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Festivals for all religions


Theravada New Year
25 April 2013
Buddhist 
New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April  

Lag B'Omer
28 April 2013
Jewish 
A minor holiday on the 33rd day of the Omer commemorating a break in the plague during the lifetime of Rabbi Akiva.  

Ridvan - ninth day
29 April 2013
Bahai 
Marks the arrival of Baha'u'llah's family at the Ridvan garden.

Ridvan - twelfth day
2 May 2013
Bahai
Marks Baha'u'llah's departure from the Ridvan garden. Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev (Nanakshahi calendar)
2 May 2013
Sikh 
Guru Arjan Dev (1563-1606) was the fifth of the Sikh Gurushttp://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/sikhism/people/arjandev.shtml  

Yom Yerushalayim
8 May 2013
Jewish 
Jerusalem Day  
   
Ascension Day
9 May 2013
Christian 
Ascension Day marks the last earthly appearance of Christ after his resurrection. Christians believe Christ ascended into heaven. It is celebrated 40 days after Easter.    

Ascension Day (Catholic Church in England and Wales)
12 May 2013
Christian 
Ascension Day is normally celebrated 40 days after Easter. The Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates it on the following Sunday instead.                  

Shavuot (1st day)
15 May 2013 
Jewish 
Shavuot is a two-day festival that marks the time when the first harvest was taken to the Temple. Also known as the Festival of Weeks. Work is not permitted for the duration of the festival.

Pentecost - Whitsun
19 May 2013
Christian 
The seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and the birth of the Christian Church.

Birthday of Guru Amar Das (Nanakshahi calendar)
23 May 2013 
Sikh 
Guru Amar Das (1479-1574) was the third of the Sikh Gurus.   

Declaration of the Bab
25 May 2013
Bahai 
The Bab was the Forerunner of Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i faith. His mission was to prepare the world for the coming of Baha'u'llah and he declared it in the evening of May 22 1844.
  
Wesak or Buddha day
25 May 2013
Buddhist 
The most important of the Buddhist festivals. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some Buddhists, also marks his enlightenment and death.
 
St Bede the Venerable
25 May 2013
Christian 
The great Anglo-Saxon saint and scholar from Jarrow.
        
Trinity Sunday
26 May 2013
Christian 
The first Sunday after Pentecost. Christians meditate on the nature of God as "Three in one"

Ascension of Baha'u'llah
29 May 2013
Bahai 
Anniversary of Baha'u'llah's death in in 1892 near Akka, Israel.
   
Corpus Christi
30 May 2013
Christian 
Roman Catholic festival celebrating the "real presence of Christ in the Eucharist". The festival falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.


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