Calendar of Religious Dates 2018

January 2018

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

1

2

3

4

5

6


Feast of St. Basil, Eastern Orthodox; Gantan-sai, Shinto; Solemnity of Mary, Catholic

Mahayana, Buddhist
Mahayana
Mahayana
Guru Ram Das, Sikh; Guru Gobind Singh Birthday, Sikh
Epiphany, Christian; Feast of Theophany, Eastern Orthodox
7
8
9
10
11
12
13

Baptism of the Lord, Catholic; Feast of the Nativity, Eastern Orthodox

 

 

 

 

 

Maghi, Sikh

14
15
16
17
18
19
20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21
22
23
24
25
26
27

World Religion Day, Baha’i

Vasant Panshami, Hindu

 

 

 

 

 

28

 

29

 

30

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sadeh, Zoroastrian; Tu B’Shevat, Jewish, begins at sundown

Tu B’Shevat


  • St. Basil is the father of Monasticism in the Eastern Orthodox Church
  • Gantan-sai is the Shinto New Year
  • Solemnity of Mary celebrates Mary as the Mother of God
  • Mahayana is the Buddhist New Year
  • Guru Ram Das was the 4th Sikh guru
  • Guru Gobind Singh, born in 1666, was the 10th Sikh guru
  • Epiphany commemorates the revelation of God the Son as human in Jesus
  • Theophany celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus
  • Baptism of the Lord celebrates the baptism of Jesus
  • Nativity is the Eastern Orthodox date for the birth of Jesus
  • Maghi commemorates fight of the Chali Ukte against the Imperial Army in 1705
  • World Religion Day celebrates all religious life
  • Vasant Panshami begins the spring season for Hindus
  • Sadeh celebrates the end of summer, honoring light, fire, energy and enlightening the soul
  • Tu B'Shevat celebrates the birth of trees for tithing purposes

 

February 2018

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

1

2

3


 
 
 
 
Feast of the Meeting of the Lord, Eastern Orthodox
Setsebun Sai, Shinto
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Four Chaplains Sunday, Interfaith

 

 

 

 

Nirvana Day, Bhuddist

Scout Shabbat, Jewish

Scout Shabbat

11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Transfiguration, Christian; Scout Sunday, Interfaith; Scout Sunday, United Methodist Church

 

Clean Monday, Eastern Orthodox 

Shrove Tuesday, Christian

Ash Wednesday, Christian; Maha Sivaratri, Hindu

Nirvana Day, Jain

Chinese New Year, Shinto, Daoist and Bhuddist; Scout Shabbat, Jewish

Scout Shabbat

18
19
20
21
22
23
24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

 

26

 

27

 

28

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Theotokos), Christian

Intercalary Days, Baha-i

Intercalary Days

Intercalary Days



  • Meeting of the Lord celebrates the receiving of Jesus by the Prophet Simeon at the Holy Temple
  • Setsebun Sai is the day before spring in the Shinto religion
  • Four chaplains Sunday commemorates the chaplains who gave their lives to save others in World War II
  • Nirvanna Day commemorates the death of Buddha and his attainment of nirvana
  • Observance of the significance of religion in Scouting
  • Observance of the significance of religion in Scouting
  • Transfiguration is a celebration of the divinity and humanity of Jesus
  • Clean Monday is the day that Lent begins
  • Shrove Tuesday is the day of self-examination preceding Ash Wednesday
  • Ash Wednesday is a Christian fast day and the beginning of Lent
  • Maha Sivaratri celebrates the marriage of Siva to Parvati
  • Nirvanna Day commemorates the death of Buddha and his attainment of nirvana
  • Chinese New Year celebrates the New Year on the Chinese calendar
  • Observance of the significance of religion in Scouting - 2d Sunday in February
  • Commemorates the presentation of Mary by her parents at the Temple
  • Intercalary Days adjust the Baha'I calendar to the solar calendar each year

 

March 2018

Do not schedule Scouting events on red highlighted dates. If programs must be scheduled on red highlighted dates, councils should arrange alternate dates for the events that do not conflict with that religion’s holidays.

