Delhi Festivals in April
Rama Navami is celebrated in Delhi dedicating the day to Lord Rama. Devotees fast the entire day in the name of Lord Rama which is considered auspicious. Some even maintain fast for nine days commencing from Ugadi to Ram Navami not to seek any special favours from God but only to be more perfect as Humans and this celebration is accompanied by elaborate Pooja and Chants of Lord Rama's name. Temples dedicated to Lord Rama are spectacularly decorated and Bhajans are performed throughout the day along with special Pooja sessions. Fairs are organised and the day ends with fireworks.
Easter is religiously celebrated after a forty day lent or fasting period beginning from Ash Wednesday to Good Friday, when Lord Jesus Christ dies on the Cross. Christians celebrate Easter Sunday to commemorate the resurrection of the Lord after crucifixion when he ascends into Heaven and takes the right hand seat of God. Easter does not fall on a specific day and hence is a moveable feast when the date is fixed on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon that follows the vernal equinox which happens on 21st March; hence, Easter day varies between 22nd March and 25th April. The Church conducts a special midnight mass where all Christians and people from other religious sects are also invited to attend. After praying together in Church as a community, celebrations are held in all Christian Houses accompanied by delicious confectionaries, Easter eggs, cakes and special Family Dinner.
Baisakhi is a mega religious event celebrated in Northern India and commemorating the beginning of the Solar year, Harvest festival and Hindu New Year that either falls on 13th or 14th of April. People bath early morning followed by worshipping Goddess Ganga and then celebrations in the evening. Flags wrapped in embroidered silk with the picture of God are planted in front of their homes with pots of silver, copper or brass hung on top. For the Sikh community, Baisakhi holds a different and significant event and is considered a very special day when their 10th and Last Guru Gobind Singh organised the Sikhs of different castes into a single group named 'Khalsa' or 'the pure ones' in 1689 abolishing all differences created by humans and respecting all as equals. The day is filled with prayers and folk dance like Bhangra with the Drums beating musically and full of excitement along with traditional Punjabi songs that tell stories of the entire soil tilling process to ploughing, sowing, weeding, reaping and harvesting.
Mahavir Jayanti is the most important religious festival amongst the Jain Society. It marks the birth of their last Teerthankara, Mahavir born on the 13th day when the Chaitra moon arose and his actually date of birth is still argued. The Shwetambaras believe that Lord Mahavir was born on 599 BC and the Digambar School of Jainism believe that He was born on 615 BC. However, both agree to the fact that Mahavir was born to Siddharth and Trisala. When Trisala conceived Lord Mahavir, she saw 14-16 auspicious dreams which interpreted that the Child would either be a very successful Emperor or a Teerthankara. On this auspicious day, all the Jain Temples, both ancient and modern are decorated with Flags and the Idol of Lord Mahavir is ceremonially bathed also called 'Abhishek'. This Idol is then placed into a cradle and taken on a procession across the town followed by offerings of fruits, milk, lamps, incense sticks and water and prayer sessions accompanied with preaching of virtue, love and peace.