logomfcalendarThe following are major holy days and festivals for Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism and Sikhism. Whilst this list is not exhaustive it is comprehensive to represent each of the religions in good faith.

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MONTH DAY AND DATE
HOLY DAY - FESTIVAL
RELIGION
2022
 September  Thursday 1  Samvatsari **  Jainism
  Known as the Festival of Forgiveness, Samvatsari is celebrated on the last day of Paryushana. On this day, Jains (Swetamber sect) offer and seek forgiveness for their actions committed knowingly or unknowingly.
   Thursday 1 Daslakshana ** Jainism
  Daslakshana is a ten-day festival celebrated by Jains (Digambara sect), honouring the ten cardinal virtues of the soul: forgiveness, humility, straight forwardness, contentment, truth, sensual restraint, austerities, charity, non-possessiveness, and celibacy.
   Saturday 10 Kshamavani** Jainism
  Known as "Forgiveness Day", Kshamavani is celebrated on the last day of Daslakshana. On this day, Jains (Digambara sect) offer and seek forgiveness for actions committed knowingly or unknowingly.
   Mon 26 – Tues 27 Rosh Hashanah * Judaism
  Jewish New Year festival, marked by the blowing of the horn (shofar) which begins the ten days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). It is the beginning of the holiest time of the year for Jews, and the anniversary of the creation of the world.
   26 Sept – 5 Oct Navaratri ** Hinduism
  Navaratri, which literally means ‘nine nights’, is a festival honouring the Goddess/Divine Mother and her energy/power (Shakti). This nine-day festival includes worshipping and dancing as people celebrate various aspects of the feminine.
 October  Wednesday 5 Dussehra Hinduism
  Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami, Dasara) is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. People celebrate Dussehra through special prayer meetings and food offerings to the gods at home or in temples.
   Wednesday 5 Yom Kippur * Judaism
  Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, characterized by repentance and forgiveness. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.
   Sunday 9 Kathina * Buddhism
  Kathina is a Theravadan Buddhist festival which comes at the end of Vassa, the three-month rainy season retreat. It is a time of giving where the laity express gratitude to the monks and nuns by offering them new robes and other necessities. Also, a time for Buddhists to give money to the poor or needy, called giving alms.
   Mon 10 – Sun 16 Sukkot * Judaism
  Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Booths, is an eight-day Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. The name refers to the booths (sukkot) used by Israelites during the 40 years of wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated 5 days after Yom Kippur.
   Monday 17 Shemini Atzeret * Judaism
  Literally the “8th day of assembly,” this holiday marks the end of Sukkot with an annual prayer for rain.
   Tuesday 18 Simchat Torah * Judaism
  Simchat Torah is a joyous festival in which the annual cycle of reading the Torah is over, and the cycle begins again for the year. The celebration typically includes singing, dancing, and marching with Torah scrolls.
   Thursday 20 Conferment of Guruship to Guru Granth Sahib Sikhism
  This day celebrates Guru Gobind Singh Ji's (10th Guru) passing on guruship to the holy scriptures, henceforth known as the Guru Granth Sahib. The Guru Granth Sahib, comprising of 1430 pages of hymns, presides the most prominent place and shines the light of Truth to all Sikhs or devotees who seek it. (Celebrated on 6th November in amended Nanakshahi calendar]
   Monday 24 Diwali ** Hinduism
  Diwali, also known as Festival of Lights, is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals, commemorating the victory of good over evil. Diwali means ‘row of lamps/lights’ and refers to the rows of lamps celebrants place around their homes or on top of temples.
   Monday 24 (or 25) Mahavira Nirvana (Diwali) Jainism
  This is India’s annual festival of lights, celebrated throughout the nation.  In Jainism it has special significance, as on this day Lord Mahavira gave his last teachings and attained ultimate liberation (nirvana).
   Monday 24 Bandi Chhor Divas (Diwali) Sikhism
  Bandi Chhor Divas, or ‘The Celebration of Freedom’, commemorates the release in 1619 CE from prison of the sixth Sikh guru, Sri Guru Hargobind Ji. Sikhs continue this annual celebration with lamps being lit outside gurdwaras & sweets distributed to all.
   Wednesday 26 Birth of the Bab * Baha’i
  The anniversary of the birth in 1819 CE in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), of Siyyid ‘Ali- Muhammad, who later took the title of ‘the Bab’, meaning ‘the Gate’. The Bab was the herald of the Baha’i faith.
   Thursday 27 Birth of Baha'ullah * Baha’i
  The anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah (born Mirza Husayn-‘Ali) in 1817 CE in Tehran, Persia (now Iran). Baha’u’llah, which means the ‘Glory of God’, is the founder of the Baha’i faith.
 November  Tuesday 1 All Saints Day Christianity
  All Saints Day honours exemplary Christians who achieved sainthood, especially those not having a special day. For many Christian denominations, all Saints Day is a remembrance of departed Christian people of any time and place.
   Tuesday 8 Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Ji Sikhism
  Observes the birth of Guru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, the founder of the Sikh religion, born in 1469 CE. An accomplished poet, 974 of his hymns are part of the Guru Granth Sahib.
   Thursday 24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Sikhism
  Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675) was the 9th Guru of the Sikhs. He was publicly beheaded by the emperor of the day in 1675 for his defense of the Sikh faith and for upholding the right to practice religious freedom.
   Saturday 26 Day of the Covenant Baha’i
  The Day of the Covenant is the agreement between the faith's founder, Bahaʼu'llah, and his followers, regarding the succession of leadership and the maintenance of unity. It commemorates Bahaʼu'llah’s appointment of his eldest son, Abdu’l-Baha, as the leader of the Baha'i community after his passing.​
  27 Nov – 24 Dec Advent Christianity
  Advent is the period leading up to Christmas. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas (Advent Sunday) and continues through to December 24th (Christmas Eve). In Western churches, Advent Sunday marks the beginning of Christian liturgical year.
  Monday 28 Ascension of Abdu’l‑Baha Baha’i
  Commemorates the passing of Abdu'l-Baha in 1921 in Haifa. Abdu'l-Baha was the eldest son of Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha'i faith, and named the leader of the Baha'i community in his father's will.
December Mon 19 – Mon 26 Dec Hanukkah * Judaism
  Hanukkah (Chanukah), also known as the Feast of Lights, is an eight-day festival commemorating the recapture and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem over occupying forces in 165 BCE.
  Sunday 25 Christmas Christianity
  Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, who is considered by Christians to be the Son of God, and the savior of all people. [Celebrated on January 7th 2023 by some Orthodox Churches].
MONTH DAY/DATE HOLY DAY  RELIGION
   2023
 January  Thursday 5 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji Sikhism
   Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708), the 10th and final Sikh master, created the Khalsa (the Community of the Pure) and declared the Scriptures (Guru Granth Sahib) to be the Sikh's Guru from that time on.
   Friday 6 Epiphany Christianity
  Signifying the end of the 12 days of Christmas, Epiphany celebrates the visit of Three Kings to the infant Jesus as the occasion of the manifestation of Christ to the gentiles.
   Saturday 7 Nativity [Orthodox] Christianity
  Nativity is the Orthodox celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, who is considered by Christians to be the Son of God, and the savior of all people.
   Sat 7 – Mon 9 Mahayana New Year ** Buddhism
  The Buddhist New Year depends on the country of origin or ethnic background of the people. In Mahayana countries the new year starts on first full moon day in January. A time to reflect on the past & cleanse oneself from prior year's sins, making a fresh start.
   Friday 13  Maghi  Sikhism
  Maghi commemorates the sacrifice of the Chali Mukte (the Forty Liberated Ones), who sacrificed their own lives defending an attack by the imperial army in pursuit of Guru Gobind Singh. This took place in Khidrane di Dhab, on 29 December 1705.
   Sun 15 – Wed 18  Pongal  Hinduism
   Pongal is a four-day harvest festival celebrated by Tamil people in India and Sri Lanka, dedicated to the Hindu Son of God Surya, thanking Surya for agricultural abundance.
   Thursday 19  Epiphany [Orthodox] Christianity
   Also known as The Feast of Theophany, this observance commemorates Christ's baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan.
   Sunday 22  Chinese New Year Buddhism
   Also known as Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China and for Chinese people around the world. Celebrated by Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist practitioners.
 February  Wednesday 15 Nirvana Day ** Buddhism
  Nirvana Day (or Parinirvana Day) is a Mahayana holiday which celebrates the day when the Buddha is said to have achieved Parinirvana (complete enlightenment) upon the death of his physical body.
   Saturday 18 MahaShivaratri **  Hinduism
  MahaShivaratri (or ‘Great Night of Shiva’) is a festival celebrated in honour of the Hindu deity Lord Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.
   Saturday 18 Lailat al Miraj *  Islam
  Observance of Prophet Muhammad’s night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascension (al Miraj) to heaven and return the same night. Also known as ‘Night of Journey’ (al Isra).
   Tue 21 – Thu 23  Tibetan New Year Buddhism
  The Tibetan New Year, also known as Losar, is a three-day festival where people visit monasteries, make offerings, receive blessings and take part in various activities symbolizing purification and welcoming in the new.
   22 Feb – 6 Apr  Lent begins  Christianity
  Lent is the period of 40 days (not including Sundays) which comes before Easter, traditionally a time of fasting and reflection. The 40 days represents the time Jesus spent in the desert overcoming temptation by Satan. In Western Christianity, it begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Maundy Thursday.
   27 Feb – 7 Apr  Great Lent [Orthodox]  Christianity
  Great Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter, traditionally a time of fasting and reflection. The 40 days represents the time Jesus spent in the desert overcoming temptation by Satan. In the Orthodox Church, Great Lent starts on Clean Monday and ends on the Friday before Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday.
 March  Monday 6  Magha Puja Day ** Buddhism
  Celebration of the presentation of teachings by the Buddha to a spontaneous gathering of 1250 arahants (holy men). Also known as ‘Great Assembly Day’ or ‘Sangha Day’
   Tuesday 7  Purim *  Judaism
  Commemorates the time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination by the courage of a young Jewish woman, Queen Esther. Preceded by the Fast of Esther, Purim is a joyous holiday.
   Wednesday 8  Holi **  Hinduism
  A joyous Hindu festival that celebrates love, spring and the victory of good over evil. People throw colored water or colored powder in celebration. Holika Dahan, the burning of an effigy of a mythical demoness named Holika, is performed the night before.
   Wednesday 8  Lailat al Bara'ah *  Islam
  On this night, God approaches the Earth to call humanity and to grant forgiveness of sins. Shia and Sunni interpretations may vary on the meaning of this date.
   Wednesday 8  Hola Mohalla  Sikhism
  An annual festival started by Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, as a gathering of Sikhs for military exercises and mock battles.
   Tuesday 21  Naw Ruz *  Baha’i
  Naw Ruz is the Baha’i New Year which coincides with the vernal equinox. The inception of the Baha’i calendar was on 21 March 1844 CE with the declaration of the Bab, the Prophet-Herald of the Baha'i Faith.
   23 March – 21 April  Ramadan * (**)  Islam
  The holy month of Ramadan begins with the first light of dawn commemorating the revelation of the Qur'an to the Prophet Muhammad. Throughout this month Muslims fast during daylight hours, celebrate an evening meal with family and friends, pray fervently and show charity to the poor.
   Saturday 25  Annunciation  Christianity
  The Annunciation marks the visit of the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during which he told her she would be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
   Thursday 30  Rama Navami **  Hinduism
  Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Lord Rama, the seventh incarnation of the Hindu God Vishnu and hero of the religious epic poem ‘The Ramayana’.
 April  Sun 2 – Sat 8  Holy Week  Christianity
  Holy week is the last week before Easter. It begins with Palm Sunday (commemoration of the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem) and includes Maundy Thursday (commemoration of the first Lord’s Supper), Good Friday (commemoration of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ) and finishes on Easter Saturday (the one full day that Jesus Christ's body laid in the tomb).
   Tuesday 4 Mahavir Jayanti Jainism
  Celebrates the birth of Lord Mahavira, the 24th and last Tirthankar (enlightened spiritual Master) in Jainism. Images of Lord Mahavira are paraded through the streets while performing rituals and preaching about Lord Mahavira’s teachings.
   Thu 6 – Sat 8 Theravada New Year Buddhism
  The Buddhist New Year depends on the country of origin or ethnic background of the people. In Theravadin countries (i.e., Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Lao) the new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April.
   Thu 6 – Thu 13 Pesach * Judaism
  An eight-day festival for families and communities to remember the time when Hebrew slaves were led by Moses out of Egypt to freedom. The festival begins with the Seder meal during which time the story of their deliverance is told. The first and last two days are holidays. Also known as Passover.
   Friday 7 Good/Holy Friday Christianity
  Commemoration of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
   Sunday 9 Easter Christianity
  The resurrection of Jesus Christ following his death by crucifixion.
   Friday 14 Good/Holy Friday [Orthodox] Christianity
  Commemoration of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
   Friday 14 Baisakhi Sikhism
  Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) marks the founding of the Khalsa (the Brotherhood of the Pure) in 1699 CE by Guru Gobind Singh. The Khalsa is the collective body of all baptised Sikhs who carry the five articles of the faith - Kesh (uncut hair), Kirpan (ceremonial sword), Kara (steel bracelet), Kanga (comb) and Kaccha (undershorts).
   Sunday 16 Easter/Pascha [Orthodox] Christianity
  The resurrection of Jesus Christ following his death by crucifixion.
   Monday 17 Lailat al Qadr * Islam
  First revelation of Qur'an (Islamic scriptures) to Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE. Also known as ‘Night of Power/Destiny’.
   Tuesday 18 Yom HaShoah * Judaism
  Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) is a day set aside to remember the six million Jews who died as victims of the Nazis during World War II and emphasizes respect for human dignity. Observed by many people of Jewish and other faiths.
   21 Apr – 2 May Ridvan * Baha’i
  Baha’i commemoration of the twelve-day period that Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i faith, spent in the Garden of Ridvan in the last days of his exile in Baghdad, and publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. The first, ninth and twelfth days are celebrated as holy days and work is suspended.
   Saturday 22 Eid ul Fitr * Islam
  An important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that celebrates the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Also known as the festival of the ‘Breaking of the Fast’.
 May  Friday 5 Vesak / Buddha Day ** Buddhism
  Vesak (Wesak) is the major Buddhist festival, celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha. Also known as ‘Vishakha Puja’ or ‘Buddha’s Day’. The dates of this celebration vary significantly among Buddhist cultures and communities.
   Wednesday 24 Declaration of the Bab * Baha’i
  The Baha’i commemorates when the Bab, the herald of the Baha’i Faith, announced in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), that he was the herald of a new messenger of God.
   Fri 26 – Sat 27 Shavuot * Judaism
  Shavuot, also known as Feast of Weeks, commemorates the anniversary of the day God gave the Torah and Commandments to the nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai. Marks the conclusion of the seven weeks following Pesach. Originally a harvest festival.
   Sunday 28 Pentecost Christianity
  Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples of Jesus seven weeks (50 days) after the Resurrection (Easter). It also commemorates the founding of the Christian Church, which begins on this day. [Celebrated on 12th of June by Orthodox Christians].
   Monday 29 Ascension of Baha'ullah * Baha’i
  Baha’is observe the anniversary of the death in exile of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i faith, on May 29, 1892, outside Akko (now northern Israel).
 June  Friday 16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjun Dev Ji Sikhism
  Guru Arjan Dev (1563-1606), the 5th Guru, was the first martyr-guru. He was responsible for the compilation of the Sikh scriptures in 1604 CE. He also helped to build the Golden Temple at Amritsar and emphasized that the Sikh way was open to all, regardless of caste.
   Thursday 29 Eid Al Adha * Islam
  Commemorates Ibrahim’s (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son as an act of submission to God’s command. Also known as ‘Feast of Sacrifice’. One of the two main Islamic festivals (the other being Eid al Fitr).
 July  Monday 3  Asalha Puja **  Buddhism
  Asalha Puja commemorates Buddha’s first teaching (the Wheel of Dharma). Also known as ‘Dharma/Dhamma Day’, it is recognized as the beginning of Buddhism and the monastic Sangha (community of Buddhist monks and nuns).
   Monday 10  Martyrdom of the Bab *  Baha’i
  Baha’i commemoration of the anniversary of the execution of the Bab (Siyyid ‘Ali- Muhammad), the herald of the Baha’i Faith, by a firing squad on July 9 1850, in Tabriz, Persia (now Iran).
   Wednesday 19  Hijra * Islam
  The Islamic year is marked by the event known as Hijra which occurred in 622 CE, when the Prophet Muhammad migrated from Mecca to Medina, where the first Islamic community was established.
   Thursday 27  Tisha B'Av  Judaism
  Tisha B’av (Fast of Av) is a day of mourning to remember events such as the destruction of the First Temple and Second Temple in Jerusalem.
   Friday 28  Ashura * Islam
  A voluntary day of fasting which commemorates the day Noah left the Ark, and the day that Moses was saved from the Egyptians by God. For Shia Muslims, Ashura is a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Hussein, grandson of Prophet Muhammad, in 680 AD at Karbala (now Iraq).
 August  Tuesday 15  Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Christianity
  Commemorates the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven - at the end of her life, Mary, the mother of Christ, was taken body and soul (i.e. both physically and spiritually) into Heaven. Also known as the Feast of the Assumption.
   Wednesday 30  Ullambana**  Buddhism
  Ullambana, also known as Ancestor Day or Obon, is a Mahayana Buddhist ritual of making merit for the deceased. Lay devotees make offerings on behalf of their ancestors and dedicate the merit towards relieve of their suffering.
   Wednesday 30  Raksha Bandhan **  Hinduism
  ‘Raksha' means protection and 'Bandhan' means to tie - a holy thread tied to the brother’s wrist by their sister defines the strong bond between them. Also known as Rakhi, this Hindu festival celebrates a brother-sister like relationship between relatives or biologically unrelated.
 September  Wednesday 6  Krishna Janmashtami **  Hinduism
  Krishna Janmashtami (or Jayanti) is the annual commemoration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of the God Vishnu. Worship of Krishna is characteristically expressed in dance and song.
   Mon 11 – Tues 19 Paryushana ** Jainism
  ‘Paryushana’ means ‘to stay in one place’, signifying a time of reflection and repentance for nuns and monks. For lay Jains (Swetamber sect), this eight-day festival is an inward journey of reflection, a time for fasting, taking vows, and imposing restrictions on oneself to keep the mind firmly fixed on spirituality.
   Sat 16 – Sun 17 Rosh Hashanah * Judaism
  Jewish New Year festival, marked by the blowing of the horn (shofar) which begins the ten days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). It is the beginning of the holiest time of the year for Jews, and the anniversary of the creation of the world.
   Tuesday 19 Samvatsari ** Jainism
  Known as the Festival of Forgiveness, Samvatsari is celebrated on the last day of Paryushana. On this day, Jains (Swetamber sect) offer and seek forgiveness for their actions committed knowingly or unknowingly.
   Tuesday 19 Ganesh Chaturthi ** Hinduism
  Ganesh Chaturthi is a Hindu festival celebrating the birthday of Lord Ganesh, one of the major Hindu deities. Ganesh has the head of an elephant and is known as the remover of obstacles.
   Tue 19 – Thu 28 Daslakshana ** Jainism
  Daslakshana is a ten-day festival celebrated by Jains (Digambara sect), honouring the ten cardinal virtues of the soul: forgiveness, humility, straight forwardness, contentment, truth, sensual restraint, austerities, charity, non-possessiveness, and celibacy.
   Wednesday 20 Kshamavani** Jainism
  Known as "Forgiveness Day", Kshamavani is celebrated on the last day of Daslakshana. On this day, Jains (Digambara sect) offer and seek forgiveness for actions committed knowingly or unknowingly.
   Monday 25 Yom Kippur * Judaism
  Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people, characterized by repentance and forgiveness. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services.
   30 Sep – 6 Oct Sukkot * Judaism
  Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Booths, is an eight-day Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. The name refers to the booths (sukkot) used by Israelites during the 40 years of wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah atop Mt Sinai. Sukkot is celebrated 5 days after Yom Kippur.
 October  Saturday 7 Shemini Atzeret * Judaism
  Literally the “8th day of assembly,” this holiday marks the end of Sukkot with an annual prayer for rain.
   Sunday 8  Simchat Torah * Judaism
  Simchat Torah is a joyous festival in which the annual cycle of reading the Torah is over, and the cycle begins again for the year. The celebration typically includes singing, dancing, and marching with Torah scrolls.
   Sun 15 – Mon 23  Navaratri **  Hinduism
  Navaratri, which literally means ‘nine nights’, is a festival honouring the Goddess/Divine Mother and her energy/power (Shakti). This nine-day festival includes worshipping and dancing as people celebrate various aspects of the feminine.
   Monday 16  Birth of the Bab *  Baha’i
  The anniversary of the birth in 1819 CE in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), of Siyyid ‘Ali- Muhammad, who later took the title of ‘the Bab’, meaning ‘the Gate’. The Bab was the herald of the Baha’i faith.
   Tuesday 17  Birth of Baha'ullah *  Baha’i
  The anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah (born Mirza Husayn-‘Ali) in 1817 CE in Tehran, Persia (now Iran). Baha’u’llah, which means the ‘Glory of God’, is the founder of the Baha’i faith.
   Friday 20 Conferment of Guruship to Guru Granth Sahib Sikhism
  This day celebrates Guru Gobind Singh Ji's (10th Guru) passing on guruship to the holy scriptures, henceforth known as the Guru Granth Sahib. The Guru Granth Sahib, comprising of 1430 pages of hymns, presides the most prominent place and shines the light of Truth to all Sikhs or devotees who seek it. (Celebrated on 6th November in amended Nanakshahi calendar]
   Tuesday 24 Dussehra Hinduism
  Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami, Dasara) is a Hindu festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil. People celebrate Dussehra through special prayer meetings and food offerings to the gods at home or in temples.
   Saturday 28 Kathina ** Buddhism
  Kathina is a Theravadan Buddhist festival which comes at the end of Vassa, the three-month rainy season retreat. It is a time of giving where the laity express gratitude to the monks and nuns by offering them new robes and other necessities. Also, a time for Buddhists to give money to the poor or needy, called giving alms.
 November  Wednesday 1  All Saints Day  Christianity
  All Saints Day honours exemplary Christians who achieved sainthood, especially those not having a special day. For many Christian denominations, all Saints Day is a remembrance of departed Christian people of any time and place.
   Sunday 12  Bandi Chhor Divas (Diwali)  Sikhism
  Bandi Chhor Divas, or ‘The Celebration of Freedom’, commemorates the release in 1619 CE from prison of the sixth Sikh guru, Sri Guru Hargobind Ji. Sikhs continue this annual celebration with lamps being lit outside gurdwaras & sweets distributed to all.
   Sunday 12  Diwali **  Hinduism
  Diwali, also known as Festival of Lights, is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals, commemorating the victory of good over evil. Diwali means ‘row of lamps/lights’ and refers to the rows of lamps celebrants place around their homes or on top of temples.
   Sunday 12 (or 13)  Mahavira Nirvana (Diwali)  Jainism
  This is India’s annual festival of lights, celebrated throughout the nation.  In Jainism it has special significance, as on this day Lord Mahavira gave his last teachings and attained ultimate liberation (nirvana).
   Friday 24  Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji  Sikhism
  Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675) was the 9th Guru of the Sikhs. He was publicly beheaded by the emperor of the day in 1675 for his defense of the Sikh faith and for upholding the right to practice religious freedom.
   Sunday 26  Day of the Covenant  Baha’i
  The Day of the Covenant is the agreement between the faith's founder, Bahaʼu'llah, and his followers, regarding the succession of leadership and the maintenance of unity. It commemorates Bahaʼu'llah’s appointment of his eldest son, Abdu’l-Baha, as the leader of the Baha'i community after his passing.
   Monday 27  Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Ji  Sikhism
  Observes the birth of Guru Sri Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, the founder of the Sikh religion, born in 1469 CE. An accomplished poet, 974 of his hymns are part of the Guru Granth Sahib.
   Tuesday 28 Ascension of Abdu’l‑Baha Baha’i
  Commemorates the passing of Abdu'l-Baha in 1921 in Haifa. Abdu'l-Baha was the eldest son of Baha'u'llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha'i faith, and named the leader of the Baha'i community in his father's will.
 December  Friday 8 Bodhi Day Buddhism
  Bodhi Day is a holiday commemorating the day the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama reached enlightenment around 596 BCE. Prince Gautama took his place under the Bodhi tree vowing to remain there until he attained enlightenment.
   Sun 3 – Sun 24 Advent Christianity
  Advent is the period leading up to Christmas. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas (Advent Sunday) and continues through to December 24th (Christmas Eve). In Western churches, Advent Sunday marks the beginning of Christian liturgical year.
   Fri 8 – Fri 15 Hanukkah * Judaism
  Hanukkah (Chanukah), also known as the Feast of Lights, is an eight-day festival commemorating the recapture and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem over occupying forces in 165 BCE.
   Monday 25 Christmas Christianity
  Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, who is considered by Christians to be the Son of God, and the savior of all people. [Celebrated on January 7th 2023 by some Orthodox Churches].

 

 * Holy days (mainly Jewish, Islamic and Baha'i) which begin at sundown on the previous day listed.

** Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.

 

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