Today is the last day of Ayyam-i-Ha, which is a time of joy and gift-giving before the Fast, and is about 4 or 5 days long. The Fast lasts for 19 days…no food or drink between sunrise & sunset. At the end of which we celebrate the Baha’i New Year (Naw Ruz). I had a rather quiet Ayyam-i-Ha, mostly consisting of reading at home and cooking.
When I was wandering down in the Hadar the other night I saw a kids (and their parents!) trying on costumes. Purim is in a few days, and it was kind of surreal to see the familiar sight of Halloween-type costumes in the stores.