April 2019 - Intercultural calendar

The list provides an overview of the most important holidays of the largest religious and ethnic groups in Vienna as well as public holidays in April.


21 April: holiday on occasion of the Ridván festival
The Ridvan Festival commemorates the anniversary of the garden sojourn where Bahá'u'lláh declared his mission in the Garden of "Ridván" (paradise) before his banishment to Istanbul (then called Constantinople) in 1863. The holidays of the Ridván are celebrated by the Bahá'i communities around the world with prayers and in a spiritual atmosphere. According to the holy script no work is done on these days.


14 April: Palm Sunday (Catholic, Protestant)
The first day of Holy Week commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Palm branches (which people waved to welcome Jesus to Jerusalem) or willow catkins are sanctified in the church and distributed to serve as decoration at home.
18 April: Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday
Christians commemorate the anniversary of the institution of the Eucharist by Jesus at the Last Supper and of the washing of the disciples' feet which is symbolically reenacted in many churches as a sign of humbleness.
19 April: Good Friday (Catholic, Protestant)
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus, when He sacrificed Himself for man's redemption.
20 April: Holy Saturday (Catholic, Protestant)
The night between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday is the highlight of the Christian Year. The Easter candle and Easter fire are lit before the Easter Vigil is celebrated.
21 April: Easter Sunday (Catholic, Protestant, public holiday)
The most holy of Christian sacred days. The day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus and the victory of life over death. Customs: Easter fire, Easter bunny or Easter eggs.
22 April: Easter Monday (Catholic, Protestant, public holiday)
23 April: St. George's Day
St. George's Day is celebrated to honour St. George, a Christian martyr. See also 6 May.
26 April: Good Friday (orthodox)
27 April: Holy Saturday
A mass without bells or organ music is celebrated on this day of silence.
28 April: Easter Sunday (orthodox)
29 April: Easter Monday (orthodox)


19 April: Pesah/Passover
The feast of unleavened bread is dedicated to the celebration of the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. At the Seder, a unique ceremony, Jews commemorate the "pass over" when God would send the Angel of Death to kill the firstborn males but would see that the Israelites had marked their houses with lambs' blood and would command his angel to "pass over", to kill no one there.

Sikhism and Hinduism

14 April: Vaisakhi
For Sikhs Vaisakhi is the most important feast of the year and the anniversary of the founding day of the Khalsa. The day remembers the tenth Guru Gobind Singh who founded the Khalsa in 1699. People wear new clothes and give each other presents on Vaisakhi. Nishan Sahib is the name given to the flag outside every temple. It is a triangular piece of saffron coloured cloth with the Khanda emblem in the middle. The flag post also has a Khanda on top and is covered with a new cloth on Vaisakhi.
In Hinduism Vaisakhi is a thanksgiving festival.
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