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Also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. Celebrated with a festival for families, decorating buildings with lucky red items, partaking in cultural activities, eating certain "lucky" foods, setting off firecrackers, and praying.
Jewish law required that every firstborn son had to be dedicated to God in memory of the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt. As such, the Feast of the Presentation celebrates the Presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple forty days after his birth.
At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First Day of Mulk (Dominion) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.
English and Medical Humanities, Rice University
Ayyám-i-Há, or “Days of glory,” are devoted to spiritual preparation for the Fast, hospitality, charity and gift giving. They are celebrated during the four or five days (depending upon leap year) before the last month of the Bahá’í year.
Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including The Circle, The Monk of Mokha, What is the What, A Hologram for the King, and The Lifters. He is founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a humor website, and a journal of new writing, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern