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.

Click here to view 2024 Multifaith Calendar (pdf)

Click here to view 2025 Multifaith Calendar (pdf)

 

 

 

 

MONTH DAY/DATE HOLY DAY  RELIGION
  2024
 May Friday 3 Good/Holy Friday [Orthodox] Christianity
  Commemoration of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
  Sunday 5 Easter/Pascha [Orthodox] Christianity
  The resurrection of Jesus Christ following his death by crucifixion.
  Monday 6 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.
  Sunday 19 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.
  Thursday 23 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.
  Thursday 23 Saga Dawa Duchen Buddhism
  In Tibetan, Düchen translates into 'great occasion' and commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni. This day is the single most important holy day of the year for Tibetan Buddhists.
  Thursday 23 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.
  Tuesday 28 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 Wed 12 - Thurs 13 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 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 the Sikh way was open to all, regardless of caste.
  Mon 17 - Wed 20 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 Sunday 7  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.
  Tuesday 9 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 17 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).
  Sunday 21 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).
 August Tuesday 13 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.
  Thursday 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.
  Sunday 18 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.
  Monday 19 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.
  Monday 26 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.
  31 Aug - 7 Sept 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 a time for fasting, taking vows, and imposing restrictions on oneself.
September Saturday 7 Ganesh Chaturthi ** Hinduism
  Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates 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.
  Saturday 7 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.
  Sun 8 - Tue 17 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 18 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.
 October Thur 3 - Fri 4 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.
  Thurs 3 - Sat 12
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.
  Saturday 12 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.
  Saturday 12 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.
  Thurs 17 - Wed 23 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.
  Thursday 17 Kathina ** Buddhism
  Kathina is a Theravadan Buddhist festival which comes at the end of Vassa, the threemonth 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.
  Sunday 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.
  Thursday 24 Shemini Atzeret * Judaism
  Literally the “8th day of assembly,” this holiday marks the end of Sukkot with an annual prayer for rain.
   Friday 25 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.
 November Friday 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.
  Friday 1 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.
  Friday 1 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.
  Friday 1 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).
  Saturday 2 Birth of the Bab * Baha'i
  The anniversary of the birth in 1819 CE in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), of Siyyid ‘AliMuhammad, who later took the title of ‘the Bab’, meaning ‘the Gate’. The Bab was the herald of the Baha’i faith.
  Sunday 3 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 15 Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Ji Sikhism
  Observes the birth of 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.
  Sunday 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.
  Monday 25 Day of the Covenant Baha'i
  The Day of the Covenant commemorates Bahaʼu'llah’s appointment of his eldest son, Abdu’l-Baha, as the leader of the Baha'i community after his passing.
  Wednesday 27 Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha Bahai'
  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 Sun 1 - Tue 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.
  Sunday 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. (Also celebrated on lunar date Thursday, January 18 2024).
  Wednesday 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].
  26 Dec - 2 Jan 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.

 

 * 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.

 

MONTH DAY/DATE HOLY DAY  RELIGION
  2025
January Monday 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.
  Monday 6 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.

  Tuesday 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.
  Monday 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.
  Tuesday 14 Mayahana 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.
  Tue 14 - Fri 17 Pongal Hinduism
  Pongal is a four-day harvest festival celebrated by Tamil people in Southern India and Sri Lanka, dedicated to the Hindu Son of God Surya, thanking Surya for agricultural abundance. Also known as Lohri in Northern India.
  Sunday 19 Feast of Epiphany [Orthodox] Christianity
  Feast of Epiphany (also Theophany) commemorates Christ's baptism by John the Baptist in the River Jordan, and the manifestation of Christ as God to mankind. Celebrated 12 days after Orthodox Christmas (Nativity).
  Monday 27 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).
  Wednesday 29 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  Thursday 13 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’.
  Friday 14 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.
   Saturday 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.
  Wednesday 26 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.
  28 Feb - 2 Mar Losar / 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.
 March Sat 1 - Sun 30 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.
  3 March – 18 April  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.
  Tue 4 - Fri 14 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.
  5 March - 17 April 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.
  Friday 14 Holi ** Hinduism
  A joyous Hindu festival celebrating love, spring and 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.
  Fri 14 - Sun 16 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.
  Thursday 20 Naw Ruz * Baha'i
  Naw Ruz is the Baha’i (and Persian) 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.
  Tuesday 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 27 Lailat al Qadr * Islam
  First revelation of Qur'an (Islamic scriptures) to Prophet Muhammad in 610 CE. Also known as ‘Night of Power/Destiny’.
  Monday 31 Eid ul Fitr * Islam
  An important religious holiday that celebratesthe end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Also known as the festival of the ‘Breaking of the Fast’.
April Sunday 6 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’.
  Thursday 10 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.
   Sun 13 - Tue 15  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.
  Sun 13 - Sun 20 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.
  Sun 13 - Sat 19 Holy Week Christianity
  Holy week is the last week before Easter. It begins with Palm Sunday (entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem) and includes Maundy Thursday (first Lord’s Supper), Good Friday (crucifixion of Jesus Christ) and finishes on Easter Saturday (the one full day that Jesus Christ's body laid in the tomb).
  Monday 14 Baisakhi Sikhism
  Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) is a spring harvest festival that 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).
  Friday 18 Good/Holy Friday Christianity
  Commemoration of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
  Friday 18  Good/Holy Friday [Orthodox] Christianity
  Commemoration of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
  Sunday 20 Easter Christianity
  The resurrection of Jesus Christ following his death by crucifixion.
  Sunday 20 Easter/Pascha [Orthodox]  Christianity
   The resurrection of Jesus Christ following his death by crucifixion.
  20 Apr - 1 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.
  Thursday 24 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.
 May Monday 12 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.
  Friday 23 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.
  Wednesday 28 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 Mon 2 - Tue 3 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.
  Sat 7 - Tue 10 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).
  Sunday 8 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.
  Wednesday 11 Saga Dawa Duchen Buddhism
  In Tibetan, Düchen translates into 'great occasion' and commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni. This day is the single most important holy day of the year for Tibetan Buddhists.
  Monday 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 the Sikh way was open to all, regardless of caste.
  Friday 27  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.
July Saturday 5 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).
  Wednesday 9 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).
  Thursday 10 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).
 August Sunday 3 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.
  Saturday 9 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.
  Friday 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.
  Saturday 16 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.
  Thurs 21 - Thurs 28 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 a time for fasting, taking vows, and imposing restrictions on oneself.
  Wednesday 27 Ganesh Chaturthi ** Hinduism
  Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates 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.
  Thursday 28 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.
  29 Aug - 7 Sept 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.
September Saturday 6 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.
  Monday 8 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.
  22 Sept - 1 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.
  Tues 23 - Wed 24 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.
 October Thursday 2 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.
  hursday 2 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.
  Tues 7 - Mon 13 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.
  Tuesday 7 Kathina ** Buddhism
  Kathina is a Theravadan Buddhist festival which comes at the end of Vassa, the threemonth 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.
  Tuesday 14 Shemini Atzeret * Judaism
  Literally the “8th day of assembly,” this holiday marks the end of Sukkot with an annual prayer for rain.
  Wednesday 15 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.
  Monday 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.
  Tuesday 21 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.
  Tuesday 21 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.
  Tuesday 21 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).
  Tuesday 21 Birth of the Bab * Baha'i
  The anniversary of the birth in 1819 CE in Shiraz, Persia (now Iran), of Siyyid ‘AliMuhammad, who later took the title of ‘the Bab’, meaning ‘the Gate’. The Bab was the herald of the Baha’i faith.
  Thursday 23 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 Saturday 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.
  Wednesday 5 Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Ji Sikhism
  Observes the birth of 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.
  Monday 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.
  Tuesday 25 Day of the Covenant Baha'i
  The Day of the Covenant commemorates Bahaʼu'llah’s appointment of his eldest son, Abdu’l-Baha, as the leader of the Baha'i community after his passing.
  Thursday 27 Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha Bahai'
  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.
  30 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.
 December Monday 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. (Also celebrated on lunar date Thursday, January 18 2024).
  Mon 15 - Mon 22 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.
  Wednesday 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.

Facebook  icon-twitter

Upcoming Events
Search
­