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Passover

Jewish Year 5776: Sunset April 22 – Nightfall April 30, 2016
Passover is an eight day Jewish holiday that celebrates the delivery of the Jews from bondage in Egypt. It is observed on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Nisan.

Passover is a moveable feast, a holiday which does not fall on the same date every year, but varies according to astronomical occurrences and is based on the Jewish liturgical calendar.

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Earth Day is April 22nd

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. The brainchild of environmentally-conscious Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, Earth Day was first observed in 1970. Nelson’s intention was that Earth Day be observed through nationwide “teach-ins” on college campuses. Instead of focusing on the Vietnam War, however, theses teach-ins focused on the threats facing the environment. The 1970 event was celebrated across the country and was wildly successful. Earth Day is now celebrated in more than 175 countries throughout the world.

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April Fool’s Day

The first of April is known as April Fool’s Day, a traditional day for practical jokes of all kinds. Some have noted connections between April Fool’s Day and the Roman celebration of Hilaria on March 25, and the Hindu holiday of Holi, ending March 31. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1894, refers to “the mockery trial of our Redeemer” as a popular explanation.

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Easter is March 27th

Easter is a moveable feast, a holiday which does not fall on the same date every year, but varies according to astronomical occurrences and is based on the Jewish liturgical calendar. Easter is celebrated on different dates by Western and Eastern Orthodox churches, because the Eastern Orthodox churches calculate the date based on the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar. In 2016, Western churches will celebrate Easter Sunday on March 27th. Eastern Orthodox churches will celebrate Easter on May 1st.

Happy Easter to all!

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Purim is near!

Purim is a joyous holiday commemorating the rescue of the Jews by Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai from the evil Haman. The story is read aloud and when Haman is mentioned in the Megillah of Esther, people use noisemakers called groggers to drown out his name. Traditions eating hamentashen, three-cornered, pastries filled with fruit. This year Purim is celebrated from March 23rd to March 24th.

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s national holiday and commemorates the death of Ireland’s Patron Saint. St. Patrick’s Day is both a religious and cultural holiday and is celebrated by people of Irish descent around the world. In the United States St. Patrick’s Day is often celebrated with parades and Irish food, such as corned beef and cabbage. It is also traditional to wear green to mark the occasion. St. Patrick’s Day is always celebrated on March 17th.

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