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Major Holidays: World Religions & Cultures: APRIL 2013
APRIL IS… Celebrate Diversity Month
….a national observance celebrating ALL the diversity across the board that exists within our workplaces, schools, and communities. The hope is that organizations, schools, and individuals will choose to celebrate similarities as well as differences during this time, thereby gaining a deeper understanding of each other. While throughout the year, there are a wide range of admirable diversity observances that acknowledge the contributions and unique traditions of certain segments of the population, until now there has been no specific time designated to celebrate the wide range of diversity that not only includes these groups, but goes beyond them and reaches out to everyone.
Celebrate Diversity Month is all about opening dialogues that foster an appreciation of the differences that separate us as well as the similarities that unite us. One way to build connections with those we don’t usually get the opportunity to know is to explore the cultural celebrations and significant life events of others. Through these connections, we create the energy needed to positively change our workplaces and communities.
…and also: Autism Awareness Month, National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and National Library Week 8 -14
March 26- April 2: Pesach– Passover (Jewish): Eight day pilgrimage festival celebrating the ancient Exodus of the Hebrews from slavery to freedom.
April 1: April Fools’ Day (Secular): Celebrated in the Western world on April 1st of every year, it is sometimes referred to as All Fools’ Day. April 1st is not a legal holiday, but is widely recognized and celebrated as a day which tolerates practical jokes and general foolishness.
April 7: Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Memorial Day (Jewish): 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.
April 7: International Beaver Day and National Beer Day. Celebrate in unison for some really big fun.
April 14: Vaisakhi also called Baisakhi (Sikh): The Sikh New Year festival, which also marks the founding of the Khalsa a distinctive Sikh brotherhood, founded by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699; it is a day observed by temple worship, feasting and dancing.
April 15: Day of Silence (Worldwide): On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.
April 15: Tax Day (USA): The day on which individual income tax returns are due to the federal government. Due to Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. (which is observed on the weekday closest to April 16), when April 15 falls on a Friday, tax returns are due the following Monday; when April 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, tax returns are due the following Tuesday.
April 16: Emancipation Day (USA): Emancipation Day is a holiday in Washington DC to mark the anniversary of the signing of the Compensated Emancipation Act, which president Abraham Lincoln signed on April 16, 1862
April 21 – May 2: Ridvan (Baha’i): Commemorating the Bahaullah’s declaration of prophethood, it is the most important event in the Baha’i calendar, and is celebrated for twelve days with work being suspended on the 1st, 9th and 12th of the festival. (Starts at sundown on 4. 20)
April 22: Earth Day (Secular) First observed in the United States in the 1970’s, it is celebrated to remind people of our environment and how our habits affect our environment.
April 25: Mahavir Jaynati (Jain): Festival honoring Lord Mahavira on the founder’s birthday. Shrines are visited. Teachings are reviewed and reflected upon.
April 26: Arbor Day (USA): Arbor Day is a day in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees.