Religious Holy Days

​​​RELIGIOUS HOLY DAYS 

of the major world religions, through December 31, 2019​

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   2019

1
Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto
5
Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh
6
Epiphany - Christian
Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian
13
Maghi - Sikh
17 
Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian 
18-25 
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian
20 
World Religion Day - Baha'i
Tu BiShavat - Jewish
21-23
Mahayana New Year - Buddhist

FEBRUARY   2019

2
Imbolc - Lughassad * - Wicca/Pagan - Northern and Southern hemispheres
Saint Brighid of Kildare - Celtic Christian
3
Setsebun-sai (beginning of spring) - Shinto

Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

Nirvana Day - Buddhism
14 
St. Valentine's Day - Christian
15 
Nirvana Day - Buddhist - Jain

MARCH   2019

2 - 20
Nineteen Day Fast * - Baha'i
3
Transfiguration Sunday - Christian
6
Ash Wednesday - Lent begins- Christian
17
St. Patrick's Day - Christian
20
Equinox Ostara - Mabon - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
21
Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian
Naw-Rúz (New Year) - Baha'i
Hola Mohalla - Sikh
Magha Puja Day - Buddhist
Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christian
Purim - Jewish
28
Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra) - Zoroastrian

April  2019


Laylat al Miraj  - Islam

Mahavir Jayanti  - Jain
14 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikh
Palm Sunday - Christian
19-21
Theravadin New Year - Buddhist
19 
Good Friday - Christian
20-27 
Pesach - Jewish
21
Easter Christian
First Day of Ridvan  - Baha'i
Lailat al Bara'ah - Islam
Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian
29 
Ninth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i


MAY  2019


Beltane - Samhain - Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern hemispheres 
2
Last day of Ridvan  - Baha'i
National Day of Prayer USA - Interfaith
Yom HaShoah - Jewish

Ramadan begins  - Islam

Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Jewish
18
Visakha Puja - Buddha Day - Buddhist
23
Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i
Lag B'Omer - Jewish

JUNE   2019


Laylat al Kadr - Islam
5-7 
Eid al Fitr - Islam
9
Pentecost Christian
9-10 
Shavuot - Jewish
21 
Solstice Litha - Yule - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
22 
First Nations Day - Canadian Native People

JULY   2019

9 
Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i
13-15 
Obon (Ulambana) - Buddhist/Shinto
16
Asalha Puja Day - Buddhist
24 
Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian

AUGUST   2019

1
Lughnassad - Imbolc - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
10
Tish'a B'av - Jewish
Waqf al Arafa - Islam
12-15 
Eid al Adha - Islam
23 
Krishna Janmashtami  ** - Hindu

SEPTEMBER  2019

1
Hijra - New Year - Islam

Paryushana Parva - Jain
10 
Ashura - Islam
23
Equinox Mabon - Ostara - Wicca  Northern and Southern hemispheres 
30-October 1 
Rosh Hashanah - Jewish


OCTOBER   2019

4
St Francis Day - Catholic Christian
8
Dasara - Hindu

Yom Kippur - Jewish
14-20 
Sukkot - Jewish
14 
Thanksgiving - Canada - Interfaith
20
Birth of the Báb - Baha'i
Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh
21 
Shemini Atzeret - Jewish
22 
Simchat Torah - Jewish
27
Diwali Sikh - Hindu - Jain
28
Jain New Year - Jain
29 
Reformation Day - Protestant Christian
31
All Hallows Eve - Christian
Reformation Day - Protestant Christian

NOVEMBER   2019

1
All Saints Day - Christian
Samhain - Beltane - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres

Hanal Pixan "Day of the Dead" - Mayan
All Souls Day - Catholic Christian 
10 
Mawlid an Nabi - Islam
12
Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i
Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Sikh
24 
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikh 
28
Thanksgiving - Interfaith USA

DECEMBER   2019

1-24 
Advent - Christian
8
Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) - Buddhism
12 
Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian
16-25 
Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian
21
SolsticeYuleChristian
Yule - Litha - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres 
23-30 
Hanukkah - Jewish
24 
Christmas Eve - Christian
25
Christmas - Christian 
26
Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) - Zoroastrian