Religious Holy Days

​​​RELIGIOUS HOLY DAYS 

of the major world religions, through December 31, 2020​

For a more inclusive list of interfaith holidays, please go to interfaithcalendar.org. CMU's policy on accommodating religious obligations, Policy No. 3-16, can be found here

Native American holy days: Though there are no set dates, major ceremonies tend to fall around the full moon and the solstices.

JANUARY   2020

    • Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian
    • Feast Day of St Basil - Orthodox Christian
    • Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto
    • Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christian
    • Vasant Panchami ** - Hindu
    • Twelfth Night - Christian
    • Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh
    • Epiphany - Christian
    • Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) - Orthodox Christian
    • Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian
    • Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox
    • Feast of the Nativity ** - Orthodox Christian
    • Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian 
  • 10-12
    • Mahayana New Year ** - Buddhist
  • 12 
    • Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian
  • 13 
    • Maghi - Sikh
  • 17 
    • Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian 
  • 18-25 
    • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian
  • 19 
    • World Religion Day * - Baha'i
  • 20
    • Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
  • 25 
    • Conversion of St. Paul - Christian
  • 28 
    • Tu BiShavat * - Jewish

Definitions

FEBRUARY   2020

    • Candlemas - Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christian
    • Imbolc - Lughassad * - Wicca/Pagan - Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • Saint Brighid of Kildare - Celtic Christian
    • Four Chaplains Sunday - Interfaith
    • St. Blaze Day - Christian
    • Setsebun-sai (beginning of spring) - Shinto
    • Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
    • Nirvana Day - Buddhism
    • Triodion begins - Orthodox Christian
  • 12 
    • Triodion - Orthodox Christian
  • 14 
    • St. Valentine's Day - Christian
  • 15 
    • Nirvana Day ** - Buddhist - Jain
  • 22 
    • Maha Shivaratri ** - Hindu
  • 23 
    • Meatfare Sunday - Orthodox Christian
    • Transfiguration Sunday - Christian
  • 25 
    • Shrove Tuesday - Christian
  • 26 
    • Intercalary Days begin - Baha'i
    • Ash Wednesday - Lent begins - Christian

Definitions

MARCH   2020

    • St. David of Wales - Christian
    • Intercalary Days end - Baha'i
    • Cheesefare Sunday

Orthodox Christian

    • Clean Monday - Great Lent begins - Orthodox Christian
  • 2 - 20
    • Nineteen Day Fast * - Baha'i
    • Hindi New Year ** - Hindu
    • Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christian
    • Magha Puja Day ** - Buddhist
  • 10 
    • Holi ** - Hindu
    • Purim * - Jewish
    • Hola Mohalla - Sikh
  • 13 
    • Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard - Scientology
  • 17 
    • St. Patrick's Day - Christian
  • 19 
    • St. Joseph's Day - Christian
    • Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christian
  • 20 Equinox
    • Ostara - Mabon * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • 21 
    • Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian
    • Naw-Rúz (New Year) * - Baha'i
  • 25 
    • Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Christian
  • 25-April 2 
    • Ramayana ** - Hindu
  • 28 
    • Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra) ** - Zoroastrian

Definitions

April  2020

    • Ramanavami ** - Hindu
    • Laylat al Miraj * - Islam
    • Palm Sunday - Christian
    • Hanuman Jayanti ** - Hindu
  • 9-11
    • Theravadin New Year ** - Buddhist
  • 9-15 
    • Pesach * - Jewish
    • Mahavir Jayanti ** - Jain
    • Maundy Thursday - Christian
  • 10 
    • Good Friday - Christian
  • 12
    • Easter - Christian
    • Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian
    • Lag B'Omer - Jewish
  • 14 
    • Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikh
  • 17 
    • Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian
  • 11 
    • Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian
  • 19 
    • Pascha - Easter - Orthodox Christian
  • 21 
    • Yom HaShoah - Jewish
    • First Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
    • Lailat al Bara'ah * - Islam
    • Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian
  • 23 
    • St. George's Day - Christian
  • 24 
    • Ramadan begins * - Islam
  • 27 
    • Mahavir Jayanti ** - Jain
  • 29 
    • Ninth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i
    • Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian
    • Yom Ha'Atzmaut * - Jewish
  • 30 
    • St. James the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

Definitions

MAY  2020

    • Beltane - Samhain * - Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern hemispheres 
    • Last day of Ridvan *  - Baha'i
    • Saints Philip & James - Christian
  • 7
    • Visakha Puja - Buddha Day ** - Buddhist
    • National Day of Prayer USA - Interfaith
  • 21 
    • Ascension of Jesus - Christian
  • 23 
    • Declaration of the Bab * - Baha'i
  • 23-24
    • Eid al Fitr * - Islam

