Pastoral Care Blog

  • April 21- May 2 Festival of Ridvan

    Festival of Ridvan   (Baha’i)

    Festival of Ridvan, termed by Baha’u'llah the “Most Great Festival” and the “King of Festivals,” commemorates the twelve days that Baha’u'llah spend in the garden of Ridvan outside Baghdad.  the festival commemorates Baha’u'llah’s public declaration of His mission to His family and closest followers.  The first, the ninth, and the twelfth days of Ridvan are Baha’i Holy Days on which work is suspended.

  • April 15-22 Pesah

    Pesah  (Judaism)

    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.

  • April 14 Vaisakhi

    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.

  • April 13-20 Holy Week

    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.