|Ash Wednesday | 46 days before Easter Sunday (February or March)|
Lent begins with the imposition of ashes, an ancient symbol of penance common in the Old Testament and pagan antiquity. Jesus alludes to it when he condemns the cities of Bethsaida and Chorazin for not doing penance. "If the miracles performed in you had taken place in Trye and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes". (Matthew 11:21)
Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting.
Meditations: Ash Wednesday
|Easter | Between March 22nd to April 25th|
Easter is a time of springtime festivals. In Christian countries Easter is celebrated as the religious holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God. But the celebrations of Easter have many customs and legends that are pagan in origin and have nothing to do with Christianity.
Story of Easter
|Greek Independence Day | March 25th|
The celebration of Greek Independence Day on March 25th draws inspiration from one of the holiest days for Greek Orthodox Christians, the Annunciation of the Theotokos. This is the day that the Archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would bear a child. Bishop Germanos of Patras seized the opportunity by raising the banner of revolution, in an act of defiance against the Turks and marked the beginning of the War of Independence.
Greek Independence Day
|March Madness | March through first week of April|
March Madness is a phenomenon that grips the national sports psyche from the first week of March through the first week of April. March Madness is the moniker that is given to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments. These tournaments determine the national champions of college basketball.
The NCAA tournaments are an American tradition that sends millions of fans into a synchronized frenzy each year. It is this chaos that gives the tournament its March Madness nickname. March Madness is the concentrated hype of 65 teams vying for college basketball's biggest prize. It's the last-second, buzzer-beating baskets, the euphoria of winning to play another day, and the agony of losing and going home.
How Stuff Works - March Madness
|Mardi Gras / Shrove Tuesday / Carnaval / Carnival | Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (February or March)|
It started as a practice of confession immediately prior to the Lenten season as it is celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wedneday. While tied to religious observance, in practice, the celebrations of this day have been anything but reverent. From the middle ages to today, large pancake breakfasts, races, and jubilation have been associated with this date.
Mardi Gras at HolidayOrigins.com
|Palm Sunday | Sunday before Easter|
The most solemn week of the Christian year Holy week is the week leading up to Easter, and is the week during which Christians particularly remember the last week of Jesus's life. Holy week begins on Palm Sunday.
BBC - Religion and Ethics - Palm Sunday
|St. Patrick's Day | March 17th|
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for thousands of years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.
History of St. Patrick's Day