2014 Calendar of World Religion Sacred Times
April 8 Swaminarayan Jayanti – (Hindu) This day marks the birth of Lord Swaminarayan for followers of the Swaminarayan tradition.
April 13 Palm Sunday – (Christian) The sixth and last day of Lent. Marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the start of the Holy week.
Vaisakhi – (Sikh) The Sikh New Year Festival, which also commemorates the founding of the Khalsa by the tenth Guru (Guru Govind Singh) in 1699. Also spelled Baisakhi.
April 14 Birthday of Guru Nanak (Nanankshahi calendar) – (Sikh) The founder of the Sikh religion was born on 14 April 1469. This festival is also currently celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar, but this may change.
Fast of the Firstborn – (Jewish) Observed only by firstborn males, on the day before Passover. This fast celebrates the survival of Jewish firstborn sons from the 10th Plague of Egypt.
April 15 Passover (1st Day) - (Jewish) The start of the season of Passover when Jews commemorate the liberation of the children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses. Work is not permitted on the first two and the last two of Passover.
Theravadad New Year – (Buddhist) New Year Festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April.
April 17 Maundy Thursday – (Christian) Christians remember Maundy Thursday as the day of the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and established the ceremony known as the Eucharist.
April 18 Good Friday – (Christian) Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. It commemorates the execution of Jesus by crucifixion.
Birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Nanankshahi calendar) – (Sikh) Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675) was the ninth of the Sikh Gurus.
Birthday of Guru Angad Dev (Nanankshahi calendar) – (Sikh) Guru Angad Dev (1504-1552) was the second of the Sikh Gurus.
April 19 Holy Saturday (Western) – (Christian) The evening before Easter is spent in anticipation of Christ’s Resurrection the next morning.
April 20 Easter – (Christian) Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ – his return from death after the crucifixion. The most important Christian festival. Most years Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on a different date.
April 21 Anniversary of Halie Selassie’s visit to Jamaica – (Rastafari) Marks the date Halie Selassie I visited Jamaica in 1966. Halie Selassie was the Emperor of Ethiopia. Rastas believe Halie Selassie is God, and that he will return Africa members of the black community who are living in exile.
Ridvan - first day – (Bahai) Start of a 12 day festival when Baha’is celebrate the day when Baha’u’llah said that he was the prophet predicted by the Bab. The most important Baha’i festival.
April 23 Passover (final day) (Jewish) The eight and final day of Passover. Note Passover lasts for seven days in Israel.
St. George’s Day (Christian) Saint George is the patron saint of England.
April 27 Yom Hashoah – (Jewish) The Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day. The date is chosen as the closest date (in the Jewish calendar) to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
April 29 Ridvan - ninth day – (Bahai) Marks the arrival of Baha’u’llah’s family at the Ridvan garden.