Cinco De Marcho Et Al
March has come in either lionish or lambish depending on your locale. Weather aside, there are a number of note worthy days this month. Today, for example, is Cinco De Marcho, a celebration that begins today and culminates on the 17th. (Honest. It’s a real thing. Look it up.) There’s the Ides of March. No celebration for J. Caesar. That’s followed by St. Patrick’s Day, when everyone becomes Irish. More celebration. In between Cinco De Marcho and those Ides is the dreaded turning of the clocks ahead.
This really has to stop. Seriously. I don’t know about you, but it takes nearly a week for my body to adjust. Each year this goes on, more medical persons cite the mal affects of changing the clocks. There are more car accidents the day after, more heart attacks. Why does it continue? FYI, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, Arizona, Hawaii do not change. The reason daylight savings time was initiated doesn’t even apply any more. Maybe we need the Mad Hatter to do a number on the clocks and we all have tea.
The best part of March is the vernal or spring equinox. It may be no coincidence that the first day of Spring, March 20, is also the United Nations designated International Day of Happiness. When we move into Spring, even if the weather may try to tell us otherwise, there is a wonderful change in energy, a change in perspective. We joyfully leave the hunkering down of winter to step into mud-luscious Spring. There are a myriad of metaphors for Spring and you’ve likely heard them all at one time or another. Instead of offering another tired metaphor, here’s a little piece of useless, semi interesting trivia.
From the Farmer’s Almanac: “Spring arrived on the 21st during most of the 20th century. They slide earlier and earlier during the 400-year Gregorian calendar cycle. The final March 21 equinox was in 2007, even if we use Greenwich Time as many almanacs do. Now the 21st is gone for keeps. In a few more decades, the vernal equinox will sometime start landing on the 19th.”
Whatever day the equinox occurs the 20th will still be the International Day of Happiness. We not only want to be happy ourselves, but more importantly, how can we spread happiness? Spreading happiness will in itself make us happier. What will you do to spread happiness? Why wait until the 20th to start? We can make the entire month a celebration of happiness, kindness and good will.
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