Pesah or Passover commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt. It is celebrated for eight days; the first two and the last two days are holidays for Orthodox Jews. The evenings of the 1st and 2nd days begin with Seders or festive meals and the telling of the Passover story. In Israel and among Reform Jews, Pesah is celebrated for seven days; the first day and the last day are holidays.
Theravada New Year (Buddhism)
New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April.
Vaisakhi (Hinduism & Sikhism)
For Hindus, Vaisakhi is the first day of the solar year and celebrates the harvest. Vaisakhi is especially important in North India.
For Sikhs Vaisakhi is the Anniversary of the birth of the Khalsa. Vaisakhi is important for Sikhs because on this day in 1699, Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the tenth Guru, removed the clerical system from Sikhism. Thus, he reaffirmed the direct connection between Sikhs and the Divine. Guru Gobind Singh Ji also created the Khalsa Panth, the Fellowship of the Pure. Khalsa brothers are given the name Singh or Lion and sisters are named Kaur or Lioness.
Easter, called Pasha for Eastern churches celebrates the resurrectiono fo Jesus. It initiates the fifty-day period culminating in Pentecost.
Holy Week (Christianity)
Holy Week for Western Churches begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter. For Eastern Churches, Holy Week is April 14 to 18–begins the day after Palm Sunday and ends on Holy Friday.
April 17 is Holy or Maundy thursday. Maundy thursday celebrates the institution of the Lord’s Supper by Jesus.
April 18 is Holy or Good Friday and commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ, i.e., his submission to death by crucifixion.
Palm Sunday (Christianity)
Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
Lazarus Saturday (Christianity)
Lazarus Saturday commemorates the raising of Lazarus from the dead by Jesus.
Ramanavami celebrates the birth day of Rama, the seventh incarnation of the God Vishnu. during the previous eight days, Hindus read the Ramayana, a Hindu epic, which tells the story of Rama.
Buddha’s Birth date (Buddhism)
Anniversary of the historical Buddha’s birth.
Ramayana Week (Hinduism)
Ramayana Week begins nine days before Ramanavami, the birth day of Lord Rama. Fasting during this period is considered highly auspicious.