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Saturday, March 17, 2001

Baha'is to mark new year with program Wednesday

To commemorate the Baha'i new year that begins March 21, the Baha'i Faith of Salt Lake City will celebrate Naw-Ruz, which coincides with the first day of spring, Wednesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Sons of Utah Pioneers, 3301 E. 2920 South.
The public is invited to the program, which will be followed by a dinner.
Naw-Ruz is one of nine Holy Days each year on which Baha'i members suspend work. Naw-Ruz always falls on March 21 and comes at the end of 19 days of fasting during which Baha'is abstain from all food and drink between the hours of sunrise and sunset.
The Baha'i year consists of 19 months of 19 days each. This year, Naw-Ruz marks the beginning of 159 B.E., standing for "Baha'i Era," which dates from the time of the religion's origin in Persia in 1844.
The Baha'i faith is the second most widely spread religion in the world after Christianity.
For more information call 364-4516.

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