MOSAIC’S March Culture Corner

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March: Women’s History Month

What began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California and evolved to “Women’s History Week,” is now known as Women’s History Month. This month is dedicated to honoring women’s contributions in American history.

Discover stories of influential women all month long through these virtual events.

March: Irish American Heritage Month

Some of the most famous, prolific, and influential Americans are of Irish descent. March marks Irish American Heritage Month, an opportunity to reflect upon this heritage, learn more about it and celebrate it.

Although the contributions of Irish Americans are countless, check out this list of Irish Americans who have changed the world.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day

Originally a religious holiday to honor St. Patrick, who introduced Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish. The world’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade occurred on March 17, 1762, in New York City, featuring Irish soldiers who served in the English military. This parade became an annual event, with President Truman attending in 1948.

Learn more about St. Patrick and this festive holiday.

March 27 – April 4: Passover

Passover, Pesaḥ, or Pesach, is a Jewish, holiday commemorating the Hebrews’ liberation from slavery in Egypt and the “passing over” of the forces of destruction, or the sparing of the firstborn of the Israelites, when G-d “smote the land of Egypt” on the eve of the Exodus of the Jewish people. The festival marks the first and most momentous event in Jewish history.

Learn more about Passover and its traditions.

March 28: Holi

Holi is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India and it is celebrated in almost every part of the country. It is also sometimes called the “festival of love,” as on this day people get to unite together forgetting all resentments and all types of bad feeling towards each other. The great Indian festival lasts for a day and a night, which starts in the evening of Purnima or the Full Moon Day in the month of Falgun (the eleventh month in the Bengali and Nepali calendars). The colored powders used in the festival have different meanings: Red symbolizes love and fertility, yellow matches the color of the natural remedy turmeric, green is for spring and blue is for Krishna.

Read the Essential Guide to the 2021 Holi Festival in India

March 31: César Chavez Day

César Chavez (born César Estrada Chávez) March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993) was an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers union, UFW). César Chavez Day commemorates his legacy as an educator, environmentalist, and a civil rights leader, and promotes service to the community.

Learn more about César Chavez and his dedication to la causa, or the cause.