CALENDAR OF RELIGIOUS FESTIVALS – BY DATE
2013
* Means that Holy days begin at sundown the day before this date.
** Regional customs, group preference or moon sightings may cause a variation of this
date.
Bold titles are primary holy days of a tradition.
SEPTEMBER 2013
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1

5-6

9

10
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




o
Ecclesiastical Year begins - Orthodox Christian
o
Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish
o
Ganesh Chaturthi ** - Hindu
o
Paryushana Parva ** - Jain
o
o
Yom Kippur* - Jewish
Elevation of the Life Giving Cross - Holy Cross Day - Christian
14
19-25
o Sukkot* - Jewish
22 Equinox
o Mabon * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
o Ostara * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
26
o Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish
27
o Simchat Torah * - Jewish
o Meskel - Ethiopian Christian
29
o Michael and All Angels - Christian
OCTOBER 2013

4
o
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




Saint Francis Day - Catholic Christian
5-13
o
Navaratri ** - Hindu
o
o
o
Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day * ** - Islam
Thanksgiving - Canada - Interfaith
Dasera ** - Hindu
14
15-18
o
Eid al Adha * ** - Islam
o
Saint Luke - Apostle and Evangelist - Christian
o
o
Birth of the Báb * - Baha'i
Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh
18
20
27
1

o
Reformation Day ** - Protestant Christian
o
All Hallows Eve - Christian
31
Definitions
NOVEMBER 2013

1
o

1-5

2

3

4

12



o
All Saints Day - Christian
Samhain and Beltane * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
o
Deepavali ** - Hindu
o
All Soul's Day - Catholic Christian
o
o
Diwali - Deepavali ** - Hindu - Jain - Sikh
Jain New Year ** - Jain
o
Hijra - New Year * ** - Islam
o
Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Bahai
o
Ashura * ** - Islam
o
Christ the King - Christian
o
Winter Lent begins to 12/25 - Orthodox Christian
o
Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday - Sikh
o
Yule - Christian
o
Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom - Sikh
o
Day of the Covenant * - Baha'i
13
4
14

17

21

24

26

28
o
o
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
Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha * - Baha'i
Thanksgiving - USA - Interfaith
28-Dec 5
o Hanukkah * - Judaism
30
o Saint Andrew's Day - Christian
Definitions
DECEMBER 2013
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

1 through 24
o Advent (first Sunday) - Christian
6
o Saint Nicholas Day - Christian
8
o Rohatsu - Bodhi Day ** - Buddhist
2


o
Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian
o
Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian
12
16-25
o
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





Posadas Navidenas - Christian
21 Solstice
o Yule * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
o Litha * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
o Yule - Christian
24
o Christmas Eve - Christian
25
o Christmas * - Christian
26
o Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra)** - Zoroastrian
28
o Holy Innocents - Christian
29
o Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian
31
o Watch Night - Christian
2014
JANUARY 2014

1
o
o







o
o
Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian
Feast of St Basil - Orthodox Christian
Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto
Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christian
o
o
Twelfth Night - Christian
Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh
o
o
o
o
Epiphany - Christian
Feast of the Theophany - Orthodox Christian
Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox Christian
Dia de los Reyes - Hispanic Christian
o
Nativity of Christ ** - Orthodox Christian
o
Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian
o
o
Mawlid an Nabi * ** - Islam
Maghi - Sikh
o
Tu BiShvat * - Jewish
5
6
7
12
13
16
16-19
o

Mahayana New Year ** - Buddhist
17
3
o
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



Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian
18-25
o
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian
o
o
World Religion Day - Baha'i
Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
o
Conversion of Saint Paul - Christian
o
Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian
o
Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
19
25
28
31
Definitions
FEBRUARY 2014
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






2
o
o
o
o
Candlemas - Christian
Four Chaplains Sunday- Interfaith
Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Anglican Christian
Imbolc - Lughnassad - Wicca/Pagan Northern and southern hemispheres
o
Setsubun-sai - Shinto
o
Vasant Panchami ** - Hindu
o
Saint Valentine's Day - Christian
o
Nirvana Day ** - Buddhist - Jain
3
4
14
15
16
o Triodion begins - Christian
26 - March 1
o Intercalary Days * - Baha'i
28
o Maha Shivaratri ** - Hindu
Definitions
MARCH 2014
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




1
o
Saint David of Wales - Christian
o
o
Transfiguration Sunday - Christian
Meatfare Sunday - Orthodox Christian
2
2 - 20
o
Nineteen Day Fast * - Baha'i
o
Clean Monday - Lent begins - Orthodox Christian
o
Shrove Tuesday - Christian
o
Ash Wednesday - Lent begins - Christian
3
4
5
4

9

13

16








o
Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Sunday
o
H. Ron Hubbard birthday - Scientology
o
o
Magha Puja Day ** - Buddhist
Purim ** starts on eve of March 15 - Jewish
o
o
o
St Patrick's Day - Christian
Holi ** - Hindu
Hola Mohalla - Sikh
17
19
o Saint Joseph's Day - Christian
20 Equinox
o Ostara * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
o Mabon * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
21
o Naw Ruz (News Year)* - Baha'i
o Norouz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian
25
o Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Christian
28
o Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranhushtra) ** - Zoroastrian
31
o Hindu New Year ** - Hindu
31-April 8
o Ramayana ** - Hindu
Definitions
APRIL 2014

