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Holidays: January through April


Nearly every religion sets aside particular days to celebrate, remember or reflect upon aspects of their faith. Here are some of the holidays that occur in the first third of the year from January through April.

January 7 - Christmas (Rastafari)

Rastas celebrate Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ, according to the Ethiopian Orthodox Calendar, which is the religious calendar followed by Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974 and Messiah according to the Rastafari Faith.

Third Sunday in January - World Religion Day (Baha'i)

The American Baha'i National Spiritual Assembly established this celebration in 1950, but it is now celebrated in many countries throughout the world. The purpose of the day is celebrate the commonalities between religions and the potential religion has for further world peace.



February 26 – March 1 - Ayyam-i-ha or Intercalary Days (Baha'i)

The Intercalary days are the four or five leftover days when the Badi calendar is divided into 19 months of 19 days. They are used as preparation time for the upcoming fast during the month of Ala.

March 2-20 - Fasting Month of Ala (Baha'i)

The last month of the Badi calendar is Ala. This is a time for fasting and spiritual reflection.

March 13 – L. Ron Hubbard’s Birthday (Scientology)

Scientologists celebrate the birthday of their founder, L. Ron Hubbard, every year on this day.

March 20 - Naw-Ruz – New Years (Baha'i and Zoroastrian)

The Persian New Year is an official religious holiday for both Baha'is and Zoroastrians. In addition, Persians of other religions celebrate this as a secular holiday.

April 21 - First day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

The 12-day Ridvan festival celebrates Baha'u'llah's claim to prophethood. Of these days, the first, ninth and twelfth days are official holy days during which work is to be suspended.

April 21 - Grounation Day (Rastafari)

Grounation Day celebrates the day Emperor Haile Selassie I, who is hailed as the Messiah by Rastas, visited Jamaica, the birthplace of the Rastafari faith.

April 30 - Walpurgisnacht (Satanism)

Satanists recognize the night of April 30 as a Satanic holiday called Walpurgisnacht. Originally a pagan holiday transformed into a Catholic saint's day, the day has sometimes been associated in folklore and witch literature as having sinister and Satanic connotations. As such, modern Satanists have adopted it as their own. Walpurgisnacht is also the night the Church of Satan was established in 1966.
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