19-20 March (date varies with countries)
Naw Ruz is the Baha’i New Year festival, marking the first day in the Baha’i calendar. It falls at the spring equinox, although it has been fixed on 21 March for countries outside the Middle East. It also marks the end of the 19-day Baha’i Fast and symbolises the new life of spring. Work is suspended on this day.
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27 March (to evening of 4 April)
Passover is one of the most important religious festivals in the Jewish calendar. Jews celebrate the Feast of Passover (Pesach in Hebrew) to commemorate the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses.