National Whatever Day: March 18th

The National Whatever Days for March 18th include Goddess of Fertility Day and Supreme Sacrifice Day.

Goddess of Fertility Day
Aphrodite may be one of the most famous fertility goddesses. She is the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and procreation. Her Roman equivalent is the goddess Venus.

Fertility is the natural human capability of producing offspring. As a measure, “fertility rate” is the number of children born per couple, person or population. Fertility differs from fecundity, which is defined as the potential for reproduction. A lack of fecundity would be called sterility (infertility). Human fertility depends on factors of nutrition, sexual behavior, culture, instinct, endocrinology, timing, economics, way of life, and emotions.

Supreme Sacrifice Day
All of us have sacrificed something in our lifetime including things like money, time, energy, emotions. Sacrifice is the offering of food, objects or the lives of animals to a higher purpose or to God or the gods as an act of propitiation or worship.

While sacrifice often implies ritual killing, the term offering (Latin oblatio) can be used for bloodless sacrifices of cereal food or artifacts. For offerings of liquids (beverages) by pouring, the term libation is used.

Today there are many more ways to offer something to someone and know that you will not be receiving something in return. This is similar to doing a favor or showing signs of respect, depending on the amount and how often the item is offered.

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