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Thursday, the 20th of March, 2014 is the 79th day in 2014 and in the 12nd calendar week.

Spring Equinox
March 20, 2014 in Northern Hemisphere

Today is the Spring Equinox, the official first day of Spring is in 2014 on March 20 (according to the astronomical definition). Spring is one of the four temperate seasons, the transition period between winter and summer. Spring and “springtime” refer to the season, and broadly to ideas of rebirth, renewal and regrowth.

The specific definition of the exact timing of “spring” varies according to local climate, cultures and customs. At the spring equinox or the first day of spring, days are close to 12 hours long with day length increasing as the season progresses.

In spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt toward the Sun and the length of daylight rapidly increases for the relevant hemisphere. The hemisphere begins to warm significantly causing new plant growth to “spring forth,” giving the season its name. Snow, if a normal part of winter, begins to melt, and streams swell with runoff. Frosts, if a normal part of winter, become less severe.

Unstable weather may more often occur during spring, when warm air begins on occasions to invade from lower latitudes, while cold air is still pushing on occasions from the Polar regions. Flooding is also most common in and near mountainous areas during this time of year because of snowmelt, accelerated by warm rains. (With material from: Wikipedia)

Note: The date March 20, 2014 is calculated for Eastern Standard Time (UTC-5). It can vary in other time zones.

Where is First day of spring?
Worldwide Northern Hemisphere

Vernal Equinox Day
March 20, 2014 in Japan

Vernal Equinox Day is observed on March 20, 2014. Vernal Equinox Day (jap. Shunbun no Hi) is a public holiday in Japan that occurs on the date of the Northward equinox in Japan Standard Time, usually March 20 or 21. The date of the holiday is not officially declared until February of the previous year, due to the need for recent astronomical measurements. Vernal Equinox Day became a public holiday in 1948. Prior to that it was the date of Shunki k?reisai, an event relating to Shintoism. Like other Japanese holidays, this holiday was repackaged as a non-religious holiday for the sake of separation of religion and state in Japan’s postwar constitution.

Where is Vernal Equinox Day?
Nationwide Japan

Nowruz 2014
March 20, 2014 in the World

Nowruz is celebrated on March 20, 2014. Nowruz is the name of the Iranian/Persian New Year in Iranian calendars and the corresponding traditional celebrations. Nowruz is also widely referred to as the “Persian New Year”.

Where is Nowruz?
Worldwide

International Day of Happiness
March 20, 2014 in the World

Day of Happiness is celebrated on March 20, 2014. The International Day of Happiness is celebrated throughout the world on 20 March. It was established by the United Nations General Assembly on 28 June 2012. The International Day of Happiness recognizes the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings.

Happiness is a mental or emotional state of well-being characterized by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy. Happiness is a fuzzy concept and can mean many things to many people. Part of the challenge of a science of happiness is to identify different concepts of happiness, and where applicable, split them into their components.

International Day of Happiness:
http://www.un.org/en/events/happinessday/

Where is the event?
Worldwide

Absolutely Incredible Kids Day
March 20, 2014 in the World

Absolutely Incredible Kids Day is celebrated on March 20, 2014. Don’t you think, that the other kids are good, but your kid is incredible? Amazing Incredible Kids Day (AIKD) reminds parents that all kids are amazing! Every child deserves the chance to feel special – when is the last time you told them that? The day was created by Campfire USA as a day to show kids they are loved and cared for. It is held annually on the third Thursday in March.

Where is Absolutely Incredible Kids Day?
Worldwide

World Storytelling Day
March 20, 2014 in the World

The World Storytelling Day is on March 20, 2014. It is a global celebration of the art of oral storytelling. It is celebrated every year on the spring equinox in the northern hemisphere, the first day of autumn equinox in the southern.

On World Storytelling Day, as many people as possible tell and listen to stories in as many languages and at as many places as possible, during the same day and night. Participants tell each other about their events in order to share stories and inspiration, to learn from each other and create international contacts.

The significance in the event lies in the fact that it is the first global celebration of storytelling of its kind, and has been important in forging links between storytellers often working far apart from each other. It has also been significant in drawing public and media attention to storytelling as an art form.

Storytelling is the conveying of events in words, images and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment. Stories or narratives have been shared in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation and in order to instill moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters and narrative point of view.

