Promote the March 25th Annunciation Year-Round

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Calendar Dates Relevant to Annunciation/Day of the Unborn Child

 

Note: Any 25th of the month can be an opportunity with 25thOfTheMonthClub, or all the 25th's from March to Christmas with 9Months4Life/Spiritual Adoption -- an easy way to periodically remind us of the 9 month interval between the Annunciation and Christmas and the importance of March 25th as Christ's conception feast and Day of the Unborn Child.  In addition, FirstDay/ConceptionDay greetings or information can also mention the celebration of Christ's conception nine months before December 25.  For colorful graphics to connect the Annunciation to the dates listed below, also see our "Use Web Banners" page.

January 1 (New Year's Day): New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, and the entire month of January are ideal to point out that the March 25th Annunciation was the old New Year's Day before the 18th century.

 

January (entire month) Calendar Trivia: The first month of the year when we start a new calendar is a perfect time to point out how our current 9th through 12th months of the year -- the old seemingly misnamed numeral months of Sept., Oct., Nov., and Dec. (meaning 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th) match the order of months if March is the first month -- reminding us that the new year used to begin on March 25th.

 

January (on or near the 22nd): Roe vs. Wade Memorial events are ideal to share info on the Annunciation including its New Year Calendar connection plus tips on planning for the upcoming March Day of the Unborn Child events.

 

January 25th: January's "25th of the Month Club" tip can suggest ideas for celebrating the March 25 Annunciation/Day of the Unborn Child

 

February 25th: February's "25th of the Month Club" tip can advise preparations for celebrating the March 25 Annunciation/Day of the Unborn Child

 

March (entire month): The entire month of March is an opportunity to highlight the significance of March 25th as the historical New Year's/Annunciation Day feast of Christ's conception, and as the modern Day of the Unborn Child

 

March 25th:  Maximum opportunity for promoting the Incarnational Annunciation feast and Day of the Unborn Child 9 months before Christmas -- Beginning a 25thOfTheMonthClub or 9Months4Life Spiritual Adoption on or near this day provides monthly opportunities for reminders of the day's significance every 25th year round, or until Christmas when 9MonthsForLife ends.

 

Late March/Early April (Delayed/Transferred Annunciation Feast): If Easter-conflicts prompt your church to move its Annunciation celebration to a different date in late March or early April, the later "transferred" date is another ideal opportunity to highlight the significance of the Annunciation feast of Christ's conception, and the reason this celebration date is "transferred" in some years from its usual date of March 25th 9 months before Christmas.

 

April 1st (April Fool's Day): This is a lighthearted occasion to share the main theory on the day's origins dating back to the 8-day celebration of the March 25th Annunciation as New Year's ending on April 1, and the labeling as "fools" of those who refused to abandon these festivities when New Year's Day was changed to Jan. 1st.

 

April 7th (Orthodox Annunciation): Many Orthodox churches celebrate the Annunciation on April 7, nine months before their Julian-calendar January 7th Christmas, just as we celebrate Annunciation March 25th nine months before our December 25 Christmas -- so April 7th is a great time to point out these pairs of dates and wish these churches a blessed Annunciation feast .

 

End of March to Late April (Easter's Annunciation/Good Friday Link): The Easter season, particularly Good Friday and Easter Sunday (both days when info on Christian history is expected and welcomed), are excellent opportunities to point out the historical teaching that Christ died on the same day he was conceived -- March 25th -- which explains why his Resurrection days later is celebrated so near to the Annunciation feast of his conception.

 

April Tax Season: April tax payment deadlines are a good time to point out that taxes are due in early April because the new year used to begin in late March on the 25th which was Annunciation day celebrating Christ's conception nine months before Christmas.

 

April 25th: April's "25th of the Month Club" tip or 9MonthsForLife Spiritual Adoption 2nd month of pregnancy meditations can give reminders of the March 25th feast of Christ's conception.

 

May 25th: May's "25th of the Month Club" tip or 9MonthsForLife Spiritual Adoption 3rd month of pregnancy meditations can give reminders of the March 25th feast of Christ's conception.

 

June 25th: June's "25th of the Month Club" tip or 9MonthsForLife Spiritual Adoption 4th month of pregnancy meditations can give reminders of the March 25th feast of Christ's conception.

 

July 25th: July's "25th of the Month Club" tip or 9MonthsForLife Spiritual Adoption 5th month of pregnancy meditations can give reminders of the March 25th feast of Christ's conception.

