Monthly Cultural Almanac: March 2020

March 4, 2020

March is a month where everything is changing! Winter is turning into spring, snow is melting, flowers are blooming, and the year doesn’t feel as new anymore. Here are some of the interesting things happening in the United States during March.

Check out our top cultural events for March in the USA!

Daylight Saving Time

March 8 - Have you noticed that it’s getting lighter outside? Daylight Saving Time is used in most of North America. Clocks are moved forward by one hour in spring and moved back in autumn, to make the most of seasonal daylight. The United States uses daylight saving time throughout most of the country, with only a few states choosing not to participate or adopting it all year long. In areas of the United States in which it is used, daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November. The time on your cell phone should change automatically, but if you have an alarm clock, make sure you set the time to one hour ahead!

South by Southwest

March 13-22 - Just like the seasons are always changing, trends are always changing too! South By Southwest is an annual showcase of film, interactive media, music festivals, and conferences that takes place in mid-March in Austin, Texas. Regarded as the ultimate trend-setter and launcher of careers, the event takes over the city of Austin. Everyone in the world of music - from fans to media - flock here to discover the next big thing. If you like to keep on top of the latest trends, South By Southwest is the place you’ll want to be.

Pi Day

March 14 – Do you love math? Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical number pi. Pi Day is observed on March 14 since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three numbers of pi. Many people use Pi Day as a reason to eat pie, due to the same pronunciation of the words “pi” and “pie” in English, and the circular shape of many pies. It’s a great way to make math more fun!

Saint Patrick's Day

March 17 - Get your green on! Saint Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious celebration held on March 17, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick. While not a legal holiday in the United States, it is widely recognized throughout the country as a celebration of Irish and Irish-American culture. Celebrations include green decorations, religious observances, and numerous parades. Click here for a list of the best cities for Saint Patrick's Day celebrations!