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2001-MARCH

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Events during 2001-MAR:

bullet MAR-1: This is the second anniversary of the worldwide landmine ban treaty.
bulletMAR-1: This is the International Death Penalty Abolition Day. Capital punishment has been abandoned by almost all industrialized countries, except for the U.S.
bulletMAR-2: Christians in an estimated 200 countries celebrate the World Day of Prayer. This year's service was written by the women of Samoa. 
bulletMAR-4: Muslims observe Yom-ul-Haj (a.k.a. Arafa Day) *  This is the 9th day of the Islamic lunar month of Dhul Haj. The annual Haj, the pilgrimage to Mecca starts. All Muslims have an obligation to attend at least one Haj during their lifetime, if their finances and health permit.
bulletMAR-6: Muslims observe Id al-Adha (a.k.a. Eidul Adha, Eid ul Addha, Eid-ul-Azha) on this day. * It is also called the Feast of Sacrifice, Day of Sacrifice, and Hadji Festival Day. It recalls the day when Abraham intended to follow the instructions of God, and sacrifice his son. It marks the end of the annual Haj, the pilgrimage to Mecca.
bulletMAR-9: Jews observe the first day of Purim. This recalls the defeat by Queen Esther of the plan to slaughter all of the Persian Jews, circa 400 BCE.
bulletMAR-17: Christians celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. Many people, even those without any Irish ancestry, wear green on this day.
bulletMAR-20: Wiccans and other Neopagans celebrate spring equinox (aka Eostre, Ostara and Vernal Equinox) on or about MAR-20 at 13:30 GMT (8:30 AM EST). It is a time to enjoy the rebirth of life after winter. It is a time of balance when daytime and nighttime are both 12 hours in duration.
bulletMAR-21: Members of the Baha'i Faith celebrate the first day of their year on this day, the nominal time of the spring equinox. It is year 157 BE by their calendar.
bulletMAR-21: Zoroastrians, with the exception of those living in India, celebrate  Nav Ruz, (New Years) on this day -- the nominal date for the Spring Equinox. It is celebrated with many symbols indicating re-growth and renewal.
bulletMAR-25: Roman Catholics celebrate The Annunciation on this day. It is associated with Gabriel's statement to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and bear a son, Jesus.
bulletMAR-26: Muslims observe Al-Hijra/Muharram (New Years) on this day. 

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* These dates are approximate. They are based on the new moon, at 14:21 hours on 2001-FEB-23 which starts Islamic lunar month of Dhul Haj. However, the first day of each Islamic month is is only set after the sighting of the new moon with the unaided eye. This might delay the start of the lunar month, and thus the two dates associated with the Haj and Day of Sacrifice. 

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