April Showered Us With Holidays

What we're celebrating

For the first time since 1991, we honored four major holidays—Ramadan, Passover, Easter, and Vaisakhi—all in April. Celebrations began April 2 with the most holy Muslim holiday of the year, Ramadan, which continues to May 2. On April 13th, the Sikh community celebrated Vaisakhi, a holiday that marks the beginning of the harvest season and the birth of Khalsa, the Sikh order. At sundown on April 15, the Jewish holiday of Passover began, lasting until sundown on April 23. Good Friday was also on April 15, and Easter on the 17th for many Christian denominations and the 24th for Eastern Orthodox communities.

Those of the Jain faith celebrated their holiday Mahavir Jayanti on April 14, Theravada Buddhists celebrated New Year on April 16, and the Baha’i began Ridvan, a twelve day spring holiday on April 21. 

If you needed more to celebrate, we had International Haiku Poetry Day on April 17, Wear Pajamas to Work Day on April 19, National Tea Day on April 21, and Earth Day on April 22. And, April 26th was the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who designed Central Park in Manhattan, Prospect Park in Brooklyn, and Boston’s Emerald Necklace.

So whether you fasted or ate matzah, searched for colored eggs or attended grand parades, I hope you all had a great holiday season! And please let me know about your favorite spring traditions. I’d love to feature you in an upcoming newsletter.

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April Showered Us With Holidays