Celebrating Diversity – April 13

Baisakhi (Bangladesh, Sikh, Hindu) – The first day of the solar year, this is an agricultural festival celebrating the harvest especially in North India.  In Kerala, South India this day is called Vishnu. Especially important to the Sikhs, it marks this day in 1699 when the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, established the order of “Khalsa”. The festival is a mixture of feasting, dancing and worship.

Songkran/New Year (Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand) – In southeast Asia, Songkran is recognized as the New Year for Buddhists.  For Thais, it is a 3 day religious festival in which homes are routinely cleaned and water is sprinkled on monks paying visits and on statues of Buddha.

Easter Monday (Christian) – Easter Monday commemorates the meeting of the women at Jesus’ tomb with an angel who assured them that Jesus had been resurrected from death.  It is observed as a holiday in some countries.

Source: www.multiculturalcalendars.com

Part of a posting series on multicultural events for 2009.

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