8

12

13


o
Ramanavami ** - Hindu
o
Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian
o
o
Palm Sunday - All Christians
Mahavir Jayanti ** - Jain
o
Baisakhi New Year - Sikh
14
15
o
o





Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christian
Hanuman Jayanti ** - Hindu
15-22 *
o Pesach (Passover) - Jewish
17
o Maundy Thursday - Christian
18
o Good (Holy) Friday - All Christian
20
o Easter - All Christians
21
o First Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
5

23

27

29
o
St. George Day - Christian
o
Yom HaShoah * - Jewish
o
Ninth Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
Definitions
MAY 2014

1
o
o
National Day of Prayer - Interfaith USA
Beltane - Samhain * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
o
Twelfth Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
o
Yom Ha'Atzmaut* - Jewish

2

5

15-18

18

14

23

27

29
o
Theravadin New Year ** - Buddhist
o
Lag B'Omer* - Jewish
o
Visakha Puja - Buddha Day ** - Buddhist
o
Declaration of the Bab * - Baha'i
o
Lailat al Miraj * ** - Islam
o
Ascension of Jesus - All Christians
Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
o
Definitions
JUNE 2014

4-5

8

9

14

15


o
Shavuot * - Jewish
o
Pentecost - All Christians
o
Saint Columba of Iona - Christian
o
Lailat al Bara'ah * ** - Islam
o
o
Trinity Sunday - Christian
All Saints - Orthodox Christian
o
Guru Arjan Dev martyrdom - Sikh
16
19
o
o

New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian
Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian
21 Solstice
o Litha * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
6

o
Yule * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
o
Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian
o
Ramadan Begins * ** - Islam
o
Saints Peter and Paul - Christian
27

28

29
Definitions
JULY 2014

9
o
Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i
o
Asalha Puja Day ** - Buddhist

13

13-15
o

13-15

15




Obon ** - Shinto
o
Ulambana - Obon ** - Buddhist
o
Saint Vladimir Day - Christian
o
Lalat al Kadr * ** - Islam
o
Emperor Haile Selassi I birthday - Rastafari
o
Pioneer Day - Mormon Christian
23
25
24
29-31
o
Eid al Fitr * ** - Islam
Definitions
AUGUST 2014

1

6

5

10

15

17

29

o
o
o
Lammas - Christian
Fast in Honor of the Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian
Lughanssad - Imbolc * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and southern hemispheres
o
Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian
o
Tish'a B'av * - Jewish
o
Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu
o
o
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian
Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian
o
Krishna Janmashtami ** - Hindu
o
o
Ganesh Chaturthi ** - Hindu
Beheading of John the Baptist - Christian
30
7
o
Paryushana Parva ** - Jains
Definitions
SEPTEMBER 2014

1

6

o
Ecclesiastical year begins - Orthodox Christian
o
Nativity of Mary - Christian
14
o





Elevation of the Life Giving Cross - Holy Cross Day - Christian
22 Equinox
o Mabon * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
o Ostata * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
24-25
o Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish
27
o Meskel- Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
29
o Michael and All Angels - Christian
29 - October 3
o Navaratri ** - Hindu
Definitions
OCTOBER 2014









3
o
Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day * ** - Islam
o
o
o
Yom Kippur * - Jewish
Saint Francis Day - Catholic Christian
Dasera ** - Hindu
o
Eid al Adha * ** - Islam
4
4-7
9-15
o
Sukkot * - Jewish
o
Thanksgiving - Canada - Interfaith
o
Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish
o
Simchat Torah * - Jewish
o
o
Birth of the Báb * - Baha'i
Installation of Scriptures as Gukru Granth - Sikh
13
16
17
20
21-25

23

24

25
o
Deepavali ** - Hindu
o
Diwali - Deepavali ** - Hindu - Jain - Sikh
o
Jain New Year ** - Jain
8



o
Hijra - New Year * ** - Islam
o
Reformation Day ** - Protestant Christian
o
Milvian Bridge Day - Christian
o
All Hallow's Eve - Christian
26
28
31
Definitions
NOVEMBER 2014

1
o


o
All Saint's Day - Christian
Samhain - Litha * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
o
All Soul's Day - Catholic Christian
o
Ashura * ** - Islam
o
Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday - Sikh
o
Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i
2
5

6

12

15-25

21

23

24

26



o
Winter Lent - Orthodox Christian
o
Yule - Christian
o
Christ the King - Christian
o
Guru Tegh Bahadur martyrdom - Sikh
o
Day of the Covenant - Baha'i
o
Thanksgiving - Interfaith USA
o
Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha - Baha'i
o
o
Saint Andrew's Day - Christian
Advent begins through December 24 - Christian
27
28
30
Definitions
DECEMBER 2014

6

8


o
Saint Nicholas Day - Christian
o
o
Rohatsu - Bodhi Day ** - Buddhist
Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian
o
Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe- Catholic Christian
12
16-25
o
Posades Navidenas - Christian
9
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





17-24
o Hanukkah * - Jewish
21 Solstice
o Yule - Christian
o Yule * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
o Litha * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
24
o Christmas Eve - Christian
25
o Christmas * - Christian
26
o Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra ** - Zoroastrian
28
o Holy Innocents - Christian
31
o Watch Night - Christian
Definitions
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