Somatirtha Purohit

Important events and festivals fall every month and people celebrated accordingly. March is one of the most important months as it marks the end of an official year.

These days hold many national and international significance. Knowing about the significance is also important for the students preparing for various competitive exams.

Important Days in March

March 1: Zero Discrimination Day/ World Civil Defence Day/ Self Injury Awareness Day

These days are observed on first day of March. Zero Discrimination Day, is observed worldwide to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, skin colour, height, or weight, is treated with dignity.

World Civil Defence Day is observed to bring attention of the public towards the critical role civil defense in disaster recovery. It honours the efforts, sacrifices, and successes of all services involved in disaster relief.

Self Injury Awareness Day is observed to make special efforts to raise awareness about self-harm and self-injury.

March 3: World Wildlife Day/ World Hearing Day/ National Safety Day

World Wildlife Day is observed to celebrate all the world's wild animals and plants and the contribution that they make to our lives and the health of the planet.

World Hearing Day is observed every year to raise awareness over how to prevent deafness and to promote hearing.

March 8: International Women's Day/ No Smoking Day/Holi

International Women's Day is observed to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. 

No Smoking Day is observed on second Wednesday of March every year to help smokers who want to quit smoking and also to raise awareness about the health effects of smoking in daily life.

Holi is celebrated in every part of India. It celebrates the eternal and divine love of God Radha Krishna. The day also signifies the victory of good over evil, as it commemorates the triumph of Lord Nrusingha over Hiranyakashipu.

March 10: CISF Raising Day

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Raising Day is observed on March 10 every year. The CISF was established in 1969. This agency is responsible for India's seaways, airways, and some of the country's most important assets.

March 14: Pi Day

Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant ‘Pi’. It is the circumference-to-diameter ratio of a circle, which is about 3.14.

March 14: International Day of Action for Rivers

It is observed to raise awareness over the threats to the rivers. Every year several organisation proposes several initiatives to save the rivers. 

March 15: World Consumer Rights Day

World Consumer Rights Day is observed to raise awareness about the consumer rights globally. 

March 16: National Vaccination Day

The day is observed to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work of frontline workers. It was first observed on March 16, 1995 when the first dose of Oral Polio Vaccine was given. It is an attempt to increase awareness for the eradication of polio.

March 18: Ordnance Factories Day

The day is observed to commemorate the founding of the 1st Ordnance Factory in colonial India in Cossipore, near Kolkata, in the year of 1801.

March 20: International Day of Happiness/ World Sparrow Day

International Day of Happiness is celebrated every year to recognise importance of happiness in day to day life. 

World Sparrow Day is celebrated across the world to raise awareness about the importance of sparrows in our lives.

March 21: World Forestry Day/ World Poetry Day/ World Down Syndrome Day

World Forestry Day is observed to raise awareness about the conservation, importance and contribution of forests in water cycle.

World Poetry Day is observed to recognise the special ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind.

World Down Syndrome Day is observed to raise awareness about the Down Syndrome. Down syndrome is a naturally occurring chromosomal arrangement in human which results in variable effects on learning styles, physical characteristics or health.

March 22: World Water Day

World Water Day is observed annually to raise awareness about the importance of freshwater.

March 23: World Meteorological Day/ Martyr's Day

World Meteorological Day is celebrated to attract attention towards weather and climate for the safety and well-being of the society.

Martyr's Day is remembered as the day when three brave freedom fighters, namely Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Rajguru, and Sukhdev Thapar, were hanged by the British.

March 24: World Tuberculosis Day

TB day is observed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis and efforts to eliminate the disease.

March 25: International Day of the Unborn Child

It is observed as a day of opposition to abortion.

March 26: Purple Day of Epilepsy

The day is observed to spread awareness about epilepsy and its impact on people's lives. The day reminds epilepsy patients that they are not alone.

March 27: World Theatre Day

It is observed to raise the importance of the art form "theatre".

March 30: Rama Navami

The day is celebrated as the birthday of Lord Ram, the seventh avatar of the Lord Vishnu.