With Easter and Passover just passed, it seems that Judeo-Christian holidays are sparse until the fall.
One option is to celebrate Easter with the Eastern Christians. The Orthodox Churches mark the holy day on April 12 this year.
If that’s not enough, here are some anniversaries and holidays from other religions over the next week or so.
In 1816, the American Methodist Episcopal church selects Richard Allen as its first black bishop. Visit christianhistoryinstitute.org and search his name to learn more.
In 1742, Handel’s “Messiah” debuted. Visit tinyurl.com/k5z3vdk to sing along.
The Sikh holiday Vaisakhi, or Baisakhi, a colorful celebration of the first harvest, is observed. Visit sikhiwiki.org.
In 1950, the man who radioed “Tora, Tora, Tora” from Pearl Harbor, Mitsuo Fuchida, became a Christian.
In 1902, J.C. Penney opened his first store seeking to hold high ethical standards inspired by biblical principles.
The Sikhs observe the birth of founder Guru Nanak and observe Hola Mohalla, an occasion for them to demonstrate their martial skills in simulated battles.
In 1552, an updated version of “The Book of Common Prayer” was approved by King Edward VI. A modern online version is available at bcponline.org .
In 1587, John Foxe died at age 71. He is best known for what is today called “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.” His title was “Actes and Monuments of Matters Happenning to the Church.” An online version can be found at ccel.org/f/foxe/martyrs/home.html.
In 1606, the foundation stone of the second building of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome was laid.
Sikhs observe the births of Guru Tegh Bahadur and Guru Angad Dev.
The Jain and Hindu holiday Akshaya Tritiya is observed. Visit drikpanchang.com/festivals/akshaya-tritiya/akshaya-tritiya-date-time.html for information.
April 21- May 2
The Bahai holiday Ridván is observed. Visit bahai-library.com/walbridge_encyclopedia_ridvan.
Groundation Day/Anniversary of Haile Selassie to Jamaica is observed by the Rasta. Visit groundation.com/haile-selassie/ .