RDP: March


March Madness

March is here already, it always seems to be in an unseemly rush to take over from February.

White rabbit with red eyes

When I was little mum used to tell us that if we said “White rabbits, white rabbits, white rabbits.” first thing in the morning on the first day of each month it would bring good luck.  This comes from an old superstition which even Mr. Google doesn’t adequately explain. It did originate in Britain and apparently was quite popular with RAF aircrews during WWII although it is a much older tradition than that.

https://newengland.com/today/living/new-england-environment/rabbit/

Of course, mum liked to add her own bit of whimsy to it and instructed us that in March we should also say “March Hare and Mad Hatter.”

That made me think about other sayings and superstitions associated with March.

One that I recall from childhood is “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” It seemed like a pretty good description of British weather to me.

The Lion and the Lamb - panoramio

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2015/03/02/folk-wisdom/

I also remember “Beware the Ides of March”. I had no idea what Ides were but I knew they didn’t do Julius Caesar any good. Apparently, Ides were days when debts were settled so perhaps this one is really “Beware of the tax man.” We can all relate to that.

https://www.livescience.com/6224-ides-march-diary-doomed-day.html

Another more popular tradition associated with March is celebrating St Patrick’s Day. In Australia, it’s considered a bit of fun, an excuse for a pub crawl and wearing green but we don’t do it in such a big way as the USA. I suspect the celebrations there might be even bigger than those in Ireland.

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/australia/st-patrick-day

Finally here is a link to another article about superstitions associated with March is it really the oddest month of the year?

https://westliberty.edu/thetrumpet/2017/03/16/superstitions-march-people-stay-lucky/

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

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