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March

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    Ash Wednesday makes the start of the fasting period known as Lent in the Christian Church yearly calendar. The day of Ash Wednesday is a day of repentance.
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    Lent is now starting. It is a period of fasting in some churches that takes place in the 40 (actually, 46) days leading up to Easter.
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    St David is the patron saint of Wales. He is reputed to have had his soldiers attach leeks to their caps so they could distinguish themselves from their enemies.
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    The Doll Festival is an unofficial, fun holiday in Japan, mostly for small girls. In Japanese, the holiday is called Hina matsuri (Hina means a doll in Japanese.) Girls arrange their collection of dolls for proud display on tiered stands in their living rooms.
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    The 4th of March is Poundcake Day. If the day has crept up on you caught you unawares so that you don't have time to make one, sneak out to the grocery and buy some.
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    The 6th of March is Frozen Food Day; in fact, all of March is Frozen Food Month. People have been freezing food for millenia.
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    Today is reputedly the day on which to enjoy a Crown Roast of Pork. In the Northern Hemisphere, it is still cool enough to do a good roast dinner, and in Australia, the heat of the summer is starting to ease off.
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    Barbie Millicent Roberts was born on this day in 1959. Well, perhaps not born, but she had her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.
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    If you're a crab lover, today's a day when you won't want to find yourself left out of the festivities (though a few crabs might rather give it a miss.) Treat yourself to a crab meal for dinner or a crabmeat sandwich for lunch, and learn about various types of crab here on CooksInfo.com.
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    The 9th of March marks the end of the Pastry War between Mexico and France. Treat yourself to a pastry! The war started in the spring of 1838.
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    A Penny Loaf was a common size loaf of bread in England set down by the Assize of Bread Act in 1226. The actual cost and weight of the bread, however, would vary based on the flour that had been used.
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    Potato Chip Day: the day on which you get to have one potato chip, but then have to stop... Several ways to honour the day: Try cooking with potato chips today.
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    The 14th of March is an unofficial Japanese holiday. Valentine's Day started in Japan around 1958.
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    The 16th of March is the birthday of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. It was founded on this day, 16th March 1971, by 4 young journalists from Manchester and Liverpool areas: Michael Hardman, Graham Lees, Bill Mellor and Jim Makin.
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    Oranges and Lemons Day takes place every year in London, usually on the third Thursday of March [1], even when Easter or St Patrick's Day intervenes, at the Church of St Clement Danes in London. Children who go to the nearby St Clement Danes Church of England Primary School attend a service, after which the church's bells are rung and the children are given each an orange and a lemon.
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    St Patrick's Day is a day to celebrate all things Irish. As a major festival, it was big first in America before it was in Ireland -- just as Cinco de Mayo is coming to be a bigger deal now in America than it is in Mexico.
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    Pretzel Sunday is observed on the third Sunday of Lent (4th Sunday before Easter) in Luxembourg, where it's called "Bretzelsonndeg." A boy can offer a pretzel to a girl he fancies. If she accepts, the boy can visit her house on Easter, and expect to be given some eggs.
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    National Agriculture day has been celebrated annually since 1973 in America on the first day of spring (Northern Hemisphere spring, that is.) It is organized by The Agriculture Council of America, a non-profit organization. The day is designed to educate people about the role of agriculture, and to encourage young people to consider careers in it.
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    The 20th of March is Ravioli Day! If it's a weekend, see if you can talk a group of friends into coming round in the afternoon and making the Ravioli for dinner from scratch. If it's a weeknight, well, you can cheat and buy a canned version, and call it Canned Ravioli Day.
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    Most people think of French bread as bread with a crisp crust and slightly chewy centre, and usually in a stick form. But there are so many different kinds of French bread.
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    Fannie Merritt Farmer was born on this day, 23 March, in 1857 in Boston. She ran the Boston Cooking School and wrote a cookbook that would remain the definitive one in America for decades.
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    March 23rd is "Toast Day", (believe it or not.) Reputedly, it was chosen because it was the day that Nellie Melba revealed her Melba Toast recipe in 1901. .
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    This is a problematic day to celebrate. You obviously need to have a few to honour the holiday, but what's a few? 5 or 6? A dozen? And how do you get them? If you buy a box, you're obviously not going to stop at 5 or 6, or even 12.
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    The 25th of March celebrates Greece regaining its freedom after centuries of occupation. As it falls in the middle of Lent, though, which is observed in the Greek Orthodox Church, the special holiday foods that can be used have to be filtered through religious constraints.
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    The 25th of March is Lady Day, or the Annunciation in the Christian Church calendar. Falling as it did during Lent, people would make a special effort to make what they were allowed to eat during Lent more interesting, as it was a Feast day on the Church calendar.
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    Held on Lady Day since the 1100s in Tichborne, Hampshire. The Tichborne family left a bequest for bread to be distributed annually to people in the parish.
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    The 25th of March is Waffle Day. If you have a Waffle Iron languishing somewhere in the kitchen, attic or basement, haul it out.
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    Mother's Day in the UK has been celebrated on the fourth Sunday in Lent since at least the 1500s. For a long time, it had nothing to do with mothers.
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