Multi-Faith Holy Days

Date(s)Holy DayReligious TraditionDescription
1/1 Octave of Christmas; Mary, Mother of God Catholic Reminder of the role that the Blessed Virgin played in the plan of our salvation.
1/1 Temple Day Buddhist Many Buddhists of all traditions pay their respects and pray for good fortune for the new year at the temple.
1/5 Guru Gobind Singh Ji's Birthday Sikh Guru Gobind Singh was the Tenth Guru of the Sikhs who initiated the Sikhs as the Khalsa (the pure ones) and is known as the Father of the Khalsa.
1/6 Epiphany of the Lord Christian The journey of the Magi to visit the infant Jesus.
1/12-1/15 Mahayana New Year Buddhist Celebrated for three days after first full moon.
1/14 Makar Sankranti Hindu Marks change from decrease to increase of the sun.
1/28 Lunar New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist Celebrated by Chinese, Vietnamese, and Koreans – year 4711 (Year of the Snake).
2/1 Vasant Panchami Hindu North Indian celebration associated with Saraswati, Goddess of Learning, and with Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth.
2/11 Tu B'Shevat Jewish One of four New Year's days; focuses on trees and the environment.
2/15 Nehan-e (Nirvana Day) Buddhist Memorial of historical Buddha's passing away.
2/25 Maha Shivaratri Hindu Dedicated to Shiva, one of the major deities to whom Hindus direct their devotion. Shiva's cosmic dance creates, preserves, destroys, and recreates the world.
3/1 Ash Wednesday Catholic/ Christian Start of Lent, 40 days (excluding Sundays) of prayer, fasting and almsgiving in preparation for Easter.
3/12 Purim Jewish Jewish celebration of deliverance of Jewish minority in Persia from genocide, as related in Book of Esther.
3/12 Magha Puja Buddhist Also known as Sangha Day, it commemorates the spontaneous assembly of 1,250 arahants, completely enlightened monks, in the historical Buddha's presence.
3/13 Holi (Festival of Colors) Hindu Colorful and joyous festival welcoming Spring; dedicated to Krishna or Kama (longing).
3/13 Holla Mohalla Sikh An annual event which is a martial arts parade historically coinciding with Holi, the Hindu festival of colors. Celebrations related to Holla Mohalla may be held in various locations over several weekends preceding the actual date of the holiday.
3/17 St. Patrick's Day Catholic/ Christian Feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. In the U.S., a secular version is celebrated by people of all faiths through appreciation of all things Irish.
3/19 St. Joseph Catholic Celebrates life of the foster father of Jesus Christ
3/25 The Annunciation Catholic Celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus
3/28 - 4/5 Ramayana Hindu Festival celebrating the birth of Lord Rama, hero of the religious epic poem, the Ramayana.
4/5 Rama Navami Hindu Final day of the Hindu festival of Ramayana.
4/9 Palm Sunday Catholic/ Christian Celebration of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem; beginning of Holy Week.
4/10 -4/18 Passover Jewish Jewish eight day pilgrimage festival celebrating the Israelites Exodus from slavery in Egypt.
4/13 Holy Thursday Catholic/ Christian Last Supper of Jesus with his friends.
4/14 Good Friday Catholic/ Christian Jesus' passion, crucifixion, and death on a cross.
4/14 Vaisakhi Sikh Celebrates harvest, of special importance in Northern India.
4/15 Holy Saturday Catholic/ Christian Jesus in the tomb and his death is mourned.
4/16 Easter Sunday Catholic/ Christian Most holy of Christian sacred days commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ
4/23 Yom HaShoah Jewish Jewish Holocaust Day, established to remember the 6,000,000 Jews killed by the Nazis, 1933-45.
4/24 Lailat al Miraj Islamic Commemorates ascension of the Prophet to heaven.
5/3 Anniversary of the historical Buddha's birth Buddhist In Japan, Buddha's birthday is called Hanamatsuri, or "Flower Festival." On this day people bring fresh flowers to temples in remembrance of the Buddha's birth in a grove of blossoming trees.
5/10 Wesak/Visakka Puja/Buddha Day Buddhist Most important day of the year for Buddhists, commemorates birth, awakening, enlightenment and passing away (paranibbana) of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Guatama.
5/25 Feast of the Ascension Catholic/ Christian Commemorates bodily ascension of Jesus into heaven
5/27 Ramadan Islamic First day of Holy Month of Ramadan, when Muslims observe strict fast and participate in pious activities such as charitable giving and peace-making; a time of intense spiritual renewal.
5/31 - 6/1 Shavout Jewish Commemorates giving of the Torah to the Israelites and the completion of God's purpose to create a special people.