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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 21, 2020: Nowruz (Persian New Year)

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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 21, 2020: Nowruz (Persian New Year)

Nowruz (Persian New Year) Nowruz is the Persian New Year, now also as the Iranian New Year. It is celebrated worldwide by diverse communities. It has Iranian and Zoroastrian origins and has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in Western, South, and Central Asia as well as the Caucasus, the Black Sea Basin, and the Balkans. It is a secular holiday for most and is enjoyed by people of several different faiths, and is a holy day for Zoroastrians, Bahais, and some Muslims. Nowruz marks the beginning of spring and the first day of the first month (Farvardin) of the Iranian calendars, usually on March 21 give or take a day. The moment the...

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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 20, 2020: Birthday of Carl Palmer

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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 20, 2020: Birthday of Carl Palmer

Birthday of Carl Palmer Carl Frederick Kendall Palmer was born on this day in 1950. He is an English drummer/percussionist,one of the most respected rock drummers to emerge from the '60s and one of my personal inspirations. He demonstrates a creativity and versatility rarely seen. You have to remember that as drummers we are intimately involved in crafting timing, first and foremost. Wait till you see the parts we are playing today! Michael Borkson / CC BY Palmer is a veteran of a number of famous bands including the Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and Asia. He was...

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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 19, 2020: Spring Equiniox

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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 19, 2020: Spring Equiniox

The Vernal (Spring) Equinox The Spring Equinox is the perfect time for a festival to celebrate the seasonal change from Winter to Spring. Easter, the celebration of which is linked to the date of the Equinox: from 325 CE, the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be the first Sunday, after the first Full Moon that landed on or after the vernal equinox, absolutely has an obvious rebirth theme, appropriate to the season. Pagans and Wiccans seek to link this to a pre-Christian goddess in England, Eostre, celebrated at beginning of spring. However, the only reference to this goddess comes from the writings of...

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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 18, 2020: Flag Day, Aruba

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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 18, 2020: Flag Day, Aruba

Flag Day, Aruba Aruba is a Caribbean island, and is a cultural melting pot born of all the peoples who have lived there: indigenous Arawak peoples of South America, descendants of African slaves, and both Spanish and Dutch colonialists. Aruba was claimed by the Spanish in 1499; in 1636 (after the 80 Years War between Spain and the Netherlands) the Spanish handed over the island to the Dutch. (The English held Aruba for a brief period, but it quickly returned to Dutch rule). On March 18, 1948, the Aruban politician Shon A. Eman first proposed Aruba's separation from the Netherlands Antilles; In 1976, twenty-eight years...

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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 17, 2020: St. Patrick's Day

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Rhythm A Day Blog for March 17, 2020: St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day As a Chicago Irishman, I know what St. Patrick's Day is all about: Green clothes, Green Shamrocks, a Green Chicago River, and Green Beer, all leading to a queasy greenish hue the following day until the Excedrin Migraine pills take the edge off the hangover. But there's more to the story. The Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick's Day(Photo: Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar / CC BY) The patron saint of Ireland was actually born in Roman Britain in the late 300s AD. His given name was Maewyn Succat and he also thought it succat so he went by Patricius...

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