A global celebration of storytelling:
http://worldstorytellingday.webs.com/

Where is World Storytelling Day?
Worldwide

World Sparrow Day
March 20, 2014 in the World

World Sparrow Day is celebrated on March 20, 2014. World Sparrow Day is a day designated to raise awareness of the House Sparrow and other common birds to urban environments, and of threats to their populations. It is an international initiative by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France) and numerous other national and international organisations across the world.

The idea of marking a World Sparrow Day came up during an informal discussion at the Nature Forever Society’s office. The idea was to earmark a day for the House Sparrow to convey the message of conservation of the House Sparrow and other common birds and also mark a day of celebration to appreciate the beauty of the common biodiversity which is taken so much for granted. The first World Sparrow Day was celebrated in 2010 in different parts of the world.

World Sparrow Day also has a broader vision to provide a platform where people who are working on the conservation of the House Sparrow and other common birds can network, collaborate and exchange conservation ideas which will lead to better science and improved results.

The House Sparrow is strongly associated with human habitations, and can live in urban or rural settings. Though found in widely varied habitats and climates, it typically avoids extensive woodlands, grasslands, and deserts away from human development. Because of its numbers, ubiquity and association with human settlements, the sparrow is culturally prominent.

Where is World Sparrow Day?
Worldwide

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day
March 20, 2014 in the World

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day (also called Alien Abduction Day) is a new festivity observed on March 20. Its origins are unclear, though it seems it was popularized since the 2008 Alien Abduction Day festival in Toronto.

Keep one eye on the sky. And, be ready to duck, dodge, and to hide. UFO’s may be everywhere, looking to abduct humans. If you are not careful, perhaps they will find you! Of course, there are more than a few people out there who are looking to be abducted by aliens, so they can travel to another planet.

Celebrate today by reading and watching science fiction stories about UFOs and Extraterrestrials. And, make sure to keep out of sight of extraterrestrials.

Where is Extraterrestrial Abductions Day?
Worldwide

UN French Language Day
March 20, 2014 in the World

UN French Language Day is celebrated on March 20, 2014. The event was established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010. The day is observed annually in order to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six its official working languages throughout the organization.

March 20 was chosen as the date for the French language since it coincides with the 40th anniversary of the International Organization of La Francophonie. French is a Romance language spoken as a first language in France, the Romandy region in Switzerland, Wallonia and Brussels in Belgium, Monaco, the province of Quebec and the Acadia region in Canada, the north of the U.S. state of Louisiana, and by various communities elsewhere.

French is an official language in 29 countries. It as well is an official language of all United Nations agencies and a large number of international organizations. French was the most important language of diplomacy and international relations from the 17th century to approximately the middle of the 20th century. English has taken over that role since then.

Where is UN French Language Day?
Worldwide

Snowman Burning Day
March 20, 2014 in USA-Michigan

Today is Snowman Burning Day! Every year on the first day of spring, students at Lake Superior State University burn a snowman to celebrate the end of winter. The inspiration for this unique tradition comes from the Rose Sunday Festival in Germany. The mayor of each town burns a straw snowman if the children of the town have been well behaved all year. The smoke rising from the bonfire is supposed to ward off blizzards and usher in the spring season.

The first Snowman Burning Day took place in 1971. An LSSU student club called the Unicorn Hunters organized the event and established several traditions including the annual poetry competition. Students, faculty, staff, townspeople, and kids in the community compose poems about the snowman burning and recite them during the event.

Annual Snowman Burning:
http://www.lssu.edu/snowman/

Where is Snowman Burning Day?
Nationwide USA-Michigan

Historical Events:

1345 – Saturn/Jupiter/Mars-conjunction: thought “cause of plague epidemic”

1600 – The Linköping Bloodbath takes place on Maundy Thursday in Linköping, Sweden.

1697 – Willem de Vlamingh returns to Batavia after exploring “South Land”

1760 – Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings

1815 – Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule

1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” published (Boston)

1920 – 1st flight from London to South Africa lands (took 1½ months)

1934 – Female Babe Didrickson pitches hitless inning for Phila A’s in exhibition game against Brooklyn Dodgers

1944 – Mount Vesuvius, Italy, explodes

1952 – Final ratification of peace treaty restoring sovereignty to Japan

1956 – Tunisia gains independence from France

1985 – Libby Riddles is 1st woman to win Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race

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