COMMEMORATIVE OBSERVATIONS CALENDAR
All Month Arab-American Heritage MonthNational Arab American Heritage Month takes place in April. It celebrates the Arab American heritage and culture and pays tribute to the contributions of Arab Americans. All Month Tartan (Scottish-American) Heritage monthDuring April, Scottish-American Heritage is recognized. From first patriots, presidents, and industrialists, Scottish Americans contributed significantly to the establishment and development of the United States. All Month Celebrate Diversity MonthApril is Celebrate Diversity Month, started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all. By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will get a deeper understanding of each other. 4/2/22 - 5/2/22 Ramadan (Start)Ramadan, also referred to as the Fasting month, is observed by Muslims worldwide in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar year. The Ramadan meaning in Arabic is ‘Scorching heat’, possibly because the holiday falls at a time when the temperatures are quite high in that part of the world. During this holiday, Muslims are not supposed to eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset, given that fasting is one of the five pillars of Islamic principles. They are also instructed to avoid evil thoughts and sinful behavior such as cursing, lying, and fighting except in self-defense. 4/15/22 Good FridayGood Friday is a Christian observance held two days before Easter Sunday and it commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ at Calvary (located right outside the walls of Jerusalem). Good Friday is the sixth day of Holy Week and is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday, and Easter Friday. The day is also part of the Paschal Triduum that starts on the evening of Maundy Thursday and continues to Easter Sunday recalling the passion, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. 4/15/22 - 4/23/22 Last Day of PassoverThe last day of Passover marks the end of a Jewish holiday that celebrates the deliverance of Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Passover is also known as Pesah, Pesach, or the Feast of Unleavened Bread. 4/17/22 EasterEaster, also known as Resurrection Sunday, is a religious holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and is celebrated by Christians throughout the world. 4/20/21 - 4/21/22 First Day of Ridvan—Festival of RidvanFirst Day of Ridván (meaning “Paradise” in Arabic) — the most important of the Bahá’í holy days. It is the day on which Bahá’u’lláh declared His mission as a Messenger of God. 4/22/22 Earth DayApril 22: Earth Day promotes peace and sustainability of planet Earth. Worldwide events are held to show support for the environmental protection of the earth. 4/27/22 - 4/28/22 Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah)Yom Hashoah, which is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. It commemorates the lives and heroism of Jewish people who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945. 4/28/21 The Ninth Day of RidvanNinth Day of Ridván, the day on which Bahá’u’lláh’s family joined Him in the Garden of Ridván.