The Number 21 Is Significant.
Twenty-one marks the time that a youth reaches maturity, can vote, drink, and sign a legal contract. It takes 21 days to form a habit. And, on the 21st day of March, spring began and that’s really big news!
March 21st Also Has Spiritual and Cultural Significances.
March 21 is the Bahá’í New Year’s Day. It falls on the spring (vernal) equinox and marks the end of their 19 day fast. It is one of the nine days of the year when Bahá’ís suspend work. Bahá’ís believe in one God, one race, and one progressively unfolding religion throughout time. March 21st is an important cultural day of celebration for Persians as it also marks the Persian New Year.
March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Also according to Answer.com, March 21 kicks off a week of “Consider Christianity, which is a week to “encourage Christians to examine the evidence and reasons for their faith and for non-Christians to take another look at the faith that has played such an important role in shaping the history and culture in which we live. It is celebrated annually, beginning two Sundays before Easter.”
However you look at it, this is the season to celebrate. So celebrate spring and in this new season seek to learn about the cultural and religious celebrations of others.
Barbara Talley is a workshop leader, keynote speaker, author, and publisher who speaks and writes on value-based living themes. www.thepoetspeaks.com
Thank you for your universal spiritual reflection. This is particularly interesting as my daughter Chelsea, who did the art work on my blog at cliftonmcknight.wordpress.com will be 21 years old on April 21, 2o10 (Since zeroes are “naught” then you have 21 again [smile])… See you at your keynote April 16. I hear that it will be televised.
I loved coming to your presentation in December – you are so inspiring and full of joy and hope! Seein you was very uplifting to me and my family!
Happy Naw Ruz,
It is often enlightening to consider the spirituality of other cultures…as well as delve deeper in your own, and the “Consider Christianity” week mentioned above, should very well be a firmly established set apart time of each year (in a Jubilee fashion.) The study of Apologetics, teachs a Christian to know the-why-behind-the-what they posess in the faith they hold dear. After all, professing Christians should always be prepared to give an answer to everyone that asks them to give the reason for the hope the is in them…1 Peter 3:15