Ramadan, Passover, Easter taking place on the same weekend
SALT LAKE CITY — This weekend marks the first time in 33 years that Easter, Ramadan and Passover all occur at the same time.
FOX 13 News spoke with leaders from Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths about how this convergence has strengthened many in their relationship with their faith.
“We are the three religions of the world that share the Holy Land that shares Jerusalem,” said Father Martin Diaz, the parish priest of the Madeleine Cathedral. “So to have all three together, Ramadan, Passover and Maundy Thursday until Easter, is a wonderful, wonderful event.”
Rabbi Avremi Zippel of Utah’s Chabad Lubavitch echoed that sentiment.
“I think it’s profound that so many of the world’s major religions are all celebrating their festival this weekend,” he said.
Imam Shoaib Din of the Islamic Center of Utah urged unity among those of different faiths.
“We need believers to come together,” he said. “This is a time when we definitely need more people. We need more prayers. We need more people to focus on God.”
This is a time for each of these world religions when they are at their highest faith.
Friday marks just after the halfway point of Ramadan, the month in which the Quran is said to have been revealed to the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
“Ramadan is the most spiritual time of the year for us,” Imam Shoaib Din said. “This is a time when we come closer to God than ever before.”
During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk as part of the five pillars of Islam.
Din said it’s been a comeback for many due to the past few years of hardship during the pandemic – saying many have come out humbler because of the tribulations COVID-19 has put many through.
On the other side of town, at the cathedral of the Madeleine, many gathered for Good Friday services, including the Stations of the Cross, the Song of the Passion and the veneration of the cross.
Good Friday is the Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Beginning with Maundy Thursday, the weekend marks the Last Supper with the resurrection of Jesus, which is marked by Easter.
“There is a fulfillment of soul humanity that happens when we come together,” Fr. Martin Diaz said, adding that the present moment also marked a return for many.
He said he had “hope” because of his ability to come back together, and also said it strengthened many people in their faith at the time of Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
Rabbi Avremi Zippel is setting a table for the first time in three years for the Passover Seder, which marks the start of Passover – an eight-day holiday that begins Friday evening.
“Tonight and tomorrow night we will be having a Seder: the official Passover dinner where we come together with our friends, family, loved ones and community,” he said. “Everything helps us remember the liberation and freedom that our ancestors gained 3,300 years ago in the land of Egypt.”
Passover, or formally known as Passover, is a holiday marking the end of slavery for the Jewish people in Egypt.
The name comes from the Book of Exodus where the Israelites were instructed to mark the blood of a lamb on their doors so that the “Angel of Death” would “pass over” their house.
FOX 13 News asked each religious leader what it means to share this time in convergence with other faiths.
“It’s a reminder that as a civilization, as a people, as a human race, there are so many things that bind us together more than there are things that separate us,” Zippel said. .
“When we’re all on vacation, it makes them even happier and better,” Din added.
“What a beautiful time it is. I’m sure God is very happy,” Diaz said.
The three leaders said now is the time to love each other regardless of beliefs.