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
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
Christian / Non-Religious
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
Chinese New Year
First day of the new year as based on the movement of the sun, moon, and stars.
Essays: New Year, New Energy, Another Chance at a New You
Resource: About the Chinese Calendar
Feburary 18 - 20
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?
Sometimes known as Fat Tuesday; Christian carnival day on the eve of Lent.
Links: About Shrove Tuesday
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
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