Saucer Bureau (IFSB) take off their tin foil hats and send telepathic messages into space. You can’t make this stuff up. Phone home E.T.
Great American Meatout – United States, International
Apparently, in 1985, the U.S. Congress declared a National Meat Week. Outraged vegans rose up and declared March 20th as a day of protest. It has since become an international diet awareness event. I’m aware of my diet. I’ll be celebrating with a big, thick ribeye.
International Day of Happiness – International
Founded by United Nations adviser Jayme Illien on June 28, 2012, it recognizes the pursuit of happiness as a human right and a “fundamental human goal.” I’ll be fat and happy, because I’ll be having a ribeye for the Great American Meatout.
Truant’s Day – Poland, Faroe Islands
The day they celebrate the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
National Chips and Dip Day – United States
Because we can, that’s why. Plain or ridges?
EU Talent Day – European Union
Founded by the Hungarian EU Presidential Conference on Talent Support, this celebration seeks recognition of the benefits of supporting talent. Or maybe it was a response to the television show “America’s Got Talent.” Who knows.
International Whisk(e)y Day – International
Launched in 2009 at the Whiskey Day Festival in the northern Netherlands. The “e” in parentheses indicated the all-inclusive nature of the day. All whisk(e)y is good whisk(e)y, some’s better than others.
World Backup Day – International
There’s actually a website for this. Because hard drive hygiene is too important to leave to chance.
So, as you can see, there’s plenty of Madness to go around in the month of March. What’s your favorite madness? Share in the comments.