Hi. Today is 20th March, and the first day of Spring (Spring Equinox). It is also the World Storytelling Day 🙂
Once upon a time, a long time ago, well, actually, back in 1991 in Sweden, a Storytelling Day was held. And then one thing led to another; and now we celebrate World Storytelling Day on an international level. The End.
World Storytelling Day is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn (autumn equinox) in the southern hemisphere. The aim of this special day is to celebrate the art of Oral Storytelling globally, with as many people as possible around the world telling and listening to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night.
Each year has its own special storytelling theme: Birds in 2004; Bridges in 2005 and The Moon in 2006. In 2007, it was on “The Wanderer”. In 2008, it was on Dreams; in 2009 – Neighbours; 2010 – Light and Shadow; 2011 – Water; 2012 – Trees; 2013 – Fortune and Fate; and last year the theme was Monsters and Dragons.
The theme for 2015 is “Wishes.”
In fact this whole week from 16th to 22nd March is dubbed “World Folktales & Fables Week”. So if you’ve not told a story, get ready to tell one. And it’s not just for kids
It’s interesting to know that this week 16th to 22nd March is also the “Act Happy Week” 😀
MARCH 20 HOLIDAYS
There are several other Special Holidays and Observances celebrated in some or most parts of the world today 20 March. Perhaps the most prominent appears to be the ones dictated to us by Nature itself.
Ω. First Day of Spring Vernal Equinox: Astronomically speaking, the March equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north along the ecliptic. In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox is known as the vernal, or spring, equinox, and marks the start of the spring season. In the Southern Hemisphere, this equinox is known as the autumnal, or fall, equinox and marks the start of the fall season; the vernal equinox for the Southern Hemisphere occurs in September.
Ω. International Astrology Day is an annual observance/holiday celebrated by astrologers and astrology enthusiasts. It is seen by astrologers as the beginning (first day) of the astrological year and is celebrated/observed depending on the exact day that the Northward equinox. The date of the holiday occurs at the same time of the Iranian/Persian new year (Norouz) which is celebrated in many places throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.
Ω. Ostara: Ostara is a Neopagan (modern pagans) festival celebrated on the spring equinox which honors the ‘goddess’ of the Vernal Equinox. By pagan belief, Ostara is the day when the Goddess and God (variously identified as Mother Earth and the Green Man or the Young Maiden and Sun God) join in sacred marriage. Originally known as Eostre; it used to be celebrated for many days. The name has since evolved to Ostara (neopagan), Easter (English) and Ostern in (German). It is believed that this name was adopted in England for the Christian holiday of Easter, which falls on the Sunday after the full moon following the spring equinox.
Ω. Snowman Burning Day: Today is also the Snowman burning day. Well, it just makes sense. Bye Olaf. See you next Winter. Or in Frozen/Frozen 2.
Other March 20 Holidays; The Unknown Ones and especially the Wacky Ones 🙂
Ω. Kiss Your Fiancée Day – We all need a bit of romance in our lives and Kiss Your Fiancé Day is an ideal opportunity to indulge your romantic side.
Ω. Proposal Day:
First Day of Spring… Seems like a perfect day for a proposal! Whether you/your new fiancée planned a creative way to propose or just in the privacy of your home, just make sure that that special person feels special when you first propose her or him
Ω. Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day: Happy Neighbor Day
Ω. National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Ω. Alien Abduction Day: Well, you can decide to watch the skies expecting or wishing to be abducted by an alien life form, or you can just get a movie and watch the UFOs and Aliens. Your pick. Ben10 wouldn’t be such a bad idea.
Ω. French Language Day
Ω. Atheist Pride Day 😦
Ω. World Day of Theater for Children and Young People
Ω. International Day of Happiness: “Hakuna matata” is a Swahili phrase; literally translated, it means “there isn’t a problem/trouble”. Don’t worry, Be Happy 😉