Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - February 2005

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - February 2005





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February 2

 Christian
Candlemas
Also called "Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple"; celebrates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple.
Link: About Candlemas

 Pagan/Wiccan
Imbolc/Brigid's Day
The first glimpse of spring, also dedicated to the Celtic goddess Brigid.
Resource: A Midwinter Festival
Essay: Celebrating Brigid
eCards: Send an Imbolc Greeting



February 8

 Mahayana Buddhist
Nirvana Day (Parinirvana Day)
Observance of the death of Buddha, the point at which he left the cycle of death and rebirth. Celebrated through meditation and the visitation of temples and monasteries.
Link: About Nirvana Day

 Christian
Shrove Tuesday
Sometimes known as Fat Tuesday; Christian carnival day on the eve of Lent.
Links: About Shrove Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday: A Merry Carnival



February 9

 Christian
Ash Wednesday - Lent Begins
Begins the six-week season of Lent, a time of repentance and reflection.
Feature: The Lenten Journey
Basics: Ash Wednesday Primer

 Muslim
Islamic New Year
First day of the first month of the Hijri calendar (begins at sundown).
Essay: Islamic New Year: A Time of Reflection



February 9 - 11

 Tibetan Buddhist
Losar
Tibetan New Year; a time to cleanse oneself of last year's negativity and begin anew. Festivities continue for another week and include visits to relatives and resolutions for the year ahead.
Excerpt: How the Wood Horse Year Began, Once Upon a Time
Explore: What Makes a Holy Day?
Resource: What Is Losar?



February 13

 Hindu
Vasant Panchami
Celebration dedicated to Saraswati, goddess of learning.
Link: About Vasant Panchami



February 14

 Christian / Non-Religious
St. Valentine's Day
Celebration of St. Valentine; day for lovers.
Explore: Who Took the 'St.' Away from St. Valentine?
eCards: Send a Valentine



February 18

 Muslim
Ashura
Commemorates the martyrdom of the grandson of the prophet Muhammad (begins at sundown).
Explore: 'Ashura: A Day of Remembrance
Essay: The Super Day of Ashura



February 26

 Baha'i
Intercalary Days
Known as Ayyam-Hi or Days of Ha; a time for rejoicing before the period of fasting.
Resource: The Intercalary Days



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