Goings on around the Galaxy
It’s always busy “out there” during the Spring (or Vernal) Equinox (northern hemisphere), or Autumnal Equinox (southern hemisphere), but this year, 2008, sees a remarkable alliance of holidays and celestial events. The Equinox (which means “equal night”) takes place at 05:48 UT on March 20. The full moon (known as the “worm” or “crow” moon) is on March 21. The Equinox is used to calculate certain religious holidays, and many ancient artifacts are constructed so as to act as a calendar upon moon or sunrise on that day.
Here are just some of the holidays taking place March 20/21:
|March 20, 2008||Ta’anit Esther (Jewish); Maunday Thursday (Christian); Mawlid al-Nabi (Islamic); Birth of Mahavira (Jain); Spring Higan (Buddhist); ~Thunder Dance (Iroquis); Ostara (Pagan); Mabon (Pagan); ~Ibu Afo Festival (Yoruba); Spring or Atumnal Equinox (Pantheism).|
|March 21, 2008||
Purim (Jewish); Frawardin 1 (Zoroastrian); Nawruz (Zoroastrian); Good Friday (Christian); Festival of Naw-Ruz (Baha’i); Nineteen-Day Fast,1st of Baha (Baha’i); ~Panguni Uttiram (Hindu); ~Caitra Purnima (Hindu); Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu); Magha Puja (Buddhist); ~Iduna and Summer Finding (Pagan).
~ means that the dates are variable.
Whether we say “NowRuz Pirooz” نوروز (Happy/Prosperous Persian New Year) or “Purim Sameah” פורים שמח-(Jewish celebration of the good deeds of Queen Esther), or participate in any number of festivities, we can all look to these days as times of renewal. Happy holidays to all!