Seasonal Trend Alert: March–May 2024
As the northern hemisphere shivers through winter, we’re starting to look ahead at the warmer months of March, April and May. There are many seasonal events, festivals and holidays celebrated around the world in these months. And, as Envato Authors, it’s your job as Envato Authors to make sure that our customers are ready!
If you’ve got any content that is relevant for the events coming up, like International Women’s Day, Easter, Holi, and Ramadan, then make sure you upload it now!
If you don’t have any relevant content, then you’ve still got time! But hurry—March is just around the corner and will be here before we know it!
Events in March
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8 every year. It’s a global day to recognize and celebrate the achievements of women in various fields and to advocate for gender equality.
International Women’s Day (IWD) helps to raise awareness about the challenges women still face around the world, and to promote women’s rights and empowerment.
The season of spring begins in March for those in the northern hemisphere. Spring is traditionally associated with themes of new life, growth, and rejuvenation.
Symbols used to convey these include blossoming flowers and baby animals representing fertility and new life. The vibrant colors of spring, especially pastel shades, are often used as symbols of the season, representing freshness and optimism.
Symbols for spring are often the same as some of the major symbols associated with Easter, a prominent spring festival.
Ramadan (March and April)
Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims worldwide. This year, Ramadan begins on March 9 and will finish on April 8.
During this time, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, engage in spiritual reflection, and practice self-discipline as a means of worship.
The end of Ramadan is celebrated with a three-day festival called Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fast. Another important Islamic holiday is Eid al-Adha, which honors the willingness of the prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son and is celebrated by Muslims worldwide with prayers, charitable acts, and other symbols of their devotion to Allah.
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on March 17 in honor of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick.
It is a day that celebrates Irish heritage and culture, with festivities such as parades, wearing green attire, and decorating with shamrocks. St. Patrick’s Day is widely recognized and celebrated around the world, often with music, dancing, and traditional Irish food and drink.
Key symbols associated with St. Patrick’s Day include shamrocks, leprechauns, and the color green.
Holi is a Hindu festival celebrated in India and other parts of the world. This year, Holi will be celebrated on March 25.
Also known as the “Festival of Colors,” Holi marks the arrival of spring and the victory of good over evil. Participants celebrate by throwing colored powders and water at each other, dancing to traditional music, and enjoying festive foods.
Easter is a major Christian holiday that begins with Good Friday on March 29 and continues until April 1, which is Easter Monday.
Over Easter, Christians commemorate the crucifixion and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. To recognize this festival, people attend religious services, participate in Easter egg hunts, exchange greetings and gifts, enjoy special meals, and come together to celebrate new beginnings and the joy of the season.
Events in April
World Autism Day
World Autism Day is observed on April 2 each year, with the whole month of April acknowledged as Autism Acceptance Month.
You might see this day referred to as ‘Autism Awareness Day’. However, it is increasingly more common to see it referenced as World Autism Day or Autism Acceptance Day. This is to reflect a shift towards inclusivity, acceptance and celebration of autistic people and their contribution to society.
At the moment, many of the items on Elements that represent autism use images of puzzle pieces. However, this has been criticized by members of the autistic community for perpetuating negative stereotypes and reinforcing the idea that autistic individuals are “puzzles” to be solved.
Many autistic individuals now prefer to use a gold or rainbow infinity symbol to promote acceptance, inclusivity, and the idea that autism is simply a natural part of human diversity.
We encourage Envato Authors to invest time and effort into creating assets that represent autism and autistic people in a more inclusive and accepting way, by using the infinity symbols instead of puzzle pieces.
- Autism Acceptance
- The problem with the autism puzzle piece
- The autism puzzle piece problem
- How to support autistics during Autism Awareness Month
- Learn about the campaign to #GoRedInstead
- Autism Infinity Symbol vs Puzzle Piece
- We also recommend you read our guide on creating diverse content.
Earth day is on April 22 and aims to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainability. It serves as a reminder for individuals and communities to take action in protecting and preserving our planet for future generations.
Passover, also known as Pesach, is a major Jewish festival that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. This year, Passover will begin on Aprill 22 and finish on 30 April.
Events in May
Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the victory of the Mexican army over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
While it is a significant date in Mexican history, it is also widely observed in the United States. Traditions include parades, parties, and cultural events to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture.
Mother’s Day is a holiday celebrated worldwide to honor and appreciate mothers and mother figures. It is usually observed on the second Sunday in May, though the date may vary in different countries. In some places, like in the UK, Mother’s Day is celebrated in March.
Remember, there is no one ‘type’ of mother. It’s important to make sure you’re creating Mother’s Day content with diverse and inclusive representation.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia
The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is observed on May 17.
This date is celebrated each year to raise awareness of the discrimination and violence that LGBTQIA+ individuals face worldwide. It’s used to challenge the prejudices that perpetuate homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
IDAHOBIT encourages allies and members of the LGBTQIA+ community to celebrate their identities. The day also celebrates diversity and advocates for greater acceptance of all individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Memorial Day (US)
Memorial Day is a federal holiday observed in the United States. It’s observed on the last Monday of May, which in 2024 is May 27.
Memorial Day is a day dedicated to honoring and remembering people who have died while serving in the military. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, hold parades, and participate in other commemorative activities to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by these fallen heroes.
We hope this was helpful! For more inspiration, check out our previous Seasonal Trend Alert article for January and February 2024.
A note on representation
We want all of our customers to feel included and represented by our content. Please make sure that you’re depicting people and cultures in a sensitive and respectful way.
If you’re in doubt, please check out our guide on creating diverse content.
More inspiration for your March–May content
Want more inspiration? Check out our curated collection Celebrations Around the World! Our reviewers have hand-picked a selection of top-quality photos representing a range of events around the world.
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