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National Women’s History Month Month long celebration highlighting the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Originally designed to be one week, women’s history events were promoted and created by the school district of Sonoma, California. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a proclamation declaring the week of March 8th as Women’s History Week. In 1987, Congress designated the entire month to the contributions of women to history.

Irish American Heritage Month – Special proclamation by the President and Congress to honor the achievements and contributions of Irish immigrants and their descendants living in the United States. The heritage month is in March which coincides with Saint Patrick’s Day. It is not celebrated yearly, but by proclamation.  Each year in March, the Irish Taoiseach, or prime minister of Ireland, visits the United States for Saint Patrick’s Day, and gives the President a crystal bowl with a shamrock in ceremony.

American Red Cross Month – The American Red Cross responds to a community disaster every eight minutes, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. They collect 14,000 units of blood everyday to fulfill the country’s needs and trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills. The Red Cross also provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families. This month is designated to celebrate their achievements and also to encourage people to join or volunteer with the Red Cross.

Orthodox Lent (February 27-April 7) – Eastern Orthodox and Greek Orthodox churches celebrate the “miracle of Easter” on the Easter Sunday date on the Julian calendar. Orthodox Easter preparations begin with 40 days of strict fasting prior to Easter Day. Lent is the period of time for self-examination, applying the riches of prayers and almsgiving, adopting the meaning of repentance, and atonement and reconciliation with God. Greek Orthodox Easter is on April 16th, 2017.

Remember to celebrate and appreciate the diversity that exists in this beautiful county where we live, work and play!

We celebrate Diversity.
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March 2017 Calendar

The County of Volusia recognizes and celebrates March as Women’s History Month, as well as, all other observances that are equally as important!


March 1
Ash Wednesday – Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent in the Christian faith. It is traditionally a day of fasting and occurs 46 days before Easter. According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert where he endured temptation from Satan. Lent originated as a mirroring of this fast in preparation for Easter. It is marked by attending church service where the palm branches, which were blessed on Palm Sunday, are burned and the ashes are used to mark the foreheads of churchgoers.


March 1
Saint David’s Day – Feast day honoring the patron saint of Wales. He was a teacher and founded a Celtic monastic community at Glyn Rhosyn (The Vale of Roses) at the spot where St.David’s Cathedral stands today in Pembrokeshire. His foundation at Gly Rhosyn became an important Christian shrine; it is the most important shrine in Wales.


March 2 - 20
Nineteen Day Fast – Period of time when members of the Baha’i faith adhere to a sunrise to sunset fast in order to reinvigorate the soul and bring the person closer to God. The fast was instituted by the Bab, the founder of the Baha’I faith. The fast occurs immediately before the beginning of the vernal equinox. The fasting is symbolic and a reminder of abstinence from selfish and carnal desires.


March 8
International Women’s Day - Global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This observance has been celebrated since the early 1900’s as a collective day of celebration and call for advancement of gender parity. It’s a day of unity, celebration, advocacy, reflection and action.


March 13
Holi / Hola Mohalla - A one-day Sikh festival that takes place on the second day of the lunar month of Chettand most often falls in March, sometimes coinciding with the Sikh New Year. It takes places after Holi, a two day festival that starts with Holika Dahan on the last day of the lunar month of Phagan on full moon and the actual day of Holi the next day on the first day of Chett. The words ‘Hola Mohalla’ means “charge of an army’ so the festival (which was instituted by Guru Gobind Singh while in the midst of fighting Aurangzeb of the Mughai Empire) contains mock battles and poetry contests.


March 17
Saint Patrick’s Day - A Christian feast day commemorating the arrival of Christianity in Ireland and named after the patron saint of Ireland. Saint Patrick was a fifth-century Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. He is regarded as the founder of Christianity in Ireland, converting those who were practicing Celtic polytheism. Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the supposed day of his death.


March 20
Vernal Equinox - The March equinox can be taken as marking the beginning of spring and the end of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of autumn and end of summer. During the equinox, the sun appears to leave the southern hemisphere and cross the celestial equator.


March 12
Magha Puja - Buddhist festival celebrated on the full moon day of Magha in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Sri Lanka, and on the full moon day of Tabodwe in Myanmar. The spiritual aims of the day are not to commit any kind of sins, do only good and purify one’s mind. It marks the four auspicious events that occurred at Veluvana bamboo grove in Northern India: 1,250 disciples went to see Buddha without being summoned, they were all enlightened, they were all ordained by Buddha himself, and it was a full moon day.


