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]