The Human Truth Foundation

Calendar of Annual Religious Special Days and Festivals

https://www.humanreligions.info/calendar.html

By Vexen Crabtree 2022

#hinduism #islam #judaism #paganism

Different regions of the world use different calendars, and this diversity was extremely great in history. A great many religious events stem from ancient pagan appreciation of the cycles of nature, of the sun, of the moon, and of some of the planets, but are often given different names by each religion. Because the solstices and equinoxes slowly change date over hundreds of years, newer religions' dates tend to gradually shift away from original dates. Religions have their own special ways of determining dates in accordance with their own traditions. In short, comparative religious calendars are not at all simple!

Note that some traditions have festivals and dates that start at sundown or in the evening of the night before, such as (Jewish, Muslim and some Pagan events). There are few Hindu dates on these calendars yet, due to the complexity & multiplicity of all the various calendars in use. Likewise, there are few south-east Asian calendar dates.


January 2024

#bahá'í_faith #january

DateEventNotes
Jan 5th
Friday

(this year)

Guru Gobind Singh's Gurpurab/Prakesh (birthday)

The symbol of SikhismSikhism. The tenth Guru.

Jan 7th
Sunday

(fixed)

Christmas Day

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity (Orthodox, Rastafarian).
Historically developed from: Q4 Solstice (Yuletide)

Jan 13rd
Saturday

(2 days)
(fixed)

Makar Sankranti / Lohri / Pongal

The symbol of HinduismHinduism. Dispute resolution and almsgiving. The eating of pancakes, rice sugar, halva and chapattis around a fire. Held on the 15th on Leap Years.

Jan 16th
Tuesday

(fixed)

Shinran Memorial Day

The symbol of BuddhismBuddhism (Pure Land Buddhism). For the anniversary of the death of Shinran Shonin (1173-1262), who founded Buddhist Jodo Shin-shu (Shin Buddhism).

Jan 21st
Sunday

(always on a Sun)

World Religion Day

Created by the Bahais to celebrate positive factors common to common religions.

Jan 22nd
Monday

(fixed)

International Day of Protest Against Hereditary Religion

A secularist campaign to highlight the injustice and unfairness of parents raising children up as religious, before they have had a chance to fairly compare religions and pick one in accordance with their own free will.

Jan 27th
Saturday

(fixed)

Holocaust Memorial Day

The symbol of JudaismJudaism in the UK. Remembrance for those who suffered persecution and genocide under the Nazis.

Jan 30th
Tuesday

(fixed)

Jashn-E Sadeh

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism in Iran. Mid-winter bonfire festival to celebrate the days lengthening.

February 2024

#february

DateEventNotes
Feb 1st
Thursday

(fixed)

Imbolc / Candlemas

Paganism. A Gaelic spring festival, held halfway between winter solstice and spring equinox.

Feb 8th
Thursday

(this year)

Lailat Ul Isra Wa-l-miraj (Propher's Night Journey and Ascent)

The symbol of IslamIslam. On the 27th day of 7th month of Islamic calendar (Rajab).

Feb 12nd
Monday

(this year)

Bandhi Chorrd Divas

The symbol of SikhismSikhism.

Feb 14th
Wednesday

(always on a Wed)

First day of Lent / Ash Wednesday

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity (Western churches). The first day of lent, enacted as Ash Wednesday in Catholic and some Anglican churches.

Feb 14th
Wednesday

(fixed)

St Valentine's Day

Feb 15th
Thursday

(fixed)

Parinirvana (Nirvana Day)

The symbol of BuddhismBuddhism. For the passing of Gautama Buddha. Observed by some on the 8th.

Feb 24th
Saturday

(this year)

Yuan Xiao Jie / Teng Chieh / Lantern Festival

Chinese religion. The first full moon of the year, in the first lunar month of the Chinese calendar.

Feb 25th
Sunday

(this year)

Lailat Ul Barah'ah (Night of Forgiveness)

The symbol of IslamIslam. On 15th day of month of Shaban The seeking of forgiveness and fixing of destiny for the next year. Prayers and maybe fasting, and visiting the graves of relatives. Maybe fireworks.

March 2024

#march

DateEventNotes
Mar 3rd
Sunday

(fixed)

Hinamatsuri / Girl's Day

The symbol of ShintoShinto. Prayers for the Emperor and Empress to carry away illnesses affecting girls.

Mar 10th
Sunday

Fravardigan

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. Occurs ten days before No Ruz. Festival and prayer day for guardian spirits of ancestors.

Mar 12nd
Tuesday

(29 days)
(this year)

Ramadan

The symbol of IslamIslam. The 9th month of the Islamic calendar. The month in the Islamic Calendar when Mohammad received the first verses from the Qur'an.

Mar 14th
Thursday

(3 days)
(this year)

Hola Mahalla (New Year)

The symbol of SikhismSikhism. Martial skills and poetry.

Mar 17th
Sunday

(7 days)

Higan (Autumn) and Shuubun No Hi / Haru-No-Higan

The symbol of ShintoShinto in Japan. On both the spring and autumn equinoxes. For the autumn equinox; given to harmony and balance. Shuubun No Hi is a 7-day period centered on the equinox, based on an older Buddhist week of celebration called Haru-No-Higan.
Historically developed from: Q3 Equinox (Autumnal)

Mar 20th
Wednesday

(this year)

Jamshedi Noruz

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. On New Years' day, on the spring equinox. Celebrates victory of life and light over darkness. Clothes, gifts, prayers and dancing.

Mar 20th
Wednesday

Q1 Equinox (Vernal)

Paganism. On March 20st or 21st, marking spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Dedicated to eostre, ancient anglo-saxon goddess of fertility.

Mar 24th
Sunday

(7 days)

Holy Week

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity (Western Churches). Marking the week of the crucifixion of Jesus.

Mar 26th
Tuesday

(this year)

Khordad Sal (Zarathustra's Birthday)

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. The birthday of Prophet Zarathustra.

Mar 31st
Sunday

Easter Day

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity (Western churches). For the resurrection of Jesus.

April 2024

#april

DateEventNotes
Apr 9th
Tuesday

(this year)

Eid Ul Fitre (End of Fast Feast)

The symbol of IslamIslam. Ramadan ends on the sighting of the new moon. A feast.

Apr 14th
Sunday

(2 days)
(this year)

Vaisakhi / Baisakhi

The symbol of SikhismSikhism. Marks the founding of the Order of Khalsa by Gobind Sing.

Apr 14th
Sunday

(this year)

Guru Nanak Dev's Gurpurab/Prakesh (birthday)

The symbol of SikhismSikhism. Born in 1469 CE. The first guru.

Apr 20th
Saturday

(12 days)
(this year)

Ridvan

The symbol of the Bahai FaithBahá'í Faith.

Apr 22nd
Monday

(this year)

Zaratosht No Diso

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. Date can vary due to balancing between the solar Hijri calendar of Iran and the Fasli calendar. The death of prophet Zoroaster.

Apr 23rd
Tuesday

(7 days)
(this year)

Pesach (Passover)

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. Marking the exodus from slavery in Egypt, with the Seder meal.

May 2024

#may

DateEventNotes
May 1st
Wednesday

(1 days)
(fixed)

Beltane

Paganism.

May 5th
Sunday

Easter Day (Julian)

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity (Orthodox & Rastafarian). For the resurrection of Jesus.

May 5th
Sunday

(this year)

Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Day)

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. A day of remembrance for those countless many who suffered and died by the hands during the Nazi holocaust.

May 17th
Friday

(this year)

Chhota Ghallughara

The symbol of SikhismSikhism. Remembering the genocide of Sikhs in 1746.

