* 2/22 to 4/7 (OC 2/27 to 4/6): Lent. * 3/30 to 4/6: Navapad Oli--Jain period of fasting, recitation of holy scripture, and meditation. * 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 (OC 4/8): 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. * 4/5: 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. * 4/5 (OC 4/12): 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. * 4/6 (3:19 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (White/Virgin Moon). * 4/6 (OC 4/13): 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. * 4/6: 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. * 4/6 eve to 4/14 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. * 4/7: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that the joys and suffering of others are your joys and suffering. * 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. * 4/7 (OC 4/14): Holy Saturday--Vigil remembering Savior Jesus in His cave tomb. * 4/8 (OC 4/15): Easter/Pascha--Christian celebration of Lord Jesus’ resurrection by the power of the Holy Spirit. * 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. * 4/11: 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. * 4/12: Day the first woman was ordained a rabbi in Orthodox Judaism (2006). * 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 4/19): 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. * 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. * 4/19: Holocaust Remembrance Day--Day to mourn Jewish victims of genocide and anti-Semitism, make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Jewish Americans. * 4/20: Beginning of Taurus (the Bull/Cow/Calf). * 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 (3:18 a.m. EDT): New Moon. * 4/21: Shakyamuni Buddha Day--Day Tibetan Buddhists meditate on the Buddha’s teachings and strive to fulfill the Precepts. The Buddha taught an Eightfold Path to enlightenment - right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. * 4/21: Birthday of John Muir (1838), naturalist and conservationist. * 4/21 to 4/24: Iroquois Corn-Planting Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the corn seed. Iroquois believe Awenhai/Sky Woman descended from the Sky and created Earth. * 4/21 to 5/2: Ridvan--Baha’i celebration of Baha’u’llah’s declaration identifying himself as the New Prophet. * 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. * 4/24: Akshay Tritiya--Final day of Jain fast; day of Jain pilgrimage. * 4/24 eve to 4/25 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Aphrodite--Day to honor peace and compassion. * 4/26: Day to take your children to work to teach them the value of self-sufficiency. * 4/26: Beginning of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (1986), which showed why nuclear power is not a safe energy source. * 4/26 eve to 4/27 eve: Feast of Old Greek Goddess Artemis, who represents the feminine in Nature and protects women throughout their lives. * 4/26 to 5/3: Mayan Rain Festival--honoring Rain God Chac and His attendant Chacmool, and welcoming the fructifying rains. * 4/27: 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). * 4/27: 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: Chinese Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Fo Shihchiamouni (Buddha Shakyamuni/Siddhartha Gautama) (563‑483 BCE). * 4/28: Baha’i feast honoring the one Deity as Jamal - Beauty. * 4/28 eve to 4/29 eve: Feast of God Poseidon, Goddess Amphritrite, and all Old Greek Gods and Goddesses of the seas. * 4/28 eve to 5/3 eve: Floralia--Old Roman festival devoted to Flora, Goddess of Flowers. * 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 5/4 eve: Mid-Spring/May Day/Walpurgis.
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THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2012
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2011 Marija Miovski