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2001-FEBRUARY

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Events during 2001-FEB:

bulletFEB-1: February is Black History month. It grew out of a week-long celebration started in 1926 by a group of African-American scholars. Although much progress has been made in lessening racial segregation and racism in North America, Sunday morning remains the most segregated time of the week, as many Protestants continue to attend racially segregated Christian churches. 
bulletFEB-2: Wiccans and other Neopagans celebrate the return of life and light on Imbolc. Also called Imbolg and Festival of Brigid, the name is derived from a Gaelic expression "in the belly"; it is seen as signaling the first stirrings of life within the womb of Mother Earth as the winter draws to a close. This Pagan day of celebration has been Christianized as St. Briget's Day and secularized as Groundhog Day.
bulletFEB: The Hopi Holy Cycle buffalo dances which began in January conclude in February. These are performed on Hopi reserves; dates differ among the various communities.
bulletFEB-4: The World Council of Churches formally launches the Decade to Overcome Violence: Churches Seeking Reconciliation and Peace 2001-2010. The ceremony was held in Berlin, Germany. The general secretary of the WCC, Dr Konrad Raiser, said: "For us, the Decade journey must start with repentance for the violence that Christians and churches have tolerated or even justified. We are not yet the credible messengers of non-violence that the gospel calls us to be." 2
bulletFEB-13: The second Sunday in February is Race Relations Sunday. 
bulletFEB-14:  This is St. Valentine's day.
bulletFEB-15: Many Buddhists observe Nirvana Day. This commemorates the death of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha.
bulletFEB-27: This is Shrove Tuesday (a.k.a. Fat Tuesday, Carnival Tuesday, Pancake Tuesday). The day before the start of Lent. According to Emmanuel Episcopal church in Oklahoma, "Shrove is derived from the English word shriving, which means confessing and absolving. Fat Tuesday signifies the practice of consuming all the animal fat in the home before the Lenten season begins."
bulletFEB-28: Today is Ash Wednesday for Roman Catholics and some Protestants. It is the start of Lent, a period of fasting and prayer which lasts for 40 days before Easter Sunday.
bulletComing up on MAR-1:
bulletThe second anniversary of the landmine ban treaty will be celebrated.
bulletThe International Death Penalty Abolition Day will be observed. 

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References:

  1. "Imbolc / Brigid: Feb. 2nd (fixed)," Witch On the Go.com, at:  http://witchonthego.com/imbolc.html 
  2. "Decade to overcome violence is launched in snow and lights," at: http://www.wcc-coe.org/wcc/news/press/01/

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