Why do I Fast for 19 days in March? Good question! Read on. By Michelle Walch

The Fast is a time of transcending the material and focusing on the spiritual. Also, health benefits.

March is a busy time for me. As a member of the Baha’i’ Faith, I Fast for most of the Baha’i’ Month of Ala, which is between March 2 and March 20. The month of Ala is between two other Baha’i’ calendar happenings: Ayyam-i-Ha or Days of Joy from February 25 and March 1 and the Baha’i’ New Year, which is the first day of spring or Naw Ruz, the Persian New Year. My birthday and my daughter’s birthday are smack dab in the middle of March to boot. Things can get complicated. In a good way.

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