May 19th
Sunday

(always on a Sun)

Whit Sunday

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity (Western churches). 49th day after Easter.

May 20th
Monday

(always on a Sun)

Pentecost

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity (Western Churches). 50th day after Easter.

May 22nd
Wednesday

Vesakha Puja / Wesak / Buddha Day

The symbol of BuddhismBuddhism in Malaysia (Theravada). Buddhism's primary calendar event. For the birth, life and death of the Buddha (Mahayan Buddhists have separate days for these).

May 22nd
Wednesday

(this year)

Zaratosht No Diso

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. Date can vary due to balancing between the solar Hijri calendar of Iran and the Fasli calendar. The death of prophet Zoroaster.

May 23rd
Thursday

(this year)

Bab Declaration Day

The symbol of the Bahai FaithBahá'í Faith. The herald of the Baha'u'llah.

May 28th
Tuesday

(this year)

The Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh

The symbol of the Bahai FaithBahá'í Faith. The death of Baha'u'llah.

June 2024

#june

DateEventNotes
Jun 10th
Monday

(this year)

Duan Wujie / Tuan Yang Chieh (Dragon Boat Festival)

Chinese religion.

Jun 12nd
Wednesday

(2 days)
(this year)

Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. Occurs seven weeks after Pesach. Early harvest festival. For the revelation of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

Jun 14th
Friday

Ascension Day

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity (Orthodox churches). 40th day after Easter.

Jun 16th
Sunday

(5 days)
(this year)

The Hajj

The symbol of IslamIslam. The pilgrimage to Makka

Jun 17th
Monday

(6 days)
(this year)

Yaum Arafah (Day of Arafat)

The symbol of IslamIslam. For the final revelation to Muhammad.

Jun 18th
Tuesday

(4 days)
(this year)

Eid Ul Adha (Festival of Sacrifice)

The symbol of IslamIslam. For Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son.

Jun 21st
Friday

(fixed)

Q2 Solstice (Litha)

Paganism. The Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year) in the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice in the Southern.

Jun 21st
Friday

(fixed)

World Humanist Day

Humanism. A celebration of the positive values of Humanism.

Jun 26th
Wednesday

(this year)

Eid Ul Ghadir

The symbol of IslamIslam (Shi'a). A festival for the date that Muhammad appointed his cousin-and-son-in-law, Ali, to be his successor. However, the muslim community instead voted-in Abu Bakr, causing an enduring rift in Islam (i.e., Sunni and Shi'a).

Jun 28th
Friday

(5 days)
(this year)

Maidyoshahem (of Hordad)

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. The third day (Jishan-e-Tiragan) is the most important. The seasonal festival of Hordad, the Holy Immortal, who created water and represents health and completeness. Possibly originally a midsummer festival, but inaccurate calendars has meant the date has strayed.

July 2024

#july

DateEventNotes
Jul 6th
Saturday

Fravardigan

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. Occurs ten days before No Ruz. Festival and prayer day for guardian spirits of ancestors.

Jul 16th
Tuesday

(this year)

No Ruz / Navroze

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. New Years' day on the Shenshai Calendar.

Jul 17th
Wednesday

(this year)

Ashura

The symbol of IslamIslam (Sunni). A minor feast.

Jul 22nd
Monday

(this year)

Khordad Sal (Zarathustra's Birthday)

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. The birthday of Prophet Zarathustra.

Jul 23rd
Tuesday

(fixed)

Haile Selassie's Birthday

The symbol of ChristianityRastafarian. Nyahbinghi (drumming), hymns and prayers.

August 2024

#august

DateEventNotes
Aug 1st
Thursday

(fixed)

Lammas / Lughnasdh

Wicca. A harvest festival and reflection on the mysteries of nature.

Aug 5th
Monday

Fravardigan

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. Occurs ten days before No Ruz. Festival and prayer day for guardian spirits of ancestors.

