Friday: convergence of four religious occasions

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New Delhi, Mar 20 (UNI) Friday will see convergence of four religious occasions, as Christians commemorate crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Muslims' Eid-e-Milad, Hindus' 'Chhoti Holi' and 'Navroze'for Parsis.

For Christians, Good Friday is an occasion to remember the suffering of Christ. Many of them fast, or have simple meals.

Muslims observe Eid-e-Milad, the birth as well as the death anniversary of Prophet Mohammad. It is the most important day for them after Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Zuha. Also known as Barah Wafat, it is celebrated on the twelfth day of the third month Rabi-ul-Awwal (according to the Islamic calendar).

Jessy Jacob, a teacher in a South Delhi school said she will fast tomorrow and attend service early. ''One tries to remember the sacrifices of Christ and hopes to follow his path,'' she said.

But for Hindus and Parsis, it is a day for celebration. Parsis welcome the New Year on March 21 every year, and for Hindus it will be Chhoti Holi a day prior to main Holi, which will see lighting of bonfires or Holika, signifying victory of good over evil.


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