This is the month when we change seasons and gears out of the cold and into the spring.
Whether that makes you think of spring cleaning, getting your garden ready for planting, or starting to gear up for Easter there is something for everyone in the month of March.
Spring is well and truly in the air! After a cold snap, we’re so grateful to welcome in longer days, spring sunshine and daffodils galore.
Here are some facts about March:
- March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war as it was the month in which the military campaigning season got underway after winter.
- In Old English one name for the month of March was “Hlyda” meaning “loud” possibly because of the roaring March winds.
- An old proverb says that “March comes in a like a lion and goes out like a lamb”, which means that winter is ending and spring is beginning.
- In ancient Rome before Julius Caesar’s calendar reform, March was the first month of the year.
- The expression “mad as a March hare” dates back to 1529. It refers to the wild behaviour of male hares during the mating season in March.
- The birthstone for March is aquamarine and the flowers are daffodil or violet.
- More 20th century UK Prime Ministers had birthdays in March than any other month
What’s happening in March?
We are still in Fairtrade Fortnight (21st Feb – 6th March) – When you choose Fairtrade, you’re helping make a difference to farmers all over the world. Fairtrade is a global movement that guarantees producers a fair deal. By making sure they’re paid fairly, it means that the producers who make many of our delicious goods, from chocolate and coffee to tea and bananas, are empowered through trade, not aid.
Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day always arrives 47 days before Easter, with Shrove Tuesday falling on 1 March in 2022. We have some great offers in our food stores – click here to find out more.
Thursday 8th March – International Women’s Day – is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
St Patrick’s Day – Thursday 17th March – St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave.
He escaped but returned about 432 CE to convert the Irish to Christianity. By the time of his death on March 17, 461, he had established monasteries, churches, and schools.
Many legends grew up around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. Ireland came to celebrate his day with religious services and feasts. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on 17th March annually.
Mothering Sunday – 27th March – Held on the fourth Sunday in Lent, exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday, it was a originally a day to honour and give thanks to the Virgin Mary, also known as Mother Mary.
British Summer Time begins.
In the UK the clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on the last Sunday in March, and back 1 hour at 2am on the last Sunday in October.
The period when the clocks are 1 hour ahead is called British Summer Time (BST). There’s more daylight in the evenings and less in the mornings (sometimes called Daylight Saving Time).
What fruit and veg are in season for March?
Artichoke, Beetroot, Cabbage, Carrots, Chicory, Cucumber, Leeks, Parsnip, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Radishes, Sorrel, Spring Greens, Spring Onions, Watercress, Rhubarb.