Happy Holi — Spring Festival of Colors

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Holi is a colorful and boisterous Hindu spring festival in India, also known as the Festival of Colors. This is a time of shedding inhibitions: People smear each other with red and yellow powder and shower each other with colored water shot from bamboo blowpipes or water pistols. Restrictions of caste, sex, age, and personal differences are ignored.

The name of the festival derives from the name of the wicked Holika. According to legend, an evil king had a good son, Prince Prahlad, who was sent by the gods to deliver the land from the king’s cruelty. Holika, the king’s sister, decided to kill the prince with fire. Believing she was immune to fire, she held the child in her lap and sat in flames. But Lord Krishna stepped in to save Prahlad, and Holika was left in the fire and burned to death. On the night before the festival, images of Holika are burned on huge bonfires, drums pound, horns blow, and people whoop.

Another tale, related to the practice of water-throwing, is that the small monkey god Hanuman one day managed to swallow the sun. People were sad to live in darkness, and other gods suggested they rub color on one another and laugh. They mixed the color in water and squirted each other, and Hanuman thought this was so funny he gave a great laugh, and the sun flew out of his mouth.

There is also the story that the Mongol Emperor Akbar thought everyone would look equal if covered with color, and he therefore ordained the holiday to unite the castes.

The celebrations differ from city to city. In Mathura, Lord Krishna’s legendary birthplace, there are especially exuberant processions with songs and music. In the villages of Nandgaon and Barsnar, once homes of Krishna and his beloved Radha, the celebrations are spread over 16 days. And in Besant, people set up a 25-foot pole called a chir to begin the celebrations and burn it at the end of the festival.

In Bangladesh the festival is called Dol-Jatra, the Swing Festival, because a Krishna doll is kept in a swinging cradle, or dol. In Nepal it is called Rung Khelna, “playing with color.” They build a three-tiered, 25-foot high umbrella and at its base people light joss sticks, and place flowers and red powder. Instead of squirting water, they drop water-filled balloons from upper windows.

Source: Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, 5th Ed., published by Omnigraphics


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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — March 2019 — Free to Download

March is the third month of the year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the second of seven months to have a length of 31 days. In the Northern Hemisphere, the meteorological beginning of spring occurs on the first day of March. The March equinox on the 20th marks the astronomical beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.
Flower: Daffodil
Birthstone: Bloodstone

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
4 – Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
5 – Mardi Gras
6 – Ash Wednesday
8 – International Women’s Day
10 – Daylight Saving Time Begins
11 – Great Lent (Orthodox Christian)
17 – St. Patrick’s Day
20 – Ostara (Pagan/Wiccan)
20 – Spring Equinox
21 – Holi (Hindu)
21 – Naw-Ruz (Bahá’í & Persian New Year)
21 – Purim (Jewish)

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International Women’s Day 2019

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International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Not only is this commemorative day one of the most widely observed holidays of recent origin, but it is unusual in that it began in the United States and was adopted by many other countries, including the former U.S.S.R. and the People’s Republic of China. This holiday has its roots in the March 8, 1857, revolt of American women in New York City, protesting conditions in the textile and garment industries, although it wasn’t proclaimed a holiday until 1910.

International Women’s Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action — whatever that looks like globally at a local level. No one government, NGO, charity, corporation, academic institution, women’s network, or media hub is solely responsible for International Women’s Day.

The 2019 campaign theme of #BalanceforBetter is a call-to-action for driving gender balance across the world. A global web of rich and diverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women’s craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades, and more. To see a list of activities and to read more about the 2019 theme, visit the IWD website.

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Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — February 2019 — Free to Download

February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. As the only month to have a length of less than 30 days, February is the shortest month of the year. The month has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years, with the quadrennial 29th day being called the “leap day.”
Flower: Violet
Birthstone: Amethyst

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – Imbolc (Pagan/Wiccan)
2 – Groundhog Day
5 – Chinese New Year (Pig)
5 – Losar (Tibetan New Year)
6 – Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
10 – Random Acts of Kindness Week
10 – Vasant Panchami (Hindu)
12 – Lincoln’s Birthday
14 – Valentine’s Day
15 – Flag Day (Canada)
15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
18 – Presidents’ Day
22 – Washington’s Birthday

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Happy New Year! 

January (in Latin, Ianuarius) is named after the Latin word for door (ianua), since January is the door to the year and an opening to new beginnings. The month is conventionally thought of as being named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions in Roman mythology. It is, on average, the coldest month of the year within most of the Northern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of winter) and the warmest month of the year within most of the Southern Hemisphere (where it is the second month of summer).
Flower: Carnation
Birthstone: Garnet

Here are a few of the special days during this month:
1 – New Year’s Day
6 – Epiphany (Christian)
7 – Christmas (Orthodox Christian)
14 – Old New Year (Orthodox Christian)
21 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
21 – Tu B’Shevat (Jewish)
26 – Australia Day (Australia)
26 – Republic Day (India)
27 – Holocaust Remembrance Day

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