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Multifaith Calendar

Notable Holy Days in March

Thursday, March 1: Purim

This Jewish celebration recalls the victory of the Jewish people over an oppressive ruler, as recorded in the Biblical book of Esther.


Wednesday, March 14: Sikh New Year’s Day

According to the Sikh calendar, this day begins year 550.


Saturday, March 17-Friday, March 23: Higan’e

This Buddhist observance begins approximately three days before the vernal equinox and continues for about three days afterward. It is a time to honor ancestors.


Wednesday, March 21: Baha’i New Year

The Baha’i faith tradition marks the vernal equinox as the beginning of each year. This year is #175 of the Baha’i era.


Sunday, March 25: Palm Sunday

This Christian observance celebrates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.


Monday, March 26: Ramanavami

This Hindu celebration focuses on the birth of Rama, the seventh incarnation of the God Vishnu.


Thursday, March 29: Maundy Thursday

This Christian observance celebrates the Institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus.


Friday, March 30: Good Friday or Holy Friday

This Christian observance commemorates the death of Jesus by crucifixion.


Saturday, March 31: beginning of Passover

This Jewish observance lasts 8 days (through April 7) and commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt under the leadership of Moses.



Notable Holy Days in April


Sunday, April 1     Easter Day

This Christian celebration in the western Church (Roman Catholic and Protestant) celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. It also initiates the fifty-day period that ends with Pentecost.


Sunday, April 1     Palm Sunday

This Christian celebration in the eastern Church (Greek and Russian Orthodox) celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.


Sunday, April 8   Anniversary of the birth of the Buddha

This Buddhist celebration is observed primarily in Japan and North America.


Sunday, April 8     Pascha/Easter

This Christian celebration in the eastern Church (Greek and Roman Orthodox) celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.


Thursday, April 12     Yom Ha-Shoah

This Jewish observance is held in memory of the six million Jews who died as victims of the Nazis in World War II.


Friday, April 13     Laylat al Miraj

This Muslim holy day celebrates the Prophet’s ascension into heaven.



All religious and spiritual traditions have cycles of holy days and seasons. As we recognize the mosaic of spiritual and religious traditions in our local settings and our world, it is important to learn more about how each of the wisdom traditions celebrates holy days, sets aside seasons for repentance, reflection and renewal, and identifies major events to commemorate in community rituals. We invite you to use the Multifaith Calendar maintained by the Harvard Divinity School. It offers not only the specific dates of festivals and holy days, but also brief information about each event, practice or observance.

For more information, contact us at 937-512-2768 or stop by the office in 10-310 or email us: larry.lindstrom@sinclair.edu; jane.steinhauser@sinclair.edu.