March 19, 1999

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

On March 19, 1999, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on the celebration of the Baha'i New Year, or Naw-Ruz, which takes place on the vernal equinox (Saturday, March 20th) and is a religious holiday in the Baha'i faith. For the 19 days before Naw-Ruz, Baha'is between the ages of 15 and 70 refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Lorelei McClure, spokeswoman for the Baha'i National Center in Evanston, Illinois, stated: "It is a time to deny oneself material comforts. Fasting is an outward sign of the inward cleansing."...

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March 18, 1999

Source: The Seattle Times

On March 18, 1999, The Seattle Times reported on the celebration set for the Persian New Year, or No-Ruz, on Saturday, March 20th in Seattle. The Zoroastrian calendar that the Persians use is in conjunction with the Islamic calendar, so it is about to be the year 1378. No-Ruz is celebrated by all Persians, regardless of religion, and takes place every year on the vernal equinox. The main celebration in Seattle will take place at Seattle University's Campion Tower Ballroom, with 600-700 people expected.

World Religion Day

January 2, 1999

Source: St. Petersburg Times

The St. Petersburg Times reported that the Interfaith Council and Baha'is of Citrus County, Florida are sponsoring a World Religion Day program on January 17, 1999. World Religion Day was begun in 1950 by the national administrative body of the Baha'i faith, the Spiritual Assembly, in the United States in order to promote religious unity. The subject for this year's event, which will include speakers representing Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Baha'i faiths, is "Life After Death."

Anchorage Baha'i Community Celebrates 50th Anniversary

March 21, 1998

Source: Anchorage Daily News

On March 21, 1998, the Anchorage Daily News reported that "The faces in the room varied. Native, black, white, Hispanic and Middle Eastern Baha'is gathered last month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the Anchorage Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is."