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March was the first month of the year in ancient Rome until Julius Caesar changed the calendar. In the Middle Ages, England changed the start of its year from Christmas to March 25. In 1752, the British made January 1 the start of the new year.
March Birthstone: Aquamarine
March Flower: Daffodil
Venus, Mars and Saturn are visible before sunrise in March. Jupiter is a morning star until March 8, when it moves to the evening sky.
Tuesday March 1 – Moon’s Last Quarter begins. Planting by the Moon: do no planting during the Moon’s last quarter. Instead, clean up the garden, kill weeds and insect pests.
Thursday March 3 – World Wildlife Day
Saturday March 5 – Gem and Mineral Show today and Sunday at O’Connor Field House, Caldwell
Tuesday March 8 – New Moon. Planting by the Moon: during the Moon’s first quarter, plant leaf vegetables like lettuce and other vegetables growing above ground that have seeds that are not eaten.
Sunday March 13 – Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 AM. Set clocks ahead one hour.
Tuesday March 15 – Moon’s First Quarter ends. Planting by the Moon: during the Moon’s second quarter, plant vegetables in which the seeds can be eaten: beans, tomatoes, peppers and squash.
Thursday March 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day
Saturday March 19 – Vernal Equinox
Sunday March 20 – Palm Sunday. First Day of Spring. This is National Poison Prevention Week.
Wednesday March 23 – Full “Wakening” Moon. Purim begins at sunset. Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from a death sentence, as recorded in the Jewish Bible’s Book of Esther. Planting by the Moon: during the Moon’s third quarter, plant root crops like turnips, potatoes, beets and carrots.
Friday March 25 – Good Friday
Sunday March 27 – Easter
Thursday March 31 – Moon’s Last Quarter begins. Planting by the Moon: do no planting during the Moon’s last quarter. Instead, clean up the garden, kill weeds and insect pests.