The month of March can bring a bit of a lull in terms of celebration times. New Year's Eve in now a distant memory, Valentine's Day is over and Easter is still to come. But if you are determined enough to find more reasons to pull out the party hats and poppers, it only takes a little research to see that people all over the world have found many more excuses to celebrate.
Here are five of the more unusual days for you to acknowledge this month.
Hopefully I'll have a better end to life than the first Laura did.
This day is a good excuse for a bit of self-indulgent Googling as it encourages people to learn about the historical meanings and influences behind their name. If you meet someone new on this day be sure not just to give them your name, but a fun fact to go with it, such as: ``Hi my name is Laura, a name of which was first borne by a 9th Century Spanish nun who was thrown into a vat of molten lead by the Moors.'' Have a look here for facts about your name.
The day is also a convenient way of asking your parents ``What the hell were you thinking when you named me?'' if you are not happy with what you were given. Children of Hollywood celebrities take note.
Probably one of the sauciest celebrations of the year, this day is not referring to the thing you enjoy stuffing your face with (or shoving is someone else's face) but the thing you vaguely remember learning about in mathematics class in school. That's right, this day is dedicated to that strange looking symbol that describes the relationship between the diameter and circumference of a circle, with the decimal points that go on forever.
Celebrate this momentous occasion with a pi-off by seeing who can list the most decimal points of the pi. If that's not your thing, use the day as an excuse to eat anything you can manage to scrawl a pi symbol on. Points for wittiness if it is on an actual pie.
The eyes may be the window to our soul but the lips cover up any food stuck in our teeth. This is just one of many reasons to thank the universe for our lovely lips. Get creative with your celebrations on this one. Buy a new lipstick, pout as much as you can or let someone know how much you appreciate their lips by planting a big kiss on them.
You are obligated to eat these on Waffle Day. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Note to chatterboxes: this day is not an excuse for you talk as much as you like without much of a point, this day is dedicated to the delicious breakfast kind.
The Swedish use this day to mark the beginning of spring by, you guessed it, eating a lot of waffles. Show your support for other cultural traditions by pulling out the maple syrup and ice cream and guiltlessly downing a stack of them yourself. Big waffle lovers looking for another reason to repeat this obligation can wait out for the USA's Waffle Day on August 24.
Those petals are dying to be set free. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
The ugly ducklings of the flora world don't often get a lot of love, so it is not too much to ask that we spend one day of our year appreciating them right? Whether we like it or not, weeds are here to stay and they don't mean to cause you any harm, they are probably just really excited about being as much as a part of your garden as possible.
Celebrate this day by picking up as many dandelions as you can find and blowing the petals off just like you did when you were a child.