Spring Holidays - Holidays associated with the Spring Season

Baha'i 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 of April.

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 country.