Ah... March; the luck of the Irish, leprechauns, shamrocks and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There are many historical bits and pieces surrounding the origins and symbols of Saint Patrick’s Day
. In one story, Patrick escaped wartime captivity and went to what is probably modern day France. He led the crew into the wilderness and many miracles took place, which allowed them to avoid death. Then Patrick called to Ireland
to convert the Celtics
to the Christian
Patrick used a shamrock as an object lesson to explain the Trinity. The Leprechaun is shown to be a jolly little elf, but he is actually known for being quite grumpy. Humans endeavor to get to his pot of gold
, but the little leprechaun has his way of making sure this doesn’t happen. So, March 17th, don your green apparel
and celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day.
Speaking of green, March is a busy time for gardeners
. The crocuses and daffodils are blooming just in time for spring on March 21st. Time to put the wood ashes around the blackberry bushes. It is also time to plant onions and potatoes. In addition, plant other cold crops like lettuce bok choi, broccoli, kohlrabi, and cabbage which can all be direct seeded as long as they are covered with polypropylene.
Women’s History Month takes place for the entire month of March. There are ceremonies and events celebrating the accomplishments of women who have made a difference in the lives of others. Historical reflection is important, but this is also time to highlight present and future issues
of importance to women everywhere. International Women’s Day is March 8th. Many female icons have influenced education
, juvenile justice
Continue to view American Idol
while the top ten male finalists and top ten female finalists start out the Month of March and vie for the top spot. Two men and two women were already eliminated by American vote on Thursday, February 23rd.
More online resources for March:
- Kooker Kid’s Coloring Sheets - Find free printable coloring sheets of leprechauns, shamrocks and the pot o’ gold.
- Irish Blogs – Information about Irish culture, politics, issues, news and photography.
- The Old House Web: Gardening - Advice for planting early spring vegetables.
- The Garden Path - Offering advice, articles, products and photos about organic gardening.
- National Women’s History Project - Offering mission, activities, events, news and resources.
- Women’s History from Infoplease - Find history, timelines, awards, achievers, demographics, work, motherhood, crime statistics and educational influence.