 

August 25th: August "25th of the Month Club" tip or 9MonthsForLife Spiritual Adoption 6th month of pregnancy meditations can give reminders of the March 25th feast of Christ's conception.

 

September (entire month) Calendar Trivia: The fact that September (meaning 7th) is out of sequence as the 9th month of our calendar is an opening for calendar trivia that serves as a useful reminder that the March 25th Annunciation feast of Christ's conception used to begin the new year -- in other words, the year began nine months before Christmas.

 

September 8th: The Virgin Mary's Birth Feast is celebrated 9 months after the December 8th feast of her conception, which is an opportunity to point out that Christ's conception and birth are also celebrated a logical and symbolic 9 months apart -- March 25th-Annunciation and December 25th-Christmas -- and a great time to give a quick tip on remembering the two pairs of feasts: 8ths are Mary's (conception and birth) -- 25ths are Christ's (conception and birth).

 

September 25th: "25th of the Month Club" tip or 9MonthsForLife Spiritual Adoption 7th month of pregnancy meditations can give reminders of the March 25th feast of Christ's conception.

 

October (entire month) Calendar Trivia: The fact that October (meaning 8th) is out of sequence as the 10th month of our calendar is an opening for calendar trivia that serves as a useful reminder that the March 25th Annunciation feast of Christ's conception used to begin the new year -- in other words, the year began nine months before Christmas.

 

October 25th: "25th of the Month Club" tip or 9MonthsForLife Spiritual Adoption 8th month of pregnancy meditations can give reminders of the March 25th feast of Christ's conception

 

November (entire month) Calendar Trivia: The fact that November (meaning 9th) is out of sequence as the 11th month of our calendar is an opening for calendar trivia that serves as a useful reminder that March 25th Annunciation feast of Christ's conception used to begin the new year -- in other words, the year began nine months before Christmas.

 

November 25th: "25th of the Month Club" tip or 9MonthsForLife Spiritual Adoption 9th month of pregnancy meditations can give reminders of the March 25th feast of Christ's conception

 

December (entire month) Calendar Trivia: The fact that December (meaning 10th) is out of sequence as the 12th month of our calendar is an opening for calendar trivia that serves as a useful reminder that March 25th Annunciation feast of Christ's conception used to begin the new year -- in other words, the year began nine months before Christmas.

 

December 8th: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary in her mother's womb, is celebrated nine months before the September 8th feast of her birth, which is an opportunity to point out that Christ's conception and birth are also celebrated a symbolic nine months apart, the March 25 Annunciation and December 25th -- and also to give a quick tip on remembering the two pairs of feasts: 8ths are Mary's (conception and birth) -- 25ths are Christ's (conception and birth).

 

December 25th & Christmas Season: The Christmas season and December 24th/25th are the easiest and most natural times to highlight the Annunciation's import -- anything from web greetings to holiday mailings can note that the Dec. 25th feast of Christ's birth comes 9 months after the March 25th Annunciation feast of his conception.  An easy catchy phrase to add to cards, gift tags and e-mail signatures is: A Blessed Annunciation (Mar.25) + 9 Months = A Merry Christmas (Dec. 25)

 

December 25th: "25th of the Month Club" tip or 9MonthsForLife Spiritual Adoption December/Christmas closing birth meditations can give reminders of the March 25th feast of Christ's conception

 

December 31st (New Year's Eve): The last day of the year is a perfect time to highlight the fact that the first of the year used to be March 25th -- Annunciation Day -- when Christ's Conception was celebrated (so in the old calendar the new year began nine months before Christmas).

 

(In addition, all FirstDay or ConceptionDay celebrations and discussions are opportunities to note the March 25th Annunciation celebration of Christ's conception 9 months before Christmas.  Our "Celebrate FirstDays Like BirthDays" banner gives the March 25/Dec.25 interval as an example, and our "Remember to Think Plus9" banner mentions both the Annunciation feast and FirstDays).

 

Note: Visual aids greatly improve the effectiveness of social media promotion: See the web banners page for a wide selection of graphics that can be used for the dates included in the above listing.

 

An easy way to use both text and images year-round to promote the Annunciation as it relates to various other holidays is to follow/retweet us on Twitter @March25info and share/like on Facebook at AnnunciationDayMarch25 -- or use these direct links:  "Like" us on Facebook at facebook.com/AnnunciationDayMarch25 and follow our tweets at twitter.com/March25info

 

Explore more pages at DayOfTheUnbornChild.com for additional information to include in postings, blogs, and Christmas newsletters on the link between the Annunciation and many other special days.

 

[Updated 12/13/2017]