Some February Interfaith Inspirations:
Celebrating Black History Month!
The Iroquois Midwinter Ceremony, in which old fires are extinguished and new fires are lit, and the Hopi Holy Cycle, in which the changing of the seasons and the nature of the Hopi sacred universe are celebrated, begin in January and February, but the dates of observance vary by tribe. This month is also known as Buxwlaks or the season of blowing needles in aboriginal spirituality, in which the wind knocks loose the foliage of frozen evergreens. It marks the approach of the new year.
Quoted from Religious Holy Days
Goddess/Pagan February 2 ~ Imbolc & Sughnassad
(northern/southern hemispheres) Wicca reflection on the power of the gods
from which physical and spiritual harvest will come.
Christian February 2 Saint Brighid of Kildare Day
Celtic Christian recognition of Brighid who displayed unusual compassion.
Some say she was brought up as a Druid and became Christian.
Brigid is revered as a triple Goddess by Pagans who maintain that Christians
made her a Christian figure and saint due to her unshakable place in the culture.
Shinto February 3 Shubun-sai
Shinto vernal equinox observance. Shinto celebration of the change of seasons with the coming of
spring with shouts of "Devils out, Good Fortune in". Bean throwing protects against demons.
Christian February 3 Saint Blaze Day
Primarily Catholic & Orthodox, honoring of a 4th century saint by blessing the throats of believers.
Baha`i ~ February 7th ~ Mulk
The beginning of the eighteenth month of the Bahá’í year; its name means “dominion.”
Hindu - February 13/14 - Maha Shivaratri
A Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honour of the god Shiva. There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month's 13th night/14th day.
Hindu festival is in honor of Lord Shiva and his marriage to Goddess Parvati.
Ceremonies involving prayers and hymns take place mostly at night.
2018 is the Year Of Lord Shiva,powerful god of creation and destruction.
Quoted From Elephant Journal:
As 2018 is an 11 year in numerology, it correlates energy with other entities that carry the vibration of that number, and the most powerful vibrational 11 entity in the universe is the 11 Rudras of Lord Shiva. The word Rudra is synonymous with the number 11 that it is often used to represent it.
The reason Shiva’s energy is so innately attuned to 2018 is because the Rudras make up 11 of the major 33 Gods in the Hindu pantheon. The Rudras are believed to exist somewhere between heaven and earth in our atmosphere, and consist of 11 positions of the heart. These are vital energies of life in the body made up of five sensory organs, five organs of action, and the one atman, which is also perceived as the mind, soul, or true self.
It is thought that Lord Shiva created these 11 Rudras so that he could have fierce and mighty mortal manifestations on earth. The Rudras are fearsome Gods but they also hold immense healing powers for those wishing to banish negativity and destroy potent and diminishing energies.
Christianity February 13 ~ Shrove Tuesday
Christian carnival day on the eve of Ash Wednesday which begins Lent, a time of fasting and devotions. Pancakes are often served. It is also known as Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras in some places.
Christianity - February 14 - St.Valentine's Day
Christian celebration of the love of God presented in Jesus and in the lives
of Christian believers. St Valentine was a 3rd century martyr.
This day is widely observed in the USA as a secular celebration of love.
Christianity February 14 ~ Ash Wednesday
Christian observance to begin the 40 day season of Lent.
Ashes are marked on worshippers as a sign of penitence.
Buddhist Jain February 15 Nirvana Day
Buddhist: a regional observance of the death of the Buddha.
Interfaith Chinese New Year February 16
Chinese / Vietnamese / Korean New Year – Buddhism / Confucianism / Taoism
The first day after the new moon is a religious and cultural festival for Korean, Vietnamese, and Chinese persons, marking the first day of the year 4716, the Year of the Earth Dog.
Losar [Tibetan New Year] – Buddhism
Celebrating the beginning of the year 2145 in the Tibetan calendar
Hindu - February 17 - Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti
A celebration of the birth of the teacher of Swami Vivekananda, who introduced Hinduism
to the United States at the first Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.
Baha'i Intercalary Days - February 26-March 1
Baha'i insertion of days into the calendar in order to maintain their solar calendar.
Judaism - Feb 28-March 1 - Purim
Jewish celebration of the deliverance of the Jewish minority in Persia from genocide.
Charity to the poor, sharing food with friends, and vigorous merrymaking mark the observance.
Some brief definitions and dates from the Interfaith Calendarby Delton Krueger,
The Interfaith Observer & ACPE's Religious Holy Days ~ many, many thanks!