Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - March 2006

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - March 2006

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March 1

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

March 14

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

 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. 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

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

 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 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: Zoroastrian Festivals

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

March 26

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

March 30

Hindi New Year
Bikrami Samvat begins (start of the new year, 2063).
Link: Learn More About the Hindu Calendar

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