The calendar below shows special events that are taking place in March 2014. Use these as the starting point for learning about different topics!
Click on any underlined links to find related resources that you can use in the classroom. National events are based in the UK, unless otherwise indicated.
|St. David's Day (1st)
St David's Day is celebrated in Wales and by Welsh people throughout the world on 1st March.
|Climate Week (3rd to 9th)
Climate Week is a national campaign to inspire a new wave of action on climate change, showcasing practical solutions to climate change.
|Shrove Tuesday (4th)
Shrove Tuesday is the day before Lent starts: the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It's a day of penitence, to clean the soul, and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins.
|Ash Wednesday (5th)
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting.
|World Book Day (6th)
World Book Day is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it's a celebration of reading.
|Winter Paralympics (7th to 16th)
The Winter Paralympic Games take place every 4 years and are a global
celebration of Winter Sports. In 2014 they will be held in Russia. Visit the official site.
|International Women's Day (8th)
Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.
|Commonwealth Day (10th)
Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration of the Commonwwealth of Nations. The Queen usually attends a service at Westminster Abbey.
|National Science and Engineering Week(14th to 23rd)
National Science and Engineering Week is the UK's widest grassroots celebration of all things science and engineering. Register your school and get free activity packs here.
|National SingUp Day (14th)
The biggest singing day of the year. Schools across the country organise singing events.
|Pi Day (14th)
Pi Day is an unofficial holiday commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi).
|Purim (15th to 16th)
Purim commemorates the time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination by the courage of a young Jewish woman called Esther.
|ICC World Twenty20 (16th March to 6th April)
The World Twenty20 cricket championship is held every two years. In 2014 it will be held in Bangladesh.
|St. Patrick's Day (17th)
Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.
|Holi (17th to 18th)
Holi is a Hindu spring festival of fertility and harvest. It is also called "The Festival of Colours" and people celebrate by throwing coloured powder.
|Spring Equinox (20th)
The March Equinox marks the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. The day and night are of equal length.
|Sport Relief (21st to 23rd)
Sport Relief raises money through sporting events to help children and youf people in the UK and across the world.
|World Poetry Day (21st)
World Poetry Day was set up as a time to appreciate and support poets and poetry around the world.
|World Water Day (22nd)
World Water Day draws attention to something most of us take for granted despite its importance – safe water.
|World Meteorological Day (23rd)
An annual event that remembers the World Meteorological Organization's establishment on 23rd March in 1950.
|Earth Hour (29th)
Earth Hour encourages everyone to turn off their lights for one hour to take a stand against climate change.
|Daylight Saving Time Starts (30th)
The clocks go forward by one hour in the UK. This gives us more daylight in the evening, but less in the morning. This is also called British Summer Time.
|Mothering Sunday (30th)
Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers.
|Ugadi (Yugadi) (31st)
Ugadi is the New Year festival for Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in southern India.
Dates have been checked carefully, but please double-check yourself if you are planning any events based on this information. Thank you to Sam C for her help with researching many of these events.
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