Ides of March, Dumbstruck, Everything is wrong, and Pears Helene

March 15, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

According to the National Day Calendar, there are more than 1500 national days every year – meaning that there is at least one holiday for every day in the calendar year. All you have to do is choose which holiday(s) you want to celebrate.
With that said, today’s holidays are listed below — so let the festivities begin. 

Good morning doom and gloomers. Today is Monday, March 15, 2021. Today is the 74th day of the year and 291 days remain.

The Ides of March 

The Ides of March occurs every year on March 15th. Although it is not an official holiday, it is a significant date in history because it is the date on which Roman Emporer Julius Caesar was assassinated.
On this date in 44 BC, Julius Caesar was stabbed to death by Marcus Brutus and a group calling themselves “the Liberators.” You can thank William Shakespeare for creating the ominous superstitions that are associated with the Ides of March today. In his play “Julius Caesar”, Caesar is warned by a soothsayer to: “Beware the Ides of March”.
Since the Ides of March is not officially a holiday, there is no reason to celebrate it – unless you are into political assassinations. However, the Ides of March does remind us that betrayal, backstabbing, and dirty politics aren’t necessarily a thing of the past. They are as widespread today as they were in the forums of ancient Rome. So, watch your back, avoid office politics, and look out for your ‘friends’ today – just as a precaution.
Author’s Note:
Although March (Martius) was the third month of the Julian calendar, in the oldest Roman calendar it was the first month of the year. The holidays observed by the Romans from the first through the Ides often reflect their origin as new-year celebrations. The Romans did not number days of a month sequentially from the first through the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th), and the Kalends (1st of the following month). The Ides occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most months, but on the 15th of March, May, July, and October. The Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. On the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year.

Dumbstruck Day  

Dumbstruck Day is celebrated annually on March 15th. My source revealed no information regarding by whom, when, or why Dumbstruck Day was created. It was merely listed among the holidays today – along with the definition of dumbstruck and some pabulum about being dumbstruck by what’s around you.
Dictionary.com defines dumbstruck as: “temporarily deprived of the power of speech, as by surprise or confusion; dumbfounded. Using that definition, pretty much every day is Dumbstruck Day for me. Every time I go on social media, read a newspaper, watch the evening news, or watch the Sunday morning “talking head” news shows, I am dumbstruck by how far our society has regressed. From simple things like grammar, punctuation, and spelling to the total lack of civility and the amount of misinformation being touted as “news” today, I am convinced that the “dumbing down” of America is complete – and I’m sure that I’m not alone.
So, I guess that you are the arbiter of how, or if, you celebrate Dumbstruck Day.

 Everything You Think is Wrong Day

Everything You Think Is Wrong Day is celebrated annually on March 15th. This is a holiday where making a decision should be avoided, as your thoughts are wrong – at least according to this holiday’s creator. It is also a holiday created for some people to realize that they are not always right. It is a holiday for all to contemplate our own lack of knowledge.
Everyone has one of those days once in a while where nothing goes right.
To celebrate Everything You Think is Wrong Day, you are urged to just grit your teeth and forge ahead today. Instead of tackling big projects, occupy yourself with menial tasks that don’t require much thought. Hopefully tomorrow, you’ll get back into your groove.

National Pears Helene Day  

National Pears Helene Day is celebrated annually on March 15th. You don’t need to be a pâtissier to conclude that this holiday celebrates Pears Helene – a popular gourmet dessert in many high-end restaurants. This dish was created around 1864 by Auguste Escoffier and named after the operetta La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach.
Although it sounds “classy”, Pears Helene is basically just pears poached in simple syrup, served with vanilla ice cream covered with chocolate sauce. It was also originally served with crystallized violets sprinkled on top – but more commonly today it is just served with sliced almonds.
To celebrate National Pears Helene Day, try this recipe – unless you already have one.
Pear Facts:

  • There are more than 3,000 varieties of pears grown in the world.
  •  Pears are the third most important fruit crop in the United States (behind apples and peaches).
  • Washington, Oregon, and Northern California grow more than 95% of the pears that are sold in the United States.
  • California grows 60% of all Bartlett pears in the United States.
  • Pears ripen best off of the tree.
  • Pears are an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C as well as copper, fiber, and potassium.
  • Pears are less allergenic than many other fruits. 

Listed below are some other holidays celebrated on this date that are worthy of mention.

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