2022 INTERFAITH CALENDAR


 

 

 

Note:
* Holidays marked * begin the prior evening

January 

  • 1/6 – Christian: Feast of the Epiphany - The day that commemorates the first manifestation of Jesus to the Gentiles for Christians. It is celebrated on January 6th as it marks 12 days after Christmas when the three kings arrived in Bethlehem.

  • 1/7 – Coptic Orthodox Christmas - The date that Orthodox Christians celebrate Jesus’s birth in the Julian calendar.

  • 1/10 – Buddhism: Bodhi Day - This day celebrates the Buddha’s enlightenment; it is celebrated by Mahãyãna Buddhists.

  • ­1/13 – Sikh: Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday – The date used to celebrate the tenth Sikh Guru and spiritual master.

  • 1/­14 – Orthodox New Year - The “Old New Year” celebrates the start of the Julian calendar.

  • 1/16 – Baha'i: World Religion Day - A day in the Baha’i faith that celebrates common themes for faiths across the world.

February

  • 2/1 – Pagan and Wiccan: Imbolc - The halfway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox in the Pagan and Wiccan calendars. This day celebrates fire, light, and the return of life.

  • 2/2 – Christian: Candlemas - A holiday in the Christian church that blesses the candle supply for that year.

  • 2/15 – Buddhism: Parinirvana - Also known as Nirvana Day in Mahãyãna Buddhism, this date marks Buddha’s death and attainment of final nirvana.

  • 2/17 – Jewish: Tu Bishvat - The “New Year of Trees” in the Jewish faith.

  • 2/25 – Baha'i: Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha - A multiple-day festival in the Baha’i faith that prioritizes gift-giving, hospitality, charity, and preparation for fasting ahead of the New Year.

March 

  • 3/1 – Hinduism: Maha Shiravatri - A Hindu festival called “Shiva’s night” which honors this significant deity.

  • 3/1 – Islam: Lailat al Miraj - A Muslim holiday commemorating Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Jerusalem where he ascended into heaven.

  • 3/2 – Christian: Ash Wednesday - The day in the Christian Church that marks the start of Lent, the 40-day period of prayer and fasting before Easter.

  • 3/17 – Jewish: Purium - The Feast of Lots in the Jewish faith that honors the survival of ancient Persian Jews who were marked for death.

  • 3/17 to 3/18 – Hinduism: Holi - A Hindu festival of colors that welcomes spring and a new harvest in India.

  • 3/18 to 3/20 – Sikh: Hola Mohalla – The 3-day Sikh festival honoring valor, skill, and defense preparedness.

  • 3/19 – Roman Catholic: Feast Day of St. Joseph - A day that commemorates the husband of Jesus’s mother Mary and surrogate father on Earth.

  • 3/20 – Pagan and Wiccan: Ostara - The celebration of the spring equinox in the Pagan and Wiccan religions.

  • 3/21 – Zoroastrian: Naw Ruz - The Zoroastrian New Year that is celebrated at the spring equinox.

  • 3/21 – Baha'i: Naw Ruz - The New Year for the Baha’i faith, marking the end of the Baha’i fast.

  • 3/25 – Roman Catholic: The Annunciation - The day in the Christian religion when the Angel Gabriel announced that Mary would become the mother of Jesus.

April 

  • 4/2 to 5/2 – Islam: Ramadan - The holy month of fasting, introspection, and prayer celebrated by Muslims.

  • 4/14 – Hinduism: Vaisakhi - An ancient festival for Hindus that simultaneously celebrates that Solar New Year and spring harvest.

  • 4/15 to 4/23 – Jewish: Passover - A 7-day holiday in the Jewish faith that honors the freeing of the Israeli slaves.

  • 4/15 – Jainism: Mahavir Jayanti - A Jain holiday celebrating the birth of Lord Mahavira, the founder of Jainism.

  • 4/17 – Christian: Easter - The most important day in the Christian faith when they celebrate the resurrection of their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  • 4/24 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Divine Mercy - A feast day on the second Sunday of Easter when Christians seek Christ’s forgiveness and grace.

