All Together Now!

all together now!

I look forward to the day when we can all celebrate as one. Oh, wait. That’s today!

Looks like everyone is celebrating today.
Happy whatever!

“Half the world’s population is going to be celebrating something,” says Raymond Clothey, Professor Emeritus of Religious studies at the University of Pittsburgh. “My goodness,” says Delton Krueger, owner of, who follows “14 major religions and six others.” He counts 20 holidays altogether (including some religious double-dips, like Maundy Thursday and Good Friday) between the 20th (which is also quite crowded) and the 21st. He marvels: “There is no other time in 2008 when there is this kind of concentration.”

And in fact for quite a bit longer than that. Ed Reingold and Nachum Dershowitz, co-authors of the books Calendrical Calculations and Calendrical Tabulations, determined how often in the period between 1600 and 2400 A.D. Good Friday, Purim, Narouz and the Eid would occur in the same week. The answer is nine times in 800 years. Then they tackled the odds that they would converge on a two-day period. And the total is … only once: tomorrow. And that’s not even counting Magha Puja and Small Holi.

Filed under Oddities, Religion

4 Responses to “All Together Now!”

  1. [...] Half the World is in a religious, springtime party today. I’d up it a bit – because most of the world’s primitive cultures observe the original holiday: equinox. [...]

    Sarx » Once in 800 years · March 21st, 2008 at 8:05 pm
  2. March 21st is also the Vernal Equinox, the first day of Spring. As George Harrison wrote, “It’s all too much for me to take the love that shining all around here!”

    Aharon Varady · March 22nd, 2008 at 2:43 am
  3. [...] article (dated 19 March.). (Thanks to Jewschool for the tip.) [...]

    Fruits and Votes » Prof. Shugart's Blog » Let’s celebrate! · March 23rd, 2008 at 8:31 pm
  4. [...] It seems there are even more convergences than I realized. • • [...]

    Ararat Scrolls»Blog Archive » A weekend of spring convergences–and divergences · May 8th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

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