Mayor Vincent C. Gray today offered holiday greetings to the District's Jewish and Christian communities as they celebrate Passover and Easter beginning this weekend.
"The next few days will mark two of the highest holidays in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and I wish a blessed and joyous Passover and Easter to the District's Jewish and Christian residents,"Gray said in a statement. "Passover and Easter not only celebrate specific religious assertions, but they also commemorate themes universal to the human experience: the renewal of life and triumph over death, oppression and injustice.
"As the ancient Israelites hoped for deliverance from Egypt's tyranny and the early Christians anticipated freedom from the Roman Empire's oppression, today District residents of all faith traditions eagerly await full democracy for the nation's capital. Let us embrace the spirit of this season by praying and working for justice and peace at home and around the world."