Religious Holy Days

​​​RELIGIOUS HOLY DAYS 

of the major world religions, through December 31, 2018​

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.

JULY

1- Lailat al Kadr * - Islam

7-9 - Eid al Fitr * - Islam

9 - Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i

11 -St Benedict Day - Catholic Christian

13-15 - Obon (Ulambana) ** - Buddhist - Shinto

15 -St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

19 -Asalha Puja Day ** - Buddhist

23 -Birthday Emperor Haile Selassi - Rastafari

24 -Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian

25 -St. James the Great Day - Christian


AUGUST 

1 - Lammas - Christian

Lughnassad - Imbolc * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres

Fast in honor of Holy Mother of Lord Jesus - Orthodox Christian

5 -  Ganesh Chathurthi ** - Hindu

6 -  Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian

14 -Tish'a B'av * - Jewish

15 -Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian

Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian

18 -Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu

25 -Krishna Janmashtami ** - Hindu

29 -Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christian


SEPTEMBER

1 -  Ecclesiastical year begins - Orthodox Christian

6-15 - Paryushana Parava - Jain

8 -  Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian

10 -Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day * - Islam

11-14 - Eid al Adha * - Islam

14 -Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) - Christian

22 -Equinox

Mabon * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere

Ostata * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere

29 -Michael and All Angels - Christian

Meskel - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian


OCTOBER 

1-10 - Navaratri ** - Hindu

2 - Muharram - New Year * - Islam

3-4 - Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish

4 -  St Francis Day - Catholic Christian

Blessing of the Animals - Christian

10 -Thanksgiving - Canada - Interfaith

11 -Dasara ** - Hindu

12 -Ashura * - Islam

Yom Kippur * - Jewish

17-23 - Sukkot * - Jewish

18 -St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christian

20 -Birth of the Báb * - Baha'i

Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh

24 -Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish

25 -Simchat Torah * - Jewish

30 -Diwali - Deepavali ** - Hindu - Sikh - Jain

31 -All Hallows Eve - Christian

Reformation Day ** - Protestant Christian

New Year ** - Jain


NOVEMBER 

1 -  All Saints Day - Christian

Samhain - Beltane * Wicca/Pagan Northern and southern hemispheres

Birth of the Bab - Bahi

2 -  All Souls Day - Catholic Christian

Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i

14 -Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Sikh

15 -Nativity Fast begins - ends Dec. 24 - Orthodox Christian

20 -Christ the King - Christian

24 -Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikh

Thanksgiving - Interfaith USA

25 -Day of the Covenant * - Baha'i

27 -Advent begins through Dec. 24 - Christian

Christ the King - Christian

27 -Ascension of  'Abdu'l-Baha * - Baha'i

30 -St. Andrew's Day - Christian


DECEMBER 

6 -  Saint Nicholas Day - Christian

8 -  Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) ** - Buddhism

Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian

12 -Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian

Mawlid an Nabe * - Islam

16-25 - Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian

14 -Mawlid an Nabi * - Islam

21 -Solstice

Yule * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere

Litha * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere

Yule - Christian

24 -Christmas Eve - Christian

25 -Christmas * - Christian

Feast of the Nativity ** - Orthodox Christian

25-Jan 1 - Hanukkah * - Jewish

26 -Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) ** -  Zoroastrian

St Stephen's Day - Christian

28 -Holy Innocents - Christian

30 -Holy Family - Catholic Christian

31 -Watch Night - Christian


JANUARY  2017

1 -Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian

    Feast Day of St Basil - Orthodox Christian

    Gantan-sai (New Years) Shinto

    Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

5 -Twelfth Night - Christian

    Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh

6 -Epiphany - Christian

    Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) - Orthodox Christian

    Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian

    Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox Christian

7 -Feast of the Nativity ** - Orthodox Christian

8 -Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian

12-15 -Mahayana New Year ** - Buddhist

13 -Maghi - Sikh

15 -World Religion Day - Baha'i

17 -Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian

19-25 -Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian

19 -Triodion begins - Orthodox Christian

Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

25 -Conversion of St. Paul - Christian

28 -Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist


FEBRUARY  2017

1 -Vasant Panchami ** - Hindu

2 -Candlemas - Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christian

     Imbolc - Lughnassah * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres

     Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Anglican Christian

     Saint Brighid of Kildare - Celtic Christian

3 -St. Blaze Day - Christian

    Setsebun sai (beginning of spring) - Shinto

5 -Four Chaplains Sunday - Interfaith

11 -Tu BiShvat * - Jewish

12 -Triodion - Orthodox Christian

14 -St. Valentine's Day - Christian

15 -Nirvana Day ** - Buddhist - Jain - Sikh

19 -Meatfare Sunday - Orthodox Christian

25 -Maha Shavaratri ** - Hindu

26 -Cheese Fare Sunday - Orthodox Christian

Transfiguration Sunday - Christian

26-March 1 -Intercalary - Baha'i

28 -Shrove Tuesday - Christian

 

MARCH   2017

1 -St. David of Wales - Christian

    Ash Wednesday - Christian

2 – 20 -Nineteen Day Fast * - Baha'i

5 -Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christian

12 -Purim - Jewish

Magha Puja Day ** - Buddhist

13 -Holi ** - Hindu

Hola Mohalla - Sikh

17 -St. Patrick's Day - Christian

19 -St. Joseph's Day - Christian

20 -Equinox

Ostara * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere

Mabon * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere

21 -Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian

Naw-Rúz (New Year) * - Baha'i

25 -Annunciation of the Virgin Mary - Christian

27 -Great Lent begins - Clean Monday - Orthodox Christian

28 -Hindu New Year ** - Hindu

28 - April 5 -Ramayana ** - Hindu

28 -Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) ** - Zoroastrian

 

April  2017

1 -Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian

2 -Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian

5 -Ramanavami ** - Hindu

9 -Palm Sunday- Christian

10 -Mahavir Jayanti ** - Jain

11 -Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christian

Hanuman Jayanti - Hindu

11-14 -Theravadin Mew Year ** - Buddhist

11-18 -Pesach (Passover) * - Jewish

13 -Maundy Thursday - Christian

14 -Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian

Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikh

Good Friday - Christian

16 -Easter - Christian

Pascha (Easter) - Orthodox Christian

21 -First Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i

23 -St. George's Day - Christian

Yom HaShoah * - Jewish

24 -Lailat al Miraj * - Islam

29 -Ninth Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i

30 -St. James the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

 

MAY  2017

1 -Beltane - Samhain * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres

    Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Jewish

2 -Twelfth Day of Ridvan *  - Baha'i

3 -Saints Philip & James - Christian

4 -National Day of Prayer - USA - Interfaith

10 -Visakha Puja - Buddha Day ** - Buddhist

12 -Lailat al Bara'ah * - Islam

14 -Lag B/Omer * - Jewish

23 -Declaration of the Bab * - Baha'i

27 -Ramadan begins * - Islam

29 -Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i

31-June 1 -Shavout * - Jewish

25 -Ascension of Jesus - All Christians

 

JUNE   2017

4 -Pentecost - All Christians

9 -St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian

11 -Trinity Sunday- Christian

15 -Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian

Saint Vladimir - Christian

16 -Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikh

19 -New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian

21 -Solstice

First Nations Day - Canadian Native People

Litha * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere

Yule * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere

22 -Laylat al Kadr * - Islam

23 -Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian

26-28 -Eid al Fitr * - Islam

29 -Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian

 

JULY  2017

9 -Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i

     Asalha Puja Day - Buddhist

11 -St Benedict Day - Catholic Christian

All Saints - Orthodox Christian

13 -Ulambana - Obon ** - Buddhist

13-15 -Obon  ** - Shinto  

15 -St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

24 -Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian

25 -St. James the Great Day - Christian

 

AUGUST   2017

1 -Lammas - Christian

    Lughnassad - Imbolc * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres

    Tish'a B'av * - Jewish

    Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

6 -Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian

7 -Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu

15 -Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian

Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian

Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu

26-September 4 -Paryushana Parva ** - Jain

29 -Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christian

31 -Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day * - Islam

 

SEPTEMBER  2017

1 -Religious year begins - Orthodox Christian

1-4 -Eid al Adha * - Islam

8 -Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian

14 -Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) - Christian

21-22 -Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish

New Year - Hijra * - Islam

21-29 -Navaratri ** - Hindu

22 -Equinox

Mabon * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere

Ostata * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere

25 -Ganesh Chaturthi ** - Hindu

27 -Meskel - Ethiopian Christian

29 -Michael and All Angels - Christian

30 -Yom Kippur * - Jewish

Dasara - Hindu

 

OCTOBER 2017

1 -Ashura * - Islam

4 -  St Francis Day - Catholic Christian

Blessing of the Animals - Christian

5-11 - Sukkot * - Jewish

9 -Thanksgiving - Canada - Interfaith

12 -Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish

13 -Simchat Torah * - Jewish

18 -St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christian

19 -Diwali - Deepavali ** - Hindu - Sikh - Jain

20 -Birth of the Báb * - Baha'i

Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh\

      New Year ** - Jain

28 -Milvian Bridge Day – Christian

29 -Reformation Day ** - Protestant Christian

31 -All Hallows Eve - Christian

Reformation Day ** - Protestant Christian

 

NOVEMBER 2017

1 -  All Saints Day - Christian

Samhain - Beltane * Wicca/Pagan Northern and southern hemispheres

2 -  All Souls Day - Catholic Christian

4 -Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Sikh

12 - Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i

15 -Nativity Fast begins - ends Dec. 24 - Orthodox Christian

23 -Thanksgiving – Interfaith USA

24 -Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikh

26 -Day of the Covenant * - Baha'i

26 -Advent begins through Dec. 24 - Christian

Christ the King - Christian

28 -Ascension of  'Abdu'l-Baha * - Baha'i

30 -St. Andrew's Day - Christian

 

DECEMBER 2017

1 - Mawlid an Nabi * - Islam

3-24  Advent - Christian

6 -  Saint Nicholas Day - Christian

8 -  Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) ** - Buddhism

Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian

12 -Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian

Mawlid an Nabe * - Islam

13-20 Hanukkah * - Jewish

16-25 - Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian

14 -Mawlid an Nabi * - Islam

21 -Solstice

Yule * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere

Litha * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere

Yule - Christian

24 -Christmas Eve - Christian

25 -Christmas * - Christian

Feast of the Nativity ** - Orthodox Christian

25-Jan 1 - Hanukkah * - Jewish

26 -Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) ** -  Zoroastrian

St Stephen's Day - Christian

28 -Holy Innocents - Christian

31 -Holy Family - Catholic Christian

31 -Watch Night – Christian


JANUARY   2018

1 -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

2-4 -Mahayana New Year - Buddhist

5 -Twelfth Night - Christian

    Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh

6 -Epiphany - Christian

    Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) - Orthodox Christian

    Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian

    Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox

7 -Feast of the Nativity ** - Orthodox Christian

    Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian

8 -Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian

13 -Maghi - Sikh

17 -Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian

18-25 -Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian

19 -Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

21 -World Religion Day - Baha'i

       Triodion begins - Orthodox Christian

22 -Vasant Panchami ** - Hindu

25 -Conversion of St. Paul - Christian

31 -Tu BiShvat * - Jewish

 

FEBRUARY   2018

2 -Candlemas - Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christian

     Imbolc - Lughnassad * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres

     Saint Brighid of Kildare - Celtic Christian

3 -St. Blaze Day - Christian

    Setsebun Sai - Shinto

4 -Four Chaplains Sunday - Interfaith

8 -Nirvana Day - Buddhism

11 -Cheesefare Sunday - Orthodox Christian

       Transfiguration Sunday - Christian

12 -Triodion - Orthodox Christian

      Clean Monday - Lent begins - Orthodox Christian

13 -Shrove Tuesday - Christian

14 -St. Valentine's Day - Christian

      Maha Shivaratri ** - Hindu

      Ash Wednesday - Lent begins- Christian

15 -Nirvana Day ** - Buddhist - Jain

16 -Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

18 -Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christian

26-March 1 -Intercalary Days - Baha'i

 

MARCH   2018

1 -St. David of Wales - Christian

2 – 20 -Nineteen Day Fast * - Baha'i

3 -Holi ** - Hindu

28 -Purim * - Jewish

6 -Meatfare Sunday - Orthodox Christian

13 -L. Ron Hubbard birthday - Scientology

17 -St. Patrick's Day - Christian

18 -New Year ** - Hindu

18-26 -Ramayana ** - Hindu

19 -St. Joseph's Day - Christian

21 -Equinox

      Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian

      Naw-Rúz (New Year) * - Baha'i

      Ostara - Mabon * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres

25 -Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Orthodox Christian

      Palm Sunday - Christian

26 -Ramanavami ** - Hindu

28 -Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) ** - Zoroastrian

29 -Maundy Thursday - Christian

30 -Good Friday - Christian

31-May 7 -Pesach * - Jewish

31 -Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian

      Hanuman Jayanti ** - Hindu

      Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christian

      Magha Puja Day ** - Buddhist

 

