Holy Days and Holidays

March 2021

March  1: Bahá’í Fasting begins  – Bahá’í – Abstain from food and drinks between sunrise and sunset.

March  10: Lailat al Miraj  – Islam – The day that commemorates the Prophet Muhammad’s nighttime journey, in 622 CE, to Heaven to meet with God and to meet with his fellow Prophets like Abraham and Moses.*

March  11: Maha Shivaratri  – Hindu – Festival in honor of Lord Shiva. **

March  15: Clean Monday (Lent)  – Orthodox Christian – First day of Lent.

March  17: St. Patrick’s Day  – Christian – Celebration of Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland.

March  19: Bahá’í Fasting ends  – Bahá’í – Abstain from food and drinks between sunrise and sunset.

March  19: St. Joseph’s Day   – Christian – Celebration of St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus.

March  20: Naw-Rúz  – Bahá’í – New Year (176 Bahá’í Era).

March  21: Ostara  – Wiccan/Neo-pagan – Spring equinox festival celebrating reawakening.*

March  21: Orthodox Sunday – Orthodox Christian – First Sunday of Lent. Restoration of icons to the church is celebrated.

March  25: Feast of the Annunciation – Christian – Commemorates the visit of the archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary.

March  27: Holi  – Hindu – Colorful festival of spring. **

March  28: Lailat al Bara’ah  – Islam – Optional Night of prayer (begins at sundown March 28).*

March  28: Magha Puja Day  – Buddhist – Commemoration of presentation of Buddha to the world. **

March  28: Passover begins – Jewish – Eight-day commemoration of freedom of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery (begins with First Seder at sundown March 27; Second Seder begins at nightfall March 28; holiday concludes at nightfall April 4).*

March  28: Palm Sunday  – Christian – Beginning of Western Christian Holy Week, also known as Palm Sunday of the Passion.

March  29: Hola Mohalla begins – Sikh – Begins on the first day of the lunar month of Chet in the Nanakshahi calendar and follows the Hindu festival of colors, Holi.

March   31: Hola Mohalla ends – Sikh

April 2021

April  1: Maundy Thursday – Christian – Remembrance of Christ’s last supper. First day of the Sacred Triduum.

April  2: Good Friday  – Christian – Remembrance of the crucifixion and death of Christ. Second day of the Sacred Triduum.

April  3: Holy Saturday – Christian – Day of vigil culminating in observance of resurrection of Christ. Third day of the Sacred Triduum.

April  4: Easter Sunday  – Christian – Feast of resurrection of Christ.*

April  4: Passover ends – Jewish

April  8: Yom HaShoah  – Jewish – Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins at sundown April 8).*

April  8: Buddha’s Birthday – Buddhist – Celebrates the Birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. Also known as Vesak.*

April  13: Ramadan begins  – Islam – Muslim Holy month of daily fasting (dawn to sunset) and nightly prayers (begins at sundown April 12).*

April  13: Chaitra Navaratri begins – Hindu – Nine-day festival that signifies the victory of good over evil.

April  13: Hindu New Year  – Hindu**

April  14: Yom HaZikaron – Jewish – Honors Israeli soldiers who have died in combat and civilian victims of terrorism.*

April  14: Baisakhi  – Sikh – Commemorates the day in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th Guru, removed the clerical system from Sikhism and affirmed the direct connection between Sikhs and the Divine.

April  15: Yom Ha’atzmaut –  – Isreal’s Independence Day*

April  21: First Day of Ridván – Bahá’í – Celebrate the day Bahá’u’lláh arrived at the Garden of Ridván.*

April  21: Ramanavami  – Hindu – Celebration of the birth of Lord Rama, seventh incarnation of Vishnu. **

April  22: Chaitra Navaratri ends – Hindu

April  24: Lazarus Saturday  – Orthodox Christian – Feast commemorating the raising of Lazarus by Jesus Christ.

April  25: Palm Sunday – Orthodox Christian

April  25: Mahavir Jayanti – Jain – Birth of founder of Jain tradition Mahavira 540 BCE. **

April  26: Hanuman Jayanti – Hindu – Festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Sri Hanuman. **

April  29: Ninth Day of Ridván  – Bahá’í – Celebrates the day Bahá’u’lláh declared the Mission and Purpose of the Bahá’í Faith.

April  30: Holy Friday  – Orthodox Christian – Anniversary of the death of Christ, as commemorated by Orthodox Christians.

April  30: Lag B’Omer – Jewish – Celebration of the 33 day of counting the Omer, a 49-day period between Pesach and Shavout (begins at sundown April 29).*

May 2021

May  1: Beltane – Wiccan/Neo-pagan – Celebration of midpoint between equinox and solstice, celebrating Earth’s fertility.*May  2: 12th day of Ridván  – Bahá’í – Commemoration of the day Bahá’u’lláh departed from the Garden of Ridván and continued His exile.*

May  2: Pascha (Easter)  – Orthodox Christian – Celebration of the resurrection of Christ, beginning at midnight.

May  2: Laylat al Kadr The Night of Destiny begins – Islam – Muslim commemoration of the Holy Night, in Ramadan, when the Qur`an was revealed (begins at sundown May 1). It can fall on any of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, and these nights are spent in worship, prayers and supplications. This night is also when the destiny of all things is determined for the coming year.*

May  8: 27th Night of Ramadan – Islam

May  10: Laylat al Kadr The Night of Destiny ends – Islam

May  12: Eid al Fitr – End of Ramadan  – Islam – Muslim  celebration showing gratitude for a successful completion of fasting in the Holy month of Ramadan (begins at sundown on May 12). The day begins with a distribution of charity to the needy the night before, followed by morning prayer services the next day and gatherings with family, friends, and relatives. *

May  17: Shavuot – Jewish – Festival of receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai (begins at sundown

May 16, concludes at nightfall May 18).*

May  23: Pentecost – Christian – Celebration of the descent of Holy Spirit upon followers of Christ.

May  23: Declaration of the Báb  – Bahá’í – Celebration of the day when The Báb announced He was “the bearer of a Divine Revelation which would prepare humanity for the advent of the Promised One of all religions.”*

May  28: Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh – Bahá’í – Commemoration of the ascension of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í faith.*

May  30: Trinity Sunday  – Christian – Honors the belief in one God with a threefold nature.

June 2021

June  20: Pentecost  – Orthodox Christian – Celebration of the descent of Holy Spirit upon followers of Christ.

June  21: Litha – Wiccan/Neo-pagan – Summer Solstice.*

June  27: Fast of Tammuz – Jewish – Commemoration of the breach of the walls of Jerusalem by the Romans.*

July 2021

July  10: Martyrdom of the Báb  – Bahá’í – The Báb, forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh, was publicly executed for announcing the nearing arrival of the Promised One and the prophesied dawn of a new day.*

July  18: Fast of Tisha Be’Av – Jewish – Fast day mourning the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem and other devastations in Jewish history.*

July   19: Day of Arafah Hajj – Islam – Day of assembly on the plain of Arafah in Hajj. Optional day of fasting for nonpilgrims.

July  20: Eid al Adha begins – Islam – Muslim celebration honoring the spiritual sacrifice of his son by prophet Abraham.

July  23: Eid al Adha ends – Islam