*Begins at sundown
**Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
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: Navaratri ends - Hindu **
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 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 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 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 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: 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 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.
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 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.
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 22: Naw-Rúz - Bahá’í - New Year (176 Bahá’í Era).
March 25: Feast of the Annunciation - Christian - Commemorates the visit of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary.
April 1: Hindu New Year - Hindu**
April 7: Good Friday - Christian - Remembrance of the crucifixion and death of Christ. Second day of the Sacred Triduum.
April 9: Easter Sunday - Christian - Feast of resurrection of Christ.*
April 9: Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian
April 13: Passover ends - Jewish
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 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 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 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 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 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 6: Fast of Tammuz - Jewish - Commemoration of the breach of the walls of Jerusalem by the Romans.*
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.*