Some Interfaith April Inspirations:
Native ~ April marks the season of Mmaal, which is when the rivers open,
and of the Eagle Dances, when people of the Arizona Pueblo tribes dance to dramatize their communities’ relationship with the Sky-World.
Hindu ~ Ramyana ~ March 28 ~ April 5
One of the two epics of Hinduism. Relates the story of Rama and Sita - ideal man and woman.
Written by sage 'Valmiki'
Hindu ~ Ramanavami ~ April 5
Hindu celebration of the birth of Lord Rama, hero of the religious epic poem, The Ramayana.
The day involves telling of stories and going to the temple.
Jain ~ Mahavir Jayanti (Janma Kalyänak) ~ April 8
Jain festival honoring Lord Mahavira (Great Hero), the 24th Tirthankara (and last of this time cycle)on the founder's birthday. Shrines are visited. Teachings are reviewed and reflected upon. Jains remember their most important prophet by decorating their temples with flags, with prayers
and fasting, and by making offerings of rice, fruit, milk, and other items.
Christianity Palm Sunday ~ April 9
Christian remembrance and celebration of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem when crowds spread palm fronds on the ground as Jesus rode into the city. It is observed by worship celebrations and parades using palm branches.Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week.
Qingming – Chinese traditional Tomb Sweeping Day ~ April 9
A day to honor one’s ancestors and visit their grave sites,
as well as to welcome the coming of the spring season.
PassoverJudiasm Pesach (Passover) ~ Sundown April 10 -April 18
Jewish 8 day pilgrimage festival celebrating the Exodus from slavery to freedom.
The story is told during a Seder meal at sundown, including readings from a book known as the Haggadah. Some Jews refrain from work on the first two and the last two days of this holiday.
Hindu ~ Hanuman Jayanti ~ April 11
Hindu celebration of Hanuman who was an embodiment of Lord Rama.
Devotion and selfless work are encouraged. A celebration of the birth of Hanuman, the faithful servant of the god Rama who can assume any form in order to conquer evil. Believers visit temples and apply sindoor (red powder) to their foreheads, since Hanuman is often portrayed as a red half-monkey, half-human.
Buddhist Theravadin New Year ~ April 11-14
The New Year festival for Theravadin Buddhists, celebrated for three days beginning
on the first full moon day in April.
Christianity Maundy Thursday ~ April 13
The remembrance of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples and his institution of the
“love commandment” (the term “Maundy” comes from the Latin word for “commandment”)
while he washed their feet as a servant.
Christianity Good Friday ~ April 14
A commemoration of the passion of Jesus of Nazareth, i.e., his death by crucifixion. At sundown some churches begin the Easter vigil either this evening or on Holy Saturday (April 15). At sundown Eastern churches commemorate Jesus’ death by crucifixion, followed by an observance of the Great Sabbath, in which believers remember Christ’s burial and await his resurrection on Holy Pascha, or Easter morning.
Hindu ~ & Sikh ~ Vaisakhi (or Baisakhi) ~ April 14
On The first day of the solar year and an important harvest festival in northern India.
The Vaisakhi harvest celebration in countries such as in India is an occasion of dancing, singing,
music, wearing of festive garments and religious praise. The festival marks the start of the
New Year in the Nanakshahi solar calendar and recognizes the Sikh religious faith.
ChristianityEaster Sunday ~ April 16
The most holy of Christian sacred days, the oldest and most central festival in the Christian year and initiates the fifty-day period culminating in Pentecost. The day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death by crucifixion. Observances include worship services beginning at
sunrise, special music, feasting, and parades.
Native American ~ Yaqui Deer Dance ~ April 16
A ceremony that integrates ancient rites of the Yaqui people of Arizona
with the Christian Easter rituals.
Baha'i Ridvan ~ April 19 ~ May 1
A Baha'i commemoration of the twelve day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he was God's messenger for this age. Commemorating the twelve days that Bahá’u’lláh spent in the garden of Ridván during his exile in Baghdad and when he proclaimed himself as the one announced by the Báb, which occurred in 1863 C.E. On the first (4/20), ninth (4/28), and twelfth days (5/1) of this festival, work is suspended.
The festival begins at sundown.
Interfaith Earth Day ~ April 22
A secular day honoring the earth celebrated in the United States and other parts of the world.
Festivities include gatherings with music, art, fun activities as well as
information and education about treating the planet with care and sustainable resource practices.
Islam Lailat al-Miraj ~ April 24
Islamic observance of Mohammed's night journey
from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascension to heaven and return on the same night, and
his receipt of Allah’s commandment of the five compulsory daily prayers.
This celebration begins at sundown April 23rd.
Judaism Yom HaShoah ~ April 24
Jewish Holocaust Day. The day has been established to remember the six million Jews
killed by the Nazis in 1933-45. It is observed by many non-Jews as well.
Baha'i 9th Day of Ridvan ~ April 29
A Baha'i commemoration of the twelve day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared
that he was God's messenger for this age.
Zoroastrianism Ridvan ~ April 30 ~ May 4
Celebrating the creation of sky and the harvesting of the winter crops.
Brief definitions and dates from the Interfaith Calendar by Delton Krueger
& ACPE's Religious Holy Days ~ many, many thanks!