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2024 INTERFAITH CALENDAR

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* Holidays marked * begin the prior evening

January 

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  • January 6 – Feast of the Epiphany: On this feast day, Christians celebrate the first manifestation of Jesus to the Gentiles. It always falls 12 days after Christmas to mark when the three kings arrived in Bethlehem. Thus it’s celebrated on January 6

  • January 7 – Coptic Orthodox Christmas: Using the Julian calendar, Orthodox Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth

  • January 14 – Orthodox New Year: this date marks the start of the Julian calendar

  • January 21 – World Religion Day: this date is celebrated in the Baha’i faith and highlights the common themes across various faiths and religions worldwide.

  • January 24* – Tu Bishvat: In Judaism, this holiday is an ancient and authentic “Earth Day.”

February

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  • February 1 – Imbolc: This Pagan and Wiccan festival serves as the halfway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox, celebrating fire, light, and the return of life.

  • February 2 – Candlemas: This celebration occurs 40 days after Christmas and celebrates the birth of light. On this day, all candles that the church will use in the coming year are blessed.

  • February 8 – Lailat al Miraj: This Muslim holy day celebrates Muhammad’s pilgrimage from Mecca to Jerusalem. When Muhammad arrived, he ascended into Heaven.

  • February 14 – Ash Wednesday: The start of Lent in the Christian Church. Lent is the 40-day period of prayer and fasting before Easter.

  • February 15 – Parinirvana: In Mahãyãna Buddhism, this date is also known as Nirvana Day. It commemorates Buddha’s death and attainment of final nirvana.

  • February 26 - 29* – Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha: This multi-day Baha’i festival highlights charity, hospitality, gift-giving, and preparation of fasting before the New Year.

March 

  • March 11* to April 10 – Ramadan: During this time, Muslims observe a holy month of fasting.

  • March 19 – St Joseph’s Feast Day: This day celebrates Jesus’ surrogate father and Mary’s husband.

  • March 19 - 22 – Ostara: This Wiccan holiday is one of their eight Sabbats. It celebrates the spring equinox.

  • March 23 - 24 – Purium: Also known as the “Feast of Lots,” this festival celebrates the survival of Jews who were marked for death by Persian rulers.

  • March 25 – The Annunciation: On this day, Christians believe the Angel Gabriel announced that Mary would give birth to Jesus.

  • March 25 – Holi: This Hindu Festival celebrates spring, love, and new life.

  • March 25 - 27 – Hola Mohalla: This is a 3-day festival in which Sikhs enjoy communal meals, religious song and prayer, and martial arts performances.

  • March 29 - Good Friday: This Christian holiday honors Jesus’ crucifixion and death.

  • March 31 – Easter: Easter is the most important holiday in Christianity. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ — Lord and Savior of Christians.

April 

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  • April 6 – Laylat al-Qadr: The holiest night of the year for Muslims as it’s believed it’s the night that the Quran was sent down from Heaven. 

  • April 7 – Feast of the Divine Mercy: This day, celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter, is based on the private revelations of St. Faustina Kowalska. St. John Paul II declared that it would be celebrated when he canonized her in 2000.

  • April 13 – Vaisakhi: This ancient festival celebrates both the Solar New Year and springtime harvest.

  • April 9 to 12 – Eid al-Fitr: The holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. To end the fast, a big meal is its primary event.

  • April 21 – Mahavir Jayanti: This holiday celebrates the birthday of Jainism founder Lord Mahavira.

  • April 21* Ridvan: This Bahá’í 12-day festival commemorates Bahaullah’s declaration that he was a manifestation of God.

  • April 22* - 30 – Passover: This holiday spans 7-days and commemorates the Israelites being freed from slavery in Egypt.

May 

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  • May 1 – Beltane: A festival honoring life in the Pagan and Wiccan religions. It represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer.

  • May 9 – Ascension Day: This day is 40 days following Easter when Christians believe that Jesus ascended to Heaven.

  • May 22* – Vesak: A Theravada Buddhist festival that observes the birth, death, and enlightenment of the Buddha.

  • May 23 – Declaration of the Bab: A significant day in the Baha’i faith that observes the Bab as the messenger of God.

  • May 26 – Trinity Sunday: A Sunday that centers on the doctrine in the Christian church that God is three in one — the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

June

  • June 2 – Feast of Corpus Christi: A Roman Catholic feast day marking the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

  • June 7 – Feast of the Sacred Heart: A Roman Catholic feast day commemorating Jesus’ heart and his love for all of humanity.

  • June 9 – Race Unity Day: A holiday in the Baha’i faith that promotes racial harmony and understanding.

  • June 12 - 13* – Shavuot: This holiday celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and a grain harvest.

  • June 14 - 19* – The Hajj: The annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca that’s required for all Muslims during their lifetime.

