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8 Dates to Celebrate in March

March is much more than a simple transition between summer and autumn. It’s a month rich in international events that highlight important issues such as women’s rights, cultural diversity, and global challenges. Thanks to Cultural Infusion’s cultural calendar, we can see some important dates to celebrate in March.  

This month of the year marks a period of exploration and new beginnings, full of possibilities and opportunities. Recognised as International Creativity Month and Self-Love Month, March encourages people to explore new hobbies, interests, skills, and passions.

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1. International Women’s Day 

8th March

Every year, the world celebrates International Women’s Day. This day is much more than a simple commemoration; it is an opportunity to recognise the achievements of women in all fields, while highlighting the need to fight for gender equality.  

International Women’s Day is marked by a different theme each year, highlighting an important issue for women around the world. This year’s theme is “Invest in women: Accelerate progress”. These themes are chosen to highlight persistent gender inequalities and to encourage governments, organisations, and individuals to take action to address them.  

It is celebrated all over the world, with a variety of events such as conferences, artistic performances, exhibitions, and more. There occasions give women the chance to come together, support and inspire each other in their fight for equality.  

By recognising women’s achievements and raising awareness of the challenges they face every day, we can all help to create a world where women are respected, valued, and treated fairly.  

At Cultural Infusion, we represent many talented and culturally diverse women who present in schools, early childhood and more, sharing their culture through the arts, and appreciating the significant impact of women’s contributions to the world. Our Diversity Atlas data analytics platform focuses not only on cultural differences but also on gender. It highlights the importance of gender diversity in an organisation.  

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2. Maha Shivaratri

8th March

Maha Shivaratri is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar. This annual celebration is dedicated to honouring Lord Shiva, one of the most revered deities in Hinduism.  

According to legend, Maha Shivaratri marks the night when Shiva dances the Tandava, the cosmic dance, which symbolizes the creation and destruction of the universe. It is an opportunity to renew one’s commitment to values such as truth, purity and compassion, and to seek Shiva’s blessing and protection for a prosperous and fulfilling life. 

Maha Shivaratri is much more than just a religious festival; it is a celebration of spirituality, devotion and Shiva’s divine grace. By honouring Shiva and dedicating themselves to his devotion, Hindu devotees find inspiration, strength and guidance for their spiritual journey. Whether through meditation, prayer or participation in sacred rituals, Maha Shivaratri offers everyone the opportunity to connect with the divine and find inner peace and fulfilment.  

Embark on a colourful journey to the vibrant world of Bollywood with Bollywood Infusion; a dynamic Bollywood dance workshop where students will learn about the folk and classical origins of the dances, as well as the symbolism of certain movements. Bollywood is an important part of modern Indian culture, referring to the Hindi film industry and characterised by colourful displays of music, dance and costumes. This program is available Australia-wide for early learning centres and schools.


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3. Nyepi

11th March 

Known as the ‘Day of Silence’, Nyepi is one of the most important festivals in Bali, Indonesia. This annual celebration is unique in its kind, as it is marked by a full day of silence, meditation, and reflection, followed by colourful rituals and community festivities.  

The significance of Nyepi lies in the belief that silence and meditation can help to purify the soul, eliminate negative energies, and strengthen the connection with the gods. It is a day to withdraw from the hustle and bustle of the outside world, to refocus on oneself and to reflect on one’s life, actions, and aspirations.  

On the eve of Nyepi, the Balinese celebrate ‘Ngrupuk’, where colourful parades and street performances are organised to chase away evil spirits. On Nyepi day itself, all activity is forbidden, including leaving your home. The streets are deserted, shops are closed, and the island is enveloped in a solemn calm. 

This sacred day embodies spirituality, tranquillity, and communion with nature. By observing a full day of silence and meditation, the Balinese find inner peace and connection with their deepest selves. Whether meditating at home or taking part in community rituals, Nyepi offers everyone the opportunity for spiritual renewal and cultivate peace and harmony in their lives and in the world around them.  

Immerse yourself in the world of Balinese culture with our Bali in Motion program. Available in New South Wales and Western Australia, students will learn about the origins, symbols, and significance of Indonesian culture through dance and music. 

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4. Cherry Blossom Festival

20th March

This annual celebration marks the blossoming of cherry blossoms in Japan and other parts of the world. This iconic festival is an opportunity to celebrate the ephemeral beauty of cherry blossoms, gather with family and friends, and celebrate nature and Japanese culture.  

Deeply rooted in centuries-old tradition, the Cherry Blossom Festival holds deep significance in Japanese culture and spirituality. Considered as symbol of renewal and rebirth, cherry blossom is celebrated as a sign of life’s transient beauty. Cherry blossoms represent fragility, grace, and gratitude. 

For many Japanese, this festival carries profound meaning. It’s a time to connect with nature, to meditate on the impermanence of life and to appreciate the fleeting beauty of the present moment. It’s also an opportunity to celebrate friendship, conviviality and sharing. By admiring the cherry blossoms and participating in the festivities, people find joy, inspiration and connection with their inner selves and the world around them.  

Discover a variety of programs showcasing Japanese culture such as Japanese Infusion ; available in New South Wales or our Japanese Calligraphy that is available in Victoria, which gives students the opportunity to develop their writing skills, appreciate the beauty of Japanese characters and experience more about Japanese cultures and traditions.  

5. International Francophonie Day 

20th March

This celebration is a special opportunity to celebrate the French language as well as the cultural and linguistic diversity of Francophone countries around the world. It is therefore an opportunity to create the links that unite Francophone peoples and to promote the French language as a vehicle for communication, cooperation, and cultural exchange.  

International Francophonie Day is marked by a series of activities and events organized in Francophone countries and within the global French-speaking community. These events include conferences, debates, art exhibitions, music concerts, film screenings, poetry competitions, public readings, and cultural festivals. 

For many Francophones, International Francophonie Day holds deep spiritual significance that goes beyond simple cultural celebration. It is an opportunity to celebrate the shared identity and common values that unite Francophone peoples, such as tolerance, respect, and solidarity. This day strengthens the ties of friendship and cooperation between Francophone countries and promotes an inclusive and open-minded vision of the world.  

By celebrating this day, Francophones around the world have the opportunity to celebrate their common heritage and promote the French language. This day offers everyone the opportunity to immerse themselves in the richness and diversity of French culture.  

Our Mime Magnifique! program in Victoria is packed with action, fun and festivities. As participants explore French culture and history, they’ll learn about the importance of the French art form of mime. With charades, magic tricks and more, the presenter brings theatre to life in a highly interactive and engaging workshop. 

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6. International Day For the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 

21st March

This day was proclaimed by the United Nations in 1966. Its main aim is to raise awareness of the persistent challenges of racial discrimination and to promote equality, tolerance and diversity.  

The date was chosen in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre (1960) in South Africa, when police opened fire on a peaceful crowd protesting apartheid laws. This tragedy resulted in the loss of many lives, drawing the world’s attention to the horrors of racial discrimination and oppression. 

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a powerful reminder of the importance of combating discrimination in all its forms and promoting equality and justice for all. We must work together to build a world where everyone is respected, valued and treated fairly, regardless of their race, ethnic origin or skin colour.

7. Harmony Week

18th to 24th March  

Harmony Week is an annual celebration in Australia that aims to promote inclusion, diversity and mutual respect between the country’s different cultures, religions, and communities. This week is an opportunity to celebrate Australia’s rich cultural diversity and to recognise everyone’s contribution to creating a harmonious and inclusive society.  

The week is celebrated across the country with a variety of events. Multicultural festivals, world music concerts, art exhibitions, fashion shows, film screenings and culinary workshops are being organised in cities and communities across the country. These activities aim to promote intercultural understanding, strengthen community ties, and raise awareness of the issues surrounding diversity and inclusion.  

For many Australians, Harmony Week has a deep spiritual significance that goes beyond simply celebrating cultural diversity. It is a time to reflect on the fundamental values of respect, acceptance, and solidarity, and to recognise the dignity and humanity of every individual, whatever their origin or culture.  

Harmony Week helps to promote peace, tolerance and cooperation in society, and a fairer world for all. Aligned with these values, our Multicultural All-Day program offers a unique opportunity to celebrate diversity and multiculturalism through engaging artists and interactive experiences. Participants actively take part in a series of activities and artistic expressions, exploring themes such as language, culture, and history, presenting a diverse range of cultural programmes that contribute to a rich and informative experience. 

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8. Holi Festival

25th March

The Holi Festival is one of the most vibrant and joyous festivals celebrated in India and other parts of the world. This annual celebration marks the arrival of spring and is an opportunity to get together, have fun and celebrate life with bright colours and lively festivities.  

The festival has its origins in the ancient traditions of Hinduism and is famous in honour of various Hindu legends and deities. The most famous legend associated with Holi is that of Prahlada and Hiranyakashipu, which symbolises the victory of good over evil. Holi also celebrates the love between Krishna and Radha. Holi has become synonymous with the celebration of love and unity.  

For Hindus, the Holi festival is an opportunity to celebrate unity in diversity. It is a time to erase social and cultural differences. By throwing colours at each other without distinction of caste, religion or social status, people express their acceptance and respect for all forms of life.  

By taking part in colour battles, dancing to traditional music and sharing delicious feasts, people celebrate life in all its splendour and celebrate the love and friendship that unites us all as human beings.  

Check out our Bollywood Infusion program (available in all states) and our Classical Indian Dance programs available in Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia provide a vibrant cultural experience that allows students to discover the joy of movement, rhythm, and diversity. 

March cultural celebrations offer us a precious opportunity to celebrate diversity, inclusion and harmony in our societies. Explore our cultural programs available Australia-wide to celebrate important dates for the month of March!  Book your March celebrations here and enjoy 3 months of free intercultural education resources!  

Cultural Infusion offers cultural education programs to various settings to promote intercultural understanding and raise young people’s awareness of cultural diversity. These initiatives play a crucial role in promoting inclusion and tolerance from an early age, helping to create a more harmonious world that respects diversity. Together, let’s celebrate our differences and work to build a future where diversity is celebrated and respected by all.  

We will join you again next month to bring you cultural dates to celebrate in April.