Interfaith Calendar: Religious and Cultural Observances

Read The Spirit reports on major holidays, festivals, milestones and other observances that shape community life around the world. As we approach these special dates, our columnist Stephanie Fenton reports fresh stories about the way each milestone is marked. Please remember: DATES and OBSERVANCES VARY.

Here is our 2017 list …

January 2017

Black-and-white photo of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in suit with microphones, speaking outdoors

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

1—New Year’s Day

1—Mary, Mother of God (Catholic)

1—Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)

1—Gantan-sai (New Year’s) (Shinto)

5—Twelfth Night (Christian)

5–Guru Gobindh Singh birthday (Sikh)

6—Epiphany and Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) (Christian) NOTE: In some regions and denominations, observance is held on January 1; in others, the celebration is transferred to Sunday, January 8. Also, some traditions combine this with liturgical celebrations of the Baptism of Jesus.

6—Theophany (Orthodox Christian)

7—Nativity of Christ (Orthodox Christian, Julian calendar)

12 – Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)

13—Maghi (Sikh)

14—Makar Sankranti (Hindu)

14—Sunset, World Religion Day (Baha’i)

16—Martin Luther King Day (U.S.)

17 – Blessing of the Animals (Hispanic Catholic Christian)

19—Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins (Christian)

19—Timkat (Ethiopian Christian)

25—Conversion of St. Paul (Christian)

27—World Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day

28—Chinese New Year

February:

Black-and-white stamp of Four Immortal Chaplains

This U.S. postage stamp was issued in honor of the Four Immortal Chaplains in 1948. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

1—Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

2—Candlemas/Presentation of Lord at the Temple (Christian)

2—Imbolc / Lughnassadh (Wiccan/Pagan)

2—St. Brighid of Kildare (Celtic Christian)

2—Groundhog Day

3—Setsubun Sai (Shinto)

5—Four Chaplains Sunday (Interfaith)

10 –Sunset, Tu B’Shvat (Jewish)

11—Our Lady of Lourdes (Catholic)

Vintage postcard child cupid with wings pulling wagon with flowers and gifts

Photo by Anaiba Estevez, belongs to Laminas Vintage, courtesy of Picasa

14—St. Valentine’s Day (Christian/Secular)

15—Nirvana Day (Buddhist / Jain)

19–Meatfare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

20—Presidents’ Day (U.S.)

24–Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

26–Cheesefare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

26–Transfiguration Sunday (Christian)

25—Sunset, Intercalary Days (Days of Ha) begin (Baha’i)

27/28—Ramakrishna Jayanti (Hindu)

27—Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian)

28—Shrove or Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras (Christian)

March:

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Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day) (Japan)

1—Ash Wednesday (Christian)

1—Sunset, Nineteen Day Fast begins (Baha’i)

3—Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day) (Japan)

5—Sunday of Orthodoxy (Orthodox Christian)

11—Sunset, Purim begins (Jewish)

12—Daylight Savings Time begins

12—Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)

12—Holi (Hindu)

12/13—Hola Mohalla (Sikh) (Dates may vary by region)

13—L. Ron Hubbard birthday (Scientology)

17—St. Patrick’s Day (Christian/Secular)

20–St. Joseph’s Day (Christian) Transferred from March 19, as it is, in 2017, the third Sunday of Lent.

20—Equinox

20—Ostara/Mabon (Wiccan/Pagan)

20—Sunset, Naw-Ruz (Baha’i)

21—Norooz (Persian/Zoroastrian)

21—International Day of Nowruz

25—Annunciation of the Lord (Christian)

28—Ramayana begins (Hindu)

28—Ugadi, New Year (Hindu)

April:

Eggs painted in various colors, detailed, in basket

Photo in public domain

LENT and EASTER/PASCHA:
More than 2 billion people around the world claim Christian affiliation, making it the world’s largest religious group. However, deep divisions in Christianity have left what many Christian leaders consider to be a tragic separation in celebrations of the church’s most important holiday: Easter, which Eastern Christians refer to as “Pascha.” Wikipedia has a detailed article about historical efforts to unify the date of Easter. In 2017, Eastern and Western Easters converge in 2017 on April 16—then separate once more and stay that way through the end of the decade.

1—Lazarus Saturday (Orthodox Christian)

2—Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

5—Ramnavami (Hindu)

9—Palm Sunday (Christian)

9—Mahavir Jayanti (Jain) (Date may vary by region)

10—Sunset, Pesach (Passover) begins (Jewish)

11—Lord’s Evening Meal (Jehovah’s Witness)

11—Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)

11—Theravadin New Year (Buddhist)

13—Maundy Thursday (Christian)

14—Good Friday (Christian)

14—Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)

14—Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) (Sikh)

15—Holy Saturday (Christian)

16—Easter (Christian)

16—Pascha (Easter) (Orthodox Christian)

17—Bright Week (Christian)

20—Sunset, First Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

22—Earth Day

23—Sunset, Yom HaShoah (Jewish)

23—Sunset, Lailat al Miraj (Islam)

23—Bright Sunday or Holy Humor Sunday (Christian)

28—Akshaya Tritiya (Hindu)

28—Sunset, Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

30—Sunset, Yom HaZikaron (Jewish)

May:

Three girls in fancy red Mexican dresses and hairdos

Dancers join the Cinco de Mayo parade in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Obie Fernandez, courtesy of Flickr

1–Sunset, Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Jewish)

1—Beltane / Samhain (Wiccan/Pagan)

1—Sunset, Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

4—National Day of Prayer (Interfaith)

5—Cinco de Mayo

10–Visakha Puja/Vesak Day (Buddhist)

11–Sunset, Lailat al Bara’ah (Islam)

13–Sunset, Lag B’Omer (Jewish)

14—Mother’s Day (U.S.)

22—Sunset, Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)

23—Sunset, Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) (Jewish)

25–Ascension of the Lord (Catholic Christian)

26—Sunset, Ramadan begins (Islam)

28—Sunset, Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

30—Memorial Day (U.S.)

30–Sunset, Shavuot (Jewish)

June:

4—Pentecost Sunday (Christian)

5—Whit Monday (Christian)

9—St. Columba of Iona (Celtic Christian)

11—Trinity Sunday (Christian)

14—Flag Day (U.S.)

15–Corpus Christi (Catholic)

16—Martyrdom of Guru Arjan (Sikh)

18—Father’s Day (U.S.)

19—Juneteenth (U.S.)

19—New Church Day (Swedenborgian Christian)

21—Solstice

21—Litha/Yule (Wiccan/Pagan)

21 – Sunset, Lailat al Qadr (Islam)

23–Sacred Heart of Jesus (Catholic)

24—Midsummer

24—Nativity of John the Baptist (Catholic)

24–Sunset, Eid al-Fitr (Islam)

29—Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (Christian)

July:

Red, white and blue batter cupcakes with white icing peak and American flag on top

Photo by Ginny, courtesy of Flickr

4—Independence Day (U.S.)

8—Sunset, Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)

9—Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)

11–Feast of All Saints (Orthodox Christian)

13 through mid-August—Obon (Ullambana) (Buddhist/Shinto/Japan)

15—St. Vladimir the Great (Orthodox Christian)

23—Birthday of Haile Selassie (Rastafari)

23—Sunset, The Three Weeks begins (Jewish)

23—Khordad Sal (Qadimi) (Zoroastrian)

24—Pioneer Day (Mormon)

25—St. James the Apostle (Christian)

31–Sunset, Tisha B’Av (Jewish)

August:

Hands and arms, tying a threaded bracelet onto another person

Tying a rakhi for Raksha Bandhan. Photo by Joe Athialy, courtesy of Flickr

1—Lammas (Christian)

1—Lughnassadh/Imbolc (Wiccan/Pagan)

1—Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Lord Jesus (Orthodox Christian)

6—Transfiguration of the Lord (Orthodox Christian)

7—Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

9—World Indigenous Peoples Day

14, 15—Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

15—Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christian)

15—Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)

17—Birth anniversary of Marcus Garvey (Rastafari, anniversary)

18—Paryushan Parva begins (Jain) (Dates may vary by region and sect)

29—Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Christian)

30—Sunset, Waqf al Arafa (Hajj Day) (Islam)

31—Sunset, Eid al-Adha (Islam)

September:

Pink elephant statue with bangles, gold and fancy painted clothes

Ganesh. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

1—Ecclesiastical Year begins (Orthodox Christian)

4—Labor Day (U.S.)

4/5—Anant Chaturdashi (Hindu)

8—Nativity of Virgin Mary (Christian)

11—Patriot Day (U.S.)

14—Elevation of the Life-Giving Cross (Holy Cross Day) (Christian)

20—Navaratri (Hindu)

20–Sunset, Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

20–Sunset, Hijra (New Year) (Islam)

22—Equinox

22—Mabon/Ostara (Wiccan/Pagan)

25–Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

27—Meskel (Ethiopian Christian)

29—Michael and All Angels (Christian)

29—Sunset, Yom Kippur (Jewish)

30—Dussehra / Vijayadashami (Hindu)

30–Sunset, Ashura (Islam)

October:

Man in brown robes in field with animals

Saint Francis with the Animals. 

4—St. Francis Day and Blessing of the Animals (Christian)

4—Sunset, Sukkot (Jewish)

9—Thanksgiving (Canada)

9—Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day (U.S.)

11—Sunset, Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)

12—Sunset, Simchat Torah (Jewish)

18—St. Luke, Apostle and Evangelist (Christian)

Girl poses with candle-lit bowls of oil

A girl with diya lamps lit for Diwali. Photo by Partha Sarathi Sahana, courtesy of Flickr

19—Diwali (Hindu / Sikh / Jain)

20-21—Birth of the Bab and Baha’u’llah 2017 (Baha’i)

20—Installation of the Scriptures as Guru Granth (Sikh)

24—United Nations Day

31—Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)

31—All Hallows Eve (Christian)

November:

1—All Saints Day (Christian)
1—Samhain/Beltane (Wicca/Pagan)
1—Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead (Mexico)
2—All Souls Day (Catholic)
5—Daylight Savings Time ends
9—Kristallnacht (Anniversary)
11—Veterans Day (U.S.)
15—Nativity Fast begins (Orthodox Christian)
23—Thanksgiving (U.S.)
24—Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur (Sikh)
25—Sunset, Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)
26 – Christ the King (Christian)
27—Sunset, Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i)
30—St. Andrew’s Day (Christian)
30 – Mawlid an-Nabi (Islam)

December:

Man with red bishop's hat and white beard waves with white gloved hand

Sinterklaas arrives in the Netherlands. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

3—Advent begins (Christian)
6—St. Nicholas Day (Christian)
7—Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
8—Bodhi Day /Rohatsu (Buddhist)
8—Immaculate Conception of Mary (Catholic)
12—Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic)
12—Sunset, Hanukkah begins (Jewish)
16—Posadas Navidenas begins (Hispanic Christian)
21—Solstice
21—Yule/Litha (Wicca/Pagan)
21—Yule (Christian)
24—Christmas Eve (Christian)
25—Christmas (Christian)
25—Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)
26—Kwanzaa
26—St. Stephen’s Day (Christian)
31—Feast of the Holy Family (Christian)
31—Watch Night (Christian)
31—New Year’s Eve

 

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Care to look back?

Here are our 2016 stories …

JANUARY 2016

1—New Year’s Day

1—Mary, Mother of God (Catholic)

1—Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)

1—Gantan-sai (New Year’s) (Shinto)

5—Twelfth Night (Christian)

6—Epiphany and Three Kings Day (Dia de los Reyes) (Christian) (In many communities, the celebration is transferred to Sunday, Jan. 3.)

6—Theophany (Orthodox Christian)

13—Maghi (Sikh)

Clean Monday kites flying photo from Wikimedia Commons15—Makar Sankranti (Hindu)

17—World Religion Day (Baha’i)

18—Martin Luther King Day (U.S.)

18—Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins (Christian)

20—Timkat (Ethiopian Christian)

24—Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)

24—Sunset, Tu B’Shvat (Jewish)

25—Conversion of St. Paul (Christian)

27—World Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day

28—St. Thomas Aquinas (Catholic)

 

February

2—Candlemas/Presentation of Lord at the Temple (Christian)

2—Imbolc / Lughnassadh (Wiccan/Pagan)

2—St. Brigid of Kildare (Celtic Christian)

2—Groundhog Day

3—Setsubun Sai (Shinto)

7—Four Chaplains Sunday (Interfaith)

7—Transfiguration Sunday (Christian)

8—Chinese New Year of the Monkey

9—Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras (Christian)

Woman with glasses standing with eyes closed, hand with white sleeve touching her forehead

A woman receives ashes on her forehead at an Ash Wednesday service. Photo John Ragai, courtesy of Flickr

10—Ash Wednesday (Christian)

11—Our Lady of Lourdes (Catholic)

12—Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

14—St. Valentine’s Day (Christian/Secular)

15—Nirvana Day (Buddhist / Jain)

15—Presidents’ Day (U.S.)

25—Sunset, Intercalary Days (Days of Ha) begin (Baha’i)

 

March

1—Sunset, Nineteen Day Fast begins (Baha’i)

3—Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day) (Japan)

6—Meatfare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

7—Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

10—Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti (Hindu)

13—Daylight Savings Time begins

13—Forgiveness Sunday / Cheesefare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

13—L. Ron Hubbard birthday (Scientology)

14—Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian)

17—St. Patrick’s Day (Christian/Secular)

20—Equinox

20—Ostara/Mabon (Wiccan/Pagan)

20—Palm Sunday (Christian)

20—Sunday of Orthodoxy (Orthodox Christian)

20—Sunset, Naw-Ruz (Baha’i)

21—Norooz (Persian/Zoroastrian)

21—International Day of Nowruz

23—Holi (Hindu)

23—Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)

baking sheet with triangle-shaped pastries filled with jam

Hamentaschen, or Haman’s pockets, are a popular treat for Purim. Photo by ulterior epicure, courtesy of Flickr

23—Sunset, Purim begins (Jewish)

23/24—Hola Mohalla (Sikh) (Dates may vary by region)

24—Maundy Thursday (Christian)

25—Good Friday (Christian)

25—Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christian)

26—Holy Saturday (Christian)

27—Easter (Western Christian)

28—Easter Monday (Christian)

28—Khordad Sal (Zoroastrian)

 

April

4—Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord (Christian)

Metallic tray and bowl, fancy, with candles, flowers and dish of liquid-like food

A tray prepared for Ugadi. Photo by Kalyan Kanuri, courtesy of Flickr

8—Ugadi, New Year (Hindu)

8—Ramayana (Hindu)

12—Beverly Cleary’s 100th birthday

14—Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) (Sikh)

15—Ramnavami (Hindu)

19/20—Mahavir Jayanti (Jain) (Date may vary by region)

20—Sunset, First Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

22—Earth Day

22—Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)

22—Theravadin New Year (Buddhist)

23—Lord’s Evening Meal (Jehovah’s Witness)

22—Sunset, Pesach (Passover) begins (Jewish)

23—Lazarus Saturday (Orthodox Christian)

24—Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

28—Sunset, Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

29—Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)

 

May

1—Pascha (Easter) (Orthodox Christian)

1—Beltane / Samhain (Wiccan/Pagan)

1—Sunset, Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

5—National Day of Prayer (Interfaith)

4—Sunset, Yom HaShoah (Jewish)

5—Lailat al Miraj (Islam)

5—Ascension of the Lord (Christian)

(In some ecclesiastical provinces, celebration is transferred to May 8)

5—Cinco de Mayo

Woman with two twin girls, young

Photo by Donnie Ray Jones, courtesy of Flickr

8—Mother’s Day (U.S.)

9—Akshaya Tritiya (Hindu)

10—Sunset, Yom Hazikaron (Jewish)

11—Sunset, Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Jewish)

15—Visakha Puja (Hindu)

15—Pentecost Sunday (Christian)

16—Whit Monday (Christian)

20—Vesak (Buddhist)

21—Lailat al Bara’ah (Islam)

22—Trinity Sunday (Christian)

22—Sunset, Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)

25—Sunset, Lag B’Omer (Jewish)

26—Corpus Christi (Catholic) In some ecclesiastical provinces, celebration is transferred to May 29.

28—Sunset, Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

National Memorial Day Concert th30—Memorial Day (U.S.)

 

June

3—Sacred Heart of Jesus (Catholic)

4—Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic)

4—Sunset, Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) (Jewish)

6—

Woman stands below grand ceiling, hands raised, looking at ceiling, in dress and headscarf

A Muslim woman offers a Ramadan prayer. Photo by Thamer Al-Hassan, courtesy of Flickr

Ramadan begins after sunset on June 5 (Islam)

9—St. Columba of Iona (Celtic Christian)

9—Ascension of Jesus (Orthodox Christian)

11—Sunset, Shavuot (Jewish)

14—Flag Day (U.S.)

16—Martyrdom of Guru Arjan (Sikh)

19—Father’s Day (U.S.)

19—Juneteenth (U.S.)

19—New Church Day (Swedenborgian Christian)

19—Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)

Three older girls smile while wearing wildflower crowns

Girls pose in Midsummer crowns of flowers. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

20—Solstice / Litha/Yule (Wiccan/Pagan)Midsummer

20—First Nations Day (Canadian Native)

24—Nativity of John the Baptist (Catholic)

26—Feast of All Saints (Orthodox Christian)

29—Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (Christian)

 

July

2—Lailat al Qadr (Islam)

July-4-food (1)4—Independence Day (U.S.)

6—Eid al-Fitr (Islam) (often spelled Eid ul-Fitr as well)

8—Sunset, Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)

13—Obon (Ullambana) (Buddhist/Shinto/Japan)

15—St. Vladimir the Great (Orthodox Christian)

19—Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)

1936 Haile Selassie as TIME magazine's Man of the Year (1)23—Birthday of Haile Selassie (Rastafari)

23—Sunset, The Three Weeks begins (Jewish)

24—Pioneer Day (Mormon)

25—St. James the Apostle (Christian)

 

August

Wheat in field with blue sky in background

1—Lammas (Christian)

1—Lughnassadh (Wiccan/Pagan)

Obon August update

1—Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Lord Jesus (Orthodox Christian)

6—Transfiguration of the Lord (Christian)

6—Hiroshima Day

9—World Indigenous Peoples Day

13—Sunset, Tisha B’Av (Jewish)

15—Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christian)

15—Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)

17—Birth anniversary of Marcus Garvey (Rastafari, anniversary)

Woman at market in front of rows and boxes of colorfu bracelets

A woman browses a marketplace for Raksha Bandhan.

18—Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

24, 25—Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

(Note: Southern, Eastern and Western India Aug. 24; Northern India Aug. 25)

29—Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Christian)

29—Paryushan Parva (Jain) (Dates may vary by region and sect)

 

September

1—Ecclesiastical Year begins (Orthodox Christian)

4—Canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta at the Vatican

5—Labor Day (U.S.)

5—Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

8—Nativity of Virgin Mary (Christian)

Crowd of people with white architecture in background

Pilgrims attending Hajj. Photo by Bilal Randeree, courtesy of Flickr

10—Hajj begins (Islam)

11—Patriot Day (U.S.)

12—Eid al-Adha (Islam)

14—Elevation of the Life-Giving Cross (Holy Cross Day) (Christian)

15—Anant Chaturdashi (Hindu)

22—Equinox

22—Mabon/Ostara (Wiccan/Pagan)

29—Michael and All Angels (Christian)

29—Meskel (Ethiopian Christian)

 

October

October, especially 19—Bullying Prevention Month and PACER Unity Day

1—Navaratri (Hindu)

2—New Year (Islam)

2—Sunset, Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

4—St. Francis Day and Blessing of the Animals (Catholic)

10—Columbus Day and Indigenous People’s Day (U.S.)

10—Thanksgiving (Canada)

11—Daesara (Hindu)

11—Sunset, Yom Kippur (Jewish)

12—Ashura (Islam)

16—Sunset, Sukkot (Jewish)

18—St. Luke, Apostle and Evangelist (Christian)

19—Sunset, Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)

20—Installation of the Scriptures as Guru Granth (Sikh)

23—Sunset, Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)

24—United Nations Day

24—Sunset, Simchat Torah (Jewish)

30—Diwali (Hindu / Sikh / Jain)

31—All Hallows Eve (Christian)

31—Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)

31—New Year (Jain)

 

November

1—All Saints Day (Christian)

1—Samhain/Beltane (Wicca/Pagan)

1—Dia de Los Muertos/Day of the Dead (Mexico)

2—All Souls Day (Catholic)

6—Daylight Savings Time ends

9—Kristallnacht (Anniversary)

11—Veterans Day (U.S.)

11—Sunset, Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

15—Nativity Fast begins (Orthodox Christian)

20—Christ the King (Christian)

24—Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur (Sikh)

Pumpkin pie on plate with rest of whole pie behind it

Pumpkin pie. Photo by Dennis Wilkinson, courtesy of Flickr

24—Thanksgiving (U.S.)

25—Sunset, Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)

27—Advent begins (Christian)

27—Sunset, Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i)

30—St. Andrew’s Day (Christian)

 

December

6—St. Nicholas Day (Christian)

7—Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8—Bodhi Day /Rohatsu (Buddhist)

8—Immaculate Conception of Mary (Catholic)

12—Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic)

12—Mawlid an-Nabi (Islam)

16—Posadas Navidenas begins (Hispanic Christian)

21—Solstice

21—Yule/Litha (Wicca/Pagan)

21—Yule (Christian)

24—Sunset, Hanukkah begins (Jewish)

24—Christmas Eve (Christian)

25—Christmas (Christian)

25—Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)

26—Kwanzaa

26—Zarathosht Diso (Death of Zarathustra) (Zoroastrian)

26—St. Stephen’s Day (Christian)

28—Holy Innocents (Christian)

30—Feast of the Holy Family (Christian)

31—New Year’s Eve (Secular)

31—Watch Night (Christian)

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NOTE TO READERS

We will continue to update this list, month by month. As you read the list, you may discover we have missed a fascinating observance or detail. If so, please email us at ReadTheSpirit@gmail.com.

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