Interfaith Calendar 2016

Almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. This inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your religious tradition as well as your neighbours’ and friends.

BahaismSymbolBaha’i Holidays 2016:
Jan 17 – World Religion Day
Mar 1-19 – The Nineteen Day Fast
Mar 20 – Nowruz / Naw-Ruz (Baha’i, Zoroastrian, Iranian New Year)
Apr 20-May 1 – Ridván
May 23 – Declaration of the Bab
May 28 – Ascension of Baha’u’llah
July 9 – The Martyrdom of the Bab
Nov 1 – Birth of the Bab
Nov 2 – Birth of Baha’u’llah

BuddhismSymbolBuddhist Holidays 2016:
Jan 24 – Mahayana New Year
Feb 8 – Chinese New Year
Feb 15 – Parinirvana – Nirvana Day
Mar 23 – Magha Puja Day
Apr 22 – Theravada New Year
May 15 – Wesak or Buddha Day
Jul 11 – Obon
Jul 19 – Asala – Dharma Day
Dec 8 – Bodhi Day

ChristianitySymbolChristian Holidays 2016 (all denominations):
Jan 1 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Catholic)
Jan 1 – Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 6 – Epiphany
Jan 6 – Feast of Theophany (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 6 – Nativity of Jesus (Armenian Orthodox)
Jan 7 – Christmas Day (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 20 – Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
Feb 2 – Candlemas
Feb 9 – Shrove Tuesday
Feb 10 – Ash Wednesday
Mar 14 – Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian)
Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day (Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran)
Mar 25 – Annunciation
Mar 20 – Palm Sunday
Mar 24 – Maundy Thursday
Mar 25 – Good Friday
Mar 26 – Holy Saturday
Mar 27 – Easter Sunday
Apr 4 – Annunciation
May 1 – Easter Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
May 5 – Ascension Day
May 15 – Pentecost
May 22 – Trinity Sunday
May 29 – Corpus Christi
Jun 29 – St. Peter and St. Paul’s Day
July 22 – Feast of Mary Magdalene
Aug 6 – Transfiguration of Jesus
Aug 15 – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic)
Aug 15 – Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
Sep 8 – Nativity of the Theotokos / Birth of Virgin Mary
Sep 29 – Michaelmas
Oct 25 – Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)
Oct 31 – All Hallows’ Eve
Nov 1 – All Saints Day / All Hallows’ Day
Nov 2 – All Souls’ Day
Nov 27 – Advent Sunday
Dec 8 – Feast of Immaculate Conception (Catholic)
Dec 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec 24 – Christmas Eve (Western Churches)
Dec 25 – Christmas Day (Western Churches)

hinduismHindu Holidays 2016:
Jan 15 – Makar Sankranti / Pongal
Feb 12 – Vasant Panchami
Mar 7 – Maha Shivratri
Mar 23 – Holi
Apr 15 – Ram Navami
Apr 22 – Hanuman Jayanti
Aug 18 – Raksha Bandhan
Aug 25 – Krishna Janmasthami
Sept 5 – Ganesh Chaturthi
Sept 14 – Onam
Oct 1-9 – Navratri
Oct 7-11 – Durga Puja
Oct 11 – Dusshera
Oct 30 – Diwali

JainismSymbolJain Holidays 2016:
Apr 20 – Mahavir Jayanti
May 9 – Akshaya Tritiya
Aug 29-Sept 5 – Paryushan Parva
Sept 15 – Anant Chaturdashi
Sept 15 – Kshamavani
Oct 30 – Diwali

JudaismSymbolJewish Holidays 2016:
Jan 25 – Tu B’Shevat
Mar 24 – Purim
Apr 23-30 – Passover
June 12-13 – Shavuot
Aug 14 – Tisha B’Av
Oct 3-4 – Rosh Hashanah
Oct 12 – Yom Kippur
Oct 17-23 – Sukkot
Oct 25 – Simchat Torah
Dec 25-Jan 1, 2017 – Hanukkah

Islam SymbolIslamic Holidays 2016:
May 4 – Lailat al Miraj
May 22 – Laylat al Bara’at
Jun 6 – Ramadan Starts
Jul 1 – Lailat al Qadr
Jul 5 – Eid-ul-Fitr
Sept 11 – Eid-ul-Adha
Oct 2 – Al-Hijira (Islamic New Year)
Oct 11 – Ashura
Dec 12 – Mawlid

WiccaSymbol2Pagan Holidays 2016:
Feb 2 – Imbolc
Mar 20 – Spring Equinox
May 1 – Beltane
June 20 – Summer Solstice
Aug 1 – Lughnasadh (Lamamas)
Sept 22 – Autumn Equinox
Oct 31 – Samhain
Dec 22 – Winter Solstice (Yule)

shinto

Shinto Holidays 2016:
Jan 1 – Gantan-sai
Jan 7 – Koshogatsu
Feb 3 – Setsubun
Feb 17 – Toshigoi
Mar 3 – Hina-matsuri
Mar 21 – Shubun-sai
May 3 – Taue Matsuri
May 5 – Tango-no-Sekku
Jun 30 – Oharai
Nov 15 – Shichigosan
Nov 23 – Niinamesei

 

SikhismSymbolSikh Holidays 2016:
Jan 5 – Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
Jan 13 – Maghi
Mar 24 – Hola Mohalla
Apr 14 – Baisakhi
Jun 16 – Guru Arjan Dev Martyrdom
Oct 30 – Diwali
Nov 14 – Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Birthday
Nov 24 – Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur

 

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Please note that, unless otherwise noted, Jewish holidays start at sundown on the previous day. Also, due to Islam’s use of the lunar calendar, some dates will be confirmed closer to the holiday.

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