Sunday, March 10, 2013

Daylight Savings Time, Mario Day, Palindrome Day, more

March 10th, 2013, is Daylight Savings Time, Check Your Batteries Day, Mario Day, Palindrome Day, International Day of Awesomeness, Maha Shivaratri, Mothering Sunday, Refreshment Sunday, Laetare Sunday, Rose Sunday, Meatfare Sunday, Girl Scout Sunday, Harriet Tubman Day, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and National Blueberry Popover Day. 

Today is the day (early, at 2:00 a.m. where I live, in St. Louis, Missouri) to turn the clocks forward one hour. "Spring forward, fall back," as the saying goes. Please don't ask me to explain or justify the twice-a-year time changes. Daylight Savings Time is observed on different dates in different countries, or not at all. See this list for details.

Daylight Savings Time brings Check Your Batteries Day. Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors today, to help keep your family safe. If you observe Daylight Savings Time on some other date, please note this event on your calendar.

Mario Day honors Mario the plumber, of Nintendo game fame. Know why this holiday always takes place on the 10th of March? Mar 10. Mario. Get it now? Everybody sing along with Mario's theme song:

Today brings the first in a string of Palindrome Days! A palindrome is a word, phrase, or sentence that's spelled the same way forward or backward - "Do geese see God?" for example. Today's date is a numerical palindrome - 3-10-2013. This is your special day, wordsmiths and math geeks!

On the International Day of Awesomeness, celebrate the awesomeness in yourself, in others, and in the world. By the way, you're awesome for reading this blog. You're awesomely awesome if you share it with your friends!

HIndus observe Maha Shivaratri on the fourteenth night of the new moon during the dark half of Phalguna. Whew! In 2013, that's March 10th. On this day the lord of destruction performed the dance of primordial creation, preservation, and destruction.

Mothering Sunday is the British version of Mother's Day, always celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. Other names for this holiday include  Refreshment Sunday, Laetare Sunday, and Rose Sunday.

Meatfare Sunday marks the last Sunday when members of the Orthodox Church are allowed to eat meat, until the end of Great Lent.

Girl Scout Sunday is celebrated on Sunday of Girl Scout Week. Thank you, on behalf of myself, my daughter, and the countless other girls who are better people because of our scouting experiences.

Harriet Tubman Day honors a great woman in United States history. She escaped from slavery and became a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, helping others to escape.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day offers an opportunity to support medical research, find out how you can help people around the world impacted by HIV/AIDS, and talk to your family about ways to avoid infection.

Enjoy a pastry treat that's delicious and full of antioxidants on National Blueberry Popover Day.

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