March holidays and observances to add to your calendar

Sure, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, but we can all rest easy knowing that lighter, longer days are ahead of us.

Spring Equinox falls on March 20, but all the holidays, awareness days and observances leading up to it are sure to put a springy pep in your step. Each and every day in March, there are official and unofficial holidays that'll inspire you to lean into all things wonderful and wacky.

Some holidays, like Sock Monkey Day, National Retro Video Game Day, International Fanny Pack Day and National Sloppy Joe Day, will give you a healthy dose of nostalgia. Others, like National Day of Unplugging, will encourage everyone in your family to put their devices down and spend some quality time together.

And then there’s the food-related holidays. Beyond the corned beef and cabbage you’ll savor this month, make some time and room to indulge in foods like peanut butter, banana cream pie and white chocolate cheesecake.

Although May is Mental Health Awareness Month, there are some days in March — World Music Therapy Day, World Teen Mental Wellness Day and World Bipolar Day, to name a few — that encourage everyone to take a step back, examine their own mental health and lend a hand to those who many need it.

And while you're at it, take a moment to reflect on the strong women who have shaped your life — and the lives of those around you — in honor of Women's History Month.

Below, find a list of March holidays, observances and awareness days. Be sure to add 'em to your calendar so you don't miss a thing.

Daily holidays and observances in March 2023

March 1

  • Baby Sleep Day

  • National Black Women in Jazz and the Arts Day

  • National Pig Day

  • National Wedding Planning Day

  • National Welsh Corgi Day

  • Plan a Solo Vacation Day

  • Share a Smile Day

  • World Compliment Day

  • World Music Therapy Day

  • World Seagrass Day

March 2

  • International Rescue Cat Day

  • National Banana Cream Pie Day

  • National Read Across America Day

  • World Teen Mental Wellness Day

March 3

  • World Hearing Day

  • National Day of Unplugging

  • National Employee Appreciation Day

  • National Mulled Wine Day

  • World Wildlife Day

March 4

  • Marching Music Day

  • National Backcountry Ski Day

  • National Dance The Waltz Day

  • National Grammar Day

  • National Pound Cake Day

  • National Snack Day

  • World Obesity Day

March 5

  • National Cheese Doodle Day

March 6

  • National Dentists Day

  • National Dress Day

  • National Frozen Food Day

  • National Oreo Cookie Day

  • National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

  • Purim (ends the evening of March 7)

  • World Tennis Day

March 7

  • National Cereal Day

  • National Flapjack Day

  • Sock Monkey Day

March 8

  • Discover What Your Name Means Day

  • Holi

  • International Women’s Day

  • National Proofreading Day

  • National Retro Video Game Day

March 9

  • National American Paddlefish Day

  • National Meatball Day

  • Popcorn Lover’s Day

March 10

  • Harriet Tubman Day

  • International Bagpipe Day

  • Middle Name Pride Day

  • National Dry Shampoo Day

  • National Pack Your Lunch Day

  • National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

  • Skirt Day

March 11

  • International Fanny Pack Day

  • National Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day

  • National Promposal Day

March 12

  • Daylight Saving Time

  • Girl Scouts' Birthday

  • National Plant a Flower Day

March 13

  • National Coconut Torte Day

  • National Good Samaritan Day

  • National K9 Veterans Day

  • National Napping Day

March 14

  • Celebrate Scientists Day

  • International Day of Mathematics

  • National Children’s Craft Day

  • National Learn About Butterflies Day

  • National Organize Your Home Office Day

  • National Pi Day

  • National Potato Chip Day

  • National Save a Spider Day

  • National Write Your Story Day

  • Science Education Day

March 15

  • Ides of March

March 16

  • National Artichoke Day

  • National Panda Day

  • National Vaccination Day

March 17

  • National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day

  • National Preschool Teacher Appreciation Day

  • St. Patrick’s Day

March 18

  • International Sports Car Racing Day

  • National Corn Dog Day

  • National Quilting Day

  • National Sloppy Joe Day

  • Save the Florida Panther Day

  • Transit Driver Appreciation Day

March 19

  • International Read to Me Day

  • National Backyard Day

  • National Chocolate Caramel Day

March 20

  • International Day of Happiness

  • National Proposal Day

  • National Ravioli Day

  • Spring Equinox

  • World Flour Day

  • World Oral Health Day

  • World Storytelling Day

March 21

  • International Day of Forests

  • National Crunchy Taco Day

  • National Flower Day

  • National Fragrance Day

  • National French Bread Day

  • National Healthy Fats Day

  • National Renewable Energy Day

  • National Rosie The Riveter Day

  • National Single Parent Day

  • World Down Syndrome Day

  • World Poetry Day

March 22

  • American Red Cross Giving Day

  • International Day of the Seal

  • International Talk Like William Shatner Day

  • Ramadan (starts during the evening and last until sundown on Thursday, April 20)

  • World Water Day

March 23

  • Cuddly Kitten Day

  • National Chia Day

  • National Chip and Dip Day

  • National Puppy Day

March 24

  • National Cheesesteak Day

  • National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

  • National Cocktail Day

March 25

  • International Waffle Day

  • Walk in the Sand Day

March 26

  • Make Up Your Own Holiday Day

  • National Spinach Day

  • Solitude Day

  • Wear a Hat Day

March 27

  • National Spanish Paella Day

  • World Theatre Day

March 28

  • Eat an Eskimo Pie Day

  • National Black Forest Cake Day

  • National Hot Tub Day

  • Respect Your Cat Day

March 29

  • International Mermaid Day

  • National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day

  • National Vietnam War Veterans Day

  • World Piano Day

March 30

  • National Doctors’ Day

  • National Folding Laundry Day

  • National Pencil Day

  • Take a Walk in the Park Day

  • World Bipolar Day

March 31

  • Crayola Crayon Day

  • Eiffel Tower Day

  • International Transgender Day of Visibility

  • Manatee Appreciation Day

  • National Farm Workers Day

  • National Prom Day

Weekly observances in March 2023

  • March 5 to 11: Chocolate Chip Cookie Week, Girl Scout Week, National Aardvark Week, Women in Construction Week

  • March 5 to 13: Sea Week

  • March 19 to 25: American Chocolate Week, National Anonymous Giving Week

  • March 20 to 26: National Introverts Week

  • March 24 to 30: National Tsunami Awareness Week

Monthly observances in March 2023

  • Adopt a Rescued Guinea Pig Month

  • American Red Cross Month

  • Berries and Cherries Month

  • Brain Injury Awareness Month

  • Dolphin Awareness Month

  • Endometriosis Awareness Month

  • Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science and Engineering Month

  • International Ideas Month

  • Irish-American Heritage Month

  • Listening Awareness Month

  • Mad for Plaid Month

  • National Athletic Training Month

  • National Celery Month

  • National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

  • National Cheerleading Safety Month

  • National Color Therapy Month

  • National Craft Month

  • National Crochet Month

  • National Deaf History Month

  • National Flour Month

  • National Frozen Food Month

  • National Music in Our Schools Month

  • National Noodle Month

  • National Nutrition Month

  • National Optimism Month

  • National Peanut Month

  • National Reading Month

  • National Umbrella Month

  • Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

  • Women's History Month

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