Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - March 2005

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - March 2005

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March 2

Baha'i Fast
Takes place during the 19th month (Ala) of the Baha'i year, from March 2-20.
Essay: The Power of Bah Fasting
Link: About Baha'i Fast

March 8

Maha Shivaratri
"Shiva's Night"; honors Shiva who danced the Tandav on this night.
Link: About Maha Shivaratri

March 17

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

March 20

Palm Sunday
Sunday prior to Easter; commemorates Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem.
Resource: Palm Sunday
Link: About Palm Sunday

March 21

"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: Norooz & Zoroastrians, Zoroastrian Festivals

Nau-Roz (Naw-Ruz)
Observance of the vernal equinox symbolizing spiritual growth and renewal.
Link: About Nau-Roz

 Pagan/Wiccan    Heathen
Spring Equinox/Ostara
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

March 23

Mahavira Jayanti
Jain festival honoring Mahavira ("Great Hero"), the 24th and last tirthankara (prophet).
Link: Jain Festival Calendar

March 25

Celebrates the rescue of Jews in ancient Persia.
Essay: Purim's Message of Unity
Quiz: How Much Do You Know?
eCards: Send a Purim Greeting

Good Friday
Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus at Calvary.
Essay: The Holiday Hallmark Can't Handle
Feature: Bitter Journey: The Way of the Cross

 Hindu    Sikh
"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.
Essay: Canadian Hindus Celebrate Holi
Explore: A Day of Play: Children Celebrate Holi

Magha Puja Day/Sangha Day
Celebration of the presentation of teachings by Lord Buddha.
Link: About Magha Puja Day

March 26

Khordad Sal
Birthday of the prophet Zarathustra; celebrated the sixth day of the Parsi month.
Link: About Khordad Sal

March 27

Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Feature: Christ Is Risen
eCards: Send an Easter Greeting

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