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As if the cancellation or postponement of March Madness, baseball’s opening day and the Olympics weren’t enough, the COVID-19 pandemic will soon disrupt some of the world’s most sacred faith-based celebrations.

Passover, Easter and other major religious holidays all take place this month, and faith groups are scrambling to figure out how to move their traditional festivities online.

Jews will conduct seder meals like conference calls, Christians will tone down their typical Easter feasts and many Muslims will be forced to break their daily Ramadan fasts alone.

Everyone will have to be focused on staying positive during a truly challenging time, said Rabbi Leora Kaye, program director for the Union for Reform Judaism, which is based in New York.

“This is not a year to be hard on yourself about what you don’t have. It’s a year to be generous with yourself about what you do have,” she said.

Changes to annual rituals won’t be easy to accept, but religious leaders said there are still things to celebrate amid canceled plans. Here’s an overview of how faith communities plan to bring sacredness to a socially distanced world.

Passover: April 8-16

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