Events of the Month
Events during 2001-MAY:
- MAY-1: Wiccans celebrate Beltane. This is one of their four
major Sabbats (seasonal days of celebration). Wicca
is a new Neopagan religion, patterned after the aboriginal religion of
the ancient Celtic people.
- MAY-3: The National Day of
Prayer is held annually on the first Thursday in May.
It has evolved from a multi-faith observance into a Christian
observance. It is now organized by a conservative
Christian group. For this year, the 50th anniversary of the
observance, the theme is "One Nation, under GOD."
- MAY-7: Buddhists celebrate Vaisakha Puja/Wesak (a.k.a.
Buddha Day), , It is the most
important festival in the Buddhist year. It recognizes the birth,
enlightenment and death of Buddha.
- MAY-13: Mother's Day has been celebrated on the
second Sunday in May since 1914. It is now observed in Australia,
Canada, Denmark, Italy Mexico, New Zealand and the U.S. France and
Sweden observe it on MAY-27 this year.
- MAY-15: The International Day of Families, was
created by the United Nations in 1993, to be held each year on
this day. It "provides an opportunity for all people to
consider the comfort, the support, the nurturing that is given and
received in the family. Families are encouraged to use this day to
strengthen their relationships with family members both nearby and
far away." 1
- MAY-23 is the date of the Declaration
of the Bab. It recalls the day in 1844 CE when the Bab
declared that he was the individual making way for Baha'u'llah,
the founder of the Baha'i faith.
- MAY-24 is observed by both Eastern and Western Christians
as Ascension Day. It is 40 days after
Easter Sunday, and is the day when most Christians believe that Jesus left
his followers and ascended to heaven.
- MAY-28: This is celebrated by Jews
as Shavout (a.k.a. Pentecost or the festival of Weeks.)
This recalls God's revelation of the Torah to the Jewish people.
- MAY-29: The
Ascension of Baha'u'llah is celebrated by members of the
Baha'i Faith; it is the anniversary of Baha'u'llah's death.
- MAY-28: This
is observed as two secular holidays: Memorial Day in the U.S. and Spring
Bank Holiday in
- "International Day of Families, May 15," at: http://flamme.org/bbs/bbs24.html
Copyright � 2001 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Latest update: 2001-APR-30
Compiled by B.A. Robinson