March 12
Purim - Jewish holiday that commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman in the ancient Persian Empire. According to the Biblical Book of Esther, Haman, the royal vizier to King Ahasuerus planned to kill all the Jews in the empire but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and his cousin and adopted daughter Esther who had risen to become Queen of Persia. This is celebrated as a day of deliverance and became a day of feasting and rejoicing.


March 13
Holi - A day celebrated by individuals, groups, and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness and thoughts of generosity that arise spontaneously from the heart. Originated in New Zealand, Random Acts of Kindness Day is founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness. There is also a week dedicated to this tenet, also celebrated on February 12-18, by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.


March 20
Ostara / Eostre - Wiccan festival that celebrates the season’s change from dark winter to brightening spring. It is celebrated on the spring equinox, the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. Some authors say Ostara derives from ancient Celtic and Saxon spring holidays and were later Christianized into the Easter holiday. Ostara, or Eostra, is an Anglo-Saxon goddess that represents dawn and oversees the budding plants and burgeoning fertility of the earth.


March 21
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - Designation by the United Nations General Assembly to fight racism. It is observed on the anniversary of the massacre at Sharpeville of 69 people by police at a peaceful anti-apartheid protest. This day is observed to remember the millions of people around the world who are still victims of racism and racial discrimination.


March 21
Nowruz - A traditional ancient Iranian festival celebrating the first day of spring and the Iranian New Year. It coincides with the vernal equinox. This date is also celebrated as New Year’s Day in the Baha’i tradition. It is one of nine holy days on which work is suspended.


Here are other topics of Health Awareness that are observed in the month of March:

March 4
American Diabetes Alert Day - Day designated to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes, particularly when left untreated or undiagnosed. Diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans (about 9% of the population). It is estimated that one in every four people who have diabetes is unaware that they have the disease.


March 13 – April 15
Deaf History Month - Deaf History Month is celebrated each year to straddle two months to highlight three key milestones in deaf history: on March 13, 1988 the Deaf President Now movement succeeds in having I. King Jordan named the first deaf president of Gallaudet University; on April 8, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signs the charter for Gallaudet University, the first school for advanced education of the Deaf and hard of hearing in the world; and on April 15, 1817, the American School for the Deaf, the first permanent public school, opens in Hartford, Connecticut. This month focuses on deafness and Deaf culture.


National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month - Month designated to celebrate and bring awareness to the contributions people with developmental disorders make to our society. The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Association of  University Centers on Disabilities and National Disability Rights Network joined together to create a social media campaign highlighting the ways that people with and without developmental disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities.


National Multiple Sclerosis Month - Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that destroys the protective covering that surrounds the nerves causing reduced communication between the brain and the nerve pathways. This leads to various parts of the body not working properly. Multiple Sclerosis month is all about raising awareness of this disease and raising funds for research for a cure.


Brain Injury Awareness Month - Awareness campaign in March to educate the general public about the incidents of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. The campaign also lends itself to outreach within the brain injury community to de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available.


Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month - March is officially recognized as Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month by the United States Senate. It has been designated to bring awareness about deep vein thrombosis and its potentially fatal complication, pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis is when a clot forms in the deep veins of the body, most commonly in the leg. Blood clots associated with deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism cause more deaths each year than breast cancer, AIDS and motor vehicles.


Endometriosis Awareness Month - March is recognized as Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis affects one in ten women of childbearing age in the United States and 176 million women worldwide. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus and is shed every month during menses, grows outside of the uterus and on other organs or structures in the body. Because of its location, this growth cannot be shed and can cause painful menstrual cramps and /or incapacitating abdominal and pelvic pain and infertility.


Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month - March is Bleeding Disorder Awareness Month. Disorders like hemophilia, von Willebrand Disease, and other rare bleeding disorders are spotlighted so the public can be educated about them.  Hemophilia is a rare disease that affects mostly males because it is an X-chromosome linked condition, although it can still affect females as well. A person can bleed in or outside of their body and do not bleed more than a person without hemophilia, just for a longer period of time.  Von Willebrand Disease can affect women and men equally and affects blood coagulation due to a lack of the protein that makes platelets stick together to form a plug.


Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month - Cerebral palsy is a broad diagnostic term used to describe a problem with movement and posture due to damage or abnormalities in the brain that makes certain activities difficult. It is the most common motor disorder and the second most common disability found in children. This month has been designated to encourage people with cerebral palsy to share the many things they enjoy and can do.


National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a complex disorder characterized by overwhelming fatigue and other symptoms that are not improved by bed rest and can get worse after physical activity or mental exertion. People with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome typically function at a lower level than they were capable of before they became ill. It can be misdiagnosed due to its symptoms being similar to many other illnesses.


National Kidney Month - March is designated as National Kidney Month. It is a time for raising awareness about kidney health and disease in the United States. Early detection and prevention are imperative in kidney disease. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.


National Social Work Month - Month designated to highlight the important contributions of social workers and turn the spotlight on the profession. Social workers confront some of the most challenging issues facing individuals, families, communities, and society and forge solutions that help people reach their full potential and make our nation a better place to live.


Workplace Eye Health and Safety Month - Every day more than 2,000 American workers suffer an eye injury and nearly 1 million Americans have lost some of their sight due to an eye injury according to Prevent Blindness America. This month has been designated to bring awareness to and effectively prevent eye injuries at the workplace. Precautions like wearing proper safety glasses and using eye drops are emphasized to help keep eyes safe.


(1)  Marian Anderson 1897 - 1993 SINGER In 1939, the DAR refused to let Anderson sing in DC's Constitution Hall because she was black. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR, and her husband's administration arranged an outdoor concert at the Lincoln Memorial for a crowd of 75,000 and millions of radio listeners. Anderson was the first African American to sing with the Metropolitan Opera. (2) Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) Wife and political aide of American president F.D.Roosevelt. In her own right Eleanor made a significant contribution to the field of human rights, a topic she campaigned upon throughout her life. As head of UN human rights commission she helped to draft the 1948 UN declaration of human rights. (3)  "Mia" Hamm-Garciaparra is an American retired professional soccer player, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup winner. Hamm was a founding member of the Washington Freedom in the first professional women's soccer league in the United States, the WUSA.  (4) Wangari Maathai (1940–2011) Kenyan-born environmentalist, pro-democracy activist and women’s rights campaigner. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to prevent conflict through protection of scarce resources. (5)  J.K.Rowling (1965– ) British author of the phenomenal best selling Harry Potter series. The volume of sales was so high, it has been credited with leading a revival of reading by children. She wrote the first book as a single mother, struggling to make ends meet, but her writing led to her great success. (6) Benazir Bhutto (1953–2007) The first female prime minister of a Muslim country. She helped to move Pakistan from a dictatorship to democracy, becoming Prime Minister in 1988. She sought to implement social reforms, in particular helping women and the poor. She was assassinated in 2007. (7)  Margaret Thatcher (1925– ) This politician was the first woman in European history to be elected prime minister. Known for her conservative views, Margaret Thatcher was also the first British prime minister to win three consecutive terms in the 20th century. (8)  Suu Kyi –was once a Burmese opposition politician who was under house arrest for 15 years for her pre-democracy campaigning. She only gained release in 2010 following an international campaign to let her free. She won a nobel prize in 1991 where it was said that "Suu Kyi's struggle is one of the most extraordinary examples of civil courage in Asia in recent decades.". (9) Malala Yousafzai (1997– ) Pakistani schoolgirl who defied threats of the Taliban to campaign for the right to education. She survived being shot in the head by the Taliban and has become a global advocate for women’s rights, especially the right to education.  (10) Dr. Shirley Jackson – As a physicist, She was the first black woman to receive a Ph.D. from MIT, in 1973. While working at Bell Laboratories, she conducted breakthrough scientific research with subatomic particles that enabled others to invent the portable fax, touch tone telephone, solar cells, fiber optic cables, and the technology behind caller ID and call waiting. Imagine all the important information you would have missed without this amazing woman! (11) Hedy Lamarr - Known for her Silver Screen exploits, Austrian actress Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler) also became a pioneer in the field of wireless communications following her emigration to the United States. Along with co-inventor George Anthiel, she developed a "Secret Communications System" to help combat the Nazis in World War II. By manipulating radio frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception, the invention formed an unbreakable code to prevent classified messages from being intercepted by enemy personnel.  (12) Haben Girma, is the first deaf and blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. Her incredible accomplishments are made possible through the power of life science research and technological advancements

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