23rd February 2001 at 00:00
March 1 St David's Day (Christian)

St David is the patron saint of Wales. He lived in the Sixth Century AD, and is said to have been an archbishop and founder of several monasteries. Welsh people celebrate his day by wearing the national flower - the daffodil - and many wear a leek.

March 5-8 Eid-Ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) (Muslim)

Celebrated across the Muslim world and as part of the pilgrimage to Mecca. The sacrifice of an animal is involved and, for this reason, the festival is not given much prominence in schools.However, there's much to discuss and learn if it is tackled.

March 9 Purim (Jewish)

Celebrates the story of Esther. The book of Esther is read in the synagogue, and there is feasting and charity for the poor.

March 17St Patrick's Day (Christian)

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Scotland in the Fourth Century AD, and lived his early life in Ireland and Britain. He returned to Ireland as a missionary, preaching the gospel and extending the scope of Christianity there.

March 26 Al-Hijra (New Year's Day)(Muslim)

Marks the beginning of the spread of Islam beyond the Prophet's base in Mecca. Celebrated by prayer and by stories of the Prophet's life.

March 29 Holi (Hindu)

A spring festival, celebrated in various ways by different communities. Many have bonfires, and mock fighting with sprays of coloured water or powder. The most commonly told story at Holi is that of Prahlada and Holika - a tale of good triumphing over evil.

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