Calendar of Religious Dates 2020

January 2020

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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Feast of St. Basil, Eastern Orthodox; Gantan-Sai, Shinto; New Year’s Day, Hindu; Solemnity of Mary, Catholic
 
 
 
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Guru Gobind Singh Birthday, Sikh

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

Feast of the Nativity, Eastern Orthodox

 

 

Mahayana (New Year), Buddhist

Mahayana

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14
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17
18

Mahayana; Baptism of the Lord, Catholic

 

 

Makar Sankranti (Pongal), Hindu

 

 

 

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23
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World Religion Day, Baha’i

 

 

 

 

 

Chinese New Year, Shinto, Daoist, Buddhist

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31

 

 

 

 

 

Vasant Panchami, Hindu

Sadeh, Zoroastrian

 

  • St. Basil is the father of Monastacism in the Eastern Orthodox Church
  • Gantan-sai is the Shinto New Year
  • Hindu New Year celebrates the New Year on the Hindu calendar.
  • Solemnity of Mary celebrates Mary as the Mother of God
  • Guru Gobind Singh, born in 1666, was the tenth Sikh guru
  • Epiphany of the Lord celebrates the revelation of Jesus to the gentiles at Epiphany
  • Epiphany and Theophany each celebrate the revelation of the manifestation of God in his son, Jesus.
  • Vaikuntha Ekadashi is a fast day celebrating the opening of the gates of the temple to seek Vishnu.
  • Nativity is the Eastern Orthodox date for the birth of Jesus
  • Mahayana is the Buddhist New Year
  • Baptism of the Lord celebrates the baptism of Jesus
  • Makar Sankranti (Pongal) is the Hindu Winter Harvest Festival.
  • World Religion Day celebrates all religious life
  • Chinese New Year celebrates the New Year on the Chinese calendar.
  • Vasant Panchami begins the spring season for Hindus.
  • Sadeh celebrates the end of summer, honoring light, fire, energy, and the enlightenment of the soul.

February 2020

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Feast of the Meeting of the Lord, Eastern Orthodox; Four Chaplains Sunday, Interfaith

Setsebun Sai, Shinto

 

 

 

Scout Shabbat, Jewish (beginning at sundown)

Scout Shabbat; Nirvana Day, Buddhist

9
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12
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15

Scout Sunday, Interfaith, United Methodist Church; Tu B’Shevat, Jewish (beginning at sundown)

Tu B’Shevat

 

 

 

 

Nirvana Day, Jain

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Maha Shivaratri, Hindu

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29

 

 

Shrove Tuesday, Christian

Ash Wednesday, Christian; Intercalary Days, Baha’i

Intercalary Days

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
  • Scout Shabbat is the observance of the significance of religion in Scouting.
  • Nirvana Day for both Buddhists and Jains commemorates the death of Buddha and his attainment of nirvana.
  • Scout Sunday is the observance of the significance of religion in Scouting.
  • Tu B’Shevat celebrates the birth of trees for tithing purposes.
  • Maha Sivaratri celebrates the marriage of Siva to Parvati.
  • Shrove Tuesday is the day of self-examination preceding Ash Wednesday.
  • Tu B’Shevat celebrates the birth of trees for tithing purposes.
  • Intercalary Days adjust the Baha’i calendar to the solar calendar each year.

March 2020

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

Clean Monday, Eastern Orthodox

 
 
 
 
 
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Magha Puja Day, Buddhist Purim, Jewish (beginning at sundown) : Holi, Hindu (beginning at sundown)

Purim; Holi;

 

 

Nanakshahi, Sikh

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21

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day, Christian

 

Naw Ruz, Baha’i (beginning at sundown); Norooz, Zoroastrian (beginning at sundown)

Naw Ruz; Norooz

Laylat Al-Miraj, Islam (beginning at sundown)

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28

Laylat Al-Miraj

 

 

Feast of the Annunciation, Christian; Ramayana, Hindu

Ramayana

Ramayana

Ramayana; Birth of Zoroaster, Zoroastrian

29

 

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31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ramayana

Ramayana

Ramayana

 
 
 

