2013 Calendar of World Religion Sacred Times
May 1 Beltane and Samhain-- Wicca/Pagan Northern and southern hemispheres celebration of the conjoining of the goddess with the energy of the god in the sacred marriage which is the basis of all creation.
May 2 Twelfth Day of Rivan-- Baha'i commemoration of the twelve day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he was God's messenger for this age. Work is suspended on days of 1, 9, and 12 of the festival.
National Day of Prayer USA-- Interfaith
May 9 Ascension Day-- Christian commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven
May 15-16 Shavuot-- Jewish celebration of Moses' descent from Mt Sinai with the ten commandments. Plants and flowers are used in decorations.
May 19 Pentecost--Christian observation of the day when the God the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in the forms of tongues of fire and rushing wind. It is a traditional day for baptism and confirmation of new Christians.
May 23 Declaration of the Bab-- Baha'i recognition of the declaration in 1844 by Ali Muhammed that he is the anticipated "Coming One" of all religions. Work is suspended.
May 25 Visakha Puja-- Buddha Day-- Buddhist marking of the birth, enlightenment and death (attainment of Nirvana) of Lord Buddha.
May 26 Trinity Sunday-- Christians honor the belief in one God with a threefold nature.
May 29 Ascension of Bha'u'llah-- Baha'i recollection of the death of Baha'u'llah, the founder. Observed by prayers and readings. Work is suspended.
May 30 Corpus Christi-- Catholic Christian celebration in recognition of the Eucharist--the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.