Aug 6th
Tuesday

(fixed)

Transfiguration of Jesus

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity. Jesus clothes became dazzling white and his face changed, and he talks to spirits of Moses and Elijah.

Aug 10th
Saturday

(this year)

Qixi Jie / Ch'I Hou Chieh (Herd Boy and Weaving Maid Festival)

Chinese religion. On the 7th day of the 7th lunar month.

Aug 13rd
Tuesday

(this year)

Tisha B'Av

The symbol of JudaismJudaism.

Aug 15th
Thursday

(this year)

No Ruz

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism.

Aug 18th
Sunday

(this year)

Zong Qui Jie / Chung Ch'Iu (Festival of Hungry Ghosts)

The symbol of BuddhismBuddhism in China. Spirits are given paper objects to aid those without descendants, to find Nirvana.

Aug 21st
Wednesday

(this year)

Khordad Sal (Zarathustra's Birthday)

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. The birthday of Prophet Zarathustra.

September 2024

#september

DateEventNotes
Sep 1st
Sunday

(this year)

Granth Sahib Prakesh

The symbol of SikhismSikhism. The annual date recollecting the very first time the Granth Sahib opening ceremony occurred, at the Golden Temple (Amritsar) in 1604.

Sep 17th
Tuesday

(this year)

Zhong Qiu Jie / Chung Ch'Iu (Rabbit in the Moon festival)

Chinese religion. A mid-autumn festival - the moon's birthday; famed for its consumption of moon cake.

Sep 18th
Wednesday

(this year)

Angad Dev becomes the 2nd guru

The symbol of SikhismSikhism.

Sep 19th
Thursday

(7 days)

Higan (Spring) and Shuubun No Hi / Haru-No-Higan

The symbol of ShintoShinto in Japan. On both the spring and autumn equinoxes. About harmony and balance & visiting graves of relatives. Shuubun No Hi is a 7-day period centered on the equinox, based on an older Buddhist week of celebration called Haru-No-Higan.
Historically developed from: Q1 Equinox (Vernal)

Sep 22nd
Sunday

(this year)

Jashn-E Mehergan / Mihr Jashan

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. Dedicated to Meher, or Mithra, symbols of the sun, and of justice.

Sep 22nd
Sunday

Q3 Equinox (Autumnal)

Paganism (119). Often on September 22nd or 23rd, marking autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. Days and Nights are equal in length, with nights now getting longer. Celebration of old age.

Sep 27th
Friday

(this year)

Confucius' Birthday

The symbol of ConfucianismConfucianism.

October 2024

#october

DateEventNotes
Oct 2nd
Wednesday

(fixed)

Gandhi Jayanti

The symbol of HinduismHinduism. For the birthday of Mahatma Gandi who bears much responsibility for creating India.

Oct 3rd
Thursday

(2 days)
(this year)

Rosh Hashannah

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. New Years' day. For self-examination and memory of Abraham attempting to sacrifice his son.

Oct 11st
Friday

(this year)

Chong Yang Jie

Chinese religion. For climbing hills and high places, flying kites, and visiting family graves.

Oct 12nd
Saturday

(this year)

Yom Kippur

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. Follows from 10 days of repentance; the most important Jewish date in a year.

Oct 17th
Thursday

(7 days)
(this year)

Sokkot

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. Similar in style to the sabbath, but lasting a week instead of just Saturday.

Oct 20th
Sunday

(this year)

The Granth Sahib Holy Book Becomes the 11th and Final Guru

The symbol of SikhismSikhism. The holy scriptures themselves became the final Guru in 1708 and the line of human Gurus ended.

Oct 20th
Sunday

(fixed)

Birth of the Bab (until 2014)

The symbol of the Bahai FaithBahá'í Faith. This was observed on the 20th of Oct each year until 2014, after which it was changed to the 8th new moon after each Bahai new year. The prophet who foretold the arrival of Baha'u'llah (another prophet).

