The month March is a strange month in many ways. It used to be the first month of the year in the Roman calendar. Wiki says: “March 1 began the numbered year in Russia until the end of the 15th century. Great Britain and its colonies continued to use March 25 until 1752, when they finally adopted the Gregorian calendar (the fiscal year in the UK continues to begin on the 6th April, initially identical to 25 March in the former Julian calendar)”. Our fiscal year start 1 April, so now we know shy. Click to see the Feathered Serpent descend! But it is also the March Equinox. You know, where the day and night are the same length, heralding the change of seasons. We are going towards winter, but up North it is towards summer. Let us turn to the Maya culture. Wiki: “El Castillo, Chichen Itza served as a temple to Kukulkan. During the spring and fall equinoxes the shadow cast by the angle of the sun and edges of the nine steps of the pyramid combined with the northern stairway and the stone serpent head carvings create the illusion of a massive serpent descending the pyramid”. Looks rather eerie. But here is a fun one: Mario Day National Mario Day is celebrated on March 10, becauses when that date is presented as MAR 10 it resembles the name MARIO. Gotta’ be joking? There is a Mario Day! Mario has appeared in over 200 video games
of March since his creation. With over 500 million units sold worldwide, the overall Mario franchise is the best-selling video game franchise of all time. Wiki: “According to a widely circulated story, during localization of Donkey Kong for American audiences, Nintendo of America’s warehouse landlord Mario Segale confronted then-president Minoru Arakawa, demanding back rent. Following a heated argument in which the Nintendo employees eventually convinced Segale he would be paid, they opted to name the character in the game Mario after him” Ok, he became an Italian plumber in New York together with his brother Luigi. Transfer day: 31 March. A late show of imperialism. Denmark sold the Virgin Islands to the USA and the transfer took place on 31 March! So, suddenly people got an American passport! Do you just slurp tea down the hatch? Well: en no Rikyū is considered the historical figure with the most profound influence on chanoyu, the Japanese “Way of Tea”, particularly the tradition of wabi-cha. He was also the first to emphasize several key aspects of the ceremony, including rustic simplicity, directness of approach and honesty of self.