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Happy Universal Holiday

~ Three hands hold out the symbols of the three monotheistic religions.

By Sèbastien Dèsarmaux /Godong/for Corbis


~ Many good wishes to all my flickr friends on this day, for whatever

you are celebrating! We are all in this human experience together,

and should rejoice in every celebratory day. And on this day in particular,

a once-in-a-millennium combination, the following will all occur on the

21st March 2008: Peace, peace, peace.


Good Friday ~ the day Jesus died on the cross, marked by a billion

Christians around the globe. To be followed in two days by Easter

Sunday, to mark his Resurrection.


Purim ~ a Jewish festival celebrating the Biblical book of Esther.


Nowrouz~ the Persian New Year, which is observed with Islamic

elaboration in Iran and all the '~stan'; countries, as well as by

Zoroastrians and Baha'is.


Eid Milad -un-Nabi~ the Birth of the Prophet [saw], which is

celebrated by some but not all Sunni Muslims and, though officially

beginning on Thursday [20th], is often marked on Friday [21st].


Small Holi~ an Indian Hindu festival of bonfires, to be followed on

Saturday by Holi, a kind of Mardi Gras.


Magha Puja~ a celebration of the Buddha's first group of followers,

marked primarily in Thailand.


[Photo and notes courtesy TIME magazine online, Wednesday 19 March

2008, by Sèbastien Dèsarmaux /Godong/for Corbis]


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