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April
2

Rama Navami
Hindu

Celebration of the birth of Rama, hero of the religious epic poem, The Ramayana. The event involves telling of stories and going to the temple.

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April
4

Mahavir Jayanti
Sikh

Birthday of Lord Mahavir.

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Ashura
Muslim

An Islamic optional single day fast recognizing the Creation, Noah's departure from the ark, and the saving of Moses from Pharaoh.
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April
6

Founding of the Church Annniversary
Mormon

Commemoration of the appearance of the angel Moroni in 1830 to Joseph Smith and the subsequent founding of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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April
7-15


starts at sundown

Passover (Pesach)
Jewish

Eight-day celebration marking the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. Holiday runs through April 15.
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April
8

Wesak
Buddhist (Mahayana)

The anniversary of Buddah's birthday in the Mahayana tradition; the commemoration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death, celebrated on the day of the full moon of the sixth month in the Theravada tradition.
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Palm Sunday
Christian

Opens Christian Holy Week; palms recall Jesus' entry into Jerusalem.
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April
12

Holy (or Maundy) Thursday
Christian

Commemorates the Last Supper when Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist (Lord's Supper).
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April
13

Good (or Holy) Friday
Christian

Commemorates the day of Jesus' crucifixion.
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Baisakhi (Vaisakhi)
Sikh

New Year's Celebration. Greetings that wish good life in coming days are exchanged.
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April
15

Easter
Christian

Christian. Commemorates Jesus' resurrection.
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April
19


starts at sundown

Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Jewish (though observance not limited to Jews)

Memorializes the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust and emphasizes human dignity.
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April
20-May 2


starts at sundown

Ridvan
Baha'i

Commemorates the twelve day period in 1863 when Baha'u declared to his followers that he was God's messenger for this age. Work is suspended for the 1st, 9th, and 12th days.
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April
24

Armenian Martyrs' Day
Armenian

Observes the extermination of some 1.5 million Armenians between 1915-1923 in Turkey.
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April
25


starts at sundown

Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day)
Jewish

Celebration of the founding of the modern Israeli state; begins at sundown.
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April
30

Beltane
Wiccan

Celebration of the conjoining of the goddess with the energy of the god in the sacred marriage which is the basis of all creation.
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Information for this calendar culled from a variety of sources, including The National Conference for Community and Justice, The Interfaith Calendar, and Religion News Service.
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