Calendar of Religious Dates 2019

January 2019

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Feast of St. Basil, Eastern Orthodox; Gantan-Sai, Shinto; Solemnity of Mary, Catholic
 
 
 
Guru Gobind Singh Birthday, Sikh; Guru Ram Das, Sikh
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Epiphany of the Lord, Liturgical Christian; Epiphany, Christian; Feast of Theophany, Eastern Orthodox

Feast of the Nativity, Eastern Orthodox

 

 

 

 

 

13
14
15
16
17
18
19

Baptism of the Lord, Catholic; Maghi, Sikh

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tu B’Shevat beginning at sundown, Jewish

20
21
22
23
24
25
26

Tu B’Shevat; World Religion Day, Baha’i

Mahayana, Buddhist

Mahayana

Mahayana

 

 

 

 

 

27

 

28

 

29

 

30

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sadeh, Zoroastrian

 

 

  • St. Basil is the father of Monastacism in the Eastern Orthodox Church
  • Gantan-sai is the Shinto New Year
  • Solemnity of Mary celebrates Mary as the Mother of God
  • Guru Gobind Singh, born in 1666, was the tenth Sikh guru
  • Guru Ram Das was the fourth Sikh guru
  • Epiphany of the Lord celebrates the revelation of Jesus to the gentiles at Epiphany
  • 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
  • Nativity is the Eastern Orthodox date for the birth of Jesus
  • Baptism of the Lord celebrates the baptism of Jesus
  • Maghi commemorates fight of the Chali Ukte against the Imperial Army in 1705
  • Tu B'Shevat celebrates the birth of trees for tithing purposes
  • World Religion Day celebrates all religious life
  • Mahayana is the Buddhist New Year
  • Sadeh celebrates the end of summer, honoring light, fire, energy and enlightening the soul


February 2019

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Feast of the Meeting of the Lord, Eastern Orthodox
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

Four Chaplains Sunday, Interfaith; Setsebun Sai, Shinto

 

Chinese New Year, Shinto, Daoist, Buddhist

 

 

Scout Shabbat, beginning at sundown, Jewish

Scout Shabbat

10
11
12
13
14
15
16

Scout Sunday, Interfaith

 

 

 

 

Nirvana Day, Buddhist, Jain

 

17
18
19
20
21
22
23

Scout Sunday, United Methodist

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
  • Four chaplains Sunday commemorates the chaplains who gave their lives to save others in World War II
  • Setsebun Sai is the day before spring in the Shinto religion
  • Chinese New Year celebrates the New Year on the Chinese calendar
  • Observance of the significance of religion in Scouting
  • Nirvanna Day commemorates the death of Buddha and his attainment of nirvana
  • 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 2019

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.

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Intercalary Days
 
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

Transfiguration, Christian

 Maha Shivaratri, Hindu

Shrove Tuesday, Christian

Ash Wednesday, Christian

 

 

10
11
12
13
14
15
16

 

Clean Monday, Christian

 

 

 

 

 

17
18
19
20
21
22
23

St. Patrick’s Day, Christian

 

 

 

Purim, beginning at sundown, Jewish; Hola Mohalla, Sikh; Holi, Hindu; Magha Puja Day, Buddhist; Naw Ruz (Norooz), Baha’i and Zoroastrian

Purim; Holi

 

24

 

25

 

26

 

27

 

28

 

29

 

30

 

Feast of the Annunciation, Christian

 

Birthday of Zoroaster, Zoroastrian
 
 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 


  • Intercalary Days adjust the Baha’i calendar to the solar calendar each year 
  • Transfiguration is a celebration of the divinity and humanity of Jesus 
  • Maha Shivaratri celebrates the marriage of Siva to Parvati 
  • Shrove Tuesday is the day of self-examination preceding Ash Wednesday 
  • Ash Wednesday is a Christian fast day and the beginning of Lent 
  • Clean Monday is the day that Lent begins 
  • St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the death of the patron saint of Ireland 
  • Purim (Lots) commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction in the Persian Empire 
  • Hola Mohalla celebrates military prowess and is marked by camping trips for Sikhs 
  • Holi is the festival of love and colors for Hindus 
  • Magha Puja Day celebrates freedom from sin 
  • Naw Ruz is the ancient Persian celebration of the New Year at the vernal equinox 
  • Feast of the Annunciation commemorates the announcement by the Angel Gabriel that Mary would be mother of Jesus


April 2019

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.

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Lailat al Miraj, Islam

Lailat al Miraj

Ramayana, Hindu

7
8
9
10
11
12
13

Ramayana

Ramayana; Visakha Puja, Buddhist

Ramayana; Mahavir Jayanti, Jain

Ramayana

Ramayana

Ramayana

Ramayana; Vaisakhi, Sikh

14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Holy Week, Palm Sunday, Christian; Ramayana; Rama Navami, Hindu

Holy Week

Holy Week

Holy Week

Holy Week; Maundy Thursday, Christian

Holy Week; Good Friday, Christian; Passover, Jewish; Theravadin, Buddhist; Hanuman Jayanti, Hindu

Holy Week; Passover; Theravadin; Lailat al Bara’a, Islam

21
22
23
24
25
26
27

Easter, Christian; Passover; Theravadin; Lailat al Bara’a; Ridvan, Baha’i

Passover; Theravadin; Ridvan

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

Passover; Ridvan

Passover; Ridvan

Passover; Ridvan; Holy Friday, Eastern Orthodox

Passover; Ridvan

28

 

29

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ridvan; Pascha, Eastern Orthodox

Ridvan

Ridvan

 

 

  • Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem at the beginning of Holy Week
  • Vaisakhi is the Sikh religious New Year
  • Lailat al Miraj celebrates the ascension of Muhammad to heaven
  • Ramayana commemorates the epic of Ramayana with pilgrimages to holy sites
  • Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Hanuman, the Vanara god
  • Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara of Jainism
  • Holy Week is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter
  • Rama Navami celebrates the birth of Rama
  • 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
  • Theravadin is the New Year for one branch of Buddhism
  • Lailat al Bara’a is a celebration of God blessing all humans
  • Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus
  • Ridvan commemorates the commencement of Baha’u’llah’s prophethood
  • St. George, the patron saint of Scouting and England, is celebrated by this feast
  • Holy Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus on the Friday before Pascha
  • Pasha is the Eastern Orthodox celebration of Easter
  • Visakha Puja commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha


May 2019

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.

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4



Ridvan; Yom Hashoah, Jewish
Ridvan
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

Ramadan, Islam

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan; Yom Ha’atsmaut, Jewish

Ramadan; Yom Ha’atsmaut

Ramadan

Ramadan

12
13
14
15
16
17
18

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

19
20
21
22
23
24
25

Ramadan

Ramadan; Pentecost, Christian

Ramadan

Ramadan; Lag B’Omer, Jewish

Ramadan; Lag B’Omer; Declaration of the Bab, Baha’i

Ramadan

Ramadan

26

 

27

 

28

 

29

 

30

 

31

 

 

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

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

Ramadan; Ascension, Christian

Ramadan; Lailat al Qadr, Islam



  • Yom Hashoah commemorates the Holocaust 
  • Ridvan commemorates the commencement of Baha’u’llah’s prophethood
  • Ramadan commemorates Mohammad’s receipt of the first revelations of the Quran
  • Yom Ha’atsmaut is Israeli Independence Day
  • Pentecost represents the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles
  • Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day following Passover and commemorates the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai
  • Declaration of the Bab celebrates the day the Bab revealed his mission to the world
  • Ascension of Baha’u’llah commemorates the death of Baha’u’llah in 1892
  • Ascension commemorates the ascension of Jesus to heaven
  • Lailat al Qadr is the night the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad

June 2019

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.

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Wed

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Ramadan, Lailat Al Kadr
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan; Eid Al Fitr, Islam

Eid Al Fitr

Eid Al Fitr; Ascension, Eastern Orthodox

Eid Al Fitr

9
10
11
12
13
14
15

Pentecost, Eastern Orthodox

16
17
18
19
20
21
22

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan, Sikh

23
24
25
26
27
28
29

All Saints Day, Eastern Orthodox

Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Christian

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ramadan commemorates the first revelations of the Quran being received by Muhammad
  • Lailat al Kadr is the night the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Muhammed
  • Eid al Fitr is the feast which ends the fast of Ramadan
  • Ascension commemorates the ascension of Jesus to Heaven
  • Pentecost represents the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles
  • The martyrdom of Guru Arjan, the first Sikh martyr ocurred in 1606
  • All Saints Day commemorates all of the Christian saints
  • Feast of Saints Peter and Paul honors their martyrdom


July 2019

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7
8
9
10
11
12
13

Martyrdom of the Bab, Baha’i

Oban, Buddhist and Shinto

14
15
16
17
18
19
20

Oban>

Oban

Asalha Puja, Buddhist

21
22
23
24
25
26
27

Pioneer Day, Mormon

28

 

29

 

30

 

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • The martyrdom of the Bab ocurred in 1850
  • Oban commemorates one's ancestors
  • Asalha Puja celebrates the first sermon given by Buddha
  • Pioneer Day commemorates the 1847 entry of Brigham Young into the Salt Lake Valley


August 2019

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.

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4
5
6
7
8
9
10

Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Eastern Orthodox

Tisha B’Av, Jewish

11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Eid al Adha, Islam; Waqf al Arafa-Hajj, Islam; Tisha B’Av

Eid al Adha; Waqf al Hajj

Eid al Adha; Waqf al Hajj

Eid al Adha; Waqf al Hajj

Eid al Adha; Waqf al Hajj; Assumption, Christian; Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Eastern Orthodox; Raksha Bandhan, Hindu; Ullambana, Buddhist

