March Marketable Holidays & Observances (Canadian & Global) ©

A Canadian holidays and observances calendar is a useful tool for marketing or for inspiring blog post, newsletter content and social media ideas. Traditional holidays have been joined by many observances in Canada and Internationally, all of which now enjoy more exposure via the Internet. Combined with famous Canadian birthdays and historical events, there is no shortage of inspiration. As a bonus, you may come up in searches for the holiday or observance in question.

Canadians Internet Business publishes a calendar of holidays and observances for Canadians each month (in the last days of the month before). This calendar includes Canadian and International holidays and observances, from the official, to the charitable, and on to the strange and unusual. Many of the observances have spilled into Canada from other countries to become virtually universal in their celebration.

Numerous holidays and observances are marketable to virtually all Canadians, while others will be more useful to certain sectors and topical websites. We’ve included food day observances for those in the grocery, baking and farming industries, for example.

March Marketable Holidays & Observances

March is…

Adopt A Rescued Guinea Pig Month
Athletic Training Month
Bell Peppers Month
Berries and Cherries Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month
Broccoli Month
Caffeine Awareness Month
Cheerleading Safety Month
Child Life Month
Children’s Wish Month – BC and the Yukon.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Month
Colic Awareness Month
Colour Therapy Month
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Craft Month
Credit Education Month
Deaf History Month – Starting on March 13th.
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Month
Easter Seals Month – Ontario
Employee Spirit Month
Endometriosis Month
Epilepsy Month
Essential Tremor Awareness Month
Ethics Awareness Month
Exotic Fruit Month
Expanding Girls’ Horizons in Science & Engineering Month
Eye Donor Month
Frozen Food Month
International Expect Success Month
International Fraud Prevention Month
International Ideas Month
International Listening Awareness Month
International Mirth Month
International Women’s Month
Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month
Kidney Month
Kite Month – Starts March 29th.
Leeks and Green Onions Month
Liver Health Month
Malignant Hypertension Awareness
March Into Literacy Month
Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness Month
Multiple System Atrophy Awareness Month
Music In Our Schools Month
Nutrition Month
On Hold Month
Optimism Month
Peanut Month
Play The Recorder Month
Poison Prevention Awareness Month
Red Cross Month
Save Your Vision Month
Sing With Your Child Month
Small Press Month
Social Work Month
Spiritual Wellness Month
Supply Management Month
Umbrella Month
Women’s History Month
Workplace Eye Wellness Month
Youth Science Festival Month

March 2014 “Weeks”

Iditarod Race 1st-16th
Cheerleading Week 1st-7th
Ghostwriters Week 1st-7th
National Dental Hygienists Week 1st-7th
National Pharmacy Awareness Week 1st-7th
World Glaucoma Awareness Week 1st-7th
World Orphan Week 1st-7th
Maple Syrup Days 1st-2nd & 8th-9th
Write A Letter of Appreciation Week 1st-7th
Universal Human Beings Week 1st-7th
Celebrate Your Name Week 2nd-8th
Consumer Protection Week 2nd-8th
Invasive Species Awareness Week 2nd-7th
Pancake Week 2nd-8th
Pet Sitters Week 2nd-8th
Severe Storm Preparedness Week 2nd-8th
Sleep Awareness Week 2nd-8th
Words Matter Week 2nd-8th
Read an E-Book Week 2nd-8th
Return The Borrowed Books Week 2nd-8th
Save Your Vision Week 2nd-8th
Severe Weather Preparedness Week 2nd-8th
Telecommuter Appreciation Week 2nd-8th
Women in Construction Week 2nd-8th
Newspaper in Education Week 3rd-7th
School Breakfast Week 3rd-7th
Women of Aviation Worldwide Week 3rd-9th
Procrastination Week 8th-14th
Universal Women’s Week 8th-14th
Canadian Agricultural Safety Week 9th-14th
Teen Tech Week 9th-15th
World Glaucoma Week 9th-15th
March 9 to March 15
Girl Scout Week 10th-15th
International Brain Awareness Week 10th-16th
Health Information Professionals Week 16th-22nd
Animal Poison Prevention Week 16th-22nd
Inhalant and Poisons Awareness Week 16th-22nd
Justice for Animals Week 16th-22nd
National Francophonie Week 16th-22nd
Flood Awareness Week 17th-21st
Wildlife Week 17th-23rd
Act Happy Week 17th-23
World Folktales & Fables Week 17th-23rd
Week of Solidarity with People’s Struggling Against Racism & Discrimination 21st-27th
Tsunami Awareness Week 23-29th
Pediatric Nurse Practioner Week 23-29th
Protocol Officer’s Week 23-29th
Cleaning Week 23-29th
Meat Free Week 24th-30th
YoYo and Skill Toy Weekend 29th-30th
Week of the Ocean 30th

