Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - May 2005

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - May 2005





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April 24 - May 1

 Jewish
Passover
Eight-day festival marking the liberation of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt (begins at sundown April 23).
Feature: Passover Offerings
Basics: What Is Passover?
eCards: Send a Passover Greeting



May 1

 Orthodox Christian
Pascha
Feast day commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Feature: Christ Is Risen

 Pagan/Wiccan
New Year
Celebration of fertility and growth. Marks consummation of the sacred marriage between the god and goddess.
Excerpt: Beltane Fires
Essay: May Day Made Me a Pagan
Explore: Fertility of the Spirit
eCards: Send a Beltane Greeting



May 5

 Christian
Feast of Ascension
Marks the Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven; occurs the fortieth day after Easter.
Essay: The Ascension of Jesus
Link: About the Ascension



May 6

 Jewish
Yom HaShoah
Holocaust Remembrance Day; remembers the Jews killed during World War II.
Resource: The Unbelievable and the Believer
Explore: Cassandraism and the Holocaust
Essay: A Day Without Ritual



May 8

Non-Religious
Mother's Day
Second Sunday in May; a celebration of motherhood and a day to honor mothers.
Feature: Mother's Day
eCards: Send a Mother's Day Greeting



May 15

 Christian
Pentecost
Commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit to the disciples; observed on the Sunday 50 days after Easter.
Resource: What Is Pentecost?



May 22

 Christian
Trinity Sunday
Sunday after Pentecost; a day appointed to celebrate the doctrine of the Trinity.
Link: About Trinity Sunday



May 23

 Baha'i
Declaration of the Bab
Celebrates the Bab, herald of the greater messenger of God (begins sundown the previous day).
Resource: More on the Bab

 Buddhist
Vesak (Visakha Puja/Buddha Day)
Celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Buddha (Hana Matsuri in Japan); celebrated on different days in the spring depending on one's culture and Buddhist tradition.
Resource: Celebrating the Birth of the Buddha
Explore: What Makes a Holy Day?



May 26

 Catholic
Corpus Christi
Honors the body and blood of Christ; observed the eighth Thursday after Easter.
Essay: Eucharistic Adoration Makes a Comeback



May 29

 Baha'i
Ascension of Baha'u'llah
Commemorates the death of Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i faith.
Link: About the Ascension of Baha'u'llah



May 30

Non-Religious
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May; commemorates the service men and women who died in service to their country.
Multimedia: A Tribute to Fallen Soldiers



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