May calendar for 2007

May calendar for 2007

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May 1

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

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 17

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 23

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 23-24

Two-day festival commemorating the revelation of the Ten
Commandments to Moses and the giving of the Torah (begins at sundown the previous day).
Essay: Shavuot: One Night, Four Synagogues
Advice: Seven Ways to Celebrate Shavuot

May 27

Commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit to Jesus' disciples and the beginning of the Christian church; observed on the Sunday 50 days after Easter.
Audio: Come, Holy Spirit
Resource: What Is Pentecost?
Essays: Pentecost and Babble/Babel, From Clapping Hands to Still, Small Voice, Do You Speak in Tongues?

May 29

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

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

Trinity Sunday
Sunday after Pentecost; a day appointed to celebrate the doctrine of the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Link: About Trinity Sunday

May 31

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?

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