Some March Interfaith Inspirations
Celebrating Women's History Month
~ our Recontructionist (Peacemaker) pages are back!
Christianity Saint Days!
March 1 St David Of Wales Day
Celtic Christian saint known for his wisdom and missionary work.
Baha'i Fasting Days - March 2 - March 20
Baha'i faith decrees these days as prayer days with fasting sunrise to sunset.
Buddhist~ March 6 Magha Puja Day
Celebrates a moment about 2,500 years ago when 1,250 enlightened Buddhist monks who had all been consecrated by the Buddha came to see him without being summoned on the night of the full moon of the third lunar month. Many Buddhists around the world celebrate Magha Puja by lighting oil lamps, chanting, meditating, exchanging gifts, and attending temples observing special practices and rituals. The spiritual aims of the day are to do only good things and to purify one's mind.
Judaism March 6/7 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.
Islam March 6/7 Lailat al Bara-ah
The name translates into English as “Night of Forgiveness.” Some believe that, on this night, God fixes people's destiny for the upcoming year. Some Muslims mark this night with prayer and fasting.
Hindu~ March 7/8 Holika Dahan/Holi
Holika Dahan, rendered Holika Dahanam in Sanskrit, is a Hindu occasion that celebrates the legend of the burning of Holika, an asuri, upon a burning pyre, and the salvation of her nephew, Prahlada. It precedes the occasion of Holi, the festival of colours, which celebrates the victory of good over evil.
March 8 ~ International Women's Day
Committed to history and awareness of women's contributions and where we are today.
This year's theme is Embrace Equality
Sikh ~ March 10 ~ Hola Mohalla
A Sikh day when mock battles are fought and martial arts are displayed.
Christianity Saint Days!
March 17 St Patrick's Day
Celebrating Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland in early days of the faith.
March 19 St Joseph's Day
Remembrance of Joseph, husband of Mary the mother of Jesus.
Wicca/Pagan Ostara & Mabon (northern/southern hemispheres)
March 20 ~ Equinox ~
The time when the sun is directly above a point on the equator.
The equinox will be either Vernal or Autumnal depending on the hemisphere.
Equinox celebrations as days of equal light & dark mark the turning of the wheel.
Ostara – Wicca
A time to mark the divine goddess’s blanketing of the Earth with fertility as the god stretches and grows to maturity, manifested in the reawakening of seeds within the Earth as they are touched by divine love.
Spring Feast – Native American spirituality
A day to mark the coming and going of seasons and to honor planting through songs, stories, and prayer.
Baha'i March 21 Happy New Year ~ Naw Ruz ~
Marking the beginning of the year 175 of the Bahá’í era, and the beginning of the
first month of the year, known as Bahá or “splendor.”
Persian/Zoroastrian March 20/1 Norouz ~ New Year ~
The beginning of the Zoroastrian/Persian/Iranian new year. The word 'norouz' means new day.
Also celebrates the renewal of the world and the creation of fire (which symbolizes righteousness).
Zarathustra, the founder of Zoroastrianism, received his revelation on this day.
Islam March 22 ~ April 21 Ramadan ~
9th month on Islamic calendar, devoted to the commemoration of Muhammad's reception
of the divine revelation recorded in the Qur'an. The event begins when authorities in Saudi Arabia
sight the new moon of the 9th month. It is the holiest period of the Islamic Year lasting 29-30 days. There is strict fasting from sunrise to sunset as well as observed prayer times. Ramadan comes from the word ramadaa, which means 'sunbaked' in Arabic. This is perhaps a reference to the pangs of hunger Muslims feel when fasting. According to Islamic tradition, menstruating women, women who are experiencing bleeding after giving birth, people who are sick (either with short term or long term illnesses), and travelers are exempt from fasting. Pregnant women also have the option of skipping fasts. In Islamic countries, when Ramadan ends and the crescent moon is first seen, people bang drums and give mighty shouts.