Year 2011
Calendar
By Month...  JAN ~ FEB ~ MAR ~ APR ~ MAY ~ JUN ~ JUL ~ AUG ~ SEP ~ OCT ~ NOV ~ DEC
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Year 2011
Calendar
By Tradition...
Jewish - Kabbalah
Holidays - 2011
Christian -
Ecumenical Mysticism /
Wisdom Tradition

Holidays - 2011
Unitarian Universalist
Holidays - 2011
Muslim - Sufi
Holidays - 2011
Baha'i Holidays - 2011
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Hindu Holidays - 2011
Jain & Sikh
Holidays - 2011
Buddhist Holidays - 2011
Taoist & Shinto
Holidays - 2011
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African &
Middle-Eastern
Holidays:
Ancient Egyptian,

Santeria, Zoroastrian - 2011
Native American
(Iroquois, Navajo

& Pueblo)
& Meso American
(Inca, Mayan & Aztec)
Holidays
- 2011
Pagan Holidays:
Old Religions of Europe

(Greek, Roman, Slavic,
Celtic, Anglo-Teutonic
& Norse) - 2011
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Deep Ecology /
Environmentalist
Dates
- 2011
Social Justice /
Human Rights /

Feminist
Dates
- 2011
Peace /
Disarmament
Dates
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Solar & Lunar Cycles,
Eclipse & Helions
- 2011
Meteor Showers - 2011
Visible Planets - 2011
Astrological Periods - 2011
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Experiential Meditations
(for lunar cycles

throughout the year)
Empowering Meditations
Action Offerings
(to help the environment 
& further social justice)
Art as Meditation
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April 2011...

* 3/9 to 4/23 (OC 3/7 to 4/15): Lent. * 4/1: Veneralia--Old Roman festival celebrating Venus (Goddess of Peace) vanquishing Mars (God of War) with love. * 4/1: Vigil for freedom of religion in Iran. * 4/1: Day that same-sex marriage was first legally recognized (2001). * 4/1 eve to 4/2 eve: Celebration day for Muhyi ad-Din Ibn El-Arabi (d. 1240), Sufi saint who honored Deity as a unity manifested in all Nature, both genders, and countless forms. * 4/2: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that the joys and suffering of others are your joys and suffering. * 4/3 (10:32 a.m. EDT): New Moon. * 4/3: Christian feast of Blessed Mary, partner of St. Joseph and mother of Blessed Jesus - honors her as nurturer, teacher, protector, and guide of all mothers. * 4/3 to 4/6: Iroquois Thunder Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the rains. * 4/4 to 4/12: Navaratri/Gangaur--Hindu festival honoring Great Goddess Maha Devi as Gauri - life, growth, and fruition. Shaktas are devoted to Great Goddess Maha Devi in all Her aspects. * 4/6: Day the Hutus began genocidal massacres of Tutsis in Rwanda (1994); vigil for true peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Africa. * 4/7: World Health Day--Day to pray for healing of all those chronically and seriously ill; day to advocate for adequate health care for all. * 4/7: Birthday of William Wordsworth (1770), poet and mystic who found connection with Deity while communing with Nature. * 4/7: Birthday of William Ellery Channing (1780), Unitarian who believed all concepts of Deity to be aspects of the one Deity, and preached religious tolerance. * 4/8: Zen Buddhist celebration of the Buddha’s birth (563 BCE). Buddhists study sacred texts, meditate, pray, chant mantras, and make devotional offerings to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. * 4/9: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Jalal - Glory. * 4/9 eve to 4/10 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis, who represents the feminine in Nature and protects women throughout their lives. * 4/11: Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on Bodhisattva Deities Avalokitesvara and Green Tara, consciousness and empowerment of Compassion. Buddhists recognize the equality of all sentient beings. * 4/11: Day Pope John XXIII called for world peace, recognition of human rights, and justice under law (1963). He recognized that peace will only be realized when social justice is realized. * 4/11: Day France banned Islamic face coverings, undermining Muslim women's autonomy and freedom of religious expression (2011). Day to mourn all laws that mandate a dress code in the name of religion or secularism. * 4/11 to 4/12: Ramanavami--Birthday of Hindu God Rama (avatar of Vishnu), protector of beloved wife, Goddess Sita (avatar of Lakshmi). Vaishnavas are devoted to God Vishnu and His avatars. * 4/11 eve to 4/12 eve: Feast of God Poseidon, Goddess Amphritrite, and all Old Greek Gods and Goddesses of the seas. * 4/12: Day the first woman was ordained a rabbi in Orthodox Judaism (2006). * 4/13: Day the Fishery Conservation and Management Act was enacted (1976); day to give thanks for the fish and seafood we eat. * 4/14: Cetacean Day--Day to honor all creatures of the sea and to meditate on Deity manifesting as sea creatures - Goddess as Delphine/Dolphin (Old Greek) & Sgana/Orca Whale (Haida); and God as Qolqalg Odai/Salmon (Haida). * 4/14: Day the Sikh Khalsa was created (1699). Men and women initiated into the Khalsa seek harmony with the Divine through introspection and service to the dispossessed. * 4/14 to 4/25 (I 4/21): Old Norse Summer Days Feast--Offerings were made to the Deities (particularly Odin, Thor, and Freyr) for success, peace, and plenty. * 4/15: Tax Day--Day to give back to the community for the benefits of community. Give from your own abundance for the betterment of all. * 4/16: Day commemorating the birth of Mahavira Vardhamana Jnatrputra (599 BCE), founder of the Jain faith. Jainas avoid aggression and practice harmlessness, simplicity, and charity to attain enlightenment and unity with Deity. * 4/17 (10:44 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (White/Virgin Moon). * 4/17 (OC 4/17): Palm Sunday--Christian feast marking Savior Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem to teach love and justice for all humanity and to sacrifice Himself for the liberation and redemption of all. * 4/17: Day Cambodia fell to the Khmer Rouge, who caused the deaths of more than a million civilians (1975); vigil for true peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in East Asia. * 4/18 eve to 4/26 eve: Passover/Pesach--Jewish festival recalling their deliverance from slavery in Egypt and celebrating freedom from oppression. Passover Truce: Time to cease all forms of conflict (at least temporarily), extend a greeting to your adversary, and share a seder for peace. * 4/20: Beginning of Taurus (the Bull/Cow/Calf). * 4/20: Day of the Columbine High School massacre (1999). Day to mourn all those killed in schools due to American gun culture, the legal and parental failure to deny children access to firearms, and the tolerance of bullying in schools. * 4/20: Beginning of the Gulf of Mexico oil drilling disaster (2010), which showed why oil drilling off the coast is a threat to the environment. * 4/20 eve to 4/23 eve (4/21 peak): Lyrid Meteor Showers. * 4/21 (OC 4/21): Maundy Thursday/Last Supper of Savior Jesus--He washed the feet of His male and female disciples, gave them bread and wine as His body and blood, told them to love one another, and told of the Paraclete who would come after Him. * 4/21: Birthday of John Muir (1838), naturalist and conservationist. * 4/21 to 5/2: Ridvan--Baha’i celebration of Baha’u’llah’s declaration identifying himself as the New Prophet. * 4/22 (OC 4/22): Passion Friday--Fast day to mourn the torture and killing of Savior Jesus by civil and religious authorities, and to contemplate the sacrifice made for the liberation and redemption of all. * 4/22: Earth Day--Day to honor the Earth and to meditate on Deity manifesting as Mother Earth. * 4/22: Day the world’s nations guaranteed asylum to those persecuted in their homelands on account of their ethnicity, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group (1954). * 4/23: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Ogun, Orisha of Self-reliance and Industrious Labor. * 4/23 (OC 4/23): Holy Saturday--Vigil remembering Savior Jesus in His cave tomb. * 4/24 (OC 4/24): Easter/Pascha--Christian celebration of Lord Jesus’ resurrection by the power of the Holy Spirit. * 4/24: Day the genocidal massacres of Armenians, Greeks, and Assyrians began in Ottoman Turkey (1915); vigil for true peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Greater Anatolia. * 4/26: Beginning of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (1986), which showed why nuclear power is not a safe energy source. * 4/26 to 5/3: Mayan Rain Festival--honoring Rain God Chac and His attendant Chacmool, and welcoming the fructifying rains. * 4/27: Death day of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1882), Transcendentalist Unitarian who believed in equality, self reliance, and the immanence of Deity in humans and in all Nature. * 4/28: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Jamal - Beauty. * 4/28: Day to take your children to work to teach them the value of self-sufficiency. * 4/28 eve to 5/3 eve: Floralia--Old Roman festival devoted to Flora, Goddess of Flowers. * 4/29: Arbor Day--Day to honor trees, to plant trees, and to meditate on Deity manifesting as trees - Goddess as Helice/Willow (Old Greek), Yggdrasill/Ash (Old Norse) & Asherah/Palm (Old Canaanite-Hebrew). * 4/29: Day production and use of chemical weapons was outlawed world-wide (1997); day to mourn their victims. * 4/30: Birthday of Hosea Ballou (1771), Deist Universalist who preached that all are Deity’s beloved children. * 4/30 eve to 5/2 eve: Beltaine. * 4/30 to 5/4: Zoroastrian celebration. * 4/30 eve to 5/5 eve: Mid-Spring/May Day/Walpurgis.

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Excerpted from
THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2011
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2010 Marija Miovski
www.WheeloftheYear.com