Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - February 2006

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - February 2006

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February 2

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

Imbolc/Brigid's Day
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

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

February 9

Commemorates the martyrdom of the grandson of the prophet Muhammad.
Explore: 'Ashura: A Day of Remembrance
Essay: The Super Day of Ashura

February 12

Tu B'Shevat
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

February 13

 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

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?
Resource: Valentine's Day Features, Valentine's Day Compatibility Toolkit
eCards: Send a Valentine

February 26

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

February 26 - March 1

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

February 28

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

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