Waqf al Hajj

Waqf al Hajj

18
19
20
21
22
23

Waqf al Hajj

Waqf al Hajj

Waqf al Hajj

Waqf al Hajj

Waqf al Hajj

Waqf al Hajj; Krishna Janmashtami, Hindu

Waqf al Hajj

25
26
27
28
29
30
31

Waqf al Hajj

Waqf al Hajj

Waqf al Hajj

Waqf al Hajj

Waqf al Hajj

Waqf al Hajj; Muharram, Islam

Waqf al Hajj; Muharram; Al-Hijira, Islam 


  • Transfiguration is a celebration of the divinity and humanity of Jesus
  • Tisha B’Av mourns the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem
  • Eid al Adha commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael 
  • Waqf al Arafa-Hajj marks the annual pilgrimage to Mecca
  • Assumption commemorates the assumption of Mary to heaven
  • Dormition celebrates the falling asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  • Raksha Bandhan celebrates the love between brothers and sisters 
  • Ullambana provides an opportunity to help those who suffer to obtain liberation
  • Krishna Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna
  • Muharram is the holy month of the Islamic year
  • Al-Hijira is the Islamic New Year 


September 2019

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.

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1

2

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5

6

7

Muharram; Al Hijira


Muharram; Ganewsh Chaturthi, Hindu; Paryushana Parva, Jain
Muharram; Paryushana Parva
Muharram
Muharram
Muharram
Muharram
8
9
10
11
12
13
14

Muharram; Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Theotokos), Christian

Muharram; Ashura, Islam

Muharram; Ashura

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram; Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, Christian

15
16
17
18
19
20
21

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

29
30

Feast of the Archangels, Catholic; Navaratri,Hindu; Rosh Hashonah, Jewish

Navaratri; Rosh Hashonah

 

  • Muharram is the holy month of the Islamic year
  • Al-Hijira is the Islamic New Year
  • Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birth of the Lord Ganesha
  • Paryushana Parva is a holiday of coming together and taking on vows of study
  • Nativity celebrates the birth of Mary
  • Ashura is the Islamic holiday commemorating the death of Husayn ibn Ali and famiy at the Battle of Karbala in 680 C.E.
  • Feast of the Elevation of the Cross celebrates the finding of the Holy Cross by St. Helen
  • Feast of the Archangels celebrates Angels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael
  • Navaratri celebrates the Goddess Amba at the start of autumn
  • Rosh Hashonah is the beginning of the Jewish New Year


October 2019

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.

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Rosh Hashanah; Navaratri
Navaratri
Navaratri
Navaratri
Navaratri
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Navaratri

Navaratri

Yom Kippur, Jewish; Dussehra, Hindu

Yom Kippur

 

 

 

13
14
15
16
17
18
19

Sukkot, Jewish

Sukkot

Sukkot

Sukkot

Sukkot

Sukkot

Sukkot

20
21
22
23
24
25
26

Sukkot; Birth of the Bab, Baha’i; Installation of the Scriptures, Sikh; Shemini Atzeret, Jewish

Shemini Atzeret; Simchat Torah, Jewish

Simchat Torah

 

 

 

 

27
28
29
30
31

Deepavali Dewali, Hindu, Jain and Sikh

Reformation Day, Protestant Christian



  • Navaratri celebrates the goddess Amba at the start of autumn
  • Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish New Year
  • Dussehra commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, the great demon
  • Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement when Jews seek God’s forgiveness for their sins
  • Sukkot commemorates the 40 years in the wilderness after the Exodus
  • 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
  • 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
  • Deepavali Dewali is the Hindu festival of lights symbolizing the victory of light over darkness
  • Reformation Sunday commemorates the Reformation in Europe in 1517


November 2019

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All Saints Day, Christian
 
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mawlid an Nabi, Islam

10
11
12
13
14
15
16

Mawlid an Nabi

 

Birth of Baha’u’llah, Baha’I; Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, Sikh

 

 

 

 

17
18
19
20
21
22
23

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanksgiving, American

24
25
26
27
28
29
30

Guru Tegh Bahadur, Sikh

Day of the Covenant, Baha’i

Ascension of Abu’l-Baha, Baha’i

 

  • All Saints Day commemorates all the Christian saints
  • Mawlid an Nabi celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammed
  • Baha'u'llah celebrates the founder of the Baha'I religion born in 1817
  • Guru Nanak Dev Singh, born in 1469, was the founder of the Sikh religion
  • Thanksgiving is America's secular holiday of thanks for our blessings
  • 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 2019

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.

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7

Advent, Christian


Advent
Advent
Advent
Advent
Advent
Advent
8
9
10
11
12
13
14

Advent; Immaculate Conception, Catholic; Rohatsu, Buddhist

Advent

Advent

Advent

Advent

Advent

Advent

15
16
17
18
19
20
21

Advent

Advent

Advent

Advent

Advent

Advent; Winter Solstice, Zoroastrian

Advent

22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Advent; Hannukkah, Jewish

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah; Christmas, Christian

Hanukkah; Christmas

Hanukkah

Hanukkah

Hanukkah

29
30
31

Hanukkah; The Holy Family, Christian

Hanukkah

 

  • Advent is celebrated as the beginning of the Christian religious calendar preparing for the nativity of Jesus on the four Sundays prior to Christmas
  • 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
  • Hanukkah is the celebration of the liberation of Israel from the Greeks and the purification of the Temple
  • 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