Some Interfaith April Inspirations:
April marks the season of Mmaal, which is when the rivers open, and of the Eagle Dances, when people of the Arizona Pueblo tribes dance to dramatize their communities’ relationship with the Sky-World.
Quoted from Religious Holy Days
Judaism Pesach [Passover] – March 30 (ends on April 7)
An eight-day festival celebrating God’s deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.
The story is told during a Seder meal at sundown, including readings from a book known as the Haggadah. Some Jews refrain from work on the first two and the last two days of this holiday.
Buddhist Magha Puja Day - March 31
Buddhist celebration of the presentation of teachings by Lord Buddha to and assembly of holy men.
ChristianityEaster Sunday ~ April 1
The most holy of Christian sacred days, the oldest and most central festival in the Christian year and initiates the fifty-day period culminating in Pentecost. The day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death by crucifixion. Observances include worship services beginning at
sunrise, special music, feasting, and parades.
Qingming – Chinese traditional
Tomb Sweeping Day ~ April 5
A day to honor one’s ancestors and visit their grave sites,
as well as to welcome the coming of the spring season.
Judaism Yom HaShoah ~ April 12
Jewish Holocaust Day. The day has been established to remember the six million Jews
killed by the Nazis in 1933-45. It is observed by many non-Jews as well.
Islam Lailat al-Miraj ~ April 13
Islamic observance of Mohammed's night journey
from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascension to heaven and return on the same night, and
his receipt of Allah’s commandment of the five compulsory daily prayers.
This celebration begins at sundown April 12th.
Hindu ~ & Sikh ~ Vaisakhi (or Baisakhi) ~ April 14
On The first day of the solar year and an important harvest festival in northern India.
The Vaisakhi harvest celebration in countries such as in India is an occasion of dancing, singing,
music, wearing of festive garments and religious praise. The festival marks the start of the
New Year in the Nanakshahi solar calendar and recognizes the Sikh religious faith.
Native American ~ Yaqui Deer Dance ~ April 16
A ceremony that integrates ancient rites of the Yaqui people of Arizona
with the Christian Easter rituals.
Baha'i Ridvan ~ April 21 ~ May 2
A Baha'i commemoration of the twelve day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he was God's messenger for this age. Commemorating the twelve days that Bahá’u’lláh spent in the garden of Ridván during his exile in Baghdad and when he proclaimed himself as the one announced by the Báb, which occurred in 1863 C.E. On the first (4/20), ninth (4/28), and twelfth days (5/1) of this festival, work is suspended.
The festival begins at sundown.
Interfaith Earth Day ~ April 22
A secular day honoring the earth celebrated in the United States and other parts of the world.
Festivities include gatherings with music, art, fun activities as well as
information and education about treating the planet with care and sustainable resource practices.
Christianity Saint George Day ~ April 23
Christian remembrance of a person who, in the 4th century, was a martyr
and became an ideal of martial valor and selflessness. Legend of killing a dragon
is connected with this patron saint of England.
Baha`i ~ Jamál ~ April 28
The beginning of the third month in the Bahá’í calendar, “Jamál” means “beauty.”
Baha'i 9th Day of Ridvan ~ April 29
A Baha'i commemoration of the twelve day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he
was God's messenger for this age.
Zoroastrianism Ghambar Maidyozarem April 29-May 4
Celebrating the creation of sky and the harvesting of the winter crops.
ChristianitySaint James Day ~ April 30
Christian recognition of the martyrdom of the Apostle James the Great in 44 c.e
Buddhist Theravadin New Year ~ April 30 - May 2
The New Year festival for Theravadin Buddhists, celebrated for three days beginning
on the first full moon day in April.
Some brief definitions and dates from the Interfaith Calendarby Delton Krueger,
The Interfaith Observer & ACPE's Religious Holy Days ~ many, many thanks!