March 31

March 31 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2024 Daily Holidays that fall on March 31, include:

  • Anesthesia Tech Day 
  • Cesar Chavez Day - March 31, 2024 (Usually on March 31st)
  • Dance Marathon Day 
  • Easter Sunday - March 31, 2024
  • Eiffel Tower Day 
  • International Hug a Medievalist Day 
  • International Transgender Day of Visibility 
  • National Baked Ham with Pineapple Day - March 31, 2024 (Same Day as Easter)
  • National Bunsen Burner Day 
  • National Clams on the Half Shell Day 
  • National Crayon Day 
  • National Farm Workers Day 
  • National Prom Day 
  • National She's Funny That Way 
  • Tater Day 
  • Transfer Day - (U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • World Backup Day

2024 Weekly Holidays that include March 31, are:

  • Make Mine Chocolate - (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15, and ends on Easter which is March 31, 2024)
  • NanoDays - March 30 - April 7, 2024 (Last Weekend in March - First Weekend in April)
  • National Green Week - February 4 - April 30, 2024 (Start First Full Week in February to April 30)
  • National Physicians Week - March 25-31
  • National Protocol Officer's Week - March 28 - April 3, 2024 (Last Week of March)
  • National Second-Hand Shopping Week - March 24-30, 2024 (Fourth Full Week of March)
  • Orthodox Holy Week - March 24 - April 1, 2024
  • Orthodox Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - March 18, 2024 - May 4, 2024 (Begins on Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday)
  • Passiontide - March 17 - 30, 2024 (Passion Week + Holy Week)
  • Ramadan - Evening of March 10, 2024 - Evening of April 8, 2024
  • Tsunami Awareness Week (Alaska) - March 26-31, 2024
  • Tsunami Awareness Week (California) - March 23-31, 2024
  • World Hula Week - March 31 - April 6, 2024 (Begins on Easter Sunday)

2024 Monthly Holidays that include March 31, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our March Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of March.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a moveable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • National Cherry Blossom Festival - March 20 - April 14, 2024 (Washington D.C.)

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for March 31 is Aries.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for March are:

  • The Jonquil, better known as Daffodil or Narcissus
  • The meaning of the Daffodil is friendship and domestic happiness


The Birthstone(s) for March is the aquamarine and the bloodstone.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1685 – Johann Sebastian Bach, German composer (d. 1750)
  • 1927 – César Chávez, American activist (d. 1993)
  • 1929 – Liz Claiborne, Belgian-American fashion designer (d. 2007)
  • 1934 – Richard Chamberlain, American actor (Dr. Kildare, The Thorn Birds, Shogun)
  • 1934 – Shirley Jones, American singer and actress (The Partridge Family)
  • 1935 – Herb Alpert, American trumpet player and bandleader (Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass)
  • 1943 – Christopher Walken, American actor
  • 1945 – Gabe Kaplan, American actor and comedian (Welcome Back Kotter)
  • 1948 – Al Gore, American politician, 45th Vice President of the United States and Nobel laureate
  • 1948 – Rhea Perlman, American actress (Cheers)
  • 1950 – Ed Marinaro, American football player and actor (Hill Street Blues)

Famous Deaths

  • 1913 – J. P. Morgan, American financier (b. 1837)
  • 1945 – Anne Frank, German Holocaust victim and author (b. 1929)
  • 1995 – Selena, Mexican-American singer (b. 1971)
  • 2004 – Scott Helvenston, American Navy SEAL and Blackwater Security contractor, he was the personal trainer for Demi Moore during her G.I. Jane movie (b. 1965)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1996 - Actor and director Clint Eastwood weds news anchor Dina Ruiz

Quote of the Day

Anne Frank, born in 1929, died on this day in 1945. She was a German Holocaust victim and author. Her Diary, initially called the Diary of a Young Girl, was published after her death and describes her experiences hiding during the German occupation of the Netherlands in World War II. It is a Must Read!

Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day 
or a Recipe of the Day

The Holidays and Observances Recipe / Healthy Diet Habits Tip of the Day for March 31, is some tips and recipes, on what to do with Leftover Ham, typically made on Christmas, and Easter.

The Holidays and Observances Recipe / Healthy Diet Habits Tip of the Day for March 31, is some tips and recipes, on what to do with Leftover Ham, typically made on Christmas, and Easter.

This Day in History

  • 1870 - Thomas Mundy, is the 1st black to vote in the US
  • 1889 – The Eiffel Tower is officially opened (commemorates French Revolution) (pictured below)
Eiffel Tower

  • 1909 – Construction of the RMS Titanic begins
  • 1917 – The United States takes possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands
  • 1918 – Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time
  • 1921 – The Royal Australian Air Force is formed
  • 1931 – An earthquake which destroys Managua, Nicaragua, kills 2,000
  • 1932 - Ford unveils its V-8 engine
  • 1933 – The Civilian Conservation Corps is established with the mission of relieving unemployment in the US
  • 1949 - Newfoundland becomes Canada's 10th province
  • 1953 - Department of Health, Education & Welfare is established
  • 1954 - US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado,is established
  • 1958 - US Navy forms atomic sub division
  • 1965 - US ordered the 1st combat troops to Vietnam
  • 1979 – The last British soldier leaves the Maltese Islands. Malta declares its Freedom Day
  • 1980 - President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry
  • 1990 - Riots began in London over the new poll tax laws
  • 2004 – In Fallujah, Iraq, 4 American private military contractors working for Blackwater USA, are killed after being ambushed

This Day in Music

  • 1949 - RCA introduces the 45 rpm record, which eventually becomes the format of choice for singles
  • 1962 - Connie Francis' Don't Break The Heart That Loves You hits #1
  • 1967 - 1st time Jimi Hendrix burns his guitar (London)
  • 1972 - The official Beatles Fan Club disbands
  • 1976 - NJ Court rules Karen Anne Quinlan may be disconnected from respirator
  • 1978 - Wings release London Town album
  • 1982 - The Doobie Brothers announce their (temporary) breakup, after twelve years together
  • 1995 - Singer Selena dies after being shot by her former personal assistant and former fan club president, Yolanda Saldivar, in Corpus Christi, Texas at the age of 23

Selena, was such a huge talent! She died on this day in 1995, at the age of 23. Above is one of my favorite songs of hers, I Could Fall in Love.

This Day in Sports

  • 1973 - Ken Norton defeats Muhammad Ali in a 12 round split decision
  • 1978 - Red Rum wins 3rd consecutive Grand National & retires

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

wry (adjective)

1. Turned away, contorted (of the face or body)
2. Dryly humorous; sardonic or ironic.
3. Twisted, bent, crooked.

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