Calendar of Religious Dates

2015 Religious Calendar | 2016 Religious Calendar | 2017 Religious Calendar


THE BOY SCOUT RELIGIOUS CALENDAR

The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God. In the first part of the Scout Oath or Promise the member declares, "On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law." The recognition of God as the ruling and leading power in the universe and the grateful acknowledgment of His favors and blessings are necessary to the best type of citizenship and are wholesome precepts in the education of the growing members. No matter what the religious faith of the members may be, this fundamental need of good citizenship should be kept before them. The Boy Scouts of America, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is that the home and the organization or group with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life.

There are certain holidays that individual Scouts and Scouters of different faiths celebrate each year. These holidays are not always on the same date on the calendar and may not be familiar to everyone. In order to respect the traditions of all Scouts and Scouters, care must be taken in scheduling Scouting activities.

The Boy Scouts of America has developed this religious holiday calendar for the use of local units, councils and others in scheduling Scout-related activities. It provides a brief description of each holiday, both in the overall list of holidays and following each month, and an indication of the significance of each as well. The calendar will be continuously updated to provide planners with a two-year holiday schedule.

Please remember that certain holidays begin on the night before the actual day of the holiday as shown on the calendar.


2015 Religious Calendar
| 2016 Religious Calendar | 2017 Religious Calendar

ALPHABETICAL RELIGIOUS CALENDAR

ADVENT, CHRISTIAN

Advent is celebrated as the beginning of the Christian religious calendar preparing for the nativity of Jesus on the four Sundays prior to Christmas

AL HIJIRA, ISLAM

Al Hijira is the Islamic New Year

ALL SAINTS DAY, CHRISTIAN

All Saints Day commemorates all the Christian saints

ASALHA PUJA, BUDDHIST

Asalha Puja celebrates the first sermon given by Buddha

ASCENSION, CHRISTIAN

Ascension commemorates the ascension of Jesus to Heaven

ASCENSION OF ABU'L-BAHA, BAHA'I

Ascension of Abu'l-Baha

ASCENSION OF BAHA'U'LLAH, BAHA'I

Ascension of Baha'u'llah commemorates the death of Baha'u'llah in 1892

ASHURA, ISLAM

Ashura is the Islamic holiday commemorating the death of Husayn ibn Ali and family at the Battle of Karbala in 680 CE

ASH WEDNESDAY

Ash Wednesday is a Christian fast day and the beginning of Lent

ASSUMPTION, CATHOLIC

Assumption commemorates the assumption of Mary to heaven

BAHA'U'LLAH, BAHA'I

Baha'u'llah was the founder of the Baha'i religion, born 1817

BAPTISM OF THE LORD, CATHOLIC

Celebrates the baptism of Jesus

BEHEADING OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST, EASTERN ORTHODOX

Commemorates the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist

BIRTH OF THE BAB, BAHA'I

Birth of the Bab in 1819, one of the three central figures of the Baha'i religion

BIRTHDAY OF ZOROASTER, ZOROASTRIAN

Birthday of the Prophet Zoroaster also known as Zarathushtra

CHINESE NEW YEAR, SHINTO, DAOIST AND BUDDHIST

Celebration of the New Year

CHRISTMAS, CHRISTIAN

Christmas Eve is the evening before the birth of Jesus

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus

DAY OF THE COVENANT, BAHA'I

Day of the Covenant is the day of the appointment of Abdu'l-Baha as the center of Bahah'u'llah's Covenant

DECLARATION OF THE BAB, BAHA'I

Declaration of the Bab is the day the Bab revealed his mission to the world

DEEPAVALI DEWALI, HINDU, JAIN & SIKH

Deepavali Dewali is the Hindu festival of lights symbolizing the victory of light over darkness

DORMITION (ASSUMPTION) OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, EASTERN ORTHODOX

Dormition is the Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary

DUSSEHRA, HINDU

Dussehra commemorates the victory of the Lord Rama over Ravana, the Great Demon

EASTER, CHRISTIAN

Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus

EID AL ADHA, ISLAM

Eid al Adha commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael in Islamic tradition (Isaac in Jewish tradition)

EID AL FITR, ISLAM

Eid al Fitr is the feast which breaks the fast of Ramadan

EPIPHANY, CHRISTIAN

Epiphany commemorates the revelation of God the son as a human in Jesus

EPIPHANY OF THE LORD, LITURGICAL CHRISTIAN

Celebrates the revelation of Jesus to the gentiles at Epiphany

FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION, CHRISTIAN

Commemorates the announcement by the Angel Gabriel that Mary would be the mother of Jesus