May 

  • 5/1 – Pagan and Wiccan: Beltane - A fire festival celebrated by the Pagan and Wiccan religions that celebrate summer and the fertility of the upcoming year.

  • 5/3* – Islamic: Eid al-Fitr - An Islamic holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. As it ends fasting, its primary event is a big meal.

  • 5/8 – Buddhism: Birthday of Buddha - The day that Buddhists celebrate the Buddha’s birthday.

  • 5/16 – Buddhism: Vesak -  The most important Theravada Buddhist festival that signifies the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha.

  • 5/24* – Baha'i: Declaration of the Bab - The day that marks the prediction of the Bab as the Messenger of God in the Baha’i faith.

  • 5/26 – Christian: Ascension Day - A Christian holiday that marks the 40th day following Easter when Jesus ascended into Heaven.

June

  • 6/2 – Coptic Orthodox Christian: Ascension Day - A day celebrated in Coptic Orthodox Christianity that marks Jesus’s ascension into heaven.

  • 6/4 to 6/6 – Jewish: Shavuot - A Jewish holiday that combines a grain harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

  • 6/8 – Baha'i: Race Unity Day - A day that promotes racial harmony and understanding in the Baha’i faith.

  • 6/12 – Christian: Trinity Sunday - A day in the Christian faith that celebrates the three personifications of God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit).

  • 6/12 – Eastern Orthodox Christian: All Saints Day - The day in Eastern Orthodox Christianity that designates the end of the Easter season.

  • 6/16 – Roman Catholic: Feast of Corpus Christi - The feast day that commemorates the real presence of Jesus’s body in the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic Church.

  • 6/16 – Sikh: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib - A day observed by Sikhs to commemorate an individual who laid down his life for their people.

  • 6/24 – Pagan and Wiccan: Litha - A Pagan and Wiccan festival that begins on the summer solstice and celebrates midsummer.

  • 6/24 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Sacred Heart - A feast day in the Roman Catholic Church that celebrates Jesus’s physical heart as a representation of his love for all humanity.

July 

  • 7/6 – Jewish: Tisha B’AvA Jewish holiday that remembers the destruction of the Jewish temple, once in 586 BCE and once in 70 CE in Jerusalem.

  • 7/7 to 7/12 – Islamic: The Hajj The name for the annual pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca required for all Muslims at least once.

  • 7/9 to 7/10 – Islamic: Eid al-Adha - A Muslim holiday that marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage.

  • 7/10 – Baha'i: Martyrdom of the Bab – The day of the execution of the co-founder of the Baha’i faith.

  • 7/23 – Rastafarian: Birthday of Haile Selassie - A holiday in Rastafarianism that celebrates Emperor Haile Selassie, an individual believed to be the incarnation of God.

  • 7/24 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Pioneer Day - A Utah state holiday that celebrates the settling of the Mormon pioneers in the Great Salt Lake area where they established the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

 

August 

  • 8/1 – Pagan and Wiccan: Lughnasadh - A festival in the Pagan and Wiccan religions that marks the beginning of harvest season.

  • 8/15 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Assumption - A holy day that commemorates the Virgin Mary being assumed, body and soul, into heaven.

  • 8/29* – Islamic: Islamic New Year - Also known as Islamic New Year, this is the start of the Islamic lunar calendar, which begins when the crescent moon is sighted

September

  • 9/10 to 9/25 – Hinduism: Pitru Paksha - A time when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors.

  • 9/11 – Coptic Orthodox Christian: Nayrouz (Coptic New Year) - this is a feast day that commemorates both martyrs and confessors in the Coptic Orthodox Christian Church.

  • 9/17* – Muslim: Arbaeen - A day of observance for Muslims that concludes the 40-day mourning period after the Day of Ashura.

  • 9/23 – Pagan and Wiccan: Mabon This day marks the autumnal equinox in the Pagan and Wiccan religions.

  • 9/23 to 9/31 – Jainism: Paryushana - A Jain festival about forgiveness that is the faith’s most important religious observance.

