Holy Days and Holidays

*Begins at sundown
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date. 

August 2022 - July 2023


August  1: Lughnasadh - Wiccan/Neo-pagan - Celebration of midpoint between solstice and equinox marking first harvest.*

August  11: Raksha Bandhan - Hindu - Festival honoring family ties between brothers and sister. **

August  18: Krishna Janmashtami  - Hindu - Festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu. He exhorted the epic poem “Gita” to Arjun. **

August  13: Obon begins - Buddhist/Shinto - Japanese Buddhist festival to honor ancestors. **

August  16: Obon ends - Buddhist/Shinto

August  15: Assumption of Mary - Catholic Christian - Celebration of assumption of Mary into heaven. Holy day of obligation for Catholics. 

August  24: Paryushana Parva begins - Jain - Eight-day Jain festival of devotion.*

August  31: Ganesh Chaturthi - Hindu - Festival honoring Lord Ganesh. **

August  31: Paryushana Parva ends - Jain


September  25: Erev Rosh Hashanah  - Jewish - Eve of the Jewish New Year and beginning of High Holy Days (begins at sundown).* 

September  26 & 27: Rosh Hashanah  - Jewish - New Year.*

September  28: Fast of Gedaliah - Jewish - Day of fasting marking the assassination of Gedaliah, the Governor of Judea, following the Babylonian conquest.*

September  21: Mabon - Wiccan/Neo-pagan - Observance of autumn equinox and harvest festival.*

September 26:  Navaratri begins - Hindu - Nine-night festival worshiping different forms of the Goddess Shakti. **

September  28: Birth of Confucius - Observed in religious traditions emanating from China. 


October 5: Yom Kippur - Jewish - Day of atonement, observed with fasting. (begins at sundown Oct 4)*

October  5: Dussehra - Hindu - Celebration of the victory of Lord Rama over demon Ravan. Also known as Vijayadashami. 

October  5: Navaratri ends - Hindu **

October 7: Mawlid al-Nabi - Islam - The day that commemorates the birth of the last Prophet of Islam, Muhammad c. 570 CE (begins sundown Oct. 6).*

October  9: Sukkot begins - Jewish - Eight-day remembrance of God’s protection during time in the wilderness. Observed by eating in a temporary hut called a “sukkah” (begins at sundown Oct. 8, concludes Oct. 16).*

October 10: Indigenous People's Day -  Interfaith celebration of cultural heritage of indigenous peoples of Western hemisphere. 

October  16: Sukkot ends - Jewish

October  16: Shemini Atzeret  - Jewish - Eight-day festival connected to Sukkot (begins at sundown Oct. 15).*

October  17: Simchat Torah - Jewish - Day of rejoicing to celebrate the yearly completion of reading the whole Torah (begins at sundown Oct. 16).*

October  20: Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth Sahib - Sikh - Installation of the Guru Granth Sahib. Recognition of Sikh sacred writings as the final, eternal guru. 

October 24: Diwali  - Hindu - Jain - Sikh - The main day of the five-day festival of lights, celebration of light over darkness, new beginnings and triumph of goodness. **
October 24: Bandi Chorr Divas - Sikh - Celebration of the release of Guru Hargobind from wrongful imprisonment.

October  26: Birth of Bahá'u'lláh  - Bahá’í - Commemoration of the birth of Bahá›u›lláh (translated ‘Glory of God’), the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í faith*

October  31: All Hallows Eve  - Christian - Celebration derived from Celtic Samhain, beginning two-day remembrance of the dead. 


November  1: All Saints Day  - Christian - Celebration of lives of the saints. Holy day of obligation for Catholics. 

November  1: Samhain  - Wiccan/Neo-pagan - Observance of midpoint between equinox and solstice, descent into depths of winter.*

November  2: All Souls Day  - Catholic Christian - Celebration of lives of the saints. Holy day of obligation for Catholics. 

November  26: Day of the Covenant  - Bahá’í - The day when Bahá'ís celebrate the appointment of `Abdu'l-Bahá as the Centre of Bahá'u'lláh’s Covenant.*

November  27: Christ the King - Christian - Festival celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church in honor of Jesus Christ as Lord over all creation. 

