photo of the day (happy 1 march)
Happy March 1st, everyone! Did you know that today is a holiday in many places? I didn’t until I read my daily email from the Writer’s Almanac. If we were in Bulgaria, we would be greeting each other with a hearty “Chestita Baba Marta” or “Happy Grandmother March” in honor of Baba Marta (Grandmother March Day.) When Baba Marta is happy, she brings warm weather. Not so happy means frost and cold weather. And we all want Baba Marta to be happy with us, don’t we? Well, I sure do! So let’s put on our martenitsas and make Baba Marta happy.
If we lived in Wales, then today we’d have the day off from school in celebration of the patron Saint of Wales, St. David. We’d put a leek (yes, the vegetable) on our lapels and go to a parade. The leeks are in honor of the Welsh resistance fighters of Medieval time. It seems in those days, the Welsh uniforms looked much like the English, so the leeks helped to tell them apart.
And finally, if we lived in Iceland, we’d celebrate “Beer Day.” It seems that back in 1989, the Icelandic government turned over a 74 year ban on beer. I’m not a big beer drinker but I can definitely see how that would be a reason to celebrate. And then drink lots of beer.
But for me, there is no real reason to celebrate the beginning of the month of March other than for the promise of Spring at the end of it. Oh, and it is my birthday month as well. These days that is more a time of contemplation than celebration but that’s a story for another post entirely.
So I’m leaving you with images of winter and thoughts of warmer weather. Let me know if you decide to take the day off and be Bulgarian, Welsh or Icelandic just for today. And try not to drink too much beer.