  • 9/25* to 9/27 – Jewish: Rosh Hashanah -The Jewish New Year beginning at sundown that encourages reflection.

  • 9/26 to 10/4 – Hindusim: Navaratri - A Hindu festival that celebrates the Goddess Durga.

October 

  • 10/4* – Jewish: Yom Kippur - A Jewish day of atonement to reflect on sins and seek forgiveness from God.

  • 10/5 – Hinduism: Dussehra - The tenth and final day of the Hindu festival honoring Asuj Navratras.

  • 10/8* – Islamic: Mawlid - An Islamic holiday celebrating the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.

  • 10/9* to 10/16 – Jewish: Sukkot - A day in the Jewish faith that remembers when the Jews journeyed to the desert on the way to the promised land.

  • 10/24 – Hinduism/Sikh/Jainism: Diwali - A 5-day festival of light that combines several different festivals in honor of gods, goddesses, harvests, new year’s, etc. It is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains.

  • 10/26* – Baha'i: Birthday of the Bab - A day honoring the birthday of God’s messenger in the Baha’i faith.

  • 10/27* – Baha'i: Birthday of Baha’u’llah - A day honoring the birthday of the prophet-founding of the Baha’i faith

November

  • 11/1* – Pagan and Wiccan: Samhain – festival marking the end of the harvest season

  • 11/1 – Christian: All Saints Day – also known as the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, it commemorates saints who have attained heaven

  • 11/2 – Rastafarian: Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie – The coronation day of Ras (Prince) Tafari Makonnen who became Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

  • 11/4 – Hindu: Diwali – a five-day festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains across the world. It combines several different festivals to honor different gods, goddesses, harvests, new year celebrations, etc.

  • 11/5 – Jain: New Year – This holiday follows the Diwali festival, and Jains celebrate the new year on the first day following the month of Kartika.

  • 11/7* – Baha’i: Birthday of the Bab – honors the birth of God’s messenger in the Baha’i faith

  • 11/7* – Baha’i: Birthday of Baha’u’llah – celebrates the birthday of the prophet-founder of the Baha’i faith

  • 11/19 – Sikh: Guru Nanak Ji’s Birthday – commemorates the birth of the founder of Sikhism

  • 11/29* to 12/6 – Jewish: Hanukkah  – eight-day celebration commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Syrian Greeks, which ended a period of religious persecution

  • 11/30 – Roman Catholic: Feast of St. Andrew – honors the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Barbados, and Romania
     

  • 11/1* – Pagan and Wiccan: Samhain A festival in the Pagan and Wiccan religions that marks the end of the harvest season.

  • 11/1 – Christian: All Saints Day Also known as Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, this day honors the saints who have attained heaven in the Christian faith.

  • 11/2 – Rastafarian: Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie - The coronation day of Ras (Prince) Tafari Makonnen who became Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

  • 11/8 – Sikh: Birthday of Guru Nanak Ji - A day honoring the birth of the founder of Sikhism.

  • 11/24 – Jainism: Jain New Year - A holiday always following Diwali; Jains celebrate their new year on the first day after the month of Kartika.

  • 11/30 – Roman Catholic: Feast of St. Andrew - A day honoring the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Barbados, and Romania in the Roman Catholic Church.

December 

  • 12/8 – Roman Catholic Feast of the Immaculate Conception - A feast day celebrated by Roman Catholics that celebrate Mary’s conception without original sin.

  • 11/18* to 12/26 – Jewish: Hanukkah - The 8-day celebration of the “Festival of Lights” that honors the victory of Jews over Syrian Greeks.

  • 12/21 – Pagan and Wiccan: Yule - A Pagan and Wiccan holiday that begins at sundown at the winter solstice.

  • 12/25 – Christian: Christmas - The holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.

  • 12/26 – Roman Catholic - The Feast of St. Stephen -  Also called Boxing Day, this day commemorates the life of a saint known for his service to the poor who became the first Christian martyr

 

*Source: Diversity Resources