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INTERCULTURAL CALENDAR | Festivals and dates

Festivals and dates

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April 2016

Fri.
Ugadi
New year’s day in the south Indian state of Karnataka.
Thu. 14 
Vishu
New Year in the south Indian state of Kerala.
Thu. 14 
Ambedkar Jayanti
Birthday of B.R. Ambedkar, the father of the Indian Constitution and a great Buddhist liberator of the lowest castes.
Thu. 14 
Guru Nanak Jayanti *
Sikh festival to commemorate the birth of Guru Nanak. It is a day of great rejoicing and there is much religious fervor in the Sikh community. Verses are chanted and sacred hymns are sung.
* Often celebrated in November, during Karttika Purnima.
Thu. 14 
Puthandu
New Year in the south Indian state of Tamilnadu.
Sun. 17 
Thrissur Pooram
This is the grandest of all temple festivals in Kerala, south India. About 30 decorated elephants take part in the parade. The festival ends with spectacular fireworks.
Tue. 19 
Mahavir Jayanthi
Birthday of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara, or spiritual role model. This is the most important festival in Jainism. On this day statues of Mahavira are given a ceremonial bath.
Fri. 22 
Chitirai (from 22 April to 2 May)
It is the biggest festival in the south Indian city of Madurai and reenacts the wedding of the Lord Sundareshwarar (Lord Shiva) with the Goddess Meenakshi (Lord Vishnu’s sister).
Fri. 22 
Earth Day
Earth day has become increasingly important to heighten consciousness on the environment, particularly in the context of the global climate crisis.
Sat. 23 
Passover * (from 23 to 30 April)
The Jewish people celebrate Passover to commemorate their liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt.
* Jewish holidays always begin the day before at nightfall.