Holy Days Calendar

Holy Cross Day - Christian 09/14/2014

A Christian day of recognition for the cross on which Jesus was crucified as a central symbol of the Christian religion.

Mabon (Equinox) - Pagan/Wiccan 09/22/2014

Wiccan observance of the autumnal equinox when day and night are of equal length. A harvest festival time.

Rosh Hashanah - Jewish 09/24/2014 - 09/25/2014

Jewish New Year. A time of introspection, abstinence, prayer and penitence. The story of Abraham is read, the ram's horn is sounded, and special foods are prepared and shared.

Meskel - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian 09/27/2014

Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Christian commemortion of the discovery of the True Cross by Queen Eleni (St. Helenea) in the 4th century a.d.

Navaratri - Hindu 09/29/2014 - 10/03/2014

Hindu fesitval of the divine mother honoring Durga, wife of Shiva, and seeking her blessings. Also observed as a celebration recalling the days of Lord Krishna.

Waqf al Arafa (Hajj Day) - Islam 10/03/2014

Islamic observance day during Hajj when pilgrims pray for forgiveness and mercy. Hajj is Islamic pilgrimage rites at Mecca on 7-12th days of the month of Dhu al-Hajj.

Yom Kippur - Jewish 10/04/2014

Jewish day of atonement. This holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with strict fasting and ceremonial repentance.

Saint Francis Day - Catholic Christian 10/04/2014

Christian recognition of service to people and appreciation of the natural world, as practiced by St. Francis and the Franciscan Monastic Order which he founded.

Dasera - Hindu 10/04/2014

Hindu celebration of victory and valor. Lord Rama is remembered as winning a victory over evil.

Eid al Adha - Islam 10/04/2014 - 10/07/2014

Islamic festival of sacrifice. The day after Arafat, the most important day in Hajj ritual. A three-day festival recalling abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.

Sukkot - Jewish 10/09/2014 - 10/15/2014

Jewish Feast of Tabernacles which celebrates the harvest and the protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness dwelling in tents. Temporary dwelling places have leaves for a roof so the sky can be seen. In temperate climates, night is spent in the Succoth.

Shemini Atzeret - Jewish 10/16/2014

Jewish completion of the annual cycle of reading of the Torah.

Simchat Torah - Jewish 10/17/2014

Jewish day to celebrate the reading of the Law. Synagogue service involves readings, processions and blessing of the children.

Birth of the Bab - Baha'i 10/20/2014

Baha'i honoring of the founder of the Babi religion, forerunner to Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i faith.

Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh 10/20/2014

Sikh scriptures, the Adi Granth, are honored as perpetual Guru.

Diwali - Hindu 10/23/2014

Hindu festival of lights symbolizing the human urge to move toward the light. Gift exchanges, fireworks and festive meals.

Jain New Year - Jain 10/24/2014

This day is observed on the first day of the Indian month of Katik/Karthik. On this day the chief disciple of Mahavira, Gautama Swami, is believed to have attained Supreme Knowledge. It is observed by performing a special ritual called Snatra Puja where homage is paid to Lord Jineshwar and the Tirthankaras.

Reformation Day - Protestant Christian 10/26/2014

Protestant Christian anniversary of their tradition and its emphasis on the place of the Bible and religious freedom. On October 31, 1517 c.e., Martin Luther posted a belief statememt on Wittenberg Church door. The date of public observation is the Sunday before October 31.

Milvian Bridge Day - Christian 10/28/2014

Christian day of solemn reflection on the relationship of the spiritual community and the power of civil government. On October 28, 312 c.e., Emperor Constantine prevailed in a battle amd proceeded to make Christianity the legal religion of the Roman Empire.

All Hallow's Eve - Christian 10/31/2014

Christian celebration of mystery combining prayers and merriment involving children and families. It is a prelude to All Saint's Day.

All Saint's Day - Christian 11/01/2014

Christian day for honoring saints, known and unknown. In general, saints are persons with a reputation for unusual lives of holiness and devotion to God or who were martyred for their faith. A Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church where saints have special formal status.

Samhain - Wicca/Pagan 11/01/2014

Wicca celebration of endings and beginnings and of remembering the dead. Revering of elders is also observed.