March 2014 “Days”

Horse Protection Day
Endometriosis Day – Wear Yellow Day
Peanut Lovers Day
Pig Day
Plan a Solo Vacation Day
Self Injury Awareness Day
St David’s Day
Sock Monkey Day
World Compliment Day
Zero Discrimination Day
Fruit Compote Day
Executive Coaching Day
Old Stuff Day
Alan Thicke’s Birthday
Justin Bieber’s Birthday

Daughters’ and Sons’ Day
Dr. Seuss Day
Iditarod Begins
Namesake Day – A day to research the family history of your name.
Frozen Food Day
Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
Banana Cream Pie Day

Clean Monday – Marks the beginning of Great Lent for Eastern Christians.
Fun Facts About Names Day
I Want You To Be Happy Day
World Wildlife Day
Princess Day
What If Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Day
Mulled Wine Day
Cold Cuts Day
Anthem Day – Sing Oh Canada and learn the anthem of another country.
Alexander Graham Bell’s Birthday

Mardi Gras
Shrove Tuesday – A Christian observance.
Pancake Day
Poundcake Day
International Scrapbooking Industry Day
March Forth – Do Something Day
Grammar Day
Toy Soldier Day
Unique Names Day
Carroll Baker’s Birthday

Discover What Your Name Means Day
Cheese Doodle Day
Absinthe Day – The drink of inspiration.
Ash Wednesday – A Christian observance

Dentists Day
Crufts Dog Show 6th-9th
Day of The Dude
Nametag Day
World Book Day
Frozen Food Day
White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
Oreo Cookie Day

Employee Appreciation Day
Middle Name Pride Day
World Day of Prayer
Day of Unplugging
Dress in Blue Day
Be Heard Day
Doodle Day
Cereal Day

International Women’s Day
United Nations Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace
International Working Women’s Day
Genealogy Day
Girls Write Now Day
International Fanny Pack Day
Proofreading Day
Peanut Cluster Day

Barbie Day
Check Your Batteries Day
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Get Over It Day
Panic Day
Girl Scout Sunday
Dentures Day (False Teeth Day)

Commonwealth Day
Fill Our Staplers Day
Pack Your Lunch Day
International Day of Awesomeness
Land Line (hard wired) Telephone Day
Mario Day
Napping Day – The Monday after daylight savings time begins
Salvation Army Day

Organize Your Home Office Day
Johnny Appleseed Day
World Plumbing Day

Girl Scout Birthday
Registered Dietitian Day
World Maths Day
No Smoking Day

World Kidney Day
K-9 Veterans Day
Ken Doll Day
Open an Umbrella Indoors Day
Earmuffs Day
Good Samaritan Involvement Day
Smart and Sexy Day

World Sleep Day
International Ask A Question Day
Moth-er Day – Just for Moths.
Learn About Butterflies Day
Potato Chip Day
Pi Day – 3.14159265…
Megan Follows Birthday

Buzzards Day
International Sports Car Racing Day
Micro-volunteeringDay – A synchronized effort to promote volunteer contributions and demonstrate the power / potential of the micro-volunteering concept.
Quilting Day
True Confessions Day
World Consumer Rights Day
Corn Dog Day

Freedom of Information Day
Lips Appreciation Day
Purim – Jewish observance

St. Patrick’s Day
Local Holiday for Newfoundland and Labrador
Irish Coffee Day
Submarine Day

World Social Work Day
Awkward Moments Day
Forgive Mom and Dad Day
Biodiesel Day

Client’s Day
Goddess of Fertility Day
Chocolate Caramel Day
Poultry Day

First day of Spring – 12:57 PM EDT
March/Spring Equinox
Vernal Equinox
Now Ruz – Persian New Year
Companies That Care Day
International Francophonie Day
Alien Abduction Day – Created at the Toronto Alien Festival in 2008.
Bed-in For Peace Day – Started by John Lennon and Yoko Ono during the Vietnam War.
World Day of Theatre for Children and Youth
International Astrology Day
International Day of Happiness
Kiss Your Fiancée Day
Proposal Day
Snowman Burning Day – Mark the end of  Winter!
Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day – In honour of Mr. Rogers and his teachings.
Ravioli Day
French Bread Day
Tommy Hunter’s Birthday

Brain Injury Awareness Day
World Down Syndrome Day
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
International Day of Forests and The Tree
International Day of Nowruz – Persian Spring Festival.
Memory Day
Common Courtesy Day
Puppy Day
Single Parent Day
Poetry Day
Spring Fairy Fun Day

World Water Day
International Day of The Seal
As Young As You Feel Day
Education and Sharing Day
International Goof-off Day
World Day of Metta – The Metta advocates using our most powerful tools, love and kindness, for personal, ecological, and social transformation.
William Shatner’s Birthday

World Meteorological Day
Near Miss Day – Celebrates a large asteroid just missing earth in 1989.
OK Day – “OK” was first used in a purposeful misspelling, “all korrect”, in the Boston Morning Post on March 23, 1839.

World Tuberculosis Day
International Day for the Right to the Truth Concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for Dignity of Victims – United Nations.
Chocolate Covered Raisins Day
David Suzuki’s Birthday

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery
Tolkien Reading Day – Encourage reading.
Pecan Day
Waffle Day
Jeff Healey’s Birthday

Purple Day – Global Day of Epilepsy Awareness.
Legal Assistant’s Day
Make Up Your Own Holiday Day
Manatee Appreciation Day
Help a Horse Day
Go Birding Day
Spinach Day
Nougat Day

National 30-hour Famine – World Vision Canada
World Theatre Day
Education and Sharing Day
Quirky Country Music Song Titles Day
Jann Arden’s Birthday

Virtual Advocacy Day
Something on a Stick Day – Celebrate food that is served on a stick, like popsicles, corndogs and kabobs.
Black Forest Cake Day

Earth Hour – Turn out the lights for one hour, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM.
Day of Unplugging
Mom & Pop Business Owner’s Day
Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day – Ice jams stopped river flow in 1848.
Smoke & Mirrors Day – Celebrate magical deceit.
Lemon Chiffon Cake Day
J. Edwin Ganong’s Birthday

Doctors’ Day
Take a Walk in the Park Day
Honesty Day
I Am In Control Day
Mule Day
Pencil Day
Torrents Day
Céline Dion’s Birthday

Bunsen Burner Day
Crayola Crayon Day
Robert Laurier’s Birthday
Gordie Howe’s Birthday

Please let us know if we’ve missed any observances or holidays celebrated in Canada, from the weird to the wonderful.

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Some of these celebrations are hilarious, what a great idea!

Duane Picot

These posts must take forever, thank you for the hard work.


Love the Canadian holidays included and the rest will keep me busy. I haven’t heard of most of the days actually.


Man I should be doing a lot more celebratiung!