Significant days of MARCH



(Image: Devotees at the banks of River Periyar to offer bali as part of Sivarathri celebrations)

March 04 Sivarathri Shivarathri festival is celebrated during the month of Kumbam (January-February).  In Aluva it is celebrated in great splendor at the sandy banks of Periyar River. The festival at Gokarnam, Aluva, Vaikom, Ettumanoor and Thali are very famous. This is the day when Lord Siva drank Kalakooda, the poison, to protect the whole world from disaster.   On Shivaratri, Shiva, Parvati, and Ganesha are worshipped between midnight and sunrise. Sivarathri is also celebrated with great religious fervors at Thripangot, Kallkulangara, Thrissur, Thrikandiyur, Vaikom, Thirunakkara and Attappady Malleswaran Temples.


MARCH 08 International Women's Day

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This year, International Women’s Day comes on the heels of unprecedented global movement for women’s rights, equality and justice. Sexual harassment, violence and discrimination against women have captured headlines and public discourse, propelled by a rising determination for change.

The theme for International Women’s Day, 2019 is “Think equal, build smart, innovative for change”. The theme focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the area of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure.


MARCH 15 World Consumer’s Rights Day

It was on this day in 1962 that John F Kennedy, the then President of United States addressed the issue of consumer rights and he was the first leader to raise the necessity to protect consumers rights.  
Consumers International has announced that the theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2019 will be ‘Trusted Smart Products’’.
Smart products are connected to the internet and receive, collect and send data. Globally, there are currently 23.1 billion smart products in the world, outnumbering people three to one. As more people come online across the world and our connection to the internet becomes better and faster, smart products will become more of a day-to-day reality for consumers everywhere, marking a major change in the way many consumers interact with products and services. The emergence of smart technology brings many opportunities for consumers; access to new services, more responsive products, greater convenience and choice. There are, however, some significant causes for concern: lack of security, privacy and meaningful choice over how we use them, as well as a lack of clarity about who is responsible when things go wrong. There are also issues around lack of access, with millions of people globally locked out of this new technology by overly high data charges.



MARCH 21 International Day for the elimination of Racial Discrimination

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is observed to remind people of racial discrimination’s negative consequences. It also encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.
Every person is entitled to human rights without discrimination. The rights to equality and non-discrimination are cornerstones of human rights law. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration, without distinction of race or any other kind. Yet racism, xenophobia and intolerance are problems prevalent in all societies, and discriminatory practices are widespread, particularly targeting migrants and refugees as well as people of African descent. Yet racism, xenophobia and intolerance are problems prevalent in all societies, and discriminatory practices are widespread, particularly targeting migrants and refugees as well as people of African descent.

“Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies” is the theme for the observance of the International Day for the elimination of racial discrimination, 2019. Racist extremist movements based on ideologies that seek to promote populist, nationalist agendas are spreading in various parts of the world, fueling racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, often targeting migrants and refugees as well as people of African descent.


MARCH 21 World Forestry Day

World Forestry Day or International Day of Forests is celebrated worldwide in order to increase the public awareness among communities about the values, significance and contributions of the forests to balance the life cycle on the earth. This is in accordance with the proclamation of the United Nations General Assembly.
The theme for the International Day of Forest for the current year is “Forests and Education”.


MARCH 22 World Water Day

World Water Day is about focusing attention on the importance of water.
“Water for all” is the theme of the World Water Day 2019. Water for all by 2030 is one of the aims of the United Nations envisaged under the sustainable Development Goal. Water for all means that one one is leaving behind. But today billions of people are living without safe water. Marginalised groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous people, disabled persons and many others are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination.






MARCH 23 World Meteorological Day

World Meteorological Day is observed to highlight the contribution of Meteorological and Hydrological services for the safety and well-being of mankind. It commemorates the coming into force on 23 March 1950 of the Convention establishing the World Meteorological Organization. It showcases the essential contribution of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to the safety and wellbeing of society and is celebrated with activities around the world.
This year’s theme of World Meteorological Day is “The Sun, the Earth and the Weather” 



March 24 World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and efforts to eliminate the disease. TB remains the world’s leading infectious killer, being responsible for the deaths of nearly 1.7 million people each year and representing the ninth leading cause of death globally.

The theme for the observance of World TB Day for 2019 is “It’s time ………”
It’s time to keep the promises made to end TB, It’s time for a world without TB, It’s time to treat 40 million people affected by TB, It’s time to know your TB status …… and many more.





MARCH 27 World Theatre Day

World Theatre Day was created by the International Theatre Institute in 1961 to celebrate theatre around the world. The goals of World Theatre Day are: (1) To promote theatre in all its forms across the world; (2) To make people aware of the value of theatre in all its forms; (3) To enable theatre communities to promote their work on a broad scale so that governments and opinion leaders are aware of the value and importance of dance in all its forms and support it