FEAST OF THE ARCHANGELS, EASTERN CATHOLIC

Feast of the Archangels celebrates Michael, Gabriel and Raphael

FEAST OF THE ELEVATION OF THE HOLY CROSS, CHRISTIAN

Celebrates the finding of the Holy Cross by Saint Helen

FEAST OF THE GREAT MARTYR ST. GEORGE DAY, CHRISTIAN

St. George is the patron saint of both Scouting and England

FEAST OF THE MEETING OF THE LORD, EASTERN ORTHODOX

Celebrates the receiving of Jesus at the Temple by the Prophet Simeon

FEAST OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST, CATHOLIC

Celebrates the Holy Eucharist and the Church as manifestations of Jesus

EAST OF THE NATIVITY, EASTERN ORTHODOX

Nativity is the Eastern Orthodox date for the birth of Jesus

FEAST OF ST. BASIL, EASTERN ORTHODOX

Celebration of the father of Monasticism in the Eastern Orthodox Church

FEAST OF STS. PETER AND PAUL, CHRISTIAN

Honors the martyrdom of Saints Peter and Paul

FEAST OF THEOPHANY, EASTERN ORTHODOX

Celebration of the revelation of God the Son as a human in Jesus

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATIONNOF THE LORD, CHRISTIAN

Celebration of Jesus

FOUR CHAPLAINS SUNDAY, INTERFAITH

Commemorates four chaplains who gave their lives to save others in World War II

GANESH CHATURTHI, HINDU

Ganesh Chaturthi is a festival celebrating the birth of the Lord Ganesha

GANTAN-SAI, SHINTO

Gantan-sai is the Shinto new year

GOOD FRIDAY, CHRISTIAN

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus the Friday before Easter

GURU GOBIND SINGH BIRTHDAY, SIKH

Guru Gobind Singh, born 1666, was the tenth Sikh guru

GURU NANAK DEV SAHIB, SIKH

Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, born 1469, was the founder of the Sikh religion

GURU RAM DAS, SIKH

Guru Ram Das was the Fourth of the Ten Sikh gurus

GURU TEGH BAHADUR, SIKH

Guru Tegh Bahadur was a Sikh leader who suffered martyrdom rather than convert to Islam 

HANUKKAH, JEWISH

Hanukkah is the Jewish celebration of the liberation of Israel from the Greeks and purification of the Temple in the 200s BCE

HANUMAN JAYANTI, HINDU

Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Hanuman, the Vanara god

HOLA MOHALLA, SIKH

Hola Mohalla celebrates military prowess and is marked by camping trips for Sikhs

HOLI, HINDU

Holi is the festival of love and of colors for Hindus

THE HOLY FAMILY, CATHOLIC

Celebration of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, CATHOLIC

Immaculate Conception is the celebration of the preservation of Mary from Original Sin in the Catholic Church

INSTALLATION OF SCRIPTURES, SIKH

Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth is the official establishment of the Sikh holy book

INTERCALARY DAYS, BAHA'I

Intercalary Days are used to adjust the Baha'i calendar to the solar calendar each year

KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI, HINDU

Krishna Janmashtami marks the birth of lord Krishna

LAG B'OMER, JEWISH

Lag B'Omer is the 33rd day following the beginning of Passover and commemorates the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai

LAILAT AL BARA'A, ISLAM

Lailat al Bara'a is a celebration of God blessing all humans

LAILAT AL KADR, ISLAM

Lailat al Kadr is the night that the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Mohammad

LAILAT AL MIRAJ, ISLAM

Lailat al miraj celebrates the ascension of Muhammad to heaven

MAGHA PUJA DAY, BUDDHIST

Magha Puja Day is a festival celebrating freedom from sin

MAGHI, SIKH

Maghi commemorates the fight of the Chali ukte against the Imperial army in 1705

MAHAVIR JAYANTI, JAIN

Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara of Jains

MAHAYANA, BUDDHIST

Mahayana is the Buddhist new year

MAHA SIVARATRI, HINDU

Maha Sivaratri celebrates the marriage of Shiva to Parvati

MARTYRDOM OF THE BAB, BAHA'I

The Martyrdom of the Bab in 1850 is commemorated by this holiday

MARTYRDOM OF GURU ARJAN, SIKH

The martyrdom of Guru Arjan, first Sikh martyr, has been commemorated since 1606 

MAUNDRY THURSDAY, CHRISTIAN

Maundry (Holy) Thursday commemorates the last supper of Jesus the Thursday before Easter

MAWLID AN NABI, ISLAM

Mawlid an Nabi celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammed

MUHARRAM, ISLAM

Muharram is the holy month of the Islamic year

NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (THEOTOKOS), CHRISTIAN

Nativity celebrates the birth of Jesus

NAVARATRI, ISLAM

Navaratri is a celebration of the Goddess Amba at the beginning of autumn

NAW RUZ, BAHA'I, ZOROASTRIAN

Naw Ruz is an ancient Persian celebration of the New Year on the Vernal equinox

NIRVANA DAY, BUDDHIST

Nirvana Day commemorates the death of Buddha and his attainment of nirvana

OBON, BUDDHIST & SHINTO

Obon commemorates one's ancestors

PALM SUNDAY, CHRISTIAN

Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on the Sunday before Easter

PARYUSHANA PARVA, JAIN

Paryushana Parva is a holiday of coming together and taking on vows of study

PASHA, EASTERN ORTHODOX

Pascha is the Eastern Orthodox Easter celebration.

