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Spring Ahead, Dress Green, and Worship
March 10, 2013 Daylight Saving (Start)
You may want to think about going to bed early or sleeping in this weekend: Daylight Saving Time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10. That means you'll move your clocks forward one hour. "Springin' ahead", unfortunately, means you lose that hour of sleep. But, it's a pleasant sign that spring is just around the corner. Spring 2013 officially starts on Wednesday, March 20.
Benjamin Franklin, who penned the proverb "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise," was among the first to suggest adjusting clocks. An essay he wrote in 1784 suggested that that adjusting the clocks in the spring could be a good way to save on candles.
United States officially adopted the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which outlined Daylight Saving Time to begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday in October. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 lengthened daylight saving to eight months instead of six months. Now DST begins at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November. States do not have to comply with the act and in fact, two states, Arizona and Hawaii, do not.
March 17, 2013 St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick, in converting the once-pagan nation of Ireland to Catholicism, is said to have used the shamrock with its three leaves to represent the Holy Trinity. In doing so, he established the most widely recognized emblem of Ireland. In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day was not so much a holiday but a holy day - a day to attend mass.
In fact, the first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in New York when Irish-Americans came out to show their ethnic pride. The newspapers depicted them as drunken buffoons and elicited current stereotypes. Ever since, it seems, this portrayal has been embraced and continued as a moral obligation every March 17.
March 25 - April 2 2013 Passover
Passover 2013 begins in the evening of Monday, March 25, and ends in the evening of Tuesday, April 2. It commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt, and their departure from slavery to freedom. Passover's main ritual is the seder, which occurs on the first night (or the first two nights) of the holiday--a festive meal that involves the re-enactment of the Exodus through stories, songs, and ritual foods, such as matzah and maror.
March 29, 2013 Good Friday
Good Friday occurs two days before Easter Sunday. It is the day when Christians commemorate Jesus Christ's crucifixion. It is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, or Easter Friday. For Christians, this holy day commemorates not just a historical event, but the sacrificial death of Christ, which along with the resurrection, comprises the heart of the Christian faith. It is a time of fasting and penance. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. Good Friday and Easter may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover.
March 31, 2013 Easter
Many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ's resurrection on Easter Sunday. Christians believe, according to Scripture, that Jesus came back to life, or was raised from the dead, three days after his death on the cross. Through his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin, thus purchasing for all who believe in him, eternal life in Christ Jesus.
Easter is a moveable feast. The date is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon following the March equinox (which is March 20th in most years). The date of Easter therefore varies between 22 March and 25 April.
In Pagan times, many groups of people organized spring festivals. Many of these celebrated the re-birth of nature, the return the land to fertility and the birth of many young animals. These are the origins of the Easter eggs that we still hunt for and eat. In Christian times, the spring began to be associated with Jesus Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. The crucifixion is remembered on Good Friday and the resurrection is remembered on Easter Sunday. The idea of the resurrection joined with the ideas of re-birth in Pagan beliefs.
So in March: go to bed early, wear green and try not to drink too much green beer.
To our Jewish friends, Happy Passover.
To our Christian friends, Happy Easter; be sure to go to church on the 31st.