Interfaith Calendar: Religious and Cultural Observances

Read The Spirit reports on major holidays, festivals, milestones and other observances that shape community life around the world. As we approach these special dates, our columnist Stephanie Fenton reports fresh stories about the way each milestone is marked. Please remember: DATES and OBSERVANCES VARY. Contact us if you notice an error—or want to suggest a holiday we should include in our coverage.

Here is our 2020 list …

JANUARY 2020

1—Mary, Mother of God (Catholic Christian)

1—Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)

1—Gantan-sai (New Year) (Shinto)

5—Twelfth Night (Christian)

Ring-shaped cake with colorful candied fruits on top

A ring-shaped Epiphany cake, decorated with candied fruits. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

6—Epiphany (Christian)

6—Theophany (Feast of the Epiphany) (Orthodox Christian)

6—Nativity of Christ (Armenian Orthodox)

7—Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)

10 –New Year (Mahayana Buddhist)

12—Baptism of the Lord Jesus (Christian)

13—Maghi (Sikh)

18—Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Christian)

19—World Religion Day (Baha’i)

20—Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

20—Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)

25—Chinese New Year

27—World Holocaust Victims Remembrance Day

29—Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

FEBRUARY 2020

2—Candlemas / Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Christian)

2—Imbolc / Lughnassadh (Wicca / Pagan)

2—Groundhog Day

2—Feast of St. Brighid of Kildare (Celtic Christian)

2—Four Chaplains Sunday (Interfaith)

3—Setusban-sai (Shinto)

5—Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

8—Nirvana Day (Buddhist)

10—Tu B’Shevat (Jewish)

14—St. Valentine’s Day (Christian)

15—Nirvana Day (Buddhist, Jain)

17—Presidents’ Day

21—Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

23—Meatfare Sunday / Transfiguration Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

25—Shrove Tuesday (Christian)

26—Intercalary Days begin (Ayyam-i-Ha) (Baha’i)

26—Ash Wednesday / Lent begins (Christian)

29—Leap Day

MARCH 2020

1—Intercalary Days end (Baha’i)

1—Cheesefare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

2—Clean Monday / Great Lent begins (Orthodox Christian)

2—Nineteen Day Fast (Baha’i)

3—New Year (Hindu)

6—National Day of Unplugging

8—Orthodox Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

8—Daylight Saving Time begins

9—Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)

9—Sunset, Purim (Jewish)

9—Holi (Hindu)

10—Hola Mohalla (Sikh)

13—Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard (Scientology)

17—St. Patrick’s Day (Christian)

19—St. Joseph’s Day (Christian)

19—Lord’s Evening Meal (Jehovah’s Witness Christian)

20—Equinox

20—Ostara / Mabon (Wicca/Pagan)

20—Naw-Ruz (New Year) (Baha’i)

21—International Day of Nowruz

21—Naw-Ruz / Norooz (New Year) (Persian/Zoroastrian)

22—Lailat al Miraj (Islam)

25—Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christian)

25—Ramayana (Hindu)

April 2020

2—Ramanavami (Hindu)

5—Palm Sunday (Christian)

8—Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)

8—Sunset, Lailat al Bara’ah (Islam)

8—Sunset, Passover (Pesach) (Jewish)

9—New Year (Theravadin Buddhist)

9—Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

9—Maundy Thursday (Christian)

10—Good Friday (Christian)

12—Easter (Christian)

12—Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

13—Easter Monday

14—Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) (Sikh)

17—Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)

18—Lazarus Saturday (Orthodox Christian)

19—Pascha (Easter) (Orthodox Christian)

20—First Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

21—Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

21—Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) (Jewish)

22—Earth Day

23—Sunset, Ramadan begins (Islam)

27—Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

28—Yom HaZikaron (Jewish)

29—Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Jewish)

28—Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

MAY 2020

1—Beltane / Samhain (Wicca / Pagan)

1—Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

5—Cinco de Mayo

7—Visakha Puja (Buddha Day) (Buddhist)

7—National Day of Prayer, U.S. (Interfaith)

10—Mother’s Day

12—Lag B’Omer (Jewish)

19—Laylat al Qadr (Islam)

21—Ascension of Jesus (Christian)