April  2018

1 -Easter - Christian

    Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian

3 -Mahavir Jayanti ** - Jain

6 -Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian

8 -Pascha - Easter- Orthodox Christian

12 -Yom HaShoah * - Jewish

13 -Lailat al Miraj * - Islam

14 -Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikh

19 -Yom Ha'Atzmaut * - Jewish

21 -First Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i

23 -St. George's Day - Christian

29 -Ninth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i

      Visakha Puja - Buddha Day ** - Buddhist

30 -St. James the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

30-May 2 -Theravadin New Year - Buddhist

 

MAY  2018

1 -Beltane - Samhain *- Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres

     Lailat al bara'ah * - Islam

2 -Last day of Ridvan *  - Baha'i

3 -Saints Philip & James - Christian

    National Day of Prayer USA - Interfaith

    Lag B'Omer * Jewish

10 -Ascension of Jesus - Christian

16-June 15 -Ramadan * **- Islam

17 -Ascension of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

20-21 -Shavuot * - Jewish

20 -Pentecost - Christian

23 -Declaration of the Bab * - Baha'i

27 -Pentecost - Orthodox Christian

      Trinity Sunday - Christian

29 -Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i

31 -Corpus Christi- Catholic Christian

 

JUNE   2018

2 -All Saints - Orthodox Christian

8 -Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian

9 -St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian

11 -Laylat al Kadr * - Islam

15-17 -Eid al Fitr - Ramadan ends * - Islam

15 -Saint Vladimir Day - Christian

16 -Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikh

19 -New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian

20 -Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day * - Islam

21 -Solstice

      First Nations Day - Canadian Native People

      Litha - Yule * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres

29 -Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian

 

JULY   2018

9 -Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i

11 -St Benedict Day - Catholic Christian

13-15 -Obon (Ulambana) ** - Buddhist - Shinto

15 -St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

22 -Tish'a B'av * - Jewish

24 -Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian

25 -St. James the Great Day - Christian

27 -Asalha Puja Day ** - Buddhist

 

AUGUST   2018

1 -Lammas - Christian

    Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

2 -Lughnassad - Imbolc * - Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern Hemispheres

6 -Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian

15 -Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian

      Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian

22-25 -Eid al Adha * - Islam

29 -Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christian

       Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu

 

SEPTEMBER  2018

1 -Religious year begins - Orthodox Christian

3 -Krishna Janmashtami ** - Hindu

8 -Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian

10-11 -Rosh Hashannah * - Jewish

12 -Hijra - New Year * - Islam

13 -Ganesh Chaturthi ** - Hindu

14 -Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) - Christian

       Paryushana Parva ** - Jain

19 -Yom Kippur * - Jewish

21 -Ashura * - Islam

22 Equinox -Mabon - Ostara* - Wicca  Northern and Southern hemispheres

24-31 -Sukkot * - Jewish

27 -Meskal - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

29 -Michael and All Angels - Christian

 

OCTOBER   2018

1 -Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish

2 -Simchat Torah * - Jewish

4 -St Francis Day - Catholic Christian

     Blessing of the Animals - Christian

8 -Thanksgiving - CanadaInterfaith

9-16 -Navaratri ** - Hindu

18 -St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christian

19 -Dasara ** - Hindu

20 -Birth of the Báb * - Baha'i

       Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh

28 -Reformation Day ** - Protestant Christian

      Milvian Bridge Day - Christian

31 -All Hallows Eve – Christian

Reformation Day - Protestant Christian

 

NOVEMBER   2018

1 -All Saints Day - Christian

    Samhain - Beltane * - Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern hemispheres

2 -All Souls Day - Catholic Christian

7 -Diwali - Sikh - Jain - Hindu

8 -Jain New Year ** - Jain

    Vikram New Year ** - Hindu

12 -Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i

15 -Nativity Fast begins - ends Dec. 24 - Orthodox Christian

21 -Mawlid an Nabi * - Islam

22 -Thanksgiving USA - Interfaith

23 -Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday - Sikh

25 -Christ the King - Christian

26 -Day of the Covenant * - Baha'i

28 -Ascension of  'Abdu'l-Baha * - Baha'i

30 -St. Andrew's Day - Christian

 

DECEMBER   2018

2-24 -Advent - Christian

3-10 -Hanukkah * - Jewish

6 -Saint Nicholas Day - Christian

8 -Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) - Buddhist

    Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian

12 -Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian

16-25 -Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian

21 -Yule - Christian

21 -Solstice

      Yule - Litha * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres

      Saint Thomas the Apostle - Christian

      Yule - Christian

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

28 -Holy Innocents - Christian

30 -Holy Family - Catholic Christian

31 -Watch Night - Christian

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