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2016
Note: 1. * Holy days usually begin at sundown the day before this date.
2. ** Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
Bold titles are primary holy days of a tradition.

JANUARY         2016

  • 1
    • Mary, Mother of God – Catholic Christian
    • Feast Day of St Basil – Orthodox Christian
    • Gantan-sai (New Years) – Shinto
  • 5
    • Twelfth Night – Christian
    • Guru Gobindh Singh birthday – Sikh
  • 6
    • Epiphany – Christian
    • Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) – Orthodox Christian
    • Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) – Christian
    • Nativity of Christ – Armenian Orthodox Christian
  • 7
    • Feast of the NativityOrthodox Christian
  • 8
    • Feast of the Holy Family – Catholic Christian
  • 10
    • Baptism of the Lord Jesus – Christian
  • 13
    • Maghi – Sikh
  • 17
    • Blessing of the Animals – Hispanic Catholic Christian
    • World Religion Day – Baha’i
  • 18-25
    • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Christian
  • 20
    • Timkat – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
  • 24-27
    • Mahayana New Year ** – Buddhist
  • 25
    • Conversion of St. Paul – Christian
    • Tu BiShvat – Jewish

    Definitions

FEBRUARY

  • 1
    • Clean Monday – Orthodox Christian
  • 2
    • Candlemas – Presentation of Christ in the Temple – Christian
    • Imbolc- Lughnassad * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
    • Saint Brighid of Kildare – Celtic Christian
  • 3
    • St. Blaze Day – Christian
    • Setsebun sai ** – Shinto
  • 7
    • Four Chaplains Sunday – Interfaith
    • Transfiguration Sunday – Christian
  • 8
    • Chinese New YearConfucian, Daoist, Buddhist
  • 9
    • Shrove Tuesday – Christian
  • 10
    • Ash Wednesday – Christian
  • 12
    • Triodion – Orthodox Christian
    • Vasant Panshami ** – Hindu
  • 14
    • St. Valentine’s Day – Christian
  • 15
    • Nirvana Day ** – Buddhist – Jain
  • 26
    • Intercalary Days begin – Baha’i

Definitions

MARCH

    • 1
      • St. David of Wales – Christian
      • Intercalary Days end – Baha’i
    • 2 – 20
      • Nineteen Day Fast * – Baha’i
    • 6
      • Orthodox Sunday – Orthodox Christian
    • 8
      • Maha Shivaratri ** – Hindu
    • 13
      • Cheesefare Sunday – Orthodox Christian
      • L. Ron Hubbard birthday – Scientology
    • 17
      • St Patrick’s Day – Christian
    • 20  Equinox
      • Ostara * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
      • Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
      • Palm Sunday – Christian
    • 21
      • Norooz (New Year) – Persian/Zoroastrian
      • Naw-Rúz (New Year) * – Baha’i
    • 23
      • Lord’s Evening Meal – Jehovah’s Witness Christian
      • Holi ** – Hindu
      • Magha Puja DayBuddhist **
    • 24
      • Purim * – Jewish
      • Maundy Thursday – Christian
      • Hola Mohalla – Sikh
    • 25
      • Good FridayChristian
      • Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Catholic Christian
    • 27
      • Easter Christian
    • 28
      • Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) ** – Zoroastrian
    • 30
      • Mahavir Jayanti  ** – Jain

Definitions

April

    • 8
      • Hindu New Year ** – Hindu
    • 8-15
      • Ramayana ** – Hindu
    • 14
      • Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) ** – Sikh
    • 15
      • Ramanavami ** – Hindu
    • 21
      • First Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
    • 22
      • Hanuman Jayanti ** – Hindu
    • 22-23
      • Theravadin New Year ** – Buddhist
    • 23-30
      • Pesach (Passover) * – Jewish
    • 23
      • St. George’s Day – Christian
      • Lazarus Satuday – Orthodox Christian
    • 24
      • Palm Sunday – Orthodox Christian
    • 29
      • Ninth Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
      • Holy FridayOrthodox Christian
    • 30
        • St. James the Great Day – Orthodox Christian

      +

      • Mahavir Jayanti ** – Jain

Definitions

MAY

  • 1
    • Pascha (Easter) – Orthodox Christian
    • Beltane – Samhain * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
  • 2
    • Twelfth Day of Ridvan *  – Baha’i
  • 3
    • Saints Philip & James – Christian
  • 4
    • National Day of Prayer – USA – Interfaith
  • 5
    • Lailat al Miraj * – Islam
    • Yom HaShoah * – Jewish
    • National Day of Prayer USA – Interfaith
    • Ascension of Jesus – Christian
  • 12
    • Yom Ha’Atzmaut * – Jewish
  • 15
    • Visakha Puja ** – Buddhist
    • Pentecost Christian
  • 21
    • Lailat al Bara’ah * – Islam
  • 22
    • Trinity Sunday – Christian
  • 23
    • Declaration of the Bab * – Baha’i
    • Lailal al Bara’a * – Islam
  • 26
    • Lag B’Omer * – Jewish
    • Corpus Christi – Catholic Christian
  • 28
    • Ascension of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i

    Definitions

JUNE

    • 1
      • Ascension of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
    • 3
      • Sacred Heart of Jesus – Catholic Christian
    • 6
      • Ramadan begins *  – Islam
    • 9
      • St. Columba of Iona – Celtic Christian
      • Ascension of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
    • 12-13
      • Shavuot * – Jewish
    • 16
      • Guru Arjan martyrdom – Sikh
    • 19
      • New Church Day – Swedenborgian Christian
      • Pentecost – Orthodox Christian
    • 20 Solstice
      • First Nations Day – Canadian Native People
      • Litha * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
      • Yule * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
    • 26
      • All Saints – Orthodox Christian
    • 29
      • Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul – Christian

Definitions

JULY

    • 1
      • Lailat al Kadr * – Islam
    • 7-9
      • Eid al Fitr * – Islam
    • 9
      • Martyrdom of the Bab * – Baha’i
    • 11
      • St Benedict Day – Catholic Christian
    • 13-15
      • Obon (Ulambana) ** – Buddhist – Shinto
    • 15
      • St. Vladimir the Great Day – Orthodox Christian
    • 19
      • Asalha Puja Day ** – Buddhist
    • 23
      • Birthday Emperor Haile Selassi – Rastafari
    • 24
      • Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian
    • 25
      • St. James the Great Day – Christian

Definitions

AUGUST

    • 1
      • Lammas – Christian
      • Lughnassad – Imbolc * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
      • Fast in honor of Holy Mother of Lord Jesus – Orthodox Christian
    • 5
      • Ganesh Chathurthi ** – Hindu
    • 6
      • Transfiguration of the Lord – Orthodox Christian
    • 14
      • Tish’a B’av * – Jewish
    • 15
      • Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary – Catholic Christian
      • Dormition of the Theotokos – Orthodox Christian
    • 18
      • Raksha Bandhan ** – Hindu
    • 25
      • Krishna Janmashtami ** – Hindu
    • 29
      • Beheading of St. John the Baptist – Christian

Definitions

SEPTEMBER

    • 1
      • Ecclesiastical year begins – Orthodox Christian
    • 6-15
      • Paryushana Parava Jain
    • 8
      • Nativity of Virgin Mary – Christian
    • 10
      • Waqf al Arafa – Hajj Day * – Islam
    • 11-14
      • Eid al Adha * – Islam
    • 14
      • Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) – Christian
    • 22 Equinox
      • Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
      • Ostata * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
    • 29
      • Michael and All Angels – Christian
      • Meskel – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

Definitions

OCTOBER

    • 1-10
      • Navaratri ** – Hindu
    • 2
      • Muharram – New Year * – Islam
    • 3-4
      • Rosh Hashanah * – Jewish
    • 4
      • St Francis Day – Catholic Christian
      • Blessing of the Animals – Christian
    • 10
      • Thanksgiving – Canada – Interfaith
    • 11
      • Dasara ** – Hindu
    • 12
      • Ashura * – Islam
      • Yom Kippur * – Jewish
    • 17-23
      • Sukkot * – Jewish
    • 18
      • St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist – Christian
    • 20
      • Birth of the Báb * – Baha’i
      • Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth – Sikh
    • 24
      • Shemini Atzeret * – Jewish
    • 25
      • Simchat Torah * – Jewish
    • 30
      • Diwali – Deepavali ** – Hindu – Sikh – Jain
    • 31
      • All Hallows Eve – Christian
      • Reformation Day ** – Protestant Christian
      • New Year ** – Jain

Definitions

NOVEMBER

    • 1
      • All Saints Day – Christian
      • Samhain – Beltane * Wicca/Pagan Northern and southern hemispheres
      • Birth of the Bab – Bahi
    • 2
      • All Souls Day – Catholic Christian
    • 2
      • Birth of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i
    • 14
      • Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh
    • 15
      • Nativity Fast begins – ends Dec. 24 – Orthodox Christian
    • 20
      • Christ the King – Christian
    • 24
      • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur – Sikh
      • Thanksgiving – Interfaith USA
    • 25
      • Day of the Covenant * – Baha’i
    • 27
      • Advent begins through Dec. 24 – Christian
      • Christ the King – Christian
    • 27
      • Ascension of  ‘Abdu’l-Baha * – Baha’i
    • 30
      • St. Andrew’s Day – Christian

Definitions

DECEMBER

    • 6
      • Saint Nicholas Day – Christian
    • 8
      • Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) ** – Buddhism
      • Immaculate Conception of Mary – Catholic Christian
    • 12
      • Feast day – Our Lady of Guadalupe – Catholic Christian
      • Mawlid an Nabe * – Islam
    • 16-25
      • Posadas Navidenas – Hispanic Christian
    • 14
      • Mawlid an Nabi * – Islam
    • 21  Solstice
      • Yule * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
      • Litha * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
      • Yule – Christian
    • 24
      • Christmas Eve – Christian
    • 25
      • Christmas * – Christian
      • Feast of the Nativity ** – Orthodox Christian
    • 25-Jan 1
      • Hanukkah * – Jewish
    • 26
      • Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) ** –  Zoroastrian
      • St Stephen’s Day – Christian
    • 28
      • Holy Innocents – Christian
    • 30
      • Holy Family – Catholic Christian
    • 31
      • Watch Night – Christian

Definitions

Updated on May 7, 2016