Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - May 2006

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - May 2006





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May 1

 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 13

 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 14

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 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



May 25

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



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

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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