HOLYDAYS

By Rev. Joshua Burkholder

Knowing the holydays of our diverse friends helps us celebrate, remember, and affirm the arts that are part of their traditions: BuddhistChristianHinduJewishIslamic, and others. We've listed a sampling of those holydays below. To keep up to date, sign-up for our weekly e-newsletter.
"Freedom of Worship" (1943) by Norman Rockwell
FEBRUARY 2017
  • 2 - Candlemas | Presentation of Christ in the Temple | Christian
  • 3 - Setsebun sai (beginning of spring) | Shinto
  • 11 - Tu BiShvat | Jewish
  • 14 - St. Valentine's Day | Christian
  • 15 - Nirvana Day | Buddhist - Jain - Sikh
  • 25 - Maha Shavaratri | Hindu
  • 28 - Shrove Tuesday | Christian
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MARCH 2016
  • 7 - Shivratri | Hindu
  • 1-19 - The Nineteen Day Fast | Baha'i
  • 20 - Nowruz / Naw-Ruz | Baha'i, Zoroastrian
  • 20 - Palm Sunday | Christian
  • 20 - Spring Equinox (Ostara) | Pagan
  • 23 - Holi Festival | Hindu
  • 24 - Purim | Jewish
  • 24 - Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) | Christian
  • 24 - Hola Mohalla | Sikh
  • 25 - Good Friday | Christian
  • 26 - Holy Saturday | Christian
  • 27 - Easter Sunday | Christian
APRIL 
MAY
  • 5 - Ascension Day | Christian
  • 15 - Pentecost | Christian
  • 15 - Buddha Day (or Visakha Puja, Wesak) | Buddhist
  • 22 - Trinity Sunday | Christian
  • 23 - Declaration of the Bab Baha'i
  • 28 - Ascension of Baha'u'llah Baha'i
  • 29 - Corpus Christi | Christian
JUNE
  • June 5-Jul 5 - Ramadan | Muslim
  • 12-13 - Shavuot | Jewish
  • 20 - Summer Solstice | Pagan 
  • 29 - St. Peter and St. Paul's Day | Christian
JULY
  • 5 - Eid-ul-Fitr | Muslim
  • 6 - Ratha Yatra | Hindu
  • 9 - The Martyrdom of the Bab Baha'i
  • 19 - Asala - Darma Day | Buddhist
  • 22 - Feast of Mary Magdalene | Christian
AUGUST
  • 6 - Transfiguration of Jesus | Christian
  • 14 - Ticha B'Av | Jewish
  • 15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary | Christian
SEPTEMBER
  • 8 - Birth of the Virgin Mary | Christian
  • 22 - Autumn Equinox (Mabon) | Pagan
  • 29 - Michaelmas | Christian
OCTOBER
  • 3-4 - Rosh Hashanah | Jewish
  • 7-11 - Durga Puja | Hindu
  • 11 - Ashura | Muslim
  • 12 - Yom Kippur | Jewish
  • 17-23 - Sukkot | Jewish
  • 30 - Diwali | Hindu, Jain, Sikh
  • 31 - All Hallows' Eve | Christian
NOVEMBER
  • 1 - Birth of the Bab Baha'i
  • 2 - Birth of Baha'u'llah Baha'i
  • 2 - All Souls' Day | Christian
  • 27 - Advent Sunday | Christian
DECEMBER 2016
  • 8 - Bodhi Day | Buddhist 
  • 12 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe | Christian
  • 22 - Winter Solstice (Yule) | Pagan
  • 25 - Christmas Day | Christian 
  • Dec. 25-Jan. 1, 2017 - Hanukkah | Jewish
JANUARY 2017
  • 5 - Twelfth Night | Christian
  • 6 - Epiphany | Christian
  • 12-15 - Mahayana New Year | Buddhist
  • 13 - Maghi | Sikh
  • 15 - World Religion Day | Baha'i
  • 20 - Feast Day of Saint Sebastian | Christian (LGBT)
  • 28 - Chinese New Year | Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist