Year 2016
By Month...  JAN ~ FEB ~ MAR ~ APR ~ MAY ~ JUN ~ JUL ~ AUG ~ SEP ~ OCT ~ NOV ~ DEC
Year 2016
By Tradition...
Jewish - Kabbalah
Holidays - 2016
Christian -
Ecumenical Mysticism /
Wisdom Tradition

Holidays - 2016
Unitarian Universalist
Holidays - 2016
Muslim - Sufi
Holidays - 2016
Baha'i Holidays - 2016
Hindu Holidays - 2016
Jain & Sikh
Holidays - 2016
Buddhist Holidays - 2016
Taoist & Shinto
Holidays - 2016
African &
Ancient Egyptian,
Santeria, Zoroastrian - 2016
Native American
(Iroquois, Navajo

& Pueblo)
& Meso American
(Inca, Mayan & Aztec)
- 2016
Pagan Holidays:
Old Religions of Europe

(Greek, Roman, Slavic,
Celtic, Anglo-Teutonic
& Norse) - 2016
Deep Ecology /
- 2016
Social Justice /
Human Rights /

- 2016
Peace /
- 2016
Solar & Lunar Cycles,
Eclipse & Helions
- 2016
Meteor Showers - 2016
Visible Planets - 2016
Astrological Periods - 2016
Experiential Meditations
(for lunar cycles

throughout the year)
Empowering Meditations
Action Offerings
(to help the environment 
& further social justice)
Art as Meditation
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March 2016...

* 2/10 to 3/26 (OC 3/14 to 4/30): Lent. * 2/28 eve to 3/6 eve: Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries--Old Greek festival celebrating the marriage of Goddess Kore and God Dionysos, following their return from Elysium. * 3/1: Day the production and use of landmines was outlawed world-wide (1999); day to mourn their victims. * 3/1 to 3/31: Gender Equality Month--Time to honor both genders; time to meditate on the equality of women and men, on the respect due to both women and men, and on Goddess-God manifesting as woman and man. * 3/2: Great American Weigh In--Day to commit to a healthy diet and daily exercise. * 3/2: Beginning of the Prudhoe Bay oil spill (2006), which showed why oil pipelines are a threat to the environment. * 3/2 to 3/20: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as ‘Ala’ - Loftiness. Followed by the Fast - time of purification by fasting from sunrise to sunset. ‘Ala’ Truce (through Naw Ruz). * 3/5: Old Romano-Egyptian festival honoring Goddess Isis as Lady of the Moon and Ruler of the Sea. * 3/5: Day commemorating the birth of Taoist Lao-Tzu (570? BCE). Taoists live simply and tranquilly, respect life, and recognize the equality of all. * 3/5: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that you are connected to each and every sentient being that has ever existed. * 3/6: Christian feast of Blessed Mary, partner of St. Joseph and mother of Blessed Jesus - honors her as nurturer, teacher, protector, and guide of all mothers. * 3/7 to 3/8: Mahashivaratri--Hindu fast, night vigil, and feast for God-Goddess Shiva-Shakti (union of Will and Power), who dances to create, destroy, and re-create the Universe. Tantric Hindus believe Shiva is within all men and Shakti within all women. * 3/8 (2:19 p.m. to 7:35 p.m. AKST): Total Solar Eclipse (visible in Alaska). * 3/8 (8:54 p.m. EST): New Moon. * 3/8: International Women’s Day--Day to mourn victims of gender-based oppression and misogyny (past and present), make peace, and celebrate women’s empowerment. * 3/8: Vigil for peace, democratic government, and respect for the human rights of all in Syria. * 3/9: Day slavery was outlawed world-wide (1927); day to mourn its continued existence. * 3/10: Death day of Harriet Tubman (1913), who risked her life to guide slaves to freedom. * 3/13 (2:00 a.m.): Daylight Savings Time begins - set clocks ahead 1 hour. * 3/13: Birthday of Joseph Priestley (1733), Unitarian who found Biblical basis for belief in a unitary Deity, and believed Jesus to be Deity’s Great Prophet. * 3/14: Sikh New Year (Nanakshahi Era 548 begins). * 3/14 eve to 3/15 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis - as protector of wild animals, vegetation, and places. * 3/14 to 3/20: National Wildlife Week--Time to watch for wildlife in the wild. * 3/15: Corporate Tax Day--Day to give back to the community for the benefits of community. Corporations should adopt a triple bottom line (people, planet, and profit) to support the consumers, environment, and countries that support them. * 3/15 to 3/21: Old Anglo-Teutonic festival of Goddess Ostara, celebrating the annual rebirth. Her Hare gave gifts of eggs - signifying rebirth. * 3/16 to 3/20: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Spenta Mainyu, creator and protector of humans. * 3/17: St. Patrick’s Day--Old European festival marking rebirth of the Green Man (God as deciduous vegetation); merged with the Christian feast of St. Patrick. * 3/18: Day the first bat mitzvah occurred - in Reconstructionist Judaism (1922). * 3/18: Day the first woman served as imam, leading a public, mixed-gender, Muslim congregation in Jum’ah prayer, and delivering the sermon (2005). * 3/19: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Osanyin, Orisha of Deciduous Vegetation. * 3/19: Christian feast of St. Joseph, partner of Blessed Mary and foster-father of Blessed Jesus - honors him as nurturer, teacher, protector, and guide of all fathers. * 3/19 to 3/23: Old Roman festival of Goddess Minerva - as font of artistic inspiration. * 3/19 to 3/24: Holi--Hindu festival celebrating the courting of God Shiva by Goddess Parvati, and the efforts on Her behalf by Kama (God of Love) and Rati (Goddess of Passion). * 3/20 (12:30 a.m. EDT): Spring Equinox--Marks the beginning of Spring and point of equal daylight and darkness; celebrates first, annual, and perpetual Creation with egg hunts and exchanges. * 3/20: Old Slavic Jare--God Jarilo reunites with Goddess Morana. Their love and happiness bring the world light, warmth, and fertility. * 3/20 (OC 4/24): Palm Sunday--Christian feast marking Savior Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem to teach love and justice for all humanity and to sacrifice Himself for the liberation and redemption of all. * 3/20: Vigil for peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Iraq. * 3/20: Day Pope Francis urged members of all religions and those who have no religion to unite to defend peace, justice, and the environment (2013). * 3/21: Zoroastrian New Year and celebration of Divine Spirit Asha Vahishta, creator and protector of fire. * 3/21: Nowruz--Persian New Year. * 3/21: Naw Ruz--Baha’i New Year (Year 172) and feast honoring the one Deity as Baha - Splendor. * 3/21: Beginning of Aries (the Ram/Ewe/Lamb). * 3/21: Taoist festival honoring the Shen (Deities) of Water, East, and Spring; prayers are made for growth. Taoists seek enlightenment and live in harmony with Nature. * 3/21: Haru-no-Higan--Day Japanese Buddhists mark the time of change by meditating on the impermanence of death. * 3/21: World Forest Day--Day to celebrate the complex living community of trees, plants, birds, and mammals that live in forests world-wide. * 3/22: World Water Day--Day to recognize the world’s dependence on clean fresh water. * 3/22 eve to 3/24 eve: Jewish fast of Esther and fest of Purim--Recalls a planned massacre of Persian Jews and their deliverance by Queen Esther; time for helping those in need. * 3/23 (5:37 a.m. to 9:57 a.m. EDT): Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (visible in North America). * 3/23 (8:01 a.m. EDT): Full Moon (White/Virgin Moon). * 3/23: Vigil for the protection of women in Pakistan from “honor killings”, dowry killings, female infanticide, domestic violence, rape, acid attacks, and other gender‑based violence. * 3/24 (OC 4/28): Maundy Thursday/Last Supper of Savior Jesus--He washed the feet of His male and female disciples, gave them bread and wine as His body and blood, told them to love one another, and told of the Paraclete who would come after Him. * 3/25: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Oshun, Orisha of Passion and Fertility. * 3/25 (OC 4/29): Passion Friday--Fast day to mourn the torture and killing of Savior Jesus by civil and religious authorities, and to contemplate the sacrifice made for the liberation and redemption of all. * 3/25 (OC 4/7): Annunciation Day--Christian feast commemorating Blessed Mary’s fiat - choosing to conceive Child Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. * 3/26 (OC 4/30): Holy Saturday--Vigil remembering Savior Jesus in His cave tomb. * 3/26: Birthday of Joseph Campbell (1904), who found Deity within all religions and myths. * 3/26: Day production and use of biological weapons was outlawed world-wide (1975); day to mourn their victims. * 3/27: Chinese Buddhist festival of Bodhisattva Kuan Yin; celebrates Her “birth.” She declared women the spiritual equals of men. * 3/27 (OC 5/1): Easter/Pascha--Christian celebration of Lord Jesus’ resurrection by the power of the Holy Spirit. * 3/28: Death day of Scott Cunningham (1993), who taught a reverent, ethical, egalitarian, and ecological form of Wicca. * 3/29: Birthday of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise (1819), who founded Reform Judaism. * 3/30: Day the U.S. Constitution’s 15th Amendment went into effect, recognizing the right of all ethnic peoples to vote (1870). * 3/31: Transgender Visibility Day‑‑Day to mourn the discrimination, harassment, and persecution that transgender people are subjected to. * 3/31: Birthday of Cesar Chavez (1927), who won recognition of migrant workers’ rights through organization and non-violent protest. * 3/31: Vigil to mourn China’s annexation of Tibet (1959) and the killings, torture, and religious persecution of Tibetan Buddhists.

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A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2015 Marija Miovski