List of Religious Holidays and Observances

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AUGUST 2018

1 Lamas: 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: Canada: Interfaith

9-16 Navaratri: Hindu

18 St. Luke, Apostle and 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 Days: 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 Solstice, Yule: Christian, Yule: Litha: Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres & Saint Thomas the Apostle: Christian

24 Christmas Eve: Christian

25 Christmas: Christian & Feast of the Nativity: Orthodox Christian

26 Zarathosht Diso: Death of Prophet Zarathushtra: Zoroatrian & St. Stephen’s Day: Christian

28 Holy Innocents: Christian

30 Holy Family: Catholic Christian

31 Watch Night: Christian

JANUARY 2019

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

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

8 Feast of the Holy Family: Catholic Christian

13 Maghi: Sikh & Baptism of the Lord Jesus: Christian

17 Blessing of the Animals: Hispanic Catholic Christian

18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Christian

19 Timkat: Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

20 World Religion Day: Baha’i & Tu BiShavat: Jewish

21-23 Mahayana New Year: Buddhist

25 Conversion of St. Paul: Christian

FEBRUARY 2019

2 Candlemas: Presentation of Christ in the Temple: Christian, Imbolc: Lughassad: Wicca/Paggan Northern and Southern Hemispheres & Saint Brighid of Kildare: Celtic Christian

3 St. Blaze Day: Christian, Setsebun-sai (beginning of spring): Shinto & Four Chaplains Sunday: Interfaith

5 Chinese New Year: Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

8 Nirvana Day: Buddhism

10 Cheesefare Sunday: Orthodox Christian

12 Triodion: Orthodox Christian

14 St. Valentine’s Day: Christian

15 Nirvana Day: Buddhist, Jain

17 Triodion begins: Orthodox Christian

26 Intercalary Days begin: Baha’i

MARCH 2019

1 St. David of Wales: Christian & Intercalary Days end: Baha’i

2-20 Nineteen Day Fast: Baha’i

3 Meatfare Sunday: Orthodox Christian & Transfiguration Sunday: Christian

5 Shrove Tuesday: Christian

6 Ash Wednesday: Lent begins: Christian

10 Orthodox Sunday: Orthodox Christian

11 Clean Monday: Great Lent begins: Orthodox Christian

13 Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard: Scientology

17 St. Patrick’s Day: Christian

19 St. Joseph’s Day: Christian

20 Equinox & Ostara: Mabon: Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres

21 Norooz: New Year: Persian/Zoroastrian, Naw-Rúz: New Year: Baha’i, Hola Mohalla: Sikh, Magha Puja Day: Buddhist, Lord’s Evening Meal: Jehovah’s Witness Christian & Purim: Jewish

25 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Christian

28 Khordad Sal: Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra: Zoroastrian

APRIL 2019

3 Laylat al Miraj: Islam

9 Mahavir Jayanti: Jain

14 Baisakhi: Vaisakhi: Sikh & Palm Sunday: Christian

17 Orthodox Sunday: Orthodox Christian

18 Maundy Thursday: Christian

19-21 Theravadin New Year: Buddhist

19 Good Friday: Christian

20-27 Pesach: Jewish

20 Lazarus Saturday: Orthodox Christian

21 Easter: Christian, First Day of Ridvan: Baha’i, Lailat al Bara’ah: Islam & Palm Sunday: Orthodox Christian

23 St. George’s Day: Christian

26 Holy Friday: Orthodox Christian

28 Pascha: Easter: Orthodox Christian

29 Ninth Day of Ridvan: Baha’i

30 St. James the Great Day: Orthodox Christian

MAY 2019

1 Beltane: Samhain: Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres

2 Last Day of Ridvan: Baha’i, National Day of Prayer: USA: Interfaith & Yom HaShoah: Jewish

3 Saints Philip & James: Christian

6 Ramadan begins: Islam

9 Yom Ha’Atzmaut: Jewish

18 Visakha Puja: Buddha Day: Buddhist

23 Declaration of the Báb: Baha’i & Lag B’Omer: Jewish

29 Ascension of Baha’u’llah: Baha’i

30 Ascension of Jesus: Christian