The Origins and Practices of Holidays: First Day of Ridván

April 21, 2019 - The First Day of Ridván  The First Day of Ridván is an important Baha'i holiday. Riḍván is a twelve-day festival that celebrates the beginnings of the Bahá'í Faith in 1863. It does this by commemorating Bahá'u'lláh's declaration that he was a Manifestation of God. Ridván means paradise, and is named for the Garden of Ridván…
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Celebrating 165 Years: The BPL Through Time and Place

March 20, 2019 marks the 165th anniversary of the opening of the Boston Public Library in its first building! To celebrate, take a look at these digitized images of the BPL's Central Library through the years (and buildings). These photos and images are available through the Digital Commonwealth, which is made possible through digitization services from the Boston Public…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Hinamatsuri, Fat Tuesday, and Ash Wednesday

March 3, 2019 - Hinamatsuri Hinamatsuri (also known as Hina-matsuri or Hina Matsuri) is a Shinto and Japanese cultural holiday. Hinamatsuri means Doll Festival, but the day is also referred to as Girl's Day. This festival is celebrated every year on March 3. For this festival, families pray for the happiness and prosperity of their…
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The Origins and Practices of Holidays: Presidents Day and Ayyám-i-Há

February 18, 2019 - Presidents Day  Presidents Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. This year it falls on Monday, February 18. After the death of George Washington in 1799, his birthday, February 22, became a day of remembrance. Naturally, it was important to the American people to celebrate the…
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