  • June 16 – Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib: A day observed by Sikhs to celebrate the first martyr in their faith.

  • June 17 - 20* – Eid al-Adha: A holiday in the Islamic faith that ends the Hajj pilgrimage. It celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Ishmael, his son, to obey God. Because of this, a lamb is given to him to sacrifice in place of his son. On this day, animals, typically a sheep or a goat, are sacrificed and enjoyed by both the family and those in need.

  • June 21 – Litha: A Pagan and Wiccan festival that starts on the summer solstice and celebrates midsummer.

July 

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  • July 7* – Hirjiri: This holiday begins the Islamic lunar calendar. You may also hear it called Islamic New Year. It begins when the crescent moon is spotted

  • July 9 – Martyrdom of the Bab: A day remembering the execution of one of the founders of the Baha’i faith.

  • July 23 – Haile Selassie’s Birthday: The birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie, which is celebrated in Rastafarianism.

  • July 24 – Pioneer Day: A holiday celebrated in the state of Utah that marks the settling of LDS pioneers in the Great Salt Lake area.

August 

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  • August 1 – Lughnasadh: This Pagan and Wiccan festival designates the start of the harvest season.

  • August 13* – Tisha B’Av: A holiday in the Jewish faith that commemorates the destruction of the Jewish temple that occurred once in 586 BCE and once in 70 CE in Jerusalem.

  • August 15 – Feast of the Assumption: This is a holy day in the Catholic faith when Mary, the mother of Jesus, was assumed (body and soul) into Heaven.

     

September

  • September 7 to October 2 – Pitru Paksha: A period when members of the Hindu faith pay homage to their ancestors.

  • September  11 – Coptic New Year: A feast day (also called Nayrouz) that commemorates martyrs and confessors in Coptic Orthodox Christianity.

  • September 15* – Mawlid al-Nabi: Muslims celebrate Prophet Muhammad’s birthday today. They honor this day as they believe he is a messenger of God.

  • September 21 - 29 – Mabon: Pagan and Wiccan religions use this day to mark the autumnal equinox.

October 

  • October 3 – Navratri:  This ten-day Hindu festival celebrates the Goddess Durga and is a major crop season event. Each day a new goddess is worshiped and changing of Hindu scriptures occurs as well as a period of fasting.

  • October 3 - 4* – Rosh Hashanah: The two-day Jewish New Year that highlights rest and reflection.

  • October 12* – Yom Kippur: This is the holiest day of the year in the Jewish faith. The central themes of Yom Kippur are atonement and repentance.

  • October 17 - 23 – Sukkot: A day commemorating when Jews journeyed to the desert on the way to the promised land.

  • October 31* – Samhain: A Pagan and Wiccan festival marking the end of the harvest season.

  • October 31 – November 4 – Diwali: This Hindu Festival of Lights symbolizes the fight of good over evil and its victory. It is celebrated by Sikhs,

November

  • November 1 – All Saints Day: A day to honor all holy men and women who have been canonized in the Catholic Church.

  • November 2 – Birth of the Bab: A day honoring the birthday of a co-founder of the Baha’i faith.

  • November 2 – Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie: The day when Haile Selassie ascended the Ethiopian throne. This is one of the holiest days in the Rastafarian year.

  • November 3 – Birth of Baha’u’llah: One of the nine holy days in the Baha’i faith that honors the birthday of one of the co-founders.

  • November 15 – Guru Nanak Ji’s Birthday: A day commemorating the birth of Guru Nanak Ji who founded Sikhism.

  • November 25 - Day of the Covenant: This Baha’i Holy Day celebrates the day that Abdu’l-Baha was appointed the Covenant. His role is to safeguard the faith from any division.

  • November 30 – St. Andrew’s Feast Day: St. Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Barbados, and Romania. This day honors him, his good works, and his canonization in the Catholic Church.

December 

  • December 8 - Bodhi Day: This Buddhist holiday remembers the day that Gautama Buddha is believed to attain enlightenment.

  • December 8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception: The day that Roman Catholics celebrate Mary’s conception without original sin.

  • December 21 to January 1 – Yule: A Pagan and Wiccan holiday that celebrates the winter solstice.

  • December 25 – Christmas: An important Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  • December 26 – St. Stephen’s Feast Day: The day commemorating St. Stephen’s life and service as he became the first Christian to die for the faith.

  • December 26 – January 1 – Kwanzaa: This seven-day cultural celebration focuses on seven main principles, Nguzo Saba. They all correspond to values that they believe help a person, their family, and their community to prosper.

  • December 26 to January 2* – Hanukkah: An 8-day celebration in the Jewish faith that honors the victory of Jews over Syrian Greeks.

 

*Source: Diversity Resources

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