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
Celebrates the rescue of Jews in ancient Persia. Begins at sundown the previous day.
Essay: Purim's Message of Unity
Quiz: How Much Do You Know?
eCards: Send a Purim Greeting
"Festival of Color"; Northern Indian celebration marking the beginning of spring with a deluge of color. Various social classes are encouraged to interact with one another. Begins with the full moon.
Essay: Canadian Hindus Celebrate Holi
Explore: A Day of Play: Children Celebrate Holi
eCards: Send a Holi Greeting
Magha Puja Day/Sangha Day
Celebration of the presentation of teachings by Lord Buddha.
Link: About Magha Puja Day
St. Patrick's Day
Celebration of St. Patrick, who is said to have brought Christianity to Ireland.
Explore: What We Know About St. Patrick
eCards: Send a St. Patrick's Day Greeting
For Pagans, a time to welcome spring, new birth and new life, and the goddess-as-maiden. Heathens celebrate the end of winter, the arrival of spring, and the Goddess Ostara.
Explore: The Eostar Bunny
Link: About Ostara
eCards: Send an Ostara Greeting
"The New Day"; New Year celebration regarded as the most important day of the year. Customs include wearing new clothes, giving gifts, and settling disputes.
Links: Zoroastrian Festivals
Observance of the vernal equinox symbolizing spiritual growth and renewal.
Link: About Nau-Roz
Birthday of the prophet Zarathustra; celebrated the sixth day of the Parsi month.
Link: About Khordad Sal
Hindi New Year
Bikrami Samvat begins (start of the new year, 2063).
Link: Learn More About the Hindu Calendar