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

1

2

3


 
 
 

Intercalary Days; Purim, Jewish

Hola Mohalla, Sikh; Holi, Hindu

Hola Mohalla; Holi

4
5
6
7
8
9
10

 Hola Mohalla

 

 

 

 

 

11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Purim

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day, Christian

18
19
20
21
22
23
24

Ramayana, Hindu

 

Ramayana

Ramayana

Ramayana; Naw Ruz, Baha’i and Zoroastrian

Ramayana

Ramayana

Ramayana

25

 

26

 

27

 

28

 

29

 

30

 

31

Ramayana; Palm Sunday, Christian; Holy Week, Christian

Ramayana; Holy Week; Rama Navami, Hindu

 Holy Week

Holy Week; Maundy Thursday, Christian; Khordad Sal, Zoroastrian

Holy Week

Holy Week; Good Friday, Christian; Passover, Jewish

Holy Week; Passover; Hanuman Jayanti, Hindu; Magha Puja, Buddhist



  • Purim (Lots) commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction in the Persian Empire 
  • Intercalary Days adjust the Baha’i calendar to the solar calendar each year
  • Hola Mohalla celebrates military prowess and is marked by camping trips for Sikhs
  • Holi is the festival of love and colors for Hindus
  • St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the death of the patron saint of Ireland
  • Ramayana commemorates the Epic of Ramayanawith pilgrimages to holy sites
  • Naw Ruz is the ancient Persian celebration of the New Year at the vernal equinox
  • Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week, which precedes Easter
  • Rama Navami celebrates the birth of Rama
  • Khordad Sal is the birthday of the Prophet Zoroaster, also known as Zarathushtra
  • Maundy (Holy) Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus
  • Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus on the Friday before Easter
  • Passover commemorates the Jewish Exodus from Egypt
  • Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Hanuman, the Vanara god
  • Magha Puja Day celebrates freedom from sin


April 2018

Do not schedule Scouting events on red highlighted dates. If programs must be scheduled on red highlighted dates, councils should arrange alternate dates for the events that do not conflict with that religion’s holidays.

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

Passover; Easter, Christian; Palm Sunday, Eastern Orthodox; Holy Week, Eastern Orthodox

Passover; Holy Week


Passover; Mahavir Jayanti, Jain; Holy Week


Passover; Holy Week


Passover; Holy Week


Passover; Holy Friday, Eastern Orthodox

Passover

8
9
10
11
12
13
14

Pascha, Eastern Orthodox

Feast of the Annunciation, Christian

 

 

Yom HaShoah, Jewish; Lailat al Miraj, Islam

Yom HaShoah; Lailat al Miraj

Vaisakhi, Sikh

15
16
17
18
19
20
21

 

 

 

Yom Ha’atsmaut, Jewish

Yom Ha’atsmaut

 

Ridvan, Baha’i

22
23
24
25
26
27
28

 

Ridvan; Feast of the Great Martyr St. George, Christian

 Ridvan 

 Ridvan 

 Ridvan 

 Ridvan 

 Ridvan 

29

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ridvan; Visakha Puja, Buddhist

Ridvan; Lailat al Bara’a, Islam; Theravadin, Buddhist

 

 




  • Passover commemorates the Jewish Exodus from Egypt
  • Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before Pascha (Easter in the Eastern Orthodox tradition)
  • Holy Week is the week between Palm Sunday and Pascha
  • Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Hanuman, the Vanara god
  • Holy Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus on the Friday before Pascha
  • Pascha (Easter) commemorates the resurrection of Jesus 
  • Feast of the Annunciation commemorates the announcement by the Angel Gabriel that Mary would be mother of Jesus
  • Yom HaShoah commemorates the Holocaust 
  • Lailat al miraj celebrates the ascension of Muhammad to heaven
  • Vaisakhi is the Sikh religious New Year 
  • Yom Ha’atsmaut is Israeli Independence Day 
  • Ridvan commemorates the commencement of Baha’u’llah’s prophethood
  • St. George, the patron saint of both Scouting and England, is celebrated by this feast
  • Visakha Puja commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha
  • Lailat al Bara’a is a celebration of God blessing all humans
  • Theravadin is the New Year for one branch of Buddhism

May 2018

Do not schedule Scouting events on red highlighted dates. If programs must be scheduled on red highlighted dates, councils should arrange alternate dates for the events that do not conflict with that religion’s holidays.

