Events of the Month
- APR-6: Mormons celebrate the founding of
their church by Joseph Smith on this day in 1830.
- APR-7: This is considered the probable anniversary of Jesus'
execution, in the year 30 CE. Another likely date was
- APR-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.
- APR-9: "Founded in 1996, the Day of Silence Project has
become the largest single student-led action towards creating safer
schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or
gender expression." Students who support equal rights for persons of
all sexual orientations in over 1,900 middle schools, high schools,
colleges and universities across the U.S. Students do not speak
during this day. Some hand out "speaking cards" stating: "I am
participating in the 'Day of Silence,' a national youth movement
protesting the silence faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
people and their allies. My deliberate silence echoes that silence, which
is caused by harassment, prejudice and discrimination." 1
- APR-11: Hindus celebrate
Rama Navmi -- the anniversary of the birth of Lord Rama.
- APR-13: Western Christians observe Palm Sunday on this
date. It is also the start of Holy Week which leads up to Easter
Sunday which celebrates Jesus' resurrection on the following Sunday,
- APR-14: Sikhs celebrate Baisakhi, 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. It is considered the start of the
- APR-17: Jews begin the
observance of Pesach (Passover) on this day, the
22nd of Nissan.
The 8 day festival recalls the
story of the Exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt circa 1300
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
- APR-18: Western Christian observe Good Friday -- the
nominal date of Jesus' execution by the Roman Army circa 30
CE on this day:
- APR-20: Western Christians
celebrate Easter Sunday -- the nominal date of Jesus' resurrection
-- on this day.
- APR-21: Members of the Bahá'í 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.
- APR-14: Jains observe is the
Birthday of Mahavira Vardhamana Jnatrputra in 599
BCE. He was 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.
- APR-27: Orthodox Christians
celebrate Easter Sunday on this day.
- APR-30: Orthodox Christians celebrate St.
James the Great day. Tradition records that he was the first of the
Apostles to be martyred.
- APR-29: Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha'Shoah)
honors the memory of Jews, Roma (Gypsies), Jehovah's Witnesses, and others exterminated
in the Nazi holocaust of World War II. It is observed each year on
the 27th of Nissan.
- APR-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."
Events in early MAY:
- MAY-1: Wiccans and other
Neopagans celebrate Beltane, one of their four
Although care was taken in the
preparation of this list, we cannot accept responsibility for any errors or
- "Day of Silence 2003," GLSEN, at:
- SpankOut Day, USA, at:
Copyright © 2003 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Essay prepared on 2003-MAR-3
Latest update: 2003-MAR-3
Compiled by B.A. Robinson