November  28: Ascension of `Abdu'l-Bahá - Bahá’í - Commemoration of the ascension of `Abdu'l-Bahá who died on Nov. 28, 1921, in Haifa, Palestine (now Israel).*

November  30: Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Sikh - Birth of the founder and first guru of the Sikh faith. 


December  6: Saint Nicholas Day  - Christian - Feast of saint popularly known as Santa Claus for his generosity. 

December  8: Bodhi Day - Buddhist - Celebration of beginning of path to enlightenment of the Buddha. 

December  8: Immaculate Conception of Mary  - Catholic Christian - Catholic day of celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all of her life. Holy day of obligation. 

December  12: Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe  - Catholic Christian - Catholic celebration of Mary as patron saint of Mexico. 

December  19: Chanukah begins - Jewish - Eight-night Jewish festival of lights remembering Maccabean victory and rededication of Temple in 165 BCE (first candle lit at sundown Dec. 18, holiday concludes at nightfall Dec. 26).*

December  16: Posadas Navideñas begins - Christian - Mexican Catholic reenactment of journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. 

December  19: Hanukkah ends - Jewish

December  21: Yule  - Wiccan/Neo-pagan - Observance of rebirth of the sun after longest night of winter.*

December  23: HumanLight - Secular celebration of humanist vision of peace and goodwill among all. 

December  24: Posadas Navideñas ends  

December  24: Christmas Eve - Christian - Eve of traditional Western date observing birth of Christ in 12-day festival lasting to Epiphany. 

December  25: Christmas  - Christian - Traditional Western date observing birth of Christ in 12-day festival lasting to Epiphany.*

December  25: Fast of Tevet - Jewish - Day of mourning and repentance marking the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem. In recent years, it also is a day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust.*

December  26: Zarathosht Diso  - Zoroastrian - Death of founding prophet Zarathushtra. **

December  26: Kwanzaa begins - x - Weeklong celebration of African American life and cultural heritage. 

December  30: Holy Family - Catholic Christian - Catholic celebration of the love between the family of Jesus. 

December  31: Watch Night  - Christian - Ritual service of preparation for the year to come. 


January   1: Mary, Mother of God  - Catholic Christian - Catholic day of prayer and thanksgiving to Mary, mother of Jesus. 

January  1: Gantan-sai  - Shinto - New Year festival. Also known as Shogatsu. 

January  1: Kwanzaa ends

January  2: Feast Day of St. Basil - Orthodox Christian - Celebration of defender of orthodoxy Basil of Caesarea. 
January  5: Guru Gobindh Singh Jayanti - Sikh - Celebration of the birth of the final human guru of the Sikh faith. 

January  6: Epiphany  - Christian - Festival celebrating the revelation of God in Jesus and the visit of the sages to the Christ child. 

January  7: Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Traditional celebration of Christmas for Eastern Orthodox Christians. 

January  8: Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian - Commemoration of the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus. 

January  13: Maghi  - Sikh - Commemoration of the 40 martyrs (Chalis Mukte) who died fighting the Mughal army with Guru Gobind Singh in 1705 CE. 

January  15: Makar Sankranti - Hindu - Festival honoring the Sun, the main source of energy to our planet. 

January  18: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins  - Christian - Seven days of ecumenical prayer. 

Sunday, January 22: Chinese New Year - Chinese traditional - Beginning of Chinese celebration of a new year for people of all religions. 
January 26: Vasant Panchami - Hindu - Festival honoring Saraswati, goddess of learning, wisdom, music and art. **

January  28: Tu BiSh'vat  - Jewish - Celebration of the New Year of the Trees (begins at sundown Jan. 27).*


February  2: Candlemas - Christian - Celebration of the presentation of Jesus in the temple. New beginnings are recognized. 

February  2: Imbolc - Wiccan/Neo-pagan - Feast of waxing light, midpoint between solstice and equinox.*

February  3: Setsebun-sai - Shinto - Celebration of approach of spring as invitation to good fortune. 

February  3: Four Chaplains Interfaith Sunday - Interfaith - Commemoration of the event in World War II when four Chaplains of Jewish and Christian traditions (Catholic and Protestant) gave their life jackets to others as a troop ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean. 

February  14: St. Valentine's Day - Christian - Festival of love loosely connected to Christian saint. 