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

 


 
Theravadin; Lailot al Bara’a
Theravadin; Lag B’Omer, Jewish
Lag B’Omer
 
 
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

 

 

 

 

Ascension, Christian

 

 

13
14
15
16
17
18
19

 

 

Ramadan, Islam

Ramadan

Ramadan; Ascension, Eastern Orthodox

Ramadan

Ramadan; Shavuot, Jewish

20
21
22
23
24
25
26

Ramadan; Shavuot; Pentecost, Christian

Ramadan; Shavuot

Ramadan 

Ramadan; Declaration of the Bab, Baha’i

Ramadan

Ramadan

 

Ramadan

 

27

 

28

 

29

 

30

 

31

 

 

 

 

Ramadan; Pentecost, Eastern Orthodox

Ramadan

Ramadan; Ascension of Baha’u’llah, Baha’i

Ramadan

Ramadan; Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Catholic



  • Lailat al Bara’a is a celebration of God blessing all humans
  • Theravadin is the New Year for one branch of Buddhism
  • Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day following Passover and commemorates the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai
  • Ascension commemorates the ascension of Jesus to Heaven 
  • Ramadan commemorates Mohammad’s receipt of the first revelations of the Quran 
  • Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai 
  • Pentecost represents the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles 
  • Declaration of the Bab celebrates the day the Bab revealed his mission to the world 
  • Pentecost represents the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles 
  • Ascension of Baha’u’llah commemorates the death of Baha’u’llah in 1892 
  • Feast of the Body and Blood celebrates the Holy Eucharist and the Church as manifestations of Jesus


June 2018

Do not schedule Scouting events on red highlighted dates. If programs must be scheduled on red highlighted dates, councils should arrange alternate dates for the events that do not conflict with that religion’s holidays.

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

 

1

2


 
 
 
 
Ramadan; Ullambana, Buddhist
Ramadan; All Saints Day, Eastern Orthodox
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

Ramadan

 

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

10
11
12
13
14
15
16

Ramadan; Laylat al Kadr, Islam

 

Ramadan; Laylat al Kadr

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan; Eid al Fitr, Islam

Ramadan; Eid al Fitr

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan, Sikh

17
18
19
20
21
22
23

 

 

 

Waqf al Arafa-Hajj, Islam

Waqf al Arafa-Hajj, Islam

 

 

 

24

 

25

 

26

 

27

 

28

 

29

 

30

 

 

 

 
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Christian
 


  • Ramadan commemorates Muhammad's receipt of the first revelations of the Quran
  • Ullambana provides an opportunity to help those who suffer to obtain liberation
  • All Saints Day commemorates all the Christian saints
  • Laylat al Kadr is the night the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad
  • Eid al Fitr is the feast which ends the fast of Ramadan
  • The martyrdom of Guru Arjan, the first Sikh martyr, occurred in 1606
  • Waqf al Arafa-Hajj marks the annual pilgrimage to Mecca
  • Feast of Saints Peter and Paul honors their martyrdom


July 2018

Do not schedule Scouting events on red highlighted dates. If programs must be scheduled on red highlighted dates, councils should arrange alternate dates for the events that do not conflict with that religion’s holidays.

