March 22, 2011 – Huffington Post
by Grove Harris

What festivities and what a feast! The vernal equinox is now considered a global holiday, part of the world’s cultural heritage. The celebration at the United Nations included the ambassadors of more than 10 countries speaking to a full house in the General Assembly hall. Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, India, the Islamic Republic of Iran (where I’m told the celebrations go on for 12 days), Kazakhstan (where the spring equinox is a three-day national holiday), Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia were all represented. The crowd of more than a thousand festive people enjoyed a scrumptious meal afterwards, all together.

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