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Events of the Month

2002-APR

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bulletAPR-2: Hindus celebrate Rama Navmi -- the anniversary of the birth of Lord Rama.
bulletAPR-4: Jews conclude the observance of Pesach (Passover) on this day, the 22nd of Nissan. The 8 day festival recalls the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt circa 1300 BCE. Pesach recalls the night when God ordered the murder of the first born of every human and animal in ancient Egypt. The angels passed over those Jewish homes in which a lamb had been slaughtered, and its blood spread over their doorways.
bulletAPR-7: This is considered the probable anniversary of Jesus' execution, in the year 30 CE. Another likely date was 33-APR-3.
bulletAPR-6: Mormons celebrate the founding of their church on this day.
bulletAPR-8: Buddhists celebrate Buddha Day, (a.k.a. Flower Festival and Children's Festival). the anniversary of the birth of Siddhartha Gautama on 563-APR-8, BCE. He was born in Lumbini Garden in present-day Nepal, and founded the Buddhist religion as an adult.
bulletAPR-9: Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha'Shoah) honors the memory of Jews, Roma (Gypsies), and others exterminated in the Nazi holocaust of World War II. It is observed each year on the 27th of Nissan.
bulletAPR-13: Jews recall the Shoah (Nazi Holocaust) on this day. It is called Yom ha-Shoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day.
bulletAPR-14: Sikhs celebrate the anniversary of the date in 1699 CE when Guru Gobind Singh founded the Khalsa brotherhood. It is a time of both celebration and worship. Their calendar year begins on this date; the date is often followed by the letters KE.
bulletAPR-21: Members of the Bahá'í World Faith celebrate Ridvan (a.k.a. the Most Great Festival and King of Festivals). It is a twelve day celebration which recalls the day on 1863-APR-21 CE when Baha'u'llah declared that he was the prophet predicted by the Bab. It is day on which Bahá'í communities elect their Local Spiritual Assembly.
bulletAPR-25: Jains observe is the Birthday of Mahavira, the religious seer of the 6th century BCE, whose teachings formed the foundation of the Jain religion. Members refrain from violence of any kind on this day. They donate money, clothes and food to the poor.
bulletAPR-27: Buddhists celebrate Wesak, (a.k.a. Vaisakha Puja), a celebration of the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. It is observed at the time of the full moon, and is the most important Buddhist festival.
bulletAPR-30: Orthodox Christians celebrate St. James the Great day. Tradition records that he was the first of the Apostles to be martyred.
bulletAPR-30: EPOCH-USA (End Physical Punishment of Children) sponsors SpankOut Day USA on the last day of April, each year. They ask "all parents, guardians, caregivers and teachers who still use corporal punishment to refrain from hitting children on this day and to seek alternative methods of discipline through programs available in community agencies, churches and schools." 1

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Events in early 2002-MAY:

bulletMAY-1: Wiccans celebrate Beltane, one of their four major Sabbats.
bulletMAY-5: Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on this day.

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Reference:

  1. SpankOut Day, USA, at: http://www.stophitting.com/spankOut/spankOutInfo.php

Copyright © 2002 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Essay prepared on 2002-MAR-26
Latest update: 2002-APR-30
Compiled by B.A. Robinson

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