Faith Tradition Holidays Converge in April
This spring, for the first time in more than three decades, followers of several faiths will observe their religious holidays at the same time. In April this includes the celebrations of Ramadan, Passover, Easter, Vaisakhi, Mahavir Jayanti, Theravada New Year, and the Gathering of Nations. This means that Muslims, Jews, Christians, Baha’is, Sikhs, Hindus, Buddhists, and Indigenous nations will all be practicing their significant religious and cultural traditions around the same time. This convergence is an important opportunity to remind our communities, yet again, of our interconnectedness and a chance to recommit to our highest ideals for creating and caring for communities where everyone is treated with dignity, respect, and fairness.
Campaign organizers are inviting faith and community leaders across the USA to use this month to reflect on our shared values and ideals, many of which are rooted in our own distinct sacred and ancestral traditions, and recommit to the work of realizing these shared values as a direct response to rising discrimination, hate, and division in this time.
We are living in an era where our nation is sharply polarized and divided along racial, religious, and political lines, and where disinformation and malinformation are used as mobilizing tools for spreading fear and hate. As we anticipate yet another heated election cycle, we need strong shared messaging and proactive leadership to guide us through.