My earlier post mentioned the busyness of March. As the first part of the month has been unfolding more interesting days and dates have come to my attention.
The first of these was Pi day or π day. The date (written the US was 3.14.16). Pi is 22/7 or a very long number beginning 3.14. It was another crazy hashtag on social media; I realised what it meant when someone joked about 14.3.16 being the way we express the date in the UK.
The following day was the Ides of March, a date immortalised by William Shakespeare in his play, Julius Caesar.
Beware the Ides of March!
The Romans had a different way of expressing dates from whichever numerical system we favour nowadays.
The 16th of March was Budget Day in the UK Parliament (the one in London). On social media there was a campaign to spread awareness of a very important verse in the Bible. In the Good News (Gospel) written by St John Chapter 3 verse 16 (3.16 – the US date) we read in the New International Version (NIV):
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.
This is a verse, which many people use to begin to explain why they are Christians. In an older translation, the words are set to beautiful music in the choral work, Stainer’s Crucifixion. Last Sunday the church choir I sing in performed this as the anthem. It was appropriate for Passion Sunday, when we think about God’s son dying for us. We are going to sing the whole work (apart from some verses of very long hymns) one evening in Holy Week. Other performances are being promoted on Twitter.
Then the 17th was St Patrick’s Day. Through him Christianity spread in Ireland, where he became the patron saint. He was not Irish, but from mainland Britain and possibly the area now known as Cumbria. Far more fuss seems to be made of his day than of our own patron saint’s day. St George’s Day is 23rd April, which was also the birthday of William Shakespeare. This year (2016) is the 400th anniversary of his death and is being marked by many special events.
Tomorrow (20 March) is Palm Sunday, which is the beginning of Holy week. There are extra midweek services in many Christian churches as Easter approaches.
So my one word for 2016, Rest, is set against the busyness of this month. Some of the additional activities are restful. Other tasks may perhaps be postponed. There is no need to be perpetually rushing. I have been taking a break from knitting, sewing and craft group, but I have been reading books, colouring and playing Scrabble®. I’ll be writing about the books in a future post.
Are you finding March extra busy?