Calendar of Religious Dates

There are certain dates and religious observances that must be adhered to by the individual. Arrangements must be made for participation in special services.

  • The Islamic (Muslim) year begins with Muharram. All Islamic dates are subject to sighting of the moon; an event may be one day earlier or later than the date listed.

  • According to the Eastern Orthodox Church calendar, the day begins after evening vespers at sunset and concludes with vespers on the following day. For this reason, the observance of all Eastern Orthodox holy days begins at sunset on the evening before the holy day.

  • Jewish holidays begin at sundown prior to the first date listed.

A religious institution has the option of celebrating Scout Sunday/Scout Sabbath at its discretion. For example, the United Methodist Church always celebrates Scout Sunday on the second Sunday in February.

JANUARY 2014

1

Mary, Mother of God – Catholic Christian

1

Feast of St. Basil – Orthodox Christian

1

Gantan-sai (New Years) – Shinto

13

Maghi - Sikh

13

Mawlid an Nabi – Islam

19

World Religion Day - Baha'i

26

Tu Bishvat* – Jewish

FEBRUARY 2014

2

Scout Sunday

8

Scout Sabbath

14

Nirvana Day** - Buddhism

MARCH 2014

5

Ash Wednesday – Christian

16

Purim* - Jewish (precludes Scout activities)

21

Naw Rú/ (New Year) – Baha’i

21

Norouz (The New Year) – Zoroastrian

28

Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranhushtra) – Zoroastrian

APRIL 2014

14

Baisakhi – Sikh 

15

Pesach (Passover)* – Jewish

18

Good Friday – Christian

20

Easter – Christian

20

Easter/Pascha – Orthodox Christian

MAY 2014

14

Buddha Day (Vesak) ** – Buddhist

18

Lag Ba’Omer* – Jewish

29

Ascension of Baha’u’llah* – Baha’i

29

Ascension of Christ – Christian

JUNE 2014

4

Shavuot* – Jewish

12

Race Unity Day – Baha’i

28

Ramadan begins – Islam

JULY 2014

9

Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i

24

Pioneer Day – Mormon Christian

28

Al-Fitr; Ramadan ends – Islam

AUGUST 2014

1

Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Lord Jesus begins - Orthodox Christian

5

Tisha B’Av* – Jewish

15

Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian

15

Dormition of the Theotokos -  Orthodox Christian

SEPTEMBER 2014

25

Rosh Hashanah* - Jewish (precludes Scouting activities)

OCTOBER 2014

4

Yom Kippur* – Jewish

9

Sukkot* – Jewish

17

Simhat Torah* – Jewish (precludes Scouting activities)

20

Birth of the B’ab – Baha’i

NOVEMBER 2014

1

All Saints' Day - Christian

2

All Souls' Day - Catholic Christian

12

Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i

26

Day of the Covenant – Baha’i

27

Thanksgiving - Interfaith

DECEMBER 2014

8

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - Buddhism

8

Immaculate Conception - Catholic Christian

17

Hannukah* – Jewish

25

Christmas - Christian

26

Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra - Zoroastrian

26 - Jan 1

Kwanzaa - Interfaith