Calendar of Religious Dates 2017

January 2017

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New Year’s Day; Solemnity of Mary, Catholic;
Gantan-sai, Shinto; Holy Name of Jesus, Feast of St. Basil Eastern Orthodox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guru Gobind Singh Birthday, Sikh

 

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

 

Feast of the Nativity, Eastern Orthodox

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14

Baptism of the Lord Jesus, Catholic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mahayana, Buddhist

 

Mahayana

 

Mahayana

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Mahayana; World Religion Day, Baha’i

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chinese New Year, Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

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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 commemorates the revelation of God the son as human in Jesus
  • Epiphany of the Lord celebrates the revelation of Jesus to the gentiles at Epiphany
  • 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
  • Mahayana is the Buddhist New Year
  • Maghi commemorates fight of the Chali Ukte against the Imperial Army in 1705
  • World Religion Day celebrates all religious life
  • Chinese New Year celebrates the New Year on the Chinese calendar
  • "Sadeh celebrates the end of summer, honoring light, fire, energy and enlightening the soul"

February 2017

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Vasant Panchami, Hindu

 

 

 

Setsebun sai, Shinto

 

 

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11

Four Chaplains Sunday, Interfaith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tu B’Shevat, Jewish begins at sundown

 

Tu B’Shevat

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14

 

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Valentine’s Day, Christian

 

Nirvana, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Maha Shavaratri, Hindu

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Transfiguration, Christian;
Intercalary, Baha’i

 

Intercalary

 

Intercalary; Shrove Tuesday, Christian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  • Vasant Panshami begins the spring season for Hindus
  • 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
  • Tu B'Shevat celebrates the birth of trees for tithing purposes
  • Scout Sabbath celebrates the significance of religion in Scouting
  • Scout Sunday celebrates the significance of religion in Scouting 
  • Scout Sunday is celebrated the second Sunday in February in the United Methodist Church
  • Nirvanna Day commemorates the death of Buddha and his attainment of nirvana
  • Commemorates the presentation of Mary by her parents at the Temple
  • Maha Sivaratri celebrates the marriage of Siva to Parvati
  • Intercalary Days adjust the Baha'I calendar to the solar calendar each year
  • Shrove Tuesday is the day of self-examination preceding Ash Wednesday

March 2017

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Ash Wednesday, Christian

 

 

 

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11

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purim, Jewish begins at sundown

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18

Purim Magha Puja Day, Buddhist

Hola Mohalla, Sikh; Holi, Hindu

 

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day, Christian

 

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Naw Ruz, Baha’I and Zoroastrian

 

 

 

Feast of the Annunciation, Christian

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Birthday of Zoroaster, Zoroastrian; Ramayana, Hindu

 

 

 

 


  • Ash Wednesday is a Christian fast day and the beginning of Lent
  • Purim (Lots) commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction in the Persian Empire
  • Magha Puja Day celebrates freedom from sin
  • 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
  • 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
  • "Birthday of the Prophet Zoroaster, also known as Zarathushtra"
  • Ramayana commemorates the Epic of Ramayanawith pilgrimages to holy sites

April 2017

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Rama Navami, Hindu

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Holy Week, Christian; Mahavir Jayanti, Jain; Palm Sunday, Christian
Holy Week; Passover, Jewish
Holy Week; Passover; Hanuman Jayanti, Hindu; Theravadin, Buddhist
Holy Week; Passover; Theravadin
Holy Week; Passover; Feast of the Great Martyr St. George, Christian; Maundy Thursday, Christian; Theravadin
Holy Week; Passover; Good Friday, Christian; Theravadin
Holy Week; Passover

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22

Passover; Easter, Christian; Pasha, Eastern Orthodox; Ullambana, Buddhist
Passover
Passover
Ridvan, Baha’i
Ridvan;  Yom Hashoah, Jewish

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29

Ridvan; Yom Hashoah;  Lailat Al Miraj, Islam
Ridvan; Lailat al Miraj
Ridvan
Ridvan
Ridvan
Ridvan
Ridvan

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Ridvan; Yom Ha’atsmaut, Jewish

  • Rama Navami celebrates the birth of Rama
  • Holy Week is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter
  • "Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara of Jains"
  • Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before Easter
  • Passover commemorates the Jewish Exodus from Egypt
  • "Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Hanuman, the Vanara God"
  • Theravadin is the New Year for one branch of Buddhism
  • "St. George, the patron saint of both Scouting and England is celebrated by this feast"
  • Maundy (Holy) Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus
  • Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus on the Friday before Easter
  • Vaisakhi is the Sikh religious New Year
  • Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus
  • Pasha is the Eastern Orthodox celebration of Easter
  • Ullambana provides an opportunity to help those who suffer to obtain liberation
  • Ridvan commemorates the commencement of Baha'u'llah's prophethood
  • Yom Hashoah commemorates the Holocaust
  • Lailat al miraj celebrates the ascension of Muhammed to Heaven
  • Yom Ha'atsmaut is Israeli Independence Day

May 2017

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Vaisaka Puja, Buddhist

Lailat al Bara’a, Islam

Lailat al Bara’a

Lag B’Omer, Jewish

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Lag B’Omer

 

 

 

 

 

 

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27

 

 

Declaration of the Bab, Baha’i

 

Ascension, Christian

Ramadan, Islam

Ramadan

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31

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramadan

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

Ramadan
Shavuot, Jewish

Ramadan
Shavuot


  • Vaisakha Puja commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha
  • Lailat al Bara'a is a celebration of God blessing all humans
  • Lag B'Omer is the 33d 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 commemorates the ascension of Jesus to Heaven
  • Ramadan commemorates Mohammed's receipt of the first revelations of the Quaran
  • Ascension of Baha'u'llah commemorates the death of Baha'u'llah in 1892
  • Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai

June 2017

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Ramadan; Shavuot

 

Ramadan

Ramadan

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10

Ramadan;
Pentecost, Christian

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

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Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan;
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan, Sikh

Ramadan

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24

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

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan;
Lailat al Kadr, Islam

Ramadan;
Lailat al Kadr

Ramadan

Ramadan; Eid al Fitr, Islam

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Ramadan;
Eid al Fitr

Ramadan

 

 

Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Christian

 

 


  • Ramadan commemorates Mohammed's receipt of the first revelations of the Quaran
  • Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai
  • Pentecost represents the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles
  • The martyrdom of Guru Arjan, the first Sikh martyr ocurred in 1606
  • Feast of the Body and Blood celebrates the Holy Eucharist and the Church as manifestations of Jesus
  • Lailat al Kadr is the night the first verses of the Quaran were revealed to Muhammed
  • Eid al Fitr is the feast which ends the fast of Ramadan
  • Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul honors their martyrdom

July 2017

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Independence Day

 

 

Rksha Brandhan, Buddhist

 

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Asalha Puja, Buddhist; Martyrdom of the Bab

 

 

 

Oban, Buddhist, Shinto

 

 

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Pioneer Day, Mormon

 

 

 

 

 

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Tisha B’Av, sundown Jewish

 

 

 

 

 


  • Raksha Brandhan celebrates the love between brothers and sisters
  • Asalha Puja celebrates the first sermon given by Buddha
  • The martyrdom of the Bab ocurred in 1850
  • Oban commemorates one's ancestors
  • Pioneer Day commemorates the 1847 entry of Brigham Young into the Salt Lake Valley
  • Tisha B'Av mourns the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem

August 2017

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Tisha B’Av

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, Christian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dormition (Assumption), Christian; Krishna Janmashtami, Hindu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paryushana Parva, Jain

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Paryushana Parva

 

Paryushana Parva

 

Paryushana Parva; Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Eastern Orthodox 

 

Paryushana Parva; Waqf al Arafa-Hajj, Islam

 

Paryushana Parva; Waqf al Arafa-Hajj; Eid al Adha, Islam

 

 

 

 


