Did you know that three very different celebrations are happening all in one week in March? We’re talking about Holi, Pi Day, and St. Patrick’s Day! Just scroll down to read more about each one of these special days! Holi: A Colorful Free-For-All in India This is how they do Spring in India — and it’s pretty unforgettable. This Hindu tradition celebrates the triumph of good over evil with tons of dazzling color. People chase each other in the streets, joyously covering each other with bright, colorful powders, until everyone looks like a vivid finger painting. Before the color begins, there are bonfires, the sharing of legends, and lots of festive goings on in preparation for the season of bloom. St.Patricks Day: Did You Wear Something Green?
Parades, shamrocks, and green-frosted cupcakes. These are the things we’ve come to remember about St. Patrick’s Day. But who was this Saint Patrick, anyway? First off , he was actually a British guy (huh?) who got captured by Irish raiders. He later worked as a Catholic Missionary in Ireland, and years after his death, he was celebrated as the Patron Saint of Ireland. But what about the parades? That didn’t really start happening until the 1700s, when a famine in Ireland sent foods of Irish immigrants to Boston and New York. So when we celebrate St. Paddy’s Day in the U.S., we’re not just celebrating Irish history, but also America’s rich history of immigration. Cheers! Pi Day: Power to Geometry (With Pie)
It’s easy as pi—that’s pi, not pie, the delicious dessert. What is pi, anyway, and why do we have a whole day for it? Pi is a mathematical expression that represents the ratio of a circle’s circumference (measurement around) to its diameter (measurement across). That number is roughly 3.14195, and is represented in this Greek symbol: π. So, why March 14th? Take a look at that number again. The first three digits are 3.14, and another way of saying March 14th? Yup, you guessed it: 3/14. Get it?