April recognizes Arab American Heritage in America, National Deaf History Month, as well as the the following dates as recognized on the NSD calendar: 

  • Ramadan begins Ap. 13 and Eid-al-Fitr May 13
  • Ninth and Twelfth day of Ridvan, Ap. 28 and May 1
  • Declaration of Báb May 23; Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh May 28
  • Orthodox Good Friday Ap. 30 and Easter Orthodox May 2

Read on as we learn more about these special days!

 

Ramadan begins Ap. 13  and Eid-al-Fitr May 13 

“Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, introspection and prayer for Muslims, the followers of Islam, worldwide.  Eid-al-Fitr the Eid meaning is “the festival of breaking the fast”  and commemorates the end of a month-long fast throughout Ramadan.” Link: Ramadan Information & Activities for Kids 

Ninth and Twelfth day of Ridvan, April 28 and May 1 and Declaration of Báb May 23 and Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh May 28 

“The Baháʼí Faith has eleven holy days, which are important anniversaries in the history of the religion. On nine of these holy days, work is suspended.[1] There is no fixed format for any of the holy days, and Baháʼí communities organize their own commemorative meetings.”  (Image taken from “Bahai Coloring Pages”, Facebook)

Links: Ridván, Baháʼí Holy Days

Orthodox Good Friday April 30  and Orthodox Easter May 2 

“Many countries around the world celebrate Orthodox Easter like Romania, Republic of Macedonia, Lebanon, Cyprus, Greece, Ukraine, Bulgaria, and Russia.” (Image shows Romanian decorated Easter Eggs)  Link: Orthodox Easter 2021 – Calendar Date 

Arab American Heritage in America:

Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage.

The world’s 22 Arab nations are Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and Yemen.”  

Read more in the link: National Arab American Heritage Month

National Deaf History Month (March 13 to April 15) celebrates deaf history and promotes awareness of American deaf culture. Link: National Deaf History Month: Celebrating an American Community 

Visit the NSD Calendar of Events: Religious and Cultural Observances

To learn about F.A.C.E.: The Center for Family Engagement