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Palm Sunday; Spring Begins; International Day of Happiness

March 20, 2016

PALM SUNDAY:  On Palm Sunday Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week before his death and resurrection.  For many christian churches, Palm Sunday, often referred to as “Passion Sunday”, marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday.


INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS:  In 2012, the United Nations (UN) declared March 20 to be observed as the International  Day of Happiness.  The day recognizes that happiness is a fundamental human goal, and calls upon countries to approach public policies in ways tha improve the well-being of all peoples.  By designating a special day for happiness, the UN aims to focus world attention on the idea that economic growth must be inclusive, equitable, and balanced, such that it promotes sustainable development, and alleviates poverty.