All Soul's Day - Catholic Christian 11/02/2014

Christian day of prayers and remembrance and intercession for the dead. Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls for the beatific vision of God in heaven.

Ashura - Islam 11/05/2014

An Islamic optional one-day fast. The Shia observance is based on the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's Grandson, Hussein, martyred on this date in 683/684 AD at the battle of Kerbala. Sunni observance is a recognition of Moses fasting in gratitude to Allah/God for liberation from oppression.

Ashura - Islam 11/05/2014

An Islamic optional one-day fast. The Shia observance is based on the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's Grandson, Hussein, martyred on this date in 683/684 AD at the battle of Kerbala. Sunni observance is a recognition of Moses fasting in gratitude to Allah/God for liberation from oppression.

Guru Nanak Dev Sahib's Birthday - Sikh 11/06/2014

Sikh day honoring the birth of the first Sikh teacher who lived from 1469 - 1539 c.e. There are sacred readings, prayers, hymns and meals are taken together.

Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i 11/12/2014

Baha'i celebration of the birth of their founder and teacher. Refrain from work.

Winter Lent - Orthodox Christian 11/15/2014 - 11/25/2014

Orthodox Christian season of preparation for the Nativity of Christ.

Guru Tegh Bahadur martyrdom - Sikh 11/24/2014

Sikh time of remembering the execution of Teg Bahadur by the Moghul Emperor in India.

Day of the Covenant - Baha'i 11/26/2014

Baha'i celebration of the covenant given in the last will and testament of Baha'u'llah.

Thanksgiving - Interfaith USA 11/27/2014

Interfaith celebration of the created earth. Celebrated in the USA.

Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha - Baha'i 11/28/2014

Baha'i celebration of the rising of the spirit of Abdu'l-Baha to the heavely dwelling.

Saint Andrew's Day - Christian 11/30/2014

Christian observance of the coming of Christianity to the area now known as Scotland. The martyrdom of St. Andrew is remembered as the season of advent is about to begin.

Advent begins through December 24 - Christian 11/30/2014

Christian time of preparation for observing the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest November 30 and is the beginning of the Christian worship year. Advent is observed with the lighting of candles, display of wreaths, and special ceremonies. Advent also anticipates the coming again to earth of Jesus Christ.

Saint Nicolas Day - Christian 12/06/2014

Christian celebration of the birth of Saint Nicolas, patron saint of children and role model for gift giving. Many churches named for this saint, who is also the Dutch version of Santa Claus.

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - Buddhist 12/08/2014

Buddhist celebration of the time when Prince Gautama took his place under the Bodhi tree, vowing to remain there until he attained supreme enlightenment.

Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian 12/08/2014

Catholic Christian day of celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all of her life. A day of obligation and required church attendance.

Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian 12/12/2014

Catholic Christian honoring of the legendary appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531.

Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian 12/12/2014

Catholic Christian honoring of the legendary appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531 c.e.

Posadas Navidenas - Christian 12/16/2014 - 12/25/2014

Hispanic Christian feast of The Lodgings commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem in preparation for the birth of Jesus.

Hanukkah - Jewish 12/17/2014 - 12/24/2014

Jewish Festival of Lights. It commemorates the Maccabean recapture and rededication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165-164 b.c. Special readings and praise songs focus on liberty and freedom. The eight candle Menorah is lighted.

Solstice - Yule - Christian 12/21/2014

A Christian celebration of the light dawning in Jesus.

Solstice - Yule - Pagan 12/21/2014

A Norse pagan celebration of the winter-born king, symbolized by the rebirth of the sun. A present day Wicca event.

Christmas Eve - Christian 12/24/2014

Christian celebration of the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. It is observed with worship, candle lighting, manger scenes and festive meals.

Christmas Day - Christian 12/25/2014

Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Observed by prayers, exchanging of gifts, and family parties.

Zarathosht Diso - Zoroastrian 12/26/2014

Anniversary of the death of the Prophet Zarathushtra.

Kwanzaa - African American 12/26/2014 - 12/31/2014

A celebration of Family, Community and Culture.