Holy Days and Holidays

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

July 2021

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.

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

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

20-23 Eid al Adha Islam: Muslim celebration honoring the spiritual sacrifice of his son by prophet Abraham.


August 2021

1 Lughnasadh Wiccan/Neo-Pagan: Celebration of midpoint between solstice and equinox marking first harvest.

9 Hijra New Year* Islam: Muslim new year, marking the emigration of the Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Madinah 622 CE.

13-15 Obon* Buddhist/Shinto: Japanese Buddhist festival to honor ancestors.

15 Assumption of Mary Christian: Celebration of assumption of Mary into heaven. Holy day of obligation for Catholics.

18 Ashura* Islam: Commemoration of Prophet Moses delivering his people from Pharaoh (a day of optional fasting accompanied with a day of fasting before and/or after) and of trials endured by leaders among Prophet Muhammad’s family.

21 Raksha Bandhan* Hindu: Festival honoring family ties between brothers and sisters.

29 Krishna Janmashtami* Hindu: Festival celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar (incarnation) of Vishnu. He exhorted the epic poem “Gita” to Arjun.


September 2021

3-10 Paryushana Parva Jain: Eight-day Jain festival of devotion.

7-8 Rosh Hashanah Jewish: New Year and beginning of High Holy Days (begins at sundown evening prior).

9 Fast of Gedaliah Jewish: Day of fasting marking the assassination of Gedaliah, the governor of Judea, following the Babylonian conquest.

10 Ganesh Chaturthi* Hindu: Festival honoring Lord Ganesh.

16 Yom Kippur Jewish: Day of Atonement, observed with fasting (begins at sundown evening prior).

21-27 Sukkot Jewish: Eight-day remembrance of God’s protection during time in the wilderness. Observed by eating in a temporary hut called a “sukkah” (begins at sundown evening prior).

22 Mabon Wiccan/Neo-Pagan: Observance of autumn equinox and harvest festival.

28 Birth of Confucius: Observed in religious traditions emanating from China.

28 Shemini Atzeret Jewish: Festival connected to the eighth day of Sukkot (begins at sundown evening prior).

29 Simchat Torah Jewish: Day of rejoicing to celebrate the yearly completion of reading the whole Torah (begins at sundown evening prior).


October 2021

6-13 Navaratri* Hindu: Nine-night festival worshiping different forms of the Goddess Shakti.

11 Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Interfaith celebration of cultural heritage of Indigenous peoples of Western hemisphere.

14 Dussehra Hindu: Celebration of the victory of Lord Rama over demon Ravan. Also known as Vijayadashami.

18 Mawlid al-Nabi* Islam: The day that commemorates the birth of the last Prophet of Islam, Muhammad c.570 CE (begins at sundown evening prior).

20 Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth Sahib Sikh: Installation of the Guru Granth Sahib. Recognition of Sikh sacred writings as the final, eternal guru.

31 Samhain Wiccan/Neo-Pagan: Observance of midpoint between equinox and solstice, descent into depths of winter.

31 All Hallows Eve Christian: Celebration derived from Celtic Samhain, beginning two-day remembrance of the dead.


November 2021

1 All Saints Day Christian: Celebration of lives of the saints. Holy day of obligation for Catholics.

2 All Souls Day Christian: Celebration of lives of the saints. Holy day of obligation for Catholics.

4 Diwali (Deepavali)* Hindu – Jain – Sikh: The main day of the five-day festival of lights, celebration of light over darkness, new beginnings and triumph of goodness.

4 Bandi Chhor Diwas Sikh: Celebration of the release of Guru Hargobind from wrongful imprisonment.

5 Jain New Year Jain: Celebration of the new year.

6 Birth of the Báb Bahá’í: Celebrates the birth of one of the founders of the Bahá’í faith.

7 Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í: Commemoration of the birth of Bahá’u’láh (translated ‘Glory of God’), the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í faith.

19 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh: Birth of the founder and first guru of the Sikh faith.

21 Christ the King Christian: Festival celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church in honor of Jesus Christ as Lord over all creation.

25 Day of the Covenant Bahá’í: The day when Bahá’ís celebrate the appointment of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as the Centre of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant.

27 Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Bahá’í: Commemoration of the ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, who died on Nov. 28, 1921, in Haifa, Palestine (now Israel).

29-Dec. 6 Chanukah Jewish: Eight-night festival of lights remembering Maccabean victory and rededication of Temple in 165 BCE. (Begins at sundown the evening prior, concludes at nightfall).


December 2021

6 Saint Nicholas Day Christian: Feast day honoring the first-century Christian bishop known for generosity, miracles and intercessions.

8 Bodhi Day Buddhist: Celebration of beginning of path to enlightenment of the Buddha.

8 Immaculate Conception of Mary Christian: Catholic day of celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all of her life. Holy day of obligation.

12 Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian: Catholic celebration of Mary as patron saint of Mexico.

14 Fast of Tevet Jewish: Day of mourning and repentance marking the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem. In recent years, it also is a day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust.

16-25 Posadas Navideñas Christian: Mexican Catholic reenactment of journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem.

21 Yule Pagan: Observance of rebirth of the sun after longest night of winter.

21 Pan Am 103 Memorial Interfaith: Syracuse University service and vigil honoring and remembering the victims of Pan Am Flight 103.

23 Human Light: Secular celebration of humanist vision of peace and goodwill among all.

24 Christmas Eve Christian: Eve of traditional Western date observing birth of Christ in 12-day festival lasting to Epiphany.

25 Christmas Christian: Traditional Western date observing birth of Christ in 12-day festival lasting to Epiphany.

26 Zarathosht Diso* Zoroastrian: Death of founding prophet Zarathushtra.

26-Jan. 1 Kwanzaa: Weeklong celebration of African American life and cultural heritage.

27 Holy Family Christian: Catholic celebration of the love between the family of Jesus.

31 Watch Night Christian: Ritual service of preparation for the year to come.


January 2022

1 Mary, Mother of God Christian: Catholic day of prayer and thanksgiving to Mary, mother of Jesus.

1 Gantan-sai Shinto: New Year festival. Also known as Shogatsu.

6 Epiphany Christian: Festival celebrating the revelation of God in Jesus and the visit of the sages to the Christ child.

7 Feast of the Nativity Orthodox Christian: Traditional celebration of Christmas for Eastern Orthodox Christians.

9 Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christian: Commemoration of the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus.

9 Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Sikh: Celebration of the birth of the final human guru of the Sikh faith.

13 Maghi Sikh: Commemoration of the 40 martyrs (Chalis Mukte) who died fighting the Mughal army with Guru Gobind Singh in 1705 CE.

14 Makar Sankranti Hindu: Festival honoring the Sun, the main source of energy to our planet.

17 Tu BiShvat Jewish: Celebration of the New Year of the Trees (begins at sundown evening prior).

18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Christian: Seven days of ecumenical prayer.


February 2022

1 Imbolc Wiccan/Neo-Pagan: Feast of waxing light, midpoint between solstice and equinox.

1 Chinese New Year Chinese Traditional: Beginning of Chinese celebration of a new year for people of all religions.

1 Lunar New Year: Celebration of the first new moon of the lunar calendar.

2 Candlemas Christian: Celebration of the presentation of Jesus in the temple. New beginnings are recognized.

3 Setsebun-sai Shinto: Celebration of approach of spring as invitation to good fortune.

3 Four Chaplains Interfaith Sunday Interfaith: Commemoration of the event in World War II when four Chaplains of Jewish and Christian traditions (Catholic and Protestant) gave their life jackets to others as a troop ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

5 Vasant Panchami* Hindu: Festival honoring Saraswati, goddess of learning, wisdom, music and art.

14 St. Valentine’s Day Christian: Festival of love loosely connected to Christian saint.

15 Nirvana Day* Buddhist – Jain: Commemoration of passing into Nirvana of the Buddha.

25 Ayyám-i-Há Bahá’í: Intercalary Days is a period dedicated to socializing, being hospitable, giving generously to the poor and needy, and preparing for the upcoming month of fasting.

28 Maha Shivaratri* Hindu: Festival in honor of Lord Shiva.


March 2022

1 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.

1 Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras Christian: Day of preparation for Lent, observed by feasting and carnival activities.

2 Ash Wednesday Christian: First of 40 days of Western Christian penitential observance of Lent.

2-20 Bahá’í Fast Bahá’í: Abstain from food and drinks between sunrise and sunset.

6 Forgiveness Sunday Orthodox Christian: Day of preparation for Lent, also known as Cheesefare Sunday.

7 Clean Monday Orthodox Christian: First day of Lent.

13 Orthodox Sunday Orthodox Christian: First Sunday of Lent. Restoration of icons to the church is celebrated.

16 Fast of Esther Jewish: Day preceding Purim that commemorates the fast Esther requested the Jewish people observe in preparation of her going to see the King uninvited.

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

17 Holi* Hindu: Colorful festival of spring.

17 Purim Jewish: Holiday marking deliverance from Haman’s genocidal plot against Jewish people
in ancient Persia as related in Book of Esther (begins at sundown evening prior).

18 Magha Puja Day* Buddhist: Commemoration of presentation of Buddha to the world.

18-20 Hola Mohalla Sikh: Begins on the first day of the lunar month of Chet in the Nanakshahi calendar and follows the Hindu festival of colors, Holi.

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

19 Lailat al Bara’ah* Islam: Optional night of prayer (begins at sundown).

20 Ostara Wiccan/Neo-Pagan: Spring equinox festival celebrating reawakening.

21 Naw-Rúz Bahá’í: New Year (179 Bahá’í Era).

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


April 2022

1-10 Chaitra Navaratri Hindu: Nine-day festival that signifies the victory of good over evil.

3 Ramadan* Islam: Holy month of daily fasting (from dawn to sunset) and nightly prayers (begins at sundown evening prior).

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

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

10 Ramanavami* Hindu: Celebration of the birth of Lord Rama, seventh incarnation of Vishnu.

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

14 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) Sikh: Honors the day in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh Ji affirmed the direct connection between Sikhs and the Divine.

14 Mahavir Jayanti* Jain: Birth of founder Mahavira 540 BCE.

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

16-23 Passover Jewish: Eight-day commemoration of freedom of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. (Begins with First Seder at sundown evening prior. Second Seder begins at nightfall April 16.
Holiday concludes at nightfall April 23).

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

16 Lazarus Saturday Orthodox Christian: Feast commemorating the raising of Lazarus by Jesus Christ.

16 Hanuman Jayanti* Hindu: Festival that celebrates the birth of Lord Sri Hanuman.

17 Easter Sunday Christian: Feast of resurrection of Christ.

17 Palm Sunday Orthodox Christian

21 First Day of Ridván Bahá’í: Celebrates the day Bahá’u’lláh arrived at the Garden of Ridván.

22-May 1 Laylat al Kadr (The Night of Destiny)* Islam: Commemoration of the Holy Night in Ramadan when the Qur’an was revealed (begins at sundown). It can fall on any of the last 10 odd nights of Ramadan.

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

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

28 Yom HaShoah Jewish: Holocaust Remembrance Day (begins at sundown evening prior).

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


May 2022

1 Beltane Wiccan/Neo-pagan: Celebration of midpoint between equinox and solstice, celebrating Earth’s fertility.

2 12th Day of Ridván Bahá’í: Commemorate the day Bahá’u’lláh departed from the Garden of Ridván and continued His exile.

3 Eid al Fitr* Islam: Celebration showing gratitude for a successful completion of fasting in the Holy month of Ramadan (begins at sundown evening prior). 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.

4 Yom HaZikaron Jewish: Israel’s Memorial Day (begins at sundown evening prior).

5 Yom Ha’atzmaut Jewish: Israel’s Independence Day (begins at sundown evening prior).

19 Lag B’Omer Jewish: Celebrates the 33rd day of the Omer, a 49-day period between Pesach and Shavuot (begins at sundown evening prior).

24 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.”

26 Ascension of the Lord Christian: Festival marking the bodily ascension of Jesus into Heaven.

29 Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í: Commemoration of the ascension of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í faith.


June 2022

5-6 Shavuot Jewish: Festival of receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai (begins at sundown evening prior).

5 Pentecost Christian: Celebration of the descent of Holy Spirit upon followers of Christ.

12 Trinity Sunday Christian: Honors the belief in one God with a threefold nature.

12 Pentecost Orthodox Christian: Celebration of the descent of Holy Spirit upon followers of Christ.

19 Juneteenth: Commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, when those enslaved in Texas were notified of their liberty.

21 Litha Wiccan/Neo-Pagan: Summer solstice.


July 2022

9 Day of Arafah Hajj* Islam: Day of assembly on the plain of Arafah in Hajj. Optional day of fasting for nonpilgrims.

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.

10-13 Eid al Adha* Islam: Celebration honoring the spiritual sacrifice of his son by prophet Abraham.

17 Fast of Tammuz Jewish: Commemoration of the breach of the walls of Jerusalem by the Romans.