23rd March 2001 at 00:00
April 2 Rama Navami (Hindu)

Celebrates the birthday of the god Rama Chandra. In some temples an image of the infant god is placed in a cradle and rocked by people at the ceremony.

April 8-15 Passover (Pesach) (Jewish)

Celebrates the Exodus - the escape of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt, led by Moses. The traditional Passover supper is filled with symbolism about freedom from persecution and struggle against tyranny.

April 8 Hanamatsuri (Buddhist)

The birthday of Buddha, as celebrated in Japan. Images of the infant Buddha are placed in front of temples, decorated with flowers and anointed with fragrant tea. In some countries, the New Year is celebrated in mid-April.

April8-15 Easter (Christian)

The defining festival of Christianity, commemorating the death and resurrection of Jesus. It begins with Palm Sunday (April 8), a week before Easter Day. Maundy Thursday (April 12), commemorates the sacrament of Holy Communion by Jesus at the Last Supper. Good Friday (April 13), the day of the Crucifixion, is marked by prayer and meditation. On the Third Day, according to scripture, Jesus rose from the dead, and this is commemorated on Easter Day (April 15).

April 14 Vaisakhi (Baisakhi) (Sikh)

The Sikh New Year commemorates Guru Gobind Singh, who in 1699 set down rules of dress and conduct for Sikhs that effectively made them an identifiable and unified community.

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