February  15: Nirvana Day - Buddhist - Jain - Commemoration of passing into Nirvana of the Buddha . **

February 18: Lailat al Miraj  - Islam - The day that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's nighttime journey, in 622 CE, to Heaven to meet with God and to meet with his fellow Prophets like Abraham and Moses.*
February 18: Maha Shivaratri  - Hindu - Festival in honor of Lord Shiva. **

February  21: Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras - Christian - Day of preparation for Lent, observed by feasting and carnival activities. 

February  22: Ash Wednesday - Christian - First of 40 days of Western Christian penitential observance of Lent. 

February 25:  Ayyam-i-Ha begins - Bahá’í - Intercalary Days is a period dedicated to socializing, being hospitable, giving generously to the poor and needy, and preparing for the upcoming month of fasting. 

February  27: Clean Monday (Lent)  - Orthodox Christian - First day of Lent. 

MARCH 2023


March 1: Ayyam-i-Ha ends - Bahá’í
March  2: Bahá’í Fasting begins  - Bahá’í - Abstain from food and drinks between sunrise and sunset. 
March  5: Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christian - First Sunday of Lent. Restoration of icons to the church is celebrated. 
March 6: Feast of Esther - Jewish - Day preceding Purim that commemorates the fast Esther requested the Jewish people observe in preparation of her going to see the King uninvited.*
March  6: Magha Puja Day  - Buddhist - Commemoration of presentation of Buddha to the world. **
March  7: Purim  - Jewish - Holiday marking deliverance from Haman's genocidal plot against Jewish people in ancient Persia as related in Book of Esther (begins at sundown March. 6).*
March  8: Holi  - Hindu - Colorful festival of spring. **
March  8: Lailat al Bara'ah  - Islam - Optional Night of prayer (begins at sundown March 7).*
March  8: Hola Mohalla begins - Sikh - Begins on the first day of the lunar month of Chet in the Nanakshahi calendar and follows the Hindu festival of colors, Holi. 
March 10: Hola Mohalla ends - Sikh

March  17: St. Patrick's Day  - Christian - Celebration of Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland. 

March  20: Bahá’í Fasting ends  - Bahá’í - Abstain from food and drinks between sunrise and sunset. 

March  19: St. Joseph's Day   - Christian - Celebration of St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus. 

March  20: Ostara  - Wiccan/Neo-pagan - Spring equinox festival celebrating reawakening.*
March 22: Ramadan begins  - Islam - Muslim Holy month of daily fasting (dawn to sunset) and nightly prayers (begins at sundown March 21).*

March  22: Naw-Rúz  - Bahá’í - New Year (176 Bahá’í Era). 

March 22 Chaitra Navaratri begins - Hindu - Nine-day festival that signifies the victory of good over evil. 

March  25: Feast of the Annunciation - Christian - Commemorates the visit of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. 

March 30:  Ramanavami  - Hindu - Celebration of the birth of Lord Rama, seventh incarnation of Vishnu. **
March 31: Chaitra Navaratri ends - Hindu

APRIL 2023


April  1: Hindu New Year  - Hindu**

April  2: Palm Sunday  - Christian - Beginning of Western Christian Holy Week, also known as Palm Sunday of the Passion. 
April  4: Mahavir Jayanti - Jain - Birth of founder of Jain tradition Mahavira 540 BCE. **
April 5: Passover begins - Jewish - Eight-day commemoration of freedom of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery (begins with First Seder at sundown April 5; Second Seder begins at nightfall March 6; holiday concludes at nightfall April 13).*
April  6: Maundy Thursday - Christian - Remembrance of Christ’s last supper. First day of the Sacred Triduum. 
April  6: Hanuman Jayanti - Hindu - Festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Sri Hanuman. **

April  7: Good Friday  - Christian - Remembrance of the crucifixion and death of Christ. Second day of the Sacred Triduum. 

April  8: Holy Saturday - Christian - Day of vigil culminating in observance of resurrection of Christ. Third day of the Sacred Triduum. 
April  8: Lazarus Saturday  - Orthodox Christian - Feast commemorating the raising of Lazarus by Jesus Christ. 

