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March marches to a drummer all its own
Written by Jim Robertson   
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 6:58 PM

Well here we are at the end of February.  Will March come in like a lamb or a lion?  My Magic 8-Ball says Not Clear Yet.

March was the first month of the Roman calendar, named for Mars, the god of war.  Since it can be a somewhat blustery month, I guess the warlike part is apt.

A few events to remember for the upcoming month.

St. Patrick’s Day will be on Sunday, March 17th, which will also be Selection Sunday for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  What a parlay!  Green beer and tournament brackets.  The tournament, or as I like to refer to it, the Large Cotillion(not allowed to say “Big Dance” you know, CBS owns the rights) will begin on Tuesday night, March 19 with a pair of Opening round games in Dayton.

March 19 is the feast day of St. Joseph, who according to most Western religions was the earthly father of Jesus Christ.  He is the patron saint of workers, immigrants, the unborn, the Catholic Church and against doubt and hesitation.  And all this time I thought he was the patron saint of aspirin.

The following day will be the occasion of this year’s Vernal Equinox or the beginning of Spring which will occur at 7:02 am, EDT.  That’s right.  Eastern Daylight Time, which will have deprived us of an hour of sleep on Sunday, March 10th as we “spring” forward an hour in the wee hours of the morning.

Oh well, sleep is highly overrated anyway.

A couple of other March dates to remember are Friday, March 8th, which is International Women’s Day.  Thursday, March 14th, brings us World Kidney Day.  The entire month is concerned with other health observances as it is National Nutrition Month, Save Your Vision Month, Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and Women’s History Month.

Of course the celebrated Ides of March(the date, not the band) takes place on the 15th of the month and was the date when Julius Caesar was attacked and stabbed to death in the Roman Senate.  Kinda makes you wonder if they weren’t on to something.

However the big windup of the month comes during the last week of March when the Jewish observance of Passover begins at sunset on the 26th.  The observance commemorated the flight of the children of Israel from Egypt where they had been held in bondage.

Western Christianity has its own eight days of glory beginning with Palm Sunday on the 24th and ending with the celebration of Easter on March 31st.  The Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the holiday a little later.

So whether you are sitting down to the traditional Jewish Seder, or commemorating Christ’s last supper, the last week of March will be filled with traditions and religious observances.

Saturday, March 30, is National Doctor’s Day, which is appropriate as most of them will be off on the weekend.

Apologies to ER personnel who will be manning their posts that weekend waiting for those who unfortunately will be eating hard boiled eggs that have been left out too long in the sun.  Or the plastic ones.

They are not very good for digestion either.  Have a wonderful month and remember the limit on chocolate bunnies on Easter Sunday is one large solid one or a half dozen small ones.

Jim Robertson is a longtime Harrison resident, a member of Harrison City Council, and a weekly columnist for The Harrison Press.