Oct 24th
Thursday

(5 days)
(this year)

Maidyoshahem (of Hordad)

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. The third day (Jishan-e-Tiragan) is the most important. The seasonal festival of Hordad, the Holy Immortal, who created water and represents health and completeness. Possibly originally a midsummer festival, but inaccurate calendars has meant the date has strayed.

Oct 24th
Thursday

(this year)

Shemini Atzeret

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. Seasonal date that marks the beginning of the rainy season in Israel marked by candles, festive meals and celebration. The annual reading of the Torah restarts.

Oct 24th
Thursday

(this year)

Simchat Torah

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. Outside of Israel, occurs a day later. The Torah reading moves from the end of Deuteronomy to the beginning of Genesis.

Oct 31st
Thursday

(5 days)
(this year)

Divali / Diwali

The symbol of HinduismHinduism. A seasonal harvest festival and the festival of light. In some Indian states, it starts a day later.

Oct 31st
Thursday

(fixed)

Halloween

The secular celebration of the ancient pagan festival of Samhain.

Oct 31st
Thursday

(fixed)

Samhain

Paganism. For the coming of winter. The turning of the natural cycles continues; this commemorates death and remembers those who are dead.

November 2024

#november

DateEventNotes
Nov 1st
Friday

(fixed)

All Saints' Day

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity. For all the Saints that don't have their own day.

Nov 2nd
Saturday

(fixed)

Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie I

The symbol of ChristianityRastafarian. Although this occurred in Ethiopia, Rastafarians all over the world celebrate it.

Nov 3rd
Sunday

Birth of the Baha'u'llah (since 2015)

The symbol of the Bahai FaithBahá'í Faith. Before 2015, the date was observed in accordance with the Islamic calendar date. The founder of Baha'i.

Nov 23rd
Saturday

(5 days)
(this year)

Maidyoshahem (of Hordad)

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. The third day (Jishan-e-Tiragan) is the most important. The seasonal festival of Hordad, the Holy Immortal, who created water and represents health and completeness. Possibly originally a midsummer festival, but inaccurate calendars has meant the date has strayed.

Nov 24th
Sunday

(this year)

Gobind Singh becomes the 10th guru

The symbol of SikhismSikhism.

Nov 25th
Monday

(this year)

Day of the Covenant

The symbol of the Bahai FaithBahá'í Faith. For the appointment of ?Abdu'l-Bahá as the Centre of Baha'u'llah's Covenant.

December 2024

#december

DateEventNotes
Dec 15th
Sunday

(always on a Sun)

Advent Sunday

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity (Western churches). Four Sundays before Christmas. Candles are lit each Sunday for the end of the period of the sun's weakness.
Historically developed from: Q4 Solstice (Yuletide)

Dec 21st
Saturday

(12 days)
(fixed)

Q4 Solstice (Yuletide)

Paganism. The Winter Solstice (the shortest day of the year) in the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice in the Southern. Twelve days long, for the twelve zodiacs.

Dec 25th
Wednesday

(this year)

Zaratosht No Diso

The symbol of Zoroastrianism - wide bird-like wings and a man holding a ringZoroastrianism. Date can vary due to balancing between the solar Hijri calendar of Iran and the Fasli calendar. The death of prophet Zoroaster.

Dec 25th
Wednesday

(fixed)

Nativity / Christmas Day

The symbol of ChristianityChristianity. Previously celebrated in spring, the birth of Jesus was moved in the 4th century to merge it with popular pagan celebrations on the 25th.

Dec 25th
Wednesday

(fixed)

Christmas Day

(Western churches). Multicultural celebration with pagan roots, endowed with Christian stories, but mostly observed in a secular and commercialist manner.
Historically developed from: Q4 Solstice (Yuletide)

Dec 26th
Thursday

(8 days)
(this year)

Hanukah

The symbol of JudaismJudaism. For the day the Maccabee army defeated a Syrian Greek army.