April  9: Easter Sunday  - Christian - Feast of resurrection of Christ.*

April  9: Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian

April  13: Passover ends - Jewish

April  14: Holy Friday  - Orthodox Christian - Anniversary of the death of Christ, as commemorated by Orthodox Christians. 

April  14: Baisakhi  - Sikh - Commemorates the day in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th Guru, removed the clerical system from Sikhism and affirmed the direct connection between Sikhs and the Divine. 

April 16: Pascha (Easter)  - Orthodox Christian - Celebration of the resurrection of Christ, beginning at midnight. 
April 18: Laylat al Kadr The Night of Destiny begins - Islam - Muslim commemoration of the Holy Night, in Ramadan, when the Qur`an was revealed (begins at sundown May 1). It can fall on any of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, and these nights are spent in worship, prayers and supplications. This night is also when the destiny of all things is determined for the coming year.*
April  18: Yom HaShoah  - Jewish - Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins at sundown April 8).*
April  20: First Day of Ridván - Bahá’í - Celebrate the day Bahá’u’lláh arrived at the Garden of Ridván.*
April 21:  Eid al Fitr – End of Ramadan  - Islam - Muslim  celebration showing gratitude for a successful completion of fasting in the Holy month of Ramadan (begins at sundown on May 12). The day begins with a distribution of charity to the needy the night before, followed by morning prayer services the next day and gatherings with family, friends, and relatives. *

April  25: Yom HaZikaron - Jewish - Honors Israeli soldiers who have died in combat and civilian victims of terrorism.*

April  26: Yom Ha'atzmaut -  - Isreal's Independence Day*

April  29: Ninth Day of Ridván  - Bahá’í - Celebrates the day Bahá’u’lláh declared the Mission and Purpose of the Bahá’í Faith. 

May 9: Lag B'Omer - Jewish - Celebration of the 33 day of counting the Omer, a 49-day period between Pesach and Shavout (begins at sundown May 8).*

MAY 2023

May  1: Beltane - Wiccan/Neo-pagan - Celebration of midpoint between equinox and solstice, celebrating Earth’s fertility.*

May  2: 12th day of Ridván  - Bahá’í - Commemoration of the day Bahá’u’lláh departed from the Garden of Ridván and continued His exile.*

May  10: Laylat al Kadr The Night of Destiny ends - Islam

May  25: Shavuot - Jewish - Festival of receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai (begins at sundown May 16, concludes at nightfall May 18).*

May  28: Pentecost - Christian - Celebration of the descent of Holy Spirit upon followers of Christ. 

May  24: Declaration of the Báb  - Bahá’í - Celebration of the day when The Báb announced He was "the bearer of a Divine Revelation which would prepare humanity for the advent of the Promised One of all religions."*

May 26: Buddha’s Birthday - Buddhist - Celebrates the Birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. Also known as Vesak.*

May  29: Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh - Bahá’í - Commemoration of the ascension of Bahá'u'lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í faith.*

JUNE 2021

June 4: Trinity Sunday  - Christian - Honors the belief in one God with a threefold nature. 

June  4: Pentecost  - Orthodox Christian - Celebration of the descent of Holy Spirit upon followers of Christ.

June  24: Litha - Wiccan/Neo-pagan - Summer Solstice.*

June 28: Day of Arafah Hajj - Islam - Day of assembly on the plain of Arafah in Hajj. Optional day of fasting for nonpilgrims. 

July  28: Eid al Adha begins - Islam - Muslim celebration honoring the spiritual sacrifice of his son by prophet Abraham. 

July  29: Eid al Adha ends - Islam

JULY 2023


July 6: Fast of Tammuz - Jewish - Commemoration of the breach of the walls of Jerusalem by the Romans.*

July  9: Martyrdom of the Báb  - Bahá’í - The Báb, forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh, was publicly executed for announcing the nearing arrival of the Promised One and the prophesied dawn of a new day.*

July 18: Hijra New Year

July  26: Fast of Tisha Be'Av - Jewish - Fast day mourning the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem and other devastations in Jewish history.*

July 27: Ashura  - Islam - Muslim commemoration of Prophet Moses delivering his people from Pharaoh (a day of optional fasting accompanied with a day of fasting before and/or after) and of trials endured by leaders among Prophet Muhammad’s family.*

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