Saturday, March 21, 2015

Interfaith Days: Naw-Ruz, Nowruz, Week of the Ramayana

Nowruz festivities
Today is Nowruz, the vernal equinox and the first day of the Persian calendar. It is the most important holiday in Iran and is also a holiday for Zoroastrians. The day was adapted by The Bab, and then by Baha'ullah, the founder of the Baha'i faith, as the first day of the Baha'i calendar, to honor the Most Great Name of God, and the Manifestations of God (Jesus, the Prophet Muhammad, Baha'u'llah, and others) in association with the new life of springtime.  This site describes aspects of the holiday. Here are Baha'i prayers for the day.

This is also the beginning of the Ramayana Week, culminating on the birthday of Lord Rama. It is a time of fasting and devotion to Rama, including the reading of the entire epic,
Heroes of the Ramayana, Rama, Sita,
Lakshmana, and Hanuman
the Ramayana, and also stagings of episodes of the Ramayana.

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