The month of April is an opportune time to reset, renew and thrive into the remainder of the year. Holy days converging in April spark interfaith celebrations. This is a time to recenter our thoughts, align our beliefs with our actions and celebrate life with loved ones and community. Our ladies at FEW are becoming more inclusive with one another, as we educate and embrace each other in the diverse areas of religion and culture. Let’s look at a few celebratory events which took place during the month.
Ramadan is a holy month during which Muslims fast all day and break their fast at sundown. Often, the act of breaking the fast is celebrated in community with others and is called an iftar dinner. In addition to fasting, the month is marked by charitable works, prayer and focus on God. If you missed our interview with Dr. Romie last year about Ramadan, you can view it here.
Passover commemorates the end of enslaved Hebrew people. During this time Jewish people don’t eat leavened foods and celebrate with seder dinners, during which the story of Jewish people leaving Egypt is told through food and with a special book called a Haggadah.
Easter Sunday is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus who rose again from his grave three days after his crucifixion. The day is commemorated with church services, baptisms, and family meals. It marks the end of the introspective 40-day period of Lent. Lent is a 40-day season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
Have you noticed a few common traits of the 3 religious events? For me, they all showed an emphasis on “Blooming In Life.” Living life in full bloom allows one to live with hope and purpose, with imagination and vision, in a way that honors the earth, the spirit, and one another.
I absolutely love seeing the beauty of my fellow FEW Sisters, as we continue to bloom.
Here’s to Spring and Cheers to us!
Delphine Wharton2023 FEW President