The first of April is known as April Fool’s Day, a traditional day for practical jokes of all kinds. Some have noted connections between April Fool’s Day and the Roman celebration of Hilaria on March 25, and the Hindu holiday of Holi, ending March 31. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1894, refers to “the mockery trial of our Redeemer” as a popular explanation.
Learn more about this light-hearted holiday on our page of links.
From March 16-31, everyone will have access to Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life by Kate McDermott, an award-winning self-taught home baker who offers pie-making workshops all over the country, and whose pies have been featured in USA Today, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Real Simple, Saveur, and on NPR. Just visit NOBLE’s OverDrive site, no waiting lists for this title!
This is part of OverDrive’s Big Library Read global book club series. Here’s a Letter from the Author and Reading Guide.
St. Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s national holiday and commemorates the death of Ireland’s Patron Saint. St. Patrick’s Day is both a religious and cultural holiday and is celebrated by people of Irish descent around the world. In the United States St. Patrick’s Day is often celebrated with parades and Irish food, such as corned beef and cabbage. It is also traditional to wear green to mark the occasion. St. Patrick’s Day is always celebrated on March 17th.
Find ideas for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, as well as holiday book lists, on our page of links.
Purim is a joyous holiday commemorating the rescue of the Jews by Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai from the evil Haman. The story is read aloud and when Haman is mentioned in the Megillah of Esther, people use noisemakers called groggers to drown out his name. Traditions eating hamentashen, three-cornered, pastries filled with fruit. This year Purim is celebrated from March 11th to March 12th.
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Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to our shared social, cultural and political history. Women’s History Month has been observed since 1987 when a Congressional Resolution expanded Women’s History Week to a month-long celebration, which includes International Women’s Day on March 8th. This year’s theme is, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives”
See our page of links for resources to celebrate Women’s History Month.
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a lively celebration that marks the beginning of Lent, a solemn period of repentance and abstinence observed by many Christians. Mardi Gras offers a final opportunity to indulge and is traditionally marked by parades, music, parties and food. New Orleans is well known for its raucous Mardi Gras celebrations. If you cannot visit the French Quarter this Mardi Gras, see our page of links for other ways to celebrate festive event.