The arrival of spring isn’t the only reason to celebrate in March. Employee Appreciation Month begins, and what better way to reward those fantastic coworkers than with a note or card telling them how much you appreciate their efforts. (March 7 is Employee Appreciation Day).
In the United States, however, March always means St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. Originally an Irish Catholic holy day, St. Patrick's Day was first publicly celebrated in Boston in 1737. Today, it is celebrated across the United States and Canada with Saint Patrick's Day parades, with participants wearing anything green (hats, shirts, ribbons and green carnations). Pubs and bars sometimes serve beer that has been colored green, and some pranksters will add green food coloring to water fountains. The largest parade is New York City's Great Fifth Avenue Parade. The shamrock, the traditional icon of the holiday, stems from St. Patrick's use of a three-leaf clover to represent the Holy Trinity. Pointing to each leaf, St. Patrick conveyed that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate parts of one entity. The traditional "Wearin' O' the Green," a central theme for St. Patrick's Day, is rooted in an ancient Celtic ritual that honored a triad of fertility goddesses. During this ritual, the ashes of burnt green leaves were scattered over the fields to ensure a fruitful harvest.