  • Intercalary Days adjust the Baha’i calendar to the solar calendar each year.
  • Clean Monday is the day that Lent begins.
  • Holi is the festival of love and colors for Hindus.
  • Magha Puja Day celebrates freedom from sin.
  • Purim (Lots) commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction in the Persian Empire.
  • Nanakshai is the Sikh New Year.
  • St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the death of the patron saint of Ireland.
  • Naw Ruz and Norooz are the ancient Persian celebration of the New Year at the vernal equinox.
  • Laylat Al-Miraj celebrates the ascension of Muhammad to Heaven.
  • Feast of the Annunciation commemorates the announcement by the Angel Gabriel that Mary would be mother of Jesus.
  • Ramayana commemorates the Epic of Ramayana with pilgrimages to holy sites.
  • Birthday of the Prophet Zoroaster, also known as Zarathushtra.

April 2020

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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Ramayana

Ramayana; Rama Navami, Hindu

General Conference, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

5
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General Conference; Holy Week, Christian; Palm Sunday, Christian

Holy Week ; Mahavir Jayanti, Jain

Holy Week ; Laylat Al-Bara’a, Islam (beginning at sundown)

Holy Week ; ; Laylat Al-Bara’a; Hanuman Jayanti, Hindu; Passover, Jewish

Holy Week; Passover (beginning at sundown); Maundy Thursday, Christian; Theravadin, Buddhist

Holy Week; Passover ; Theravadin; Good Friday, Christian

Holy Week ; Passover; Theravadin

12
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Passover; Easter, Christian; Palm Sunday, Eastern Orthodox

Passover

Passover; Guru Nanak’s Birthday, Sikh; Khalsa Day, Sikh

Passover

Passover

Holy Friday, Eastern Orthodox

 

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Pascha, Eastern Orthodox ; Ridvan, Baha’i

Ridvan; Yom HaShoah, Jewish (beginning at sundown)

Ridvan; Yom HaShoah

Ridvan

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

Ridvan; Ramadan

Ridvan; Ramadan

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Ridvan; Ramadan

Ramadan; 9th Day of Ridvan, Buddhist

Ramadan; 9th Day of Ridvan; Yom Ha’atsmaut, Jewish (beginning at sundown)

Ridvan; Ramadan; Yom Ha’atzmaut;

Ramadan; 12th Day of Ridvan, Baha’i

 

  • Ramayana commemorates the Epic of Ramayana with pilgrimages to holy sites.
  • Rama Navami celebrates the birth of Rama.
  • General Conference is the semi-annual spiritual gathering of church members.
  • Holy Week is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter.
  • Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before Easter.
  • Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara of Jains.
  • Laylat Al-Bara’a is a celebration of God blessing all people.
  • Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Hanuman, the Vanara God.
  • Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
  • Guru Nanak, born in 1469, was the founder of the Sikh religion.
  • Khalsa Day is the formal Sikh initiation day from 1699.
  • Maundy (Holy) Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus..
  • Theravadin is the New Year for one branch of Buddhism.
  • Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus on the Friday before Easter.
  • Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before Easter.
  • Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus.
  • Holy Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus on the Friday before Pascha
  • Pascha is the Eastern Orthodox celebration of Easter.
  • St. George, the patron saint of both Scouting and England, is celebrated at this feast.
  • Ramadan commemorates Muhammad’s receipt of the first revelations of the Quran.
  • Yom Ha’atsmaut is Israeli Independence Day.

May 2020

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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12th Day of Ridvan; ; Ramadan

Ramadan

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Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan; Vaisakha Puja, Buddhist

Ramadan

Ramadan

10
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Ramadan

Ramadan; Lag B’Omer, Jewish (begins at sundown)

Ramadan; Lag B’Omer

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan

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Ramadan

Ramadan

Ramadan; Laylat al-Qadr, Islam (begins at sundown)

Ramadan; Laylat al-Qadr

Ramadan; Ascension, Christian

Ramadan; Declaration of the Bab, Baha’i

Ramadan; Eid al-Fitr, Islam (begins at sundown)

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Eid al-Fitr; Ascension, Eastern Orthodox

 

 

 

Ascension of Baha’u’llah, Baha’i; Shavuot, Jewish (begins at sundown)

Shavuot

Shavuot

31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pentecost, Christian

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ramadan commemorates Muhammad’s receipt of the first revelations of the Quran.
  • Ridvan commemorates the commencement of Baha’u’llah’s prophethood.
  • Vaisakha Puja commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha.
  • Lag B’Omer, the 33rd day following Passover, commemorates the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.
  • Laylat al-Qadr is the night the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad.
  • Ascension commemorates the ascension of Jesus to Heaven.
  • Declaration of the Bab celebrates the day the Bab revealed his mission to the world.
  • Eid al-Fitr is the feast which ends the fast of Ramadan.
  • Ascension commemorates the ascension of Jesus to Heaven.
  • Ascension of Baha’u’llah commemorates the Baha’i founder’s death and ascension in 1892.
  • Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai.
  • Pentecost represents the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.

June 2020

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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Ghallughara, Sikh

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All Saints Day, Eastern Orthodox

 

 

 

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

 

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Guru Arjan Sahib Martyrdom Day, Sikh

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Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Christian

 

 

  • Ghallughara commemorates an Indian attack on Sikhs in 1984.
  • All Saints Day commemorates all the Christian saints.
  • Feast of the Body and Blood celebrates the Holy Eucharist and the Church as manifestations of Jesus.
  • Guru Arjan Sahib, 5th Sikh guru, was killed in 1606 supporting religious freedom.
  • Feast of Saints Peter and Paul honors their martyrdom.

July 2020

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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Asalha Puja, Buddhist

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Martyrdom of the Bab, Baha’i

Martyrdom of the Bab

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Pioneer Day, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Tisha B’Av, Jewish (begins at sundown) ; Waqf al-Arafa Hajj, Islam (begins at sundown)

Tisha B’Av ; Waqf al-Arafa Hajj; Eid al-Adha, Islam (begins at sundown)

Eid al-Adha; Varalakshmi Vrat, Hindu

 

  • Asalha Puja celebrates the first sermon given by Buddha.
  • The martyrdom of the Bab occurred in 1850.
  • Pioneer Day commemorates the 1847 entry of Brigham Young into the Salt Lake Valley.
  • Waqf al-Arafa-Hajj marks the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • Tisha B’Av mourns the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.
  • Eid al-Adha commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael.
  • Varalakshmi Vrat honors the Goddess Lakshmi and brings blessings on Hindu families

August 2020

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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Raksha Bandhan, Hindu

 

Transfiguration of the Lord, Christian

 

9
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Krishna Janmashtami, Hindu

Krishna Janmashtami

 

Oban, Buddhist, Shinto; Ullambana, Buddhist

Oban; Ullambana

Oban; Ullambana; Assumption, Catholic; Dormition (Assumption) of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Eastern Orthodox

16
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Al-Hijra, Islam (begins at sundown)

Al-Hijra

Ganesh Chaturthi, Hindu

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Ashura, Islam (begins at sundown); Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Eastern Orthodox

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Ashura; Muharram, Islam

Muharram

 

 

 

 

 

  • Raksha Brandhan celebrates the love between brothers and sisters.
  • Transfiguration is a celebration of the divinity and humanity of Jesus.
  • Krishna Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna.
  • Oban commemorates one’s ancestors.
  • Ullambana provides an opportunity to help those who suffer to obtain liberation.
  • Assumption commemorates the assumption of Mary to Heaven.
  • Dormition celebrates the falling asleep and assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Al-Hijra is the Islamic New Year.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birth of the Lord Ganesha.
  • Ashura is the Islamic holiday commemorating the death of Husayn ibn Ali and family at the Battle of Karbala in 680 C.E.
  • Beheading of St. John the Baptist commemorates his martyrdom.
  • Muharram is the holy month of the Islamic year.

September 2020

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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Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

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Muharram

Muharram

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

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

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Muharram

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

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram ; Rosh Hashana, Jewish (begins at sundown)

Muharram ; Rosh Hashana

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Muharram ; Rosh Hashana

Muharram; Paryushana Parva, Jain

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

Muharram

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Muharram ; Yom Kippur, Jewish(begins at sundown)

Muharram ; Yom Kippur

Feast of the Archangels, Catholic

 

 

  • Muharram is the holy month of the Islamic year
  • Nativity celebrates the birth of Mary.
  • Feast of the Elevation of the Cross celebