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April 25, 2022

Weekly global religious, spiritual and nonreligious observance information

Submitted by Stefan Yates

The President's Committee on Religion, Spirituality and Nonreligious Diversity presents the global observance information for April 25-May 1.

April 27, Yom HaShoah, from sundown until sunset the next day, Judaism. Holocaust Day was established to remember the 6 million Jews and 5 million others killed by the Nazis and their accessories during the 1930s and 1940s. This day also commemorates the resistance. If the date happens to fall adjacent to the Sabbath, Shabbat, it is moved to another.

April 28, Laylat al Qadr, Muslim. The Night of Destiny, the first revelation of the Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad. Dates may vary.

April 29, Ninth day of Ridvan, Baha’i. This annual Baha’i festival commemorates the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i faith, publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. Elections for local, national and international Baha’i institutions are generally held during the Festival of Riḍván. The ninth day is celebrated as one of the holy days when work is suspended and children are exempted from attending school. 

May 1, Beltane, Wiccan/Pagan. Celebration of the conjoining of the goddess with the energy of the god in sacred marriage, the basis of all creation.

May 1, Ridvan, Baha’i. The twelfth and final day of the twelve-day festival celebrating the beginning of the Baha’i faith.

May 1, Chongmyo Taeje, Confucian memorial ceremony at Chongmyo or Jongmyo Shrine in Seoul, South Korea. The ceremony is always held on the first Sunday in May to honor the kings and queens of the Yi, or Joseon, Dynasty from 1392-1910. The ceremony is an expression of the widespread Confucian practice of honoring ancestors, either at home or at their graves.

The President's Committee on Religious, Spiritual and Nonreligious Diversity welcomes those of all global religious, spiritual and nonreligious commitments. Further, we welcome any suggestions, questions or other comments. Please contact the committee chair, Bev Earles.