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Religious Observances Calendar

The following calendar is taken from the Diversity Resources Interfaith Calendar. Jewish & Islamic holy days and observances begin at sundown. 


  Religious & Spiritual Holidays  2024
New Years Day – Interfaith USA Jan. 1, 2024
Christian Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Catholic Christian

 A celebration of the holiness of Mary as the chosen bearer of Jesus.

Feast of St. Basil & Holy Name of Jesus- Orthodox Christian

Jan. 1, 2024

Islam Fatemiyeh – Islam or Wiladat: Shehzadi Bibi Sayyedda Fatima Zehra – Islam

The Shia observance is based on the Birthday of Prophet Muhammad’s daughter, lady Fatima. Some countries recognize this day as Mother’s Day.

Jan. 2, 2024

sikh Birth of Guru Gobind Singh - Sik

Commemorates the anniversary of the tenth guru.

Jan. 5,

Christian Epiphany – Christian

Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) 
End of the 12 days of Christmas; celebrates visit of the three kings to baby Jesus; especially important to Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics.

Jan. 6,
Christian Christmas - Orthodox Christian
Orthodox Christians celebrate Jesus' birth.
Jan. 7,
sikh Maghi - Sik-Hindu

This Hindu festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated after the mid-winter celebration of Lohri, where bonfires are lit in Northern India. The following morning Hindus enjoy this festival which involves ritual baths in rivers and ponds.


Jan. 13,
buddhist Bodhi Day
Commemorates the day Buddha, sometimes known as Siddhartha Gautama or Shakyamuni Buddha, experienced enlightenment.

Jan. 18,
2024 *lunar calendar date

baha'i World Religion Day – Baha’i

In 1950, this day was founded by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States to address the need for religious unity.

Jan. 21,
Jewish Tu Bishavat
This Jewish holiday is celebrated as an ancient Earth Day, where trees are planted annually.
Jan. 21,

Wiladat: Imam Ali – Islam
The Shia observance is based on the Birthday of Imam Ali ibn Aboutaleb. Some countries consider this day as Father’s Day.

Jan. 25,

Imbolc  - Wiccan/Neo Pagan
Pagans and Wiccans celebrate this festival as the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, which honors light, fire, and the return of life after a long winter.

Feb. 1,

Lailat al Miraj – Islam
Muslims remember Prophet Muhammad’s pilgrimage from Mecca to Jerusalem on this holy day. After his arrival, he ascended to Heaven.

Feb. 8,
Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

Chinese New Year – Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
This celebration of the new year on the lunisolar Chinese Calendar is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. It also influences the Lunar New Year celebrations of nearly 56 other ethnic groups, including Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Feb. 10,

Christian Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins) – Christian

Begins Christian Lent - observance for 40 days; name derives from symbolic use of ashes to signify penitence.

Feb. 14-Mar. 28, 2024
St. Valentine’s Day – Christian Catholic – Interfaith USA Feb. 14,
buddhist Nirvana Day & Parinirvana – Buddhist

 Commemorates the death of Buddha.

Feb. 15,

Promised Savior Day – Islam
The Shia observance is based on the birthday of Imam Mahdi, the promised savior who is the descendant of Prophet Muhammad. The eschatological redeemer of Islam and ultimate savior of humankind and the final Imam of the Shia who will emerge with Isa (Jesus Christ) to fulfill their mission of bringing peace and justice to the world.

Lailat al Bara-ah – Islam
Night of Forgiveness. A night of prayer to Allah for forgiveness of the dead. Preparation for Ramadan through intense prayer.

Feb. 25,
baha'i Ayyam-i-Ha – Baha’i Nineteen Day Fast Period 

 This period adjusts the Baha’i year to the solar calendar. It leads to the 19 day fast; each day of Ayyam-i-Ha is marked by a different virtue like hospitality, gift giving or charity.


Feb. 26-29, 2024 
Islam Ramadan - Islam 
The ninth month in the Islamic calendar; 30 days of strict fasting from sunup to sundown in honor of the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
Mar 11-April 10,
Christian St. Patrick’s Day – Catholic Christian
A religious and cultural holiday
Mar. 17,
Christian Clean Monday (Lent Begins) – Orthodox Christian

Period of preparation for Easter, usually 40 days before. Clean Monday signifies the beginning of the Lenten period.

Mar. 18,

Naw-Ruz – Baha’i (New Year)

Nowruz – Zoroastrian (Persian New Year)
The day of the vernal equinox, which marks the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. It is celebrated as the beginning of New Year in Iran, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, and by various ethno-linguistic groups across the world.

Mar. 19-20, 2024

Mar. 20-21,

Jewish Purim – Jewish

Feast of Lots; celebrates deliverance of Jews of ancient Persians froma plot to destroy them.

Mar. 23-24, 2024
Hindu  Holi
This is one of the most known Hindu holy days, and it celebrates the arrival of spring and new life. This lasts for a night and a day, starting on the evening of the Full Moon Day.
Mar. 25, 2024
Christian Palm Sunday – Christian

Celebrates the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem during Passover. Usually reenacted by the waving of palm branches and the singing of songs. This also commemorates the beginning of Holy Week.

Mar. 24,
Christian Holy Thursday – Christian

This day celebrates the institution of the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) at Jesus’ Last Supper.

Good Friday – Christian 
The Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion and death.

Easter – Christian
Celebration of the resurrection of Christ. It is observed during Holy Week as part of the Paschal Triduum.

Mar. 28,


Mar. 29,

Mar. 31,


Lailat al-Qadr – Islam
Night of Destiny, the holiest night of the year for Muslims as it’s believed it’s the night that the Quran was sent down from Heaven. The last ten nights of Ramadan are dedicated to praying and scripture reading as they believe this night of decree took place in one of those ten nights.

April 6,

Eid al-Fitr – Islam
Festival of the breaking of the fast of Ramadan.

April 9-10, 2024
Hindu Baisakhi/Vaisakhi – Hindu – Sikh

 Anniversary of the creation of the Khalsa (the army of the Pure Ones) in 1699.

April 13,
baha'i Ridvan – Baha’i
Commemorates the declaration of Baha’u’llah to his followers in 1863. Work is suspended for the 1st, 9th and 12th day.
April 21-May 3, 2024
Jewish Pesach (Passover) – Jewish

 Marks the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt; “Seder” ceremonies emphasize the concept of freedom.

April 22 – 30,

Beltane-Pagan, Wicca
This Pagan and Wiccan festival honors and represents the peak time of Spring and the beginning of Summer.

May 1, 2024

Holy Thursday  – Orthodox Christian
This day celebrates the institution of the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) at Jesus’ Last Supper.

Good Friday  – Orthodox Christian
The Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion and death.

Easter – Orthodox Christian
Celebration of the resurrection of Christ.

April 28, 2024


May 3, 2024

May 5, 2024

Christian Ascension Day – Christian

Celebrates Jesus’ ascent into heaven.

May 9,
Jewish Yom Ha-Sho’ah – Jewish
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
May 5-6,
Christian Pentecost – Christian

 Fifty days after Easter, this time celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon early Christians following the ascension of Jesus.

May 19,
Christian Trinity Sunday – Protestant Christian
Christian feast dat dedicated to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, the essence of God expressing itself in three persons: God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the spirit of God. 
May 26,
Memorial Day – Interfaith USA May 27,

Ascension of Baha’u’llah – Baha’i
A commemoration of the death of Baha’u’llah.

May 29, 2024

sikh Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev – Sikh
Anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev in 1606 C. E., the fifth guru who had built the Golden Temple of Amristar.

June 10,

Jewish Shavuot – Jewish

Festival of Weeks; celebrates harvest of first fruits and commemorates the giving of the Torah and Commandments at Mt’ Sinai.

June 11-13, 2024
Islam The Hajj
This annual pilgrimage to Mecca is perhaps the most important Muslim holy day. This trip of a lifetime is required of all Muslims if they are physically or financially able to.
June 14-19, 2024
Islam Eid-al-Adha
This Islamic faith holiday ends the Hajj pilgrimage. It celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Ishmael, his son, to obey God. Because of this, a lamb is given to him to sacrifice in place of his son. On this day, animals, typically a sheep or a goat, are sacrificed and enjoyed by both the family and those in need. Also known as the Feast of Sacrifice.
June 16-19, 2024
Juneteenth – Interfaith USA

Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, it commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery.

June 19, 2024
pagan Litha Summer Solstice – Pagan/Wicca
This Pagan and Wiccan festival is held on the summer solstice.
June 21, 2024
Independence Day – Interfaith USA July 4
Islam Hijri New Year

The Islamic New Year marks the beginning of the lunar Hijri year.

July 7, 2024
Islam Ashura – Islam

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.

July 16-17, 2024
buddhist Asalha Puja
For Buddhists, this day is the start of a three-month mandatory retreat for all monks. Buddhists visit temples to give offerings, pray and meditate and listen to sermons. It is intended to be a day of new beginnings and renewal.

July 21,

 mormon temple Pioneer Day – Mormon

 Observance of the arrival of Brigham Young and the early settlers to Salt Lake City, Utah.

July 24,

 Jewish Tisha B’av – Jewish

 A day of mourning and repentance in remembrance of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

Aug. 12-13, 2024
Christian Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary – Catholic Christian
This feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God.

Aug. 15,

Christian Dormition of the Theotokos – Orthodox Christian

The Orthodox Christian commemoration of the death and burial of the Virgin Mary.

Aug. 15, 2024
Hindu Raksha Bandhan – Hindu

Hindu festival honoring the loving ties between brothers and sisters in a family.

Aug. 19,

Islam Arbaeen – Islam

This day marks the end of the 40-day mourning period after Ashura for Shia Muslims. It marks the day that God delivered Israelites from the Egyptian Pharaoh by parting the Red Sea where they could safely cross

Aug. 25, 2024
Hindu Krishna Janmashtami – Hindu

 Hindu commemoration of the birth of Krishna – the 8th incarnation of the god Vishnu who took the form of Krishna to destroy the evil king Kansa.

Aug. 26, 2024
Labor Day – Interfaith USA Sept. 2,
Christian Nativity of Mary – Christian

A Christian celebration of the birth of the Virgin Mary.

Sept. 8,
Jain Paryushana Parva – Jain

 Jain 8 day fesitval signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement. Marked by recitations from Jain sacred writing and family exchange of cards and letters. Celebration of the natural qualities of the soul. The 8th day (Samvatsari) is most important and is forcused on forgiveness.

Sept. 8,
Christian Holy Cross Day – Christian

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

Sept. 14,
pagan Mabon – Wicca/Pagan

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

Sept. 21-29, 2024
Islam Mawlid
The celebration of the birth of the Prophet Muhammad in the Islamic faith. Muslim students may be fasting.
Sept. 15 -16, 2024
Sundown to Sundown 
Hindu Pitru Paksha
A period when members of the Hindu faith pay homage to their ancestors.
Sep 17 -Oct. 2, 2024 
Christian Meskel – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

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

Sept. 27, 2024
Jewish Rosh Hashanah – Jewish

 Jewish New Year. Begins at sundown. 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. Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, activities.

Oct. 2 –4 2024

Sundown- to Sundown 

Hindu Navaratri – Hindu

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

Oct. 3, 2024

Christian Feast of St. Francis – Christian

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.

Oct. 4, 2024

Jewish Yom Kippur – Jewish

Begins at sundown. Jewish Day of Atonement. The holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with strict fasting and ceremonial repentance. Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, activities. Jewish community members may be fasting all day.

Oct. 11-12, 2024
Sundown-to Sundown 

Hindu Dasara (Dussehra) – Hindu

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

Oct. 12, 2024

Jewish Sukkot – Jewish

Begins at sundown. Jewish Feast of Tabernacles which celebrates the harvest and 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. Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, activities during the first two days.

Oct. 16 -23, 2024

Sundown to Sundown

Jewish Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah – Jewish

Begins at sundown. Jewish completion of the annual cycle of reading of the Torah. Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, activities during the first two days.

Oct. 24 -25, 2024


Christian Reformation Day – Protestant Christian

 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 statement on Wittenbeg Church door. 

Oct. 31, 2024
Christian All Hallow’s Eve – Christian

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

Oct. 31, 2024
Christian All Saints Day (Dia de Muertos)– Christian

 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 to attend Mass.

Nov. 1, 2024
Hindu Diwali – Hindu – Jain – Sikh

 Hindu Festival of Lights symbolizing the human urge to move toward the light. Gift exchanges, fireworks and festive meals. Hindu, Jain, Sikh community members will likely request to have this day off.

Nov. 1, 2024
Jain Gujarati New Year – Jain
A day celebrated on the first day after the month of Kartika.
Nov. 1, 2024
pagan Samhain – Pagan/Wicca

Wiccan festival marking the end of the harvest season endings and beginnings and of remembering the dead.Revering of elders is also observed. Begins at sundown.

Nov. 1, 2024
Christian All Souls Day – Catholic Christian

Christian day of prayers of 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.

Nov. 2, 2024
Crowning of Haile Selassie
The day when Haile Selassie ascended the Ethiopian throne. This is one of the holiest days in the Rastafarian year
Nov. 2, 2024
baha'i Birth of the Baha'u'llah – Baha’i

Begins at sundown. Baha’i honoring of the founder of the Babi religion, forerunner to Baha’u’llah and the Baha’i faith. Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events. Baha’i community members will likely request to have this day off.

Nov. 3, 2024

Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday – Sikh

Sikh honoring of the birth of the first Sikh teacher who lived from 1469 – 1539 c.e. Sacred readings, prayers, hymns, meals together.

Nov. 15, 2024

Christ the King – Christian

Christian celebration of the preeminence of Jesus over all earthly authorities.

Nov. 24, 2024

Nativity Fast Begins – Orthodox Christian
Nativity Fast sanctifies the last part of the year and is established so that by the day of the Nativity of Christ we will purify ourselves by repentance, prayer and abstinence.

Nov. 28, 2024
Christian St. Andrew's Day Feast
Celebrates the patron of Romania, Ukraine, Barbados, Greece, Russia and Scotland
Nov. 30, 2024
Christian Advent – Christian

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 advent candles, display of wreaths, and special ceremonies. Advent also anticipates the coming again to earth of Jesus Christ. The season continues through December 24.

Dec. 1 -24, 2024
Christian St. Nicholas Day – Christian

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

Dec. 6, 2024
Christian Feast of the Immaculate Conception– Roman Catholic 

Roman Catholic day of celebrating Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all of her life. A day of obligation and required Mass attendance.

*Dec. 9, 2024
 Christian Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe – Roman Catholic 

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

Dec. 12, 2024
Christian Posadas Navidenas – Christian

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

Dec. 16 – 24, 2024
pagan Yule – Wicca/Pagan

The festival of the winter solstice - a Norse Pagan celebration of the winter-born king, symbolized by the rebirth of the sun. A present day Wicca event.

Dec. 21- Jan. 1, 2025
Christian Christmas Eve – Christian

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

Dec. 24, 2024
 Christian Christmas – Christian

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

Dec. 25, 2024
Jewish Hanukkah – Judaism

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

Dec. 25 – Jan. 2, 2025
Kwanzaa – Interfaith USA

Seven-day spiritual celebration of African-American values and traditions and their continued vitality. “Kwanzaa” is Swahili and means “first fruits of the harvest.”

Dec. 26 – Jan. 1, 2025