  • 29
    • Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
    • Ascension of Jesus - Orthodox Christian
  • 29-30 
    • Shavuot * - Jewish
  • 31
    • Pentecost - Christian

Definitions

JUNE   2020

    • Laylat al Kadr * - Islam
    • Pentecost - Orthodox Christian
    • Trinity Sunday - Christian
    • St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian
  • 11 
    • Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian
  • 14 
    • All Saints - Orthodox Christian
  • 15 
    • Saint Vladimir Day - Christian
  • 16 
    • Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikh
  • 19 
    • Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian
    • New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian 
  • 21  Solstice
    • Litha - Yule * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • 22 
    • First Nations Day - Canadian Native People
  • 29 
    • Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian

Definitions

JULY   2020

  • 5
    • Asalha Puja Day ** - Buddhist
    • Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i
  • 11 
    • St Benedict Day - Catholic Christian
  • 15 
    • St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christian
  • 23 
    • Crowning of Haile Selasse I - Rastafarian
  • 24 
    • Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian
  • 25 
    • St. James the Great Day - Christian
  • 30
    • Tish'a B'av - Jewish
  • 31-August3 
    • Eid al Adha * - Islam

Definitions

AUGUST   2020

    • Lammas - Christian 
    • Lughnassad - Imbolc * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian
    • Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu
    • Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian
  • 10 
    • Waqf al Arafa * Islam
  • 12 
    • Krishna Janmashtami ** - Hindu
  • 13-15 
    • Obon (Ulambana) ** - Buddhist/Shinto   ?
  • 15 
    • Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian
    • Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian
  • 20 
    • Hijra - New Year * - Islam
  • 22 
    • Ganesh Chaturthi ** - Hindu
  • 29 
    • Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christian 
    • Ashura * - Islam

Definitions

SEPTEMBER  2020

    • Ecclesiastical year begins - Orthodox Christian 
    • Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian
  • 14 
    • Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) - Christian
  • 19-20 
    • Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish
  • 21 
    • Paryushana Parva * - Jain
  • 23 Equinox
    • Mabon - Ostara * - Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern hemispheres 
  • 27 
    • Meskel - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
  • 28 
    • Yom Kippur * - Jewish
  • 29
    • Michael and All Angels - Christian

Definitions

OCTOBER   2020

  • 3-9 
    • Sukkot * - Jewish
    • St Francis Day - Catholic Christian
    • Blessing of the Animals - Christian
  • 10 
    • Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish
  • 11 
    • Simchat Torah * - Jewish
  • 12 
    • Thanksgiving - Canada - Interfaith
  • 17-24 
    • Navaratri ** - Hindu
  • 18  
    • St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christian
  • 20 
    • Birth of the Báb * - Baha'i
    • Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh
  • 22 
    • Christ the King - Christian
  • 25 
    • Reformation Day - Protestant Christian
    • Dasara ** - Hindu
  • 28 
    • Milvian Bridge Day - Christian
  • 29 
    • Reformation Day - Protestant Christian
    • Mawlid an Nabi * - Islam
  • 31 
    • All Hallows Eve - Christian

Definitions

NOVEMBER   2020

    • All Saints Day - Christian
    • Samhain - Beltane * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • All Souls Day - Catholic Christian 
  • 12 
    • Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
  • 13 
    • Jain New Year - Jain
  • 14 
    • Diwali (Deepavali) ** - Hindu-Jain-Sikh
  • 15 
    • Nativity Fast begins - ends Dec. 24 - Orthodox Christian
    • Vikram New Year ** - Hindu
  • 22 
    • Christ the King - Christian
  • 24 
    • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikh 
  • 26 
    • Thanksgiving - Interfaith USA
    • Day of the Covenant * - Baha'i
  • 28 
    • Ascension of  'Abdu'l-Baha * - Baha'i
  • 29-December 24 
    • Advent begins- Christian
  • 30 
    • St. Andrew's Day - Christian
    • Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Sikh

Definitions

DECEMBER   2020

    • Saint Nicholas Day - Christian
    • Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) - Buddhism
    • Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian 
  • 11-18 
    • Hanukkah - Jewish
  • 12 
    • Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian
  • 16-25 
    • Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian
  • 21 Solstice
    • Yule - Christian
    • Yule - Litha * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres 
  • 24 
    • Christmas Eve - Christian
  • 25
    • Christmas * - Christian
    • Feast of the Nativity ** - Orthodox Christian 
  • 26 
    • Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) ** - Zoroastrian 
    • St Stephen's Day - Christian 
  • 27
    • Saint John - Apostle and Evangelist - Christian
    • Holy Family - Catholic Christian 
  • 28 
    • Holy Innocents - Christian
  • 31 
    • Watch Night - Christian

Definitions