PASSOVER, JEWISH

Passover commemorates the Jewish Exodus from Egypt

PENTECOST, CHRISTIAN

Pentecost represents the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles

PIONEER DAY, MORMON

Pioneer Day commemorates the entry of Brigham Young into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847

PRESENTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (THEOTOKOS), CHRISTIAN

Commemorates the presentation of the Virgin Mary at the Temple by her parents

PURIM, JEWISH

Purim (lots) commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction in the Persian Empire

RAKSHA BRANDHAN, HINDU

Raksha Brandhan celebrates the love between brothers and sisters

RAMADAN, ISLAM

Ramadan is the month commemorating Mohammad's receipt of the first revelations of the Quran. Muslims fast during the day

RAMAYANA, HINDU

Ramayana commemorates the Hindu epic of Ramayana through pilgrimages to holy sites

RAMAYANA BAISAKHI, SIKH

Ramayana Baisakhi is the beginning of the harvest season

RAMA NAVAMI, HINDU

Rama Navami celebrates the birth of the god Rama

RIDVAN, BAHA'I

Ridvan commemorates the commencement of the founder of Baha'i's, Baha'u'llah's prophethood

ROHATSU, BUDDHIST

Rohatsu celebrates the enlightenment of the historical Buddha

ROSH HASHONAH, JEWISH

Rosh Hashonah is the beginning of the Jewish New Year and the start of 10 days when Jews ask forgiveness from others for their sins

SADEH, ZOROASTRIAN

Sadeh celebrates the end of summer honoring light fire and energy, enlightening the soul

SCOUT SHABBAT

Observance of religion by Jewish Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America      

SCOUT SUNDAY

Observance of religion by Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America

Scout Sunday is celebrated the second Sunday in February in the United Methodist Church

SETSEBUN SAI, SHINTO

Setsebun Sai is the day before spring in the Shinto religion

SHAVUOT, JEWISH

Shavuot is the holiday commemorating the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai

SHEMINI ATZERET, JEWISH

Shemini Atzeret is the final day of Sukkot

SHROVE TUESDAY

Shrove Tuesday is a Christian day of self-examination celebrated the day before Ash Wednesday

SIMHAT TORAH, JEWISH

Simhat Torah is the Jewish celebration of the completion of reading the Torah and the beginning of the reading anew

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, CATHOLIC

Celebration of Mary as the mother of God

ST. PATRICK'S DAY, CHRISTIAN

St. Patrick's Day commemorates the death of the patron saint of Ireland

SUKKOT, JEWISH

Sukkot commemorates the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness by the Jewish people

THANKSGIVING, AMERICAN

American secular holiday of thanksgiving for our blessings

THERAVADIN, BUDDHIST

Theravadin, the new year of one branch of Buddhism

TISH'A B'AV, JEWISH

Tish'a B'Av mourns the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem

TRANSFIGURATION, CHRISTIAN

Transfiguration celebrates the miracle of Jesus becoming radiant showing his divinity and humanity

TU B'SHEVAT

Tu B'Shevat is the Jewish holiday celebrating the birth of trees for tithing purposes

ULLAMBANA, BUDDHIST

Ullambana provides the opportunity for helping those who are suffering to obtain liberation

VASANT PANSHAMI, HINDU

Vasant Panshami begins the Hindu spring season

VAISAKHI, SIHK

Vaisakhi is the Sikh religious new year

VISAKHA PUJA, BUDDHIST

Visakha Puja commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha

WAQF AL ARAFA-HAJJ, ISLAM

Waqf al Arafa-Hajj marks the annual pilgrimage to Mecca

WINTER SOLSTICE, ZOROASTRIAN

Winter Solstice celebrates the triumph of good over evil

YOM HA'ATSMAUT, JEWISH

Yom Ha'atsmaut celebrates the independence of Israel

YOM HASHOAH, JEWISH

Yom HaShoah commemorates the Holocaust

YOM KIPPUR, JEWISH

Yom Kippur is a fast day and is the Jewish Day of Atonement when Jews ask God to forgive their sins