23—Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)

23—Sunset, Eid al-Fitr (Islam)

25—Memorial Day

28—Sunset, Shavuot (Jewish)

28—Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

29—Ascension of Jesus (Orthodox Christian)

31—Pentecost (Christian)

JUNE 2020

7—Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)

7—Trinity Sunday (Christian)

9—St. Columba of Iona (Celtic Christian)

11—Corpus Christi (Catholic Christian)

14—All Saints (Orthodox Christian)

19—Sacred Heart of Jesus (Catholic Christian)

19—New Church Day (Swedenborgian Christian)

19—Juneteenth

21—Father’s Day

21—Solstice

21—Litha / Yule (Wicca / Pagan)

JULY 2020

4—Independence Day

5—Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)

9—Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)

9—The Three Weeks begins (Jewish)

23—Crowing of Haile Selassi I (Rastafarian)

24—Pioneer Day (Mormon Christian)

28—Hajj (Islam)

29—Sunset, Waqf al Arafa (Islam)

30—Tisha B’Av (Jewish)

30—Sunset, Eid al-Adha (Islam)

AUGUST 2020

1—Lammas (Christian)

1—Lughnassadh / Imbolc) (Wicca / Pagan)

1—Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus (Orthodox Christian)

3—Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

6—Transfiguration of the Lord (Orthodox Christian)

9—World Indigenous Peoples’ Day

11—Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

13—Obon (Ullambana) (Buddhist/Shinto)

15—Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic Christian)

15 and 23—Paryushan Parva (Jain)

15—Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)

19—Sunset, Hijra (New Year) (Islam)

22—Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

29—Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Christian)

28—Sunset, Ashura (Islam)

SEPTEMBER  2020

1—Ecclesiastical year begins (Orthodox Christian)

7—Labor Day

8—Nativity of Virgin Mary (Christian)

11—Patriot Day

14—Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) (Christian)

18—Sunset, Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

23—Equinox

23—Mabon / Ostara (Wicca / Pagan)

27—Meskel (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)

27—Sunset, Yom Kippur (Jewish)

29—Michael and All Angels (Christian)

OCTOBER 2020

2—Sunset, Sukkot (Jewish)

4—St. Francis Day (Blessing of the Animals) (Catholic Christian)

9—Sunset, Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)

10—Sunset, Simchat Torah (Jewish)

12—Thanksgiving (Canada) (Interfaith)

12—Columbus Day

12—Indigenous People’s Day

17—Navaratri (Hindu)

18—St. Luke, Apostle and Evangelist (Christian)

18—Birth of the Bab (Baha’i)

19—Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

22—Christ the King (Christian)

25—Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)

25—Dasara (Hindu)

29—Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)

28—Sunset, Mawlid an Nabi (Islam)

31—All Hallows Eve (Christian)

NOVEMBER   2020

1—Daylight Saving Time ends

1—All Saints Day (Christian)

1—Samhain / Beltane (Wicca / Pagan)

2—All Souls Day (Catholic Christian)

11—Veterans Day

13—Jain New Year (Jain)

14—Diwali (Deepavali) (Hindu / Sikh / Jain)

15—Nativity Fast begins (Orthodox Christian)

22—Christ the King (Christian)

25—Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)

26—Thanksgiving (U.S.) (Interfaith)

27—Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha (Baha’i)

29—Advent begins (Christian)

DECEMBER 2020

6—St. Nicholas Day (Christian)

7—Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

8—Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) (Buddhist)

8—Immaculate Conception of Mary (Catholic Christian)

10—Sunset, Hanukkah (Jewish)

12—Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic Christian)

16—Posadas Navidenas (Hispanic Christian)

21—Solstice

21—Yule / Litha (Wicca / Pagan)

24—Christmas Eve (Christian)

25—Christmas (Christian)

25—Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)

26—Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) (Zoroastrian)

26—St. Stephen’s Day (Christian)

27—Holy Family (Catholic Christian)

28—Holy Innocents (Christian)

31—Watch Night (Christian)

 

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NOTE TO READERS

We continue to update this list, month by month. As you read the list, you may discover we have missed a fascinating observance or detail. If so, please email us at [email protected].

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