26 Reasons March Is the Best Month
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March may be named after the Roman god of war but in reality it’s one of the happiest months on the calendar. Flowers are budding, chocolate is on sale, and its major holiday is just one giant party, with no gifts and minimal stress. Plus it even turns math into a pie-eating celebration! But that’s just the beginning of all the reasons to love March. Find out the best places to travel every month of the year.
The first supermoon of the year
March’s full moon, called the Full Worm Moon, is the first of just three “supermoons” in 2020. It will peak fullness at 1:48 p.m. EDT on Monday, March 9th, and will make for an ethereal night sky just a few hours later. “Supermoon” is the popular nickname given to a full moon that coincides with perigee, the point in the moon’s orbit of Earth where it’s closest to our planet, according to Benjamin Franklin’s The Old Farmer’s Almanac. It’s named the Worm Moon due to the softening of the ground that typically happens in the spring that allows earthworms to emerge. Don’t miss these fascinating facts about full moons.
Fresh maple syrup
Nothing beats fresh pancakes drenched in syrup for a spring brunch—and the best syrup is fresh tapped from the trees. March is prime time for harvesting maple syrup, according to Tap My Tree. If you live near a maple orchard, make a day out of it and tap your own. Bought or harvested yourself, enjoy it on the most popular pancake recipe.
Lawn and garden shows
March is prime time to get ready for planting season and there’s no better way to get ideas and be inspired for your landscaping than by checking out one of the many garden shows around the country. Check your local listings to see what grows best in your area and make connections with local gardeners and growers. These stunning photos of our national parks in full bloom will inspire you to get planting.
Eating pie on Pi Day
Whether you’re a math geek or just love puns, there’s something for everyone to love about Pi Day. Of course, the holiday dedicated to celebrating the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter (approximately 3.14) is held on 3/14, or March 14th. Enjoy it with a circular pastry or try one of these (3.)14 ways to celebrate Pi Day besides eating pie.
A great reason to give blood
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Giving blood is one of the best things you can do to help out your fellow humans and for most people, it’s fairly simple and painless. (We promise!) March is Red Cross Month giving you the perfect excuse to organize a blood drive or just stop by your local bank and donate. If giving blood just isn’t your thing, you can also make a donation of money or time. For more ideas on how to help, check out the 15 things the Red Cross wants you to know.
The best mud puddles for jumping in
Springtime rains drench the ground in March and while wet socks on the way to work are unpleasant, jumping in giant puddles is a pleasure many grownups have forgotten. Let your inner child out and do some epic splashing. Your socks are going to be wet anyhow, you might as well enjoy the process! (And, as an adult, you can have the foresight to pack extra socks or wear your favorite rain boots.)
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When’s the last time you even saw a phone booth, much less used a payphone? These used to be a staple of modern society but thanks to cell phones they’ve gone the way of paper maps and checkbooks. However, every March 10th is International Find a Phone Booth day, giving you the chance you’ve been waiting for to phone a friend the old-fashioned way, cosplay Dr. Who, or just practice your Superman impression. Phonebooths are just one of the many things you can expect to see less of these days.
Bright yellow daffodils
These cheery blooms are the official flower of March and for good reason—they’re one of the first flowers to burst out of the cold ground every spring. If they don’t grow in your yard, try growing some in a pot indoors or pick up a fresh bouquet. Daffodils symbolize rebirth and new beginnings plus their delicate scent will make you feel instantly happier!
The Easter Bunny Express rolls into town
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The Polar Express offers plenty of winter train rides but taking a ride on a train is even more fun when you can have the windows down and smell the fresh March air. Enter the Easter Bunny Express, a themed train ride full of springtime flowers, Easter eggs, baby animals, and candy. There are versions all over the country during March and April, including in North Carolina, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, New Jersey, and even one around the rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona.