Holidays Calendar for March 25, 2016

Greece declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire on March 25, 1821. This is one of the most important events in the history of Greece, that is why it started celebration of Independence Day.

San Marino annually observes Anniversary of the Arengo on March 25. This public holiday commemorates the unique form of government of the country.

Western Christianity celebrates the Feast of the Annunciation (or contemporary Solemnity of the Annunciation) annually on March 25. This feast commemorates the visit of angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary.

Most Jews celebrate the holiday of Purim on the 14th day of the Hebrew month Adar (or Adar II in leap years). However, Jews in Jerusalem celebrate this festival on Adar 15. This day is called Shushan Purim.


Good Friday, also known as Great Friday, Holy Friday and Black Friday, is observed by Western Christians two days before Easter. This holy day commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary (Golgotha).


Many countries celebrate International Day of the Unborn Child. It annually falls on March 25.

World Marbles Day is an annual holiday celebrating one of the world’s oldest and most beloved toys. It is observed on Good Friday to coincide with the British and World Marbles Championship held in Tinsley Green, West Sussex.


Cultural Worker's Day annually falls in Russia on March 25. This is one of the professional holidays and it's devoted to the representatives of creative professions, artists, guardians and popularizers of the creative heritage.

March 25 is Security Service Workers' Day in Ukraine. This is a professional holiday for the employees and members of the Security Service of Ukraine. This holiday was established in 2001.

The most important army-related observance in New Zealand is ANZAC Day. It is a national day of remembrance that commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who died in service. There’s also NZ Army Day celebrated on March 25. It can be regarded as the professional holiday of all New Zealand servicemen and women.

Tolkien Reading Day is an annual event, devoted to reading the works by J. R. R. Tolkien and use of his works in education and library groups.

EU Talent Day is a semi-official holiday celebrated in some European countries on March 25. The observance was first held on April 9, 2011 during the Hungarian EU Presidential Conference of Talent Support in Budapest, but the next year the date was changed to March 25.

March 25 is Memorial Day for the Victims of Communist Terror in Latvia. This remembrance day commemorates those 43,000 people, who were deported from Latvia to Siberia on March 25, 1949.

Struggle for Human Rights Day is annually observed in Slovakia on March 25. This observance commemorates the events of the Candle Demonstration, that took place in 1988 in Bratislava.

Medal of Honor Day is an annual US federal observance that takes place on March 25. It honors all recipients of the country’s highest personal military decoration. The observance was created to highlight the courage and heroism of these people.

Maryland Day is a legal holiday observed by residents of the U.S. state of Maryland on March 25. On this day in 1634, European settlers founded the Province of Maryland, the third English colony in North America.

The anniversary of the Cry of Candon (Sigaw ng Candon / Ikkis ti Candon) is celebrated in the Philippine city of Candon on March 25 every year. It commemorates the proclamation of the Republica de Filipinas Katipunan de Candon in 1898.

Lobster under Newburg sauce is so tasty that is deserves its own holiday. By the way, there it is on March 25. Today is National Lobster Newburg Day!

March 25 is Freedom Day in the Republic of Belarus. This unofficial holiday is not recognized by government due to political reasons. And this holiday is observed only by the Belorussians, opposing the current government.

March 25 is annual celebration of Waffle Day in Sweden. This unofficial holiday is loved across the country and observed by the Swedes worldwide.

Crane Day (Trandagen) is a traditional holiday that is still celebrated in some parts of Sweden on March 25. It is believed that around this date cranes return to Sweden from their wintering grounds; thus, Crane Day symbolizes the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

March 25 is International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members, that is annually observed by the UN.

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is one of the UN international days, that is annually observed on March 25. This observance was created in 2007 and it's first celebration took place in 2008.

Mother's Day is celebrated in many countries. A lot of countries celebrate it on the same date in May, but Slovenia is the only country that observes the holiday on March 25.

This Day in History

  • 2006 28-year-old Kyle Aaron Huff shot and killed 6 people in the southeast part of Capitol Hill neighborhood, Seattle. Two of the victims were teenagers.
  • 2006 Died: Richard Fleischer, American film director whose best known works include 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Tora! Tora! Tora!, Conan the Destroyer.
  • 2000 Died: Helen Martin, American stage and television actress who is best known for her role as Weeping Wanda on the CBS sitcom Good Times.
  • 1992 Died: Nancy Walker, American actress, comedienne of stage, television and screen, film and television director whose career spanned five decades.
  • 1991 Died: Marcel Lefebvre, French Roman Catholic archbishop who was excommunicated by Pope John Paul II for consecrating four bishops against prohibition.
  • 1988 The Candle Demonstration took place in Bratislava. It was the first mass demonstration since 1969 against the communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
  • 1984 Born: Katharine McPhee, American singer-songwriter and actress. She is known for her role as Karen Cartwright on Smash and for starring as Jenna in the West End production of Waitress.
  • 1982 Born: Jenny Slate, American actress, stand-up comedian, and writer who became widely known as a cast member on SNL. Her breakout role was Donna Stern in Obvious Child.
  • 1979 Born: Lee Pace, American actor who first gained recognition for his role in Soldier's Girl. He is best known for playing Thranduil in The Hobbit trilogy.
  • 1976 Born: Wladimir Klitschko, Ukrainian former professional boxer who competed from 1996 to 2017. He held the world heavyweight championship twice.
  • 1975 Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia, was shot and killed in the Royal Palace by his mentally ill nephew Faisal bin Musaid.
  • 1969 Died: Max Eastman, American writer, poet, and political activist. He was a leading patron of the Harlem Renaissance, a 1920s cultural movement.
  • 1965 Born: Sarah Jessica Parker, American actress and producer who became internationally acclaimed due to her role as Carrie Bradshaw on Sex and the City.
  • 1962 Born: Marcia Cross, American television actress who is best known for her roles as Kimberly Shaw on Melrose Place and Bree Van de Kamp on Desperate Housewives.
  • 1957 The Treaty of Rome was signed by Benelux, France, Italy and West Germany, establishing the European Economic Community (EEC).
  • 1947 Born: Elton John (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight), renowned English singer, songwriter, composer, pianist, and record producer, one of the best-selling music artists in the world.
  • 1942 Born: Aretha Franklin, American singer, songwriter and musician, the most charted female artist in the Billboard chart's history. She won 18 Grammy Awards.
  • 1941 Yugoslavia joined the Tripartite Pact, also known as the Berlin Pact. This lead to the Yugoslav coup d'état occurring two days later.
  • 1939 Born: D. C. Fontana, American screenwriter and story editor who is best known for her work on the Star Trek franchise, primarily the original series.
  • 1931 Died: Ida Bell Wells-Barnett, African-American journalist, newspaper editor, sociologist, suffragist, civil rights and women's rights activist.
  • 1922 Born: Eileen Ford (née Otte), American model agency executive and co-founder of Ford Models, one of the best known modelling agencies in the world.
  • 1918 The Belarusian People's Republic was founded in Minsk. It was replaced by a Communist government (the Byelorussian SSR) on January 5, 1919.
  • 1918 Died: Claude Debussy, French composer. He was one of the most prominent impressionists although he did not like when the term was applied to his works.
  • 1914 Died: Frédéric Mistral, French poet and lexicographer of the Occitan language who was awarded the 1914 Nobel Prize in Literature.
  • 1914 Born: Norman Borlaug, American biologist and humanitarian who was awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the "green revolution".
  • 1911 The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire occurred in Manhattan, New York City. 146 garment workers were killed, 123 women and 23 men.
  • 1907 Died: Ernst von Bergmann, German surgeon. He was the first physician to introduce heat sterilization of surgical instruments and is a pioneer of aseptic surgery.
  • 1867 Born: Arturo Toscanini, Italian conductor who is one of the most outstanding musicians of the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.
  • 1807 The Swansea and Mumbles Railway became the world's first passenger railway service. In 1960, in was purchased and closed by South Wales Transport.
  • 1736 Died: Nicholas Hawksmoor, English architect whose works include Easton Neston (Northamptonshire, England) and Christ Church Spitalfields (London).
  • 1306 Robert the Bruce was crowned as King of Scots. He led the country during the First War of Scottish Independence against England.
  • 421 According to legend, Venice was founded. The traditional founding is identified with the dedication of the church of San Giacomo di Rialto.