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
8
9
10
11
12
13
14

 

Martyrdom of the Bab, Baha’i

 Martyrdom of the Bab

 

 

Obon, Buddhist and Shinto

Obon

15
16
17
18
19
20
21

Obon

 

 

 

 

 

Tisha B’Av, Jewish 
22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Tisha B’Av

 

Pioneer Day, Mormon

 

 

 

Asalha Puja, Buddhist

 

29

 

30

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



  • The martyrdom of the Bab occurred in 1850
  • Oban commemorates one’s ancestors
  • Tisha B’Av mourns the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem
  • Pioneer Day commemorates the 1847 entry of Brigham Young into the Salt Lake Valley
  • Asalha Puja celebrates the first sermon given by Buddha


August 2018

Do not schedule Scouting events on red highlighted dates. If programs must be scheduled on red highlighted dates, councils should arrange alternate dates for the events that do not conflict with that religion’s holidays.

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

1

2

3

4

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

 

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Eastern Orthodox

 

 

 

 

 

12
13
14
15
16
17
18

 

 

 

Assumption, Catholic; Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Eastern Orthodox

 

 

 

 

19
20
21
22
23
24
25

 

 

Eid al Adha, Islam

 

Eid al Adha

 

 

 

26

 

27

 

28

 

29

 

30

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Eastern Orthodox; Raksha Bandhan, Hindu

 
 
 


  • Transfiguration is a celebration of the divinity and humanity of Jesus
  • Assumption commemorates the assumption of Mary to heaven
  • Dormition celebrates the falling asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
  • Eid al Adha commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael 
  • Beheading of St. John the Baptist commemorates his martyrdom
  • Raksha Bandhan celebrates the love between brothers and sisters


September 2018

Do not schedule Scouting events on red highlighted dates. If programs must be scheduled on red highlighted dates, councils should arrange alternate dates for the events that do not conflict with that religion’s holidays.

Sun

 

Mon

 

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8

 

Krishna Janmashtami, Hindu

 

 

 

 

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Theotokos), Christian

9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15

Rosh Hashonah (Sundown), Jewish

Muharram (sundown), Islam; Al-Hijra (sundown), Islam; Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah; Muharram; Al-Hijra

Muharram

Ganesh Chaturthi, Hindu; Muharram

Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, Christian; Paryushana Parva, Jain; Muharram

Muharram; Paryushana Parva

16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22

Muharram; Paryushana Parva

Muharram; Paryushana Parva

Yom Kippur, (sundown), Jewish; Muharram; Paryushana Parva

Muharram; Paryushana Parva; Yom Kippur

Ashura (sundown), Islam; Muharram; Paryushana Parva

Muharram; Paryushana Parva; Ashura

Muharram; Paryushana Parva

23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29

Sukkot (sundown), Jewish; Muharram; Paryushana Parva

Muharram; Sukkot

Muharram; Sukkot

Muharram; Sukkot

Muharram; Sukkot

Muharram; Sukkot

Feast of the Archangels, Catholic; Muharram; Sukkot

30
 
 
 
 
 
 

Shemini Atzeret, Jewish; Muharram; Sukkot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Krishna Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna
  • Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the birth of Mary 
  • Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish New Year
  • Al-Hijra is the Islamic New Year 
  • Muharram is the holy month of the Islamic year
  • Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birth of the Lord Ganesha
  • Feast of the Elevation of the Cross celebrates the finding of the Holy Cross by St. Helen
  • Paryushana Parva is a holiday of coming together and taking on vows of study
  • Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement when Jews seek God’s forgiveness for their sins
  • Ashura is the Islamic holiday commemorating the death of Husayn ibn Ali and family at the Battle of Karbala in 680 C.E.
  • Sukkot commemorates the 40 years in the wilderness after the Exodus
  • Feast of the Archangels celebrates the angels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael
  • Shemini Atzeret is the final day of Sukkot

 

October 2018

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

1

2

3

4

5

6


Simhat Torah (Sundown), Jewish; Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret; Muharram
Muharram; Simhat Torah
Muharram
Muharram
Muharram
Muharram
7
8
9
10
11
12
13

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Navaratri

Navaratri

Navaratri

Navaratri

14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Navaratri

Navaratri

Navaratri

 

 

Dussehra, Hindu

Birth of the Bab, Baha’i; Installation of the Scriptures, Sikh

21
22
23
24
25
26
27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28

 

