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Sinclair Multifaith Campus Office:

A Center for Spiritual Life

Holy Days

 

Notable Holy Days in April

 

Monday, April 1

Laylat al Miraj (Islam)

This festival celebrates the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad to heaven.

 

Saturday, April 6

Navvarsha (Hinduism)

This “New Year’s Day” marks the beginning of 2076.

 

Monday, April 8

Anniversary of the Buddha’s birth (Buddhism)

 

Sunday, April 14

Palm Sunday (Christianity)

The beginning of “Holy Week” commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.

 

Saturday, April 20 through Saturday, April 27

Pesach (Judaism)

Also known as Passover, this 8-day festival commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt.

 

Sunday, April 21

Easter (Christianity)

This festival day celebrates the resurrection of Jesus and initiates the 50-day period of celebration that ends with the festival of Pentecost.

 

Sunday, April 21 through Thursday, May 2

The Festival of Ridvan (Baha’i)

The “king of festivals” commemorates the 12 days that Baha’ullah spent in the garden of Ridvan, outside Baghdad. There he publicly declared his mission to his family and closest followers.

 

 

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.

http://www.hds.harvard.edu/life-at-hds/religious-and-spiritual-life/multifaith-calendar