Multi-Faith Holy Days

Date(s)Holy DayReligious TraditionDescription
1/1 Gantan-Sai Shinto On Gantan-Sai, Japanese welcome in the New Year with prayers for renewal of hearts, good health, and prosperity. 
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.
1/2-5 Mahayana New Year Buddhist Celebrated for three days after the first full moon. 
1/4 Ghambar Maidyarem ends Zoroastrian Celebrates the creation of animals. It is also a time for equitable sharing of food. 
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.
1/8 Seijin-no-hi Shinto Coming of age day in Japan. The Announcement of adulthood to the kami or spirits, and pray for health and well being for a lime to come. 
1/10 Linji Memorial Buddhist Anniversary of the death of Linji, the founder of the Linji School of Buddhism. 
1/13 Maghi Sikh Commemorates a battle in which forty Sikhs, led by a woman named Maathaa Bhaag Kaur, laid down their lives for their Guru, Guru Gobind Singh Ji. 
1/14 Makar Sankranti Hindu Marks change from decrease to increase of the sun.
1/18 Sultan Baha'i The seventeenth month of the Baha'i year. 
1/18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian unity Christian A week dedicated to prayer for Christian unity. 
1/21 World Religion Day Baha'i An annual celebration of the teachings of unity found in all religions. 
1/22 Vasanta Panchami Hindu North Indian celebration associated with Saraswati, Goddess of Learning, and with Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth.
1/25 Honen Shonin Memorial Buddhist Anniversary of the death of Honen Shonin, the Founder of Jodo Shu. 
1/31 Tu B'Shevat Jewish One of four New Year's days; focuses on trees and the environment.
2/2 Imbolc Wiccan Celebrates the increasing strength of the God, given as the first and greatest gift of the God. 
2/3 Setsubun-sai Shinto Marks the end of winter and the eve of the first day of spring according to the ancient East Asian solar calendar. 
2/6 Mulk Baha'i the eighteenth month of the Baha'i year. 
2/13 Shrove Tuesday Christian Ends the season of Epiphany and is the vigil for the starting of Lent. 
2/14 Ash Wednesday Christian The beginning of Lent
2/14 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.
2/15 Nehan-e Buddhist Memorial of the historical Buddha's passing away. 
2/16 Lunar New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist Celebrated by Chinese, Vietnamese, and Koreans – year 4716 (Year of the Dog).
2/16 Losar Buddhist Losar is celebrated for 15 days. with the main celebrations on the first three days. 
2/19 Great Fast Christian The start of the "Great Lent" for Orthodox Christians. 
2/25 Ayyam-i-Ha Baha'i The intercalary days inserted between the 18th and 19th months to complete the 365 or 366 day solar year. 
3/1 Purim Jewish Jewish celebration of deliverance of Jewish minority in Persia from genocide, as related in Book of Esther.
3/1 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.
3/2 Ala Baha'i Nineteenth and final month of the Baha'i year, is the time of the 19-day fast in preparation for Naw-Ruz (ends 3/20). 
3/2 World Day of Prayer Christian World-wide annual day of prayer hosted by women from Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant, and Roman Catholic traditions. 
3/2 Holi (Festival of Colors) Hindu Colorful and joyous festival welcoming Spring; dedicated to Krishna or Kama (longing).
3/2 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.
3/14 Sikh New Year's Day Sikh This is the first day of Chet, the first month of the Sikh calendar. 
3/14  Memorial of Shan-tao/Zendo Daishi Buddhist Anniversary of the death of Shan-tao/Zendo Daishi, a Chinese priest of the Tang Era. He developed the practice of reciting the name of Amida Buddha. 
3/16 Ghambar Hamaspathmaedam  Zoroastrian Celebrates the creation of human beings and commemorates passed souls. 
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.
3/17 Festival of Higan-e Buddhist It is a time ot honor ancestors and to come together to chant the name of Amida Buddha. 
3/18 Navvarsha Hindu Bikarami Samvat 2075 begins. 
3/18 Ramayana Hindu Festival celebrating the birth of Lord Rama, hero of the religious epic poem, the Ramayana.
3/20 Shubun-no-hi Shinto Occurs in the middle of a seven day period called Higan - a time when respect is paid to ancestors. 
3/20  Ostara  Wicca Ostara celebrates the return of the Goddess-as-Maiden, the courting of the Goddess by the God, and the reawakening of the seeds within the earth.
3/21 Naw-Ruz Baha'i Baha'is break the Fast at sunset of the previous day and then begin celebrating the New Year. 
3/21 Now Ruz Zarathushti New Year's day for 1387 AY or 3756 AZ in the Fasli calendar.
3/24 Aymbil Ori Jainism Nine day festival, occurring twice a year, when devout Jains undertake a special type of fasting (ends 3/31).
3/25 Palm Sunday Catholic/ Christian Celebration of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem; beginning of Holy Week.
3/26 Ramanavami Hinduism Celebrates the birth day of Rama. 
3/26 Birth of Prophet Zarathustra Zarathushti Birth Anniversary of Prophet Zarathustra.
3/29 Holy Thursday Catholic/ Christian Celebration of the institution of the Lord's Supper by Jesus. 
3/29 Mahavira-jayanti Jainism Celebrates the day of Lord Mahavira. 
3/30 Good Friday Catholic/ Christian Jesus's passion, crucifixion, and death on a cross.
3/31-4/7 Passover Judaism Jewish eight day pilgrimage festival celebrating the Israelites Exodus from slavery in Egypt.
3/31  Hanuman Jayanti Hinduism Celebrates the birth of a god, Hanuman, a loyal devotee to Lord Rama.
3/31 Holy Saturday Catholic/ Christian Jesus in the tomb and his death is mourned.
4/1 Easter Sunday Catholic/ Christian Most holy of Christian sacred days commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ
4/8 Buddha's Birthdate Buddhism Anniversary of historical Buddha's birth. 
4/9  Jalal Baha'i  The second Baha'i month. 
4/12 Yom HaShoah Jewish Jewish Holocaust Day, established to remember the 6,000,000 Jews killed by the Nazis, 1933-45.
4/13 Laylat al Mi'raj Islamic Commemorates ascension of the Prophet to heaven.
4/14 Vaisakhi Hinduism/Sikhism First day of the solar year, celebrating the Harvest.
4/18 Akshaya-tritiya Jainism (Buddhist and Hindus) Celebrates the day when Lord Rishabha broke his year-long fast by drinking sugar-cane juice.
4/21-5/2 The Festival of Ridvan Baha'i Commemorates the twelve days that Baha'u'llah spend in the garden of Ridvan outside Baghdad.  
4/30 Theravada New Year Buddhism New Year Festival. 
5/16  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.
5/20 Shavout Jewish Commemorates giving of the Torah to the Israelites and the completion of God's purpose to create a special people.
5/29 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.
6/3  All Saints Day Christian Honors Chrisitan saints throughout the ages.
6/10  Laylat al-Qadr Islam Commemorates first revelation of the Qur'an.
6/18 Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Anniversary  Buddhism Anniversary commemorating the profound influence he had on many of the Tibetan lamas teaching today.
6/28 Poson Buddhism Celebrates the arrival of the Arahant Mahinda who first brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka.