Also called "Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple"; celebrates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple.
Link: About Candlemas
The first glimpse of spring, also dedicated to the Celtic goddess Brigid.
Resource: A Midwinter Festival
Essays: Celebrating Brigid, Emerging Into Light
eCards: Send an Imbolc Greeting
Celebration dedicated to Saraswati, goddess of learning.
Link: About Vasant Panchami
Commemorates the martyrdom of the grandson of the prophet Muhammad.
Explore: 'Ashura: A Day of Remembrance
Essay: The Super Day of Ashura
Also known as New Year for Trees; Israel's celebration of trees (begins at sundown).
Essay: Trees and Justice
Excerpt: Sharing God's Fruitfulness
Link: About Tu B'Shevat
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
St. Valentine's Day
Celebration of St. Valentine; day for lovers.
Explore: Who Took the 'St.' Away from St. Valentine?
Resource: Valentine's Day Features, Valentine's Day Compatibility Toolkit
eCards: Send a Valentine
"Shiva's Night"; honors Shiva who danced the Tandav on this night.
Link: About Maha Shivaratri
February 26 - March 1
Known as Ayyam-Hi or Days of Ha; a time for rejoicing before the period of fasting.
Resource: The Intercalary Days
Sometimes known as Fat Tuesday; Christian carnival day on the eve of Lent.
Links: About Shrove Tuesday