Religious Holidays

Halton is fortunate to be composed of residents from many different backgrounds, cultures, and faiths. We respect and honour the religious holidays and traditions of all residents. They help make Halton the community it is today.

During the months of March, April and May, several significant religious holidays are observed and celebrated in Halton and throughout the world.

  • March 26 – April 2: Judaism; Pesach/Passover: commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt and it is celebrated for eight days. The first two days are the most significant.
  • March 27: Hinduism; Holi: a colourful and joyous festival dedicated to Krishna or Kama. Krishna is considered a divine hero and the Supreme Being and Kama is God of love.
  • March 29: Christian (Western); Good Friday: commemorates the crucifixion (dying on the cross) of Jesus Christ.
  • March 31: Christian (Western); Easter: celebration of the resurrection (rising from the dead) of Jesus Christ.
  • April 14: Sikhism; Vaisakhi: celebration of the birth of the Khalsa, the Fellowship of the Pure.
  • April 21 – May 2: Baha’I; Ridvan: commemorates 12 days that Bahá’u’lláh spent in the garden of Ridvan. On the 1st, 9th, and 12th days of Ridvan work is suspended.
  • May 3: Christian (Eastern); Holy Friday: commemorates the crucifixion (dying on the cross) of Jesus Christ.
  • May 5 Christian (Eastern); Pascha: celebration of the resurrection (rising from the dead) of Jesus Christ.

Holidays are a special time where families and friends gather together to participate in our customs and traditions. By sharing with one another, we can also connect with our neighbours and gain a better understanding of what our own traditions mean to us.

As I look forward to spending some time with my family and friends this season, I would like to wish all Halton residents and their families the best for their holiday celebrations.

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