Tu B’Shvat begins at sundown

The Jewish “New Year of the Trees”is celebrated with observances that connect humankind to the natural world. This holiday has special significance because "Man is the tree of the field" (Deuteronomy 20:19). Through cultivating strong roots – faith and commitment to the Lord – we produce many fruits. On this day it is customary to […]

Isra’ and Mi’raj begin at sundown

The Isra and Mi'raj (Arabic: الإسراء والمعراج‎, al-’Isrā’wal-Mi‘rāj) are the two parts of a Night Journey that, according to Islam, the Islamic prophet Muhammad took during a single night around the year 621. Within Islam it signifies both a physical and spiritual journey, and is remembered in prayer.

Purim begins at sundown

The festival of Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar, in late winter or early spring. It commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in ancient Persia from Haman’s plot “to destroy, kill and annihilate all the Jews, young and old, infants and women, in a single day,” […]

Ramadan begins at sundown

Each year, corresponding with the ninth month of the lunar calendar, Muslims spend a month in daytime fasting. This observance is called Ramadan. From dawn to sunset during this month, Muslims abstain from food, liquids, smoking, and sex. This fast is an extremely important aspect of the Muslim faith: in fact, it is one of […]

Passover begins at sundown

To our Jewish friends, Chag Pesach kasher vesame’ach, or "May you have a kosher and joyous Passover." The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is […]

Lailat al-Qadr begins at sundown

Laylat Al Qadr is considered the holiest night of the year for Muslims and is held on the 27th day of Ramadan. Translated into English as the Night of Decree, Night of Power, Night of Value, Night of Destiny, or Night of Measures, it commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the […]

Eid al-Fitr begins at sundown

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the "Festival of Fast-Breaking." On the day of Eid, fasting is prohibited. The end of Ramadan is generally celebrated by a ceremonial fast-breaking, as well as the performance of the Eid prayer in an open, outdoor area or mosque.

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