Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - April 2006

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - April 2006





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April 6

 Hindu
Rama Navami (Sri Rama Navami)
Celebrates the birth of Sri Rama; important festival of the Vaishnav sect of Hinduism.
Essay: Rama, Beloved Avatar
Link: About Rama Navami



April 9

 Christian
Palm Sunday
Sunday prior to Easter; commemorates Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem.
Resource: The Lenten Journey
Link: About Palm Sunday



April 11

 Muslim
Mawlid an Nabi
Islamic commemoration of the birth and death of Prophet Muhammad.
Links: Milad un Nabi: Birthday of the Prophet, About Eid-E-Miladulnabi



April 13 - April 20

 Jewish
Passover
Eight-day festival marking the liberation of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt (begins at sundown April 12).
Feature: Passover Offerings
Basics: What Is Passover?
eCards: Send a Passover Greeting



April 13

 Theravada Buddhist
Theravada Buddhist New Year
New Year for many Buddhists in South East Asia; festivities continue for three days.
Link: Buddhist Festivals and Holidays



April 14

 Christian
Good Friday
Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus at Calvary.
Essay: The Holiday Hallmark Can't Handle
Feature: Bitter Journey: The Way of the Cross

 Sikh
Baisakhi
Sikh New Year festival; most important date on the Sikh calendar. Commemorates the year 1699, when Sikhism was formed as a faith.
Link: About Baisakhi



April 16

 Christian
Easter
Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Feature: Christ Is Risen
eCards: Send an Easter Greeting

 Orthodox Christian
Palm Sunday
Sunday prior to Easter; commemorates Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem.
Resource: Palm Sunday



April 21

 Baha'i
Feast of Ridvan
Commemorates Baha'u'llah's declaration of his mission as God's messenger (begins at sundown the previous day).
Essay: Ridvn, King of Festivals
Links: The Ridvan Festival, More About Ridvan



April 22

Earth Day
Non-religious celebration recognizing the importance of preserving our only planet.
Features: Complete Earth Day Coverage
eCards: Send an Earth Day Greeting



April 23

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



April 25

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



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