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March Calendar Of Events 2021

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The following lists cultural, special and community events that are taking place in March 2021. This should help you to plan and organise for upcoming events and celebrations for March 2021.

1 March

  • World Compliment Day - The holiday is meant to bring attention to the limitless, powerful and free resource we all have as humans: Kindness. Give someone a genuine compliment today!
  • Australian Women's History Month - Women's History Month (WHM) is held annually in many parts of the world to acknowledge and document the role women play in making and shaping history.
  • The March Charge - The March Charge is a fun personal fitness challenge that has an enormous impact on how cancer is researched and treated. Just by walking or running for Cancer Council this March, and by raising funds, you can help Charge ahead with cancer research, prevention, advocacy and support services.
  • Bandaged Bear Appeal - The Bandaged Bear Appeal is The Children's Hospital at Westmead's largest annual fundraising appeal. Treating 100,000 patients every year, The Children's Hospital at Westmead relies on community generosity to raise essential funds for purchasing the most technologically advanced medical equipment, conducting vital research and maintaining the total healing environment that the Hospital is renowned for.
  • Polite Pets Month - March is Polite Pets Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness about behavioural issues in pets, and addressing solutions to these issues.
  • The Water Challenge - 1 in 10 people worldwide don't have access to clean water. This March, join thousands of Australians by making water your only beverage to help give safe water to others. Take the fizz out of your drink, give your coffee a wake-up call and raise a glass to the one drink the world can't live without Join in drinking just water for the month of March to help make clean water a reality for everyone.
  • Hearing Awareness Week 1 to 7 March - One in six Australians is Deaf, Deafblind, hearing impaired or has a chronic ear disorder. Hearing Awareness Week provides an opportunity to explain that hearing health is an important issue for every Australian.

3 March

  • World Wildlife Day - On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild fauna and flora.


5 March

  • Schools Clean Up Day - Since 1992, school communities across Australia have demonstrated their support for caring for the environment through participating in Schools Clean Up Day.

6 to 14 March

  • Parks Week - Parks Week is an annual celebration of the important role that our parks play in contributing to the health of our communities. A range of formal and informal events take place across Australia and New Zealand during parks week - there is something for everyone.

7 March

  • Clean Up Australia Day - Clean Up Australia Day encourages all Australians to take to their local park, beach, bushland or streets and help collect rubbish. Individuals and local groups can either organise a Clean Up Site or volunteer to join an existing Site.

8 March

  • International Women's Day - A day to celebrate the contribution and achievements of all women. It is an opportunity to remember the barriers that women have broken through, and the accomplishments they have made despite barriers.

10 - 14 March

  • World's Greatest Shave - Every hour somebody in Australia is diagnosed with lymphoma, myeloma or leukaemia. Every second hour, somebody dies from one of these diseases. The World's greatest shave has raised in excess of $120 million since 1998, and uses the raised funds to support patients and families living with these blood disorders. Funds are also used to support blood cancer research to help find better treatments and cures.

15 - 21 March

  • Harmony Week - Celebrate our cultural diversity by living the Harmony Week message everyone belongs in your workplace, community, school, sporting group, local councils and state governments. - from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world. By participating in Harmony Week activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and enrich it.

15 - 26 March

  • A Taste of Harmony - Celebrates diversity in Australian workplaces by encouraging colleagues to share food and stories from different cultural backgrounds.

15 March

  • National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence - The theme of the day encourages parents and families to take a stand together with school communities and recognise the important role that everyone plays to stop bullying.

17 March

  • St Patrick's Day - Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick"), is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385-461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

18 March

  • National Close the Gap Day - By spreading the word, collecting pledges and showing your support, you will help hold governments to account on their commitment towards health equality for all Australians.

19 March

  • Ride2School Day - A day that encourages children to become more active and healthy in and out of school. Children participate by walking, riding or scooting to school.

20 March

  • International Day of Happiness - Do something, big or small, to take part on 20 March and bring happiness to others. Everyone wants to be happy - and life is happier when we're together. So let's celebrate our common humanity. Join the community and be part of this special day.

21 March

  • Harmony Day - Created in 1999 to celebrate unity and diversity, Harmony Day was originally an Australian celebration but is now marked worldwide by conscientious citizens.
  • International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - Celebrated on the anniversary of the 1960 shooting of 69 anti-apartheid protestors, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a reminder to continue breaking down all forms of racism and racial discrimination.
  • International Day of Forests - Despite all of the priceless ecological, economic, social and health benefits, we are destroying the very forests we need to survive. Global deforestation continues at an alarming rate - 13 million hectares of forest are destroyed annually. Deforestation accounts for 12 to 20 percent of the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming.

21 March

  • World Poetry Day - The United Nations describes poetry as another facet of the dialogue among cultures. World Poetry Day is a celebration of the contribution made to society by poetry.
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  • Naw Ruz (New Year) - Baha'i - Naw-Ruz (`New Day') is the Bahá'í and Iranian new year. It occurs on the date of the vernal equinox, and symbolises the new life of spring.

21 - 28 March

  • Cultural Diversity Week - Sharing culture through food, music and conversation is a cherished pastime for Victorians.

22 March

  • World Water Day - World Water Day is held to focus attention on the need for fresh water, and the importance of the sustainable management of fresh water resources.

24 - 30 March

  • National Playgroup Week- Playgroups play an important role in providing parent and carer support and in promoting the value of play young children. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful work undertaken all over Australia by dedicated parent and carer volunteers to keep playgroups running.

27 March

  • Earth Hour 8.30pm - Earth Hour is an international sustainability movement, where individuals and businesses are encouraged to turn off all lights for an hour. Earth Hour aims to increase awareness of the impact we have on our world through the use of fossil fuels and electricity.

27 March - 4 April

  • Passover - Probably the best known Jewish holiday, Passover commemorates the story of the exodus, where the Israelites were freed from Egyptian slavery.

28 March

  • Neighbour Day - Is Australia's annual celebration of community held on the last Sunday in March every year. Its aim is to encourage closer, friendlier relationships between neighbours and to strengthen communities.
  • Holi - Holi, also called the festival of sharing and love or the festival of colours is a Hindu two day festival in the Spring.

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Note: This is to be used as a general guideline only. These dates may be subject to change.

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