National Close the Gap Day

21 March (date varies with countries)

Naw-Ruz, Nowruz


Naw Ruz is the Baha’i New Year festival, marking the first day in the Baha’i calendar. It falls at the spring equinox, although it has been fixed on 21 March for countries outside the Middle East. It also marks the end of the 19-day Baha’i Fast and symbolises the new life of spring. Work is suspended on this day.

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World Down Syndrome Day

21 March

World Down Syndrome Day


On this day, people all around the world celebrate the lives and achievements of people with Down syndrome. March 21st provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the rights and inclusion of people with Down syndrome around the world.

Each year Down Syndrome International creates a new official #LotsOfSocks design, and the socks are sold to raise awareness and to raise vital funds so that they may continue their work supporting people with Down syndrome around the world. More information...

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27 March (to evening of 4 April)



Passover is one of the most important religious festivals in the Jewish calendar. Jews celebrate the Feast of Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) to commemorate the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses.