By Sarah Jessop, Human Resources Generalist
The world’s rich diversity is reflected in the observances that are celebrated and recognized by our teammates. Knowledge of the following holidays and celebrations can enhance our workplace diversity and inclusion efforts. Throughout the months of April, May, and June a variety of religious holidays, festivals, observances, and spiritual commemorations took place. These events are celebrated and observed by many of us, so in the spirit of respect and comradery, please familiar yourselve with them.
At ASP, we value and recognize
the diverse religious beliefs of
- April 2 to May 2 – Ramada
The holy month of fasting, introspection, and prayer celebrated by Muslims.
- April 14 – Vaisakhi
An ancient festival for Hindus that simultaneously celebrates that Solar New Year and spring harvest.
- April 15 to April 23 – Passover
A 7-day holiday in the Jewish faith that honors the freeing of the Israeli slaves.
- April 15 – Mahavir Jayanti
A Jain holiday celebrating the birth of Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism.
- April 17 – Easter
The most important day in the Christian faith when they celebrate the resurrection of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
- April 24 – Feast of the Divine Mercy
A feast day on the second Sunday of Easter when Christians seek Christ’s forgiveness and grace.
- May 1 – Beltane
A fire festival celebrated by the Pagan and Wiccan religions that celebrate summer and the fertility of the upcoming year.
- May 3 – Eid al-Fitr
An Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. As it ends fasting, its primary event is a big meal.
- May 8 – Birthday of Buddha
The day that Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s birthday.
- May 16– Vesak
The most important Theravada Buddhist festival that signifies the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha
- May 24 – Declaration of the Bab
The day that marks the prediction of the Bab as the Messenger of God in the Baha’i faith.
- May 26 – Ascension Day
A Christian holiday that marks the 40th day following Easter when Jesus ascended into Heaven.
- June 2 – Ascension Day
A day celebrated in Coptic Orthodox Christianity that marks Jesus’s ascension into heaven.
- June 4 to June 6 – Shavuot
A Jewish holiday that combines a grain harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.
- June 8 – Race Unity Day
A day that promotes racial harmony and understanding in the Baha’i faith.
- June 12 – Trinity Sunday
A day in the Christian faith that celebrates the three personifications of God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).
- June 12 – All Saints Day
The day in Eastern Orthodox Christianity that designates the end of the Easter season.
- June 16 – Feast of Corpus Christi
The feast day that commemorates the real presence of Jesus’s body in the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church.
- June 16 – Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib
A day observed by Sikhs to commemorate an individual who laid down his life for their people.
- June 24 – Litha
A Pagan and Wiccan festival that begins on the summer solstice and celebrates midsummer.
- June 24 – Feast of the Sacred Heart
A feast day in the Roman Catholic Church that celebrates Jesus’s physical heart as a representation of his love for all humanity.