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Posted on: Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Janet Kirby

This week many Christians all over the world will be celebrating Easter, though the Orthodox Christians in the United States will be celebrating Easter on May 1.  The Orthodox plan their celebration based on the Julian calendar instead of the Gregorian calendar as the rest of the world does.

But this week also has some other special days.  According to one calendar on the web,, Sunday, March 20, 2016, was the first day of spring, though it did not feel so springy, as well as Palm Sunday.  Monday, March 21, was International Day of Forests and World Poetry day.   Tuesday was World Water Day.  Wednesday was the start of the Jewish holiday, Purim, which celebrates the event in which Esther is instrumental in saving the Jews in Persia.     

The Hindu festival of Holi was also on Wednesday, the 23rd.  This holiday marks the celebration of good over evil and, combined with spring festivals, is always colorful.  The day occurs on the first full moon in the Hindu month of Phalgun, or March in western cultures.

Thursday, the 24th, was Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday.  It celebrates the Last Supper, and many churches have services that include the washing of the feet.  It is an important holy day in the Catholic Church. 

Friday is Good Friday, and of course, Easter is Sunday.

If you would like to have something a little less serious to celebrate you can check out other calendars for some lesser known or off-beat celebrations.

The 20th was International Earth Day, Extraterrestrial Abductions Day, and Proposal Day.  The 21st was Credit Card Reduction Day and Fragrance Day.  And so on.

National Goof Off Day was on the 22nd.  In honor of this day, Kelly Library would like let you know how you could have spent this day.  You have seen the movies, now read the books!  The library has some of the books on which the recent Oscar movies were based. 

Carol (based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, The Price of Salt)   PS3558.I366 P7 2004  This story of romantic obsession may be one of the most important, but still largely unrecognized, novels of the twentieth century. First published in 1952 and touted as "the novel of a love that society forbids," the book soon became a cult classic.

The Martian / Andy Weir   PS3623 .E448 M37 2014 After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. 

The Revenant: a Novel of Revenge / Michael Punke   PS3616 .U55 R48 2015   In 1823 a beaver trapper is mauled by a grizzly. He is abandoned by his fellow trappers and left to die alone with no weapons.  He survives thinking only of revenge.

Spotlight (based on Betrayal: the Crisis in the Catholic Church by the Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe) BX1912.9.B48 2002.  An expose researched by The Boston Globe to presents the single most comprehensive account of the cover-ups, hush money and emotional manipulation used by the Catholic Church to keep its long history of sexual abuse secret.

Steve Jobs / Walter Isaacson   QA76.2.J62 I83 2011 Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years--as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues-- a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

And if you want to read ahead for some upcoming movies, the library has these titles:

Age of apocalypse : the complete epic / Howard Mackie  Graphic PN 6728 X2 X2425 2005              
On an alternate Earth, the death of Charles Xavier allowed the rise of the genocidal, mutant despot Apocalypse and the world's only hope is Magneto and his Astonishing X-Men.  The movie is due out May 27.

Civil war / Mark Millar   Graphic PN 6728 C58 M55  The landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it's time to choose: Whose side are you on?  The movie is due out May 6.

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