Sunday, February 27, 2011

What's Happening Now?

Get ready for a long month of activities, events, and changes that go on in the month of March. March 21, marks the first day of Spring. Depending on where you live, the month of March can be cold, rainy, or pretty and sunny. In the southern part of the United States, March is usually sunny and warm with lots of rain which allows the flowers and trees to bud! It is the perfect time to plant those seeds for your summer vegetable garden. Don't forget to stock up on your allergy medicine for those who suffer from allergies. We love to play outside in the spring time but know that spring is hard on those of us who suffer from allergies!

Daylight savings time occurs on March 13th. Be ready to set your clocks forward one hour before going to bed on the 12th the night before.  An easy way to remember which way to set your clocks in the Spring and the Fall is this little saying "SPRING forward and FALL backwards".  We lose one hour of sleep in the springtime as a result of daylight savings time but the days are longer which gives us more time to enjoy the outside.
On March 17, we celebrate St. Patrick's Day which is a religious holiday celebrated internationally. It is named after Saint Patrick , the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland.  It originated as a Catholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 17th century. It is a holiday that is celebrated  by many different cultures and wearing green on this day is a practice that many people share. In many pictures related to St. Patrick's Day, you will find a leprechan holding a clover called a Shamrock. According to legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrock,  a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish people.

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