Holidays - Holidays associated with the Spring Season
New Year (Naw Ruz): One of nine holy days for adherents
of the Bahá'í Faith worldwide and the first
day of the Bahá'í calendar occurring on the
vernal equinox, around March 21
Lady Day: Traditional name of the Feast of the Annunciation
of the Blessed Virgin (25 March) and the first of the four
traditional Irish and English quarter days.
April Fool's Day: April 1. In most countries all April
Fool's pranks, tricks and jokes must be done before noon.
Passover: Celebrates the Exodus, the freedom from slavery
of the Children of Israel from ancient Egypt that followed
the Ten Plagues. Beginning of the 49 days of Counting of the
Omer. Starts on various days in April depending on year.
Palm Sunday: Christian moveable feast which falls on
the Sunday before Easter. The feast commemorates the triumphal
entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before his Passion.
Good Friday: Celelbrates crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Various Fridays in March or April depending on year.
Easter: Most important religious feast in the Christian
liturgical year celebrating Jesus Christ's resurrection from
the dead two days after his crucifixion. Various Sundays in
March or April depending on year.
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day): Observed as
a day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews
who perished in the Holocaust. In Israel, it is a national
memorial day. Held on the 27th of Nisan on various days in
April depending on year.
Earth Day: Celebrated on April 22 to inspire awareness
of and appreciation for the Earth's environment.
Arbor Day: Holiday in which individuals and groups
are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Originated in
Nebraska City, Nebraska and is celebrated on the last Friday
May Day: May 1st, International Workers' Day, commemorates
the historic struggle of working people throughout the world,
and is recognized in every country except the United States,
Canada, and South Africa. This despite the fact that the holiday
began in the 1880s in the United States, with the fight for
an eight-hour work day.
Cinco de Mayo: (Spanish for "5th of May")
is a regional holiday in Mexico, primarily celebrated in the
state of Puebla. The holiday commemorates an initial victory
of Mexican forces led by General Ignacio Zaragoza over French
forces in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. The date is
observed in the United States and other locations around the
world as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. A common
misconception in the United States is that Cinco de Mayo is
Mexico's Independence Day. Mexico's Independence Day is actually
September 16, which is the most important national patriotic
holiday in Mexico.
Mother's Day: The day that honors all mothers is held
on the second Sunday of May. U.S. Congress passed a law designating
it on May 8, 1914.
Declaration of the Báb: From sundown on May
22nd through May 23rd, Baha'is commemorate one of the most
important events in the history of the Baha'i Faith - The
Declaration of the Bab. The Bab is the one who announced the
coming of "The One Whom God Will Make Manifest,"
that is, Baha'u'llah. So important is this event that Baha'is
see this as the beginning of the Baha'i Faith, even though
the Bab was the founder of the Babi Faith.
Memorial Day: United States holiday observed on the
last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates
U.S. men and women who died while in military service to their