This week celebrate, Pandas, laughter, kids, corn dogs, forests, and Spring

UNDATED – Today is National Panda Day.

There are two subspecies of panda: The Giant, black and white panda, and the ‘Qinling panda’ – A much smaller, brown subspecies of panda, discovered in 1985 in the mountain ranges of the southern Shaanxi Province in China. In the wilderness, giant pandas live only in the remote, mountainous regions of China. As of 2019, due to rapidly growing population numbers, the status of pandas was upgraded from “endangered” species to “vulnerable” species.

It is reported that there are less than 2,000 pandas left in the wild, due to habitat loss, farming, fur hunting, and other factors.

Wednesday is St. Patrick’s Day, the one day a year when everyone discovers a little Irish in their soul and has a good ol’ party.

Also affectionately known as St. Paddy’s Day or St. Patty’s Day, it’s the one day each year that everyone and anyone calls themselves Irish – if not by birthright, then in spirit.

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other single-day national festival, largely due to America’s enthusiasm for what many consider a holiday, although it is not an official holiday in America.

Thursday is Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®

Absolutely Incredible Kid Day®, celebrated on March 18 this year, encourages adults to write a young person a note — letting them know just why they’re so amazing! (Verbal messages are fine too.) Our thoughtful words can spark a life-changing journey for a child. Let’s get started.

Friday, March 19th is National Let’s Laugh Day

Calling all gigglers, cacklers, chortlers, and belly laughers, this is the day you’ve been waiting for.

National Let’s Laugh Day is a 24-hour joke-fest on March 19 where we celebrate the uniting force of laughter. Brought to you this year by Laffy Taffy — the candy that has been bringing you and your family little bites of joy with jokes on every wrapper since 1971 — Let’s Laugh Day is a chance to have a chuckle with the ones you love.

Saturday is the International Day of Happiness.

We celebrate International Day of Happiness thanks to the work done by the United Nations and its partner nonprofit group Action for Happiness, which is composed of people from 160 countries. The ultimate goal of the movement is to spread awareness that progress is not only about increasing bottom lines and encouraging economic growth, but well-being and human happiness as well. 

The same day is also National Corn Dog Day, so if you’re looking for things to lift your spirits, why not munch on a corn dog?

Cornmeal was a staple of the Native American diet, and hot dogs are an American adaptation of a German classic. The marriage of these ingredients led to the creation of an item that dominated a fair share of 20th century grab-and-go food sales, and in the process, became a cultural icon.

Saturday is also the Spring Equinox, or the first day of Spring.

Spring Equinox is also known as the vernal equinox, is one of the four solar festivals of the year. The equinox — which translates roughly in Latin to “equal night” — is when the sun sits vertically above the equator, making day and night equal across the planet.

On Sunday we celebrate International Day of Forests.

Roosevelt called them “the lungs of the Earth,” Robert Frost and millions of poets were inspired by them, and Sting is fighting to save them – We’re talking about forests.

Just a simple walk in the woods can calm and invigorate our senses. In fact, the forests are so crucial to the future of our planet that the UN declared March 21 to be the International Day of Forests. For many years now, this amazing global celebration has been creating awareness all over the world about the importance of forests. They are one of our greatest natural treasures that we must preserve and protect.

It is also World Down Syndrome Day

Down Syndrome – a disorder that occurs when there is a duplication of the twenty-first chromosome – affects approximately 6,000 babies at birth every year. This holiday is all about promoting inclusivity, encouraging advocacy, and supporting the wellbeing of those living with the condition.