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Learn More About Global Festivals Celebrated in March

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The month of March brings with it a vibrant tapestry of festivals and cultural holidays celebrated around the world. From colorful spring festivals to religious observances and national holidays, March is filled with diverse traditions that unite us in celebration. Let’s take a whirlwind tour of some of the most exciting festivals and cultural holidays celebrated in March, showcasing the rich diversity of our global community.

Holi – South Asia

Cultural Significance: Known as the Festival of Colors, Holi marks the arrival of spring for Hindus and celebrates the victory of good over evil. People celebrate by throwing colored powders and water at each other, dancing, and enjoying festive foods. It is celebrated in many other parts of the world where there is a significant Hindu population. This includes countries such as India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Fiji, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago, among others. Nowadays you can find Holi celebrations in USA, Canada, UK, and other countries with large Hindu diaspora.

How Kids Can Celebrate: Kids can celebrate Holi by participating in color-filled activities, such as creating colorful artwork, making traditional sweets like gujiya, or organizing a mini color-throwing party with family and friends.

How to Greet: “Happy Holi! May your life be filled with vibrant colors and joy.”

St. David’s Day (March 1st) – Wales

Cultural Significance: St. David’s Day is the national day of Wales, honoring St. David, the patron saint of Wales. Celebrations include wearing daffodils and leeks (symbols of Wales), traditional music and dance, and feasting on Welsh delicacies.

How Kids Can Celebrate: Kids can celebrate St. David’s Day by learning about Welsh culture and traditions. They can also try their hand at traditional Welsh recipes, or creating their own daffodil crafts.

How to Greet: “Happy St. David’s Day! Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!”

 

St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) – Ireland

Cultural Significance: St. Patrick’s Day honors St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Celebrated with parades, wearing green, and enjoying Irish food and drink, it has become a global celebration of Irish culture.

How Kids Can Celebrate: The most popular way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is by wearing green! We also recommend children learning about Irish folklore and legends, trying Irish dancing, or making traditional Irish dishes like soda bread.

How to Greet: “Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Duit!”

Nowruz – Iran and Central Asia

Cultural Significance: Nowruz, meaning “New Day” in Persian, marks the Iranian New Year and the beginning of spring. Celebrated with family gatherings, feasting, and the Haft-Seen table, which includes seven items symbolizing life and renewal.

How Kids Can Celebrate: Kids can celebrate Nowruz by helping set up a Haft-Seen table, learning about the significance of each item. Children also should try traditional Persian sweets, or participate in spring cleaning activities to welcome the new year.

How to Greet: “Nowruz Mubarak! Happy New Year!”

Ramadan – Muslim Communities

Cultural Significance: Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. It commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to the Prophet Muhammad.

How Kids Can Celebrate: Muslim families use the peacefulness of Ramandan to encourage children to learning to recite short verses from the Quran. All children can celebrate Ramadan by learning about its significance, participating in acts of charity and kindness. There are also some open community iftaars (breaking the fast) that you can join with family and friends.

How to Greet: “Ramadan Mubarak! May this Ramadan be a month of blessings for you and your family.”

 

Celebrate these traditions and more with Kaboo!

At Kaboo, we celebrate the diversity of cultures and traditions that make our world so vibrant. Our card gallery proudly includes many of the festivals above in multiple languages.

We invite you to share your cultural traditions that you celebrate in March. With Kaboo’s “upload your own design” feature, you can create custom greeting cards that reflect your unique cultural heritage. Once you’re done, Kaboo will easily deliver a physical greeting card directly to your loved ones in other cities or countries.

By exploring these celebrations, we can teach kids about the diversity of our world and the importance of respecting and appreciating different cultures. So, whether you’re dancing in the streets of India during Holi or wearing green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day… remember that every celebration is an opportunity to learn and grow together.