I am born on 15th of March and lately I heard more and more celebrations, international days, historical events happening on this day….so I started searching for more info and …well…interesting discoveries, insights and connections with my life and interests appeared in my mind.
First stop – thinking of people and events I know
- Friends or acquaintances that share my birthday – on my facebook I found 5 persons with the same birthday: Andi D. from Romania (sharing with him even the home city and hospital of birth….probably we’ve been in near by beds :D), Bella N. from Germany (sharing with her common nice memories from Wuerzburg Reception Week-end 2009, AIESEC and crazy spirit :p), Cathy K. from HK and Kristina K. from Slovakia( sharing with them a wonderful Prague Conference full of AIESEC spirit, ITC 2009)….and I’ve discovered as well a person that I have no idea who he is…Adrian H. (even though I am sharing the same city for living, Munich, so probably I’ve mistaken him with someone else, since I don’t add people I don’t know on my profile.)
- in my home city, 15th of March is the day of the local newspaper, Gazeta de Sud 🙂 and I’ve been to one of their celebrations some years ago, when I was in Craiova….I miss the nice people from there! And I miss working with them for Infrunzeste Craiova, an eco project that we developed together.
- 15th of March is also the day when starts the forest month, celebrated by Romsilva, the national forest Romanian institution “În fiecare an, în cadrul Regiei Naţionale a Pădurilor – ROMSILVA se sărbătoreşte Luna Pădurii între 15 martie – 15 aprilie, ocazie cu care au loc diferite manifestări pe această temă.” http://www.rosilva.ro/multimedia.php?cat=Stiati%20ca. Each year my father was bringing home a wonderful calendar with Romanian forest images (he was working at Romsilva)
- Faceboook also offered me an event on my birthday, in Munich http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=181248988577757&index=1, organized by Green City Munich
So first conclusion – all friends born in the same day as me are also AIESEC related 🙂 …
Second conclusion: The other 3 celebrations (GDS, Romsilva, Green City) are also connected to green actions and events in my life 🙂
Second info stop – wiki.
- Four religious feasts! All Christian, Roman Catholic
- Feast for the saint that is patron of Vienna 🙂 I will definetely consider living in Vienna, with the whole city celebrating this day ;)) – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clemens_Maria_HofbauerSaint Clement Hofbauer (Clemens Maria Hofbauer) (December 26, 1751 – March 15, 1820) was a hermit and is the patron saint ofVienna. Clement Hofbauer was beatified on January 29, 1888, by Pope Leo XIII. He was canonized a saint of the Catholic Church on May 20, 1909 by Pope Pius X, giving him the title of a saint. Simplicity was the chief characteristic of his sanctity. He accepted the will of God as it came to him, and did all the good that he was capable of doing. He led a life of innocence and service devoting himself to glorifying God and drawing others to serve him. In the very simple way that he became holy, Saint Clement is considered a model.
- Leocritia (also known as Lucretia) March 15, 859. A young girl in Córdoba. Her parents were Muslims, but she was converted to Christianity by a relative. On Eulogius’ advice and with his aid, Leocritia escaped her home and went into hiding. Once found, both were arrested. Eulogius, after years of being in and out of prison and encouraging voluntary martyrdom, was executed for proselytization, and Leocritia for apostasy.
- Saint Louise de Marillac (August 12, 1591 – March 15, 1660) was the co-founder, with St. Vincent de Paul, of the Daughters of Charity. She is venerated as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. Louise de Marillac was beatified by Pope Benedict XV in 1920 and, in 1934, she was canonized by Pope Pius XI. Her feast day is March 15. To this day, her remains are enshrined in the chapel of the motherhouse of the Daughters of Charity in Paris. She was declared Patroness of Christian Social Workers by Pope John XXIII in 1960. Those with disappointing children, those who have lost parents, people rejected by religious orders, sick people, the Vincentian Service Corps and widows could also take St. Louise as an example and intercessor. As a wife, mother, teacher, nurse, social worker and religious foundress, she stands as a model for all women. Louise grew up amid the affluent society of Paris, but without a stable home life. Being a woman of great energy, intelligence, determination and devotion, Louise wrote her own “Rule of Life in the World” which detailed a structure for her day. Time was set aside for reciting the Office of the Blessed Virgin, attending Mass, receiving Holy Communion, meditation, spiritual reading, fasting, penance, reciting the rosary and special prayers. Still, Louise managed to find time to maintain her household, entertain guests and nurture Michel, her thirteen year old son, with special needs. Throughout all this activity, Louise realized she needed guidance and a tempering of her intensity and drive. This was to come from her relationship with Vincent de Paul. Tribute is given to Louise’s strong intellect, organizational skills and her ability to get things accomplished, Louise was positive and exuberant in her energy, always urging her Sisters to do more and do it well. But along with the activity, she also modeled love. Nearing her death, she wrote to her Sisters: “Take good care of the service of the poor. Above all, live together in great union and cordiality, loving one another in imitation of the union and life of our Lord. Pray earnestly to the Blessed Virgin, that she might be your only Mother.”
- Saint Raymond of Fitero (also known as Ramon Sierra, Spanish: San Raimundo de Fitero) (*? – †Ciruelos, 1163) was a monk, abbot, and founder of the Order of Calatrava. His birthplace is unknown; Saint-Gaudens (France), Tarazona (Aragon), and Barcelona (Catalonia) have all been proposed as the place of his birth. As a young man, he felt a religious vocation, and he became a canon priest at the cathedral at Tarazona, which had been reconquered from the Moors in 1120. Venerated in Roman catholic church on 15th of March and 1st of February.
- It’s also the Earliest day on which Palm Sunday can fall, while April 18 is the latest; celebrated on the sixth Sunday of Lent. (Christianity)
- Two national holidays in
- Belarus – Constitution Day – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_Day
- Hungary – Revolution Day 1848 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revolutions_of_1848#Hungary
- One Japan Festival http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C5%8Dnen_Matsuri Hōnen Matsuri (豊年祭 “Harvest Festival”?) is a fertility festival celebrated every year on March 15 in Japan. Hōnen means rich harvest in Japanese, while a matsuri is a festival. The Hōnen festival and ceremony celebrate the blessings of a bountiful harvest and all manner of prosperity and fertility.
- The historical Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martii) is the name of 15 March in the Roman calendar, probably referring to the day of the full moon. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held. In modern times, the term Ides of March is best known as the date that Julius Caesar was killed in 44 B.C. Julius Caesar was stabbed (23 times) to death in the Roman Senate led by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus and 60 other co-conspirators.
- Three modern international days celebrated
- World Consumer Rights Day (International) On 15 March 1962 former US President John F. Kennedy said:
- World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film (International) – more like the world week celebrated around 11th of March and including 15th of March also …a new holiday started in 2010
Consumers by definition include us all. They are the largest economic group, affecting and affected by almost every public and private economic decision. Yet they are the only important group… whose views are often not heard.
Third info stop: Today’s Highlights in History
Info from NY Times
- in 44 BC Roman dictator Julius Caesar was assassinated by a group of nobles that included Brutus and Cassius.
- in 1493 Christopher Columbus returned to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
- Celebrities born on the same day, that are still alive: Rock singers and musicians – 7, R&B singers -2 , Rappers musicians – 2 (including Will.i.am from BEP), Actors – 4 (including Eva Longoria), Models – 1, Astronaut -1, Sportmens – 2, Public figures in the government or official institutions of USA – 2
- Historical dates: the 7th president of USA, Andrew Jackson was born on the same day, 2 German scientists (German physician, physiologist and chemist and German Nobel Prize-winning bacteriologist)
share this bday, two prime ministers, English and Norwegian, an American statesman, an American botanist, an American band leader and trumpeter, a French priest, an Olympic Swedish equestrian.
Final insights after looking at things related to my birthday: I share an interest for music with most of the people born on this day, a passion for leadership, management, organization (for me this was all developed first of all in AIESEC experiences), a strong interests in rights, be it human rights, safety concerns or consumer rights, my marketing job is making me think of consumer also daily, I have an interest for science (I like to watch discovery science videos, crime and medical movies, even though I dislike hearing so many famous murders and natural deaths on this day), I have a tolerance for different religions and appeal for spiritual music, a love for horses and nature, green and eco events, a travel interest in undefined adventurous places just like Cristofor Columbus…and hmmm…..still thinking about a valid connection with the prosperity and fertility festival in Japan ……and who knows what a good actress or model I can be? :p….