  • Tisha B'Av mourns the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem
  • 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
  • Krishna Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna
  • Paryushana Parva is a holiday of coming together and taking on vows of study
  • Beheading of St. John the Baptist commemorates his martyrdom
  • Waqf al Arafa-Hajj marks the annual pilgrimage to Mecca
  • Eid al Adha commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael

September 2017

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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Paryushana Parva; Eid al Adha; Ganesh Chaturthi, Hindu

Paryushana Parva; Eid al Adha; Ganesh Chaturthi

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Paryushana Parva; Eid al Adha; Ganesh Chaturthi

 

Paryushana Parva; Eid al Adha; Ganesh Chaturthi

 

 Ganesh Chaturthi

 

 

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Theotokos), Christian

 

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Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, Christian

 

 

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Rosh Hashanah, Jewish

Al-Hijra, Islam; Muharram, Islam; Rosh Hashanah; Navaratri, Hindu

Al-Hijra; Muharram; Rosh Hashanah; Navaratri

Al-Hijra; Muharram; Navaratri

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Al-Hijra; Muharram;  Navaratri

Al-Hijra; Muharram; Navaratri

Al-Hijra; Muharram; Navaratri

Al-Hijra; Muharram; Navaratri

Al-Hijra; Muharram; Navaratri

 

Al-Hijra; Muharram; Navaratri; Feast of the Archangels, Catholic; Yom Kippur, Jewish

Al-Hijra; Muharram; Yom Kippur; Ashura, Islam; Dussehra, Hindu


  • Paryushana Parva is a holiday of coming together and taking on vows of study
  • Eid al Adha commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael 
  • Nativity of the Blessed Virgin celebrates the birth of Mary 
  • Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross celebrates the finding of the Holy Cross by St. Helen
  • Al-Hijra is the Islamic New Year 
  • Muharram is the holy month of the Islamic year 
  • Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish New Year 
  • Navaratri celebrates the goddess Amba at the start of autumn 
  • Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birth of the Lord Ganesha 
  • Feast of the Archangels celebrates the angels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael 
  • 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.
  • Dussehra commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, the great demon

October 2017

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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Ashura

Sukkot, Jewish
Sukkot
Sukkot
Sukkot
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Sukkot

Sukkot

Sukkot

Sukkot; Shemini Atzeret, Jewish

Shemini Atzeret; Simchat Torah, Jewish

Simchat Torah

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Deepavali Diwali, Hindu Jain, and Sikh

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

Deepavali Diwali

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Deepavali Diwali

Deepavali Diwali

 

 

 

 

 

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Reformation Day, Protestant Christian


  • 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 
  • Shemini Atzeret is the final day of Sukkot 
  • Simchat Torah celebrates the conclusion of the reading of the Torah and the beginning of the reading anew
  • Deepavali Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights symbolizing the victory of light over darkness 
  • 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 Day commemorates the Reformation in Europe in 1517 

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All Saints Day, Christian

 

 

Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, Sikh

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Baha’u’llah, Baha’i

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving, American

Guru Tech Bahadur, Sikh

 

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Day of the Covenant, Baha’i

 

Ascension of Abu’l-Baha, Baha’i

 

Mawlid An Nabi, Islam, begins at sundown

 

 


  • All Saints Day commemorates all the Christian saints
  • Guru Nanak Dev Singh, born in 1469, was the founder of the Sikh religion
  • Baha'u'llah celebrates the founder of the Baha'i religion born in 1817
  • 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
  • Mawlid an Nabi celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad

December 2017

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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Mawlid an-Nabi

 

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Advent, Christian

 

 Advent

 

 Advent

 Advent

 Advent

Advent; Immaculate Conception, Catholic; Rohatsu, Bhuddist

 Advent

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 Advent

 Advent

Advent; Hanukkah, Jewish

Advent; Hannukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Hanukkah

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Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Winter Solstice, Zoroastrian

 Advent

 Advent

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Advent

Christmas, Christian

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Holy Family, Catholic

 

 

 

 

 

 


  • Mawlid an-Nabi celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad
  • 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 
  • Hanukkah is the celebration of the liberation of Israel from the Greeks and the purification of the Temple
  • 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