April Is a Time for Many Holidays

There are many holidays celebrated this year in the month of April. How will you celebrate?

Rama Navami is celebrated on April 5 this year. The celebration lasts up to 10 days. Hindus celebrate the birth of the god Rama to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya. Rama is the seventh avatar of Vishnu. There will be chariot processions and thousands of people will take a dip in the sacred river Sarayu.

Many people will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 16. Many churches will hold special services. They will be celebrating Jesus’ resurrection after His crucifixion.  Some families celebrate by decorating hard boiled eggs to hide and eat at a later time. Some use plastic eggs. Eggs are usually hidden for kids to find on Easter morning. Easter is also a time for families to gather for a special meal.

April 21 is the beginning of the Baha’i Ridvan Festival. The festival includes a 19-day fast for Baha’is between the ages of 15 and 70. The fast brings community prayers, scripture reading and discussion of community activities.

The Theravada New Year will be celebrated on April 28 by many Buddhists. They celebrate with symbolic elements from the beach such as sand and water. According to readthespirit.com, people bathe Buddha images and sprinkle water on monks and elders, while Buddhists in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia the ritual by building sand mounds at the monasteries or on river banks. 

Jewish people will celebrate Yom Ha’Shoah — Holocaust Memorial Day, a day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust. According to jewishvirtuallibrary.org, since the early 60’s, the sound of a siren on Yom Hashoah stops traffic and pedestrians throughout the State of Israel for two minutes of silent devotion.  

 

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