29

 

30

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reformation Day, Protestant Christian

 
 
 


  • Muharram is the holy month of the Islamic year
  • Sukkot commemorates the 40 years in the wilderness after the Exodus
  • Shemini Atzeret is the final day of Sukkot
  • Simhat Torah celebrates the conclusion of the reading of the Torah and the beginning of the reading anew
  • Navaratri celebrates the Goddess Amba at the start of autumn
  • Dussehra commemorates the victory of the Lord Rama over Ravanna, the Great Demon
  • The Bab, born in 1819, is one of the three central figures of the Baha’i religion
  • Installation of the scriptures as Guru Granth is the official establishment of the Sikh holy book
  • Reformation Sunday commemorates the Reformation in Europe in 1517


November 2018

Sun

Mon

Tue

Wed

Thu

Fri

Sat

 

 

 

 

1

2

3


 
 
 
All Saints Day, Christian
 
 
4
5
6
7
8
9
10

 

 

 

 

Deepavali Dewali, Hindu, Jain and Sikh

Deepavali Dewali

Deepavali Dewali

Deepavali Dewali

11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Deepavali Dewali

Birth of Baha’U’Llah, Baha’i

 

 

 

 

 

18
19
20
21
22
23
24

 

 

 

Mawlid an Nabi, Islam (sundown)

Mawlid an Nabi

Thanksgiving, American

Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, Baha’i

Guru Tegh Bahadur, Sikh

25

 

26

 

27

 

28

 

29

 

30

 

 

Day of the Covenant, Baha’i

 

Ascension of Abu’l-Baha, Baha’i

 
 
 


  • All Saints Day commemorates all the Christian saints
  • Deepavali Dewali is the Hindu festival of lights symbolizing the victory of light over darkness
  • Baha'u'llah celebrates the founder of the Baha'I religion born in 1817
  • Mawlid an Nabi celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammed
  • Thanksgiving is America's secular holiday of thanks for our blessings
  • Guru Nanak Dev Singh, born in 1469, was the founder of the Sikh religion
  • Guru Tegh Bahadur was a Sikh leader who suffered martyrdom rather than convert to Islam
  • Day of the Covenant is the day of the appointment of Abdu'l-Baha as the center of Bahah'u'llah's covenant
  • Ascension of Abu'l-Baha celebrates the ascension of Abu'l-Baha

 

December 2018

Do not schedule Scouting events on red highlighted dates. If programs must be scheduled on red highlighted dates, councils should arrange alternate dates for the events that do not conflict with that religion’s holidays.

Sun

 

Mon

 

Tue

 

Wed

 

Thu

 

Fri

 

Sat

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2
 
3
 
4
 
5
 
6
 
7
 
8

Advent, Christian; Hanukkah, Jewish (sundown)

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Immaculate Conception, Catholic; Rohatsu, Buddhist; Advent; Hanukkah

9
 
10
 
11
 
12
 
13
 
14
 
15

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent

Advent

Advent

Advent

Advent

16
 
17
 
18
 
19
 
20
 
21
 
22

Advent

Advent

Advent

Advent

Advent

Winter Solstice, Zoroastrian; Advent

Advent

23
 
24
 
25
 
26
 
27
 
28
 
29

Advent

Christmas Eve, Christian; Advent

Christmas, Christian; Advent

 

 

 

 

30
 
31
 
 
 
 
 

The Holy Family, Catholic

 

 

 

 

 

 



  • Advent is celebrated as the beginning of the Christian religious calendar preparing for the nativity of Jesus on the four 
  • Sundays prior to Christmas
  • Hanukkah is the celebration of the liberation of Israel from the Greeks and the purification of the Temple
  • Immaculate Conception celebrates the preservation of Mary from Original Sin
  • Rohatsu celebrates the enlightenment of Buddha
  • Winter Solstice celebrates the triumph of good over evil
  • Christmas Eve is the night before the birth of Jesus; Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus
  • Celebration of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph