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Saturday, March 31 — Mawlid an-Nabi, the birth of the prophet Muhammad, is celebrated by the Sunni.

Saturday, March 31 — Mawlid an-Nabi, the birth of the prophet Muhammad, is celebrated by the Sunni. The Shi’a will celebrate it on April 5th.

Mahavira Jayanti commemorates the birth in 599 BCE of the great Jain prophet of peace and social reform.

Sunday, April 1 — Palm or Passion Sunday — Suggested reading: Luke 19:28-40.

Monday, April 2 — Passover or Pesach, the seven-day Jewish religious feast recalls the birth of their nation when the Israelites were freed from Egyptian bondage.

Thursday, April 5 — Holy or Maundy Thursday begins the Easter triduum with the commemoration of the last supper of Jesus with his apostles.

Friday, April 6 — Good Friday marks the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

Suggested reading John 18:1-19:42.