By Jessica Diamond
April is a time of celebration with holidays spanning different religions. Here is a breakdown of what major holidays are happening this month.
Ramadan – April 2 to May 1, 2022
Ramadan is the holy month of fasting, reflection, and prayer for more than one billion Muslims around the world. From sunrise to sunset, many Muslims do not eat or drink, breaking their fast at night to feast and celebrate with loved ones.
Vaisakhi – April 14, 2022
Vaisakhi is the celebration of the spring harvest and the founding of Khalsa. It is one of the most important dates celebrated by the Sikh community. Celebrations include singing, reciting scripture, and performing good deeds called ‘seva’.
Good Friday – April 15, 2022
Good Friday is a holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. Christians around the world spend the day with family and friends praying, attending church, and reciting scripture.
Passover – April 15 to April 23, 2022
Passover is an important holiday celebrated by the Jewish community that commemorates the exodus of Israelites from slavery in Egypt. The name comes from the Book of Exodus, where the Angel of Death ‘passed over’ the houses, sparing the first-born sons from the tenth plague.
Easter Sunday – April 17, 2022
Easter Sunday is the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Christians around the world celebrate with feasting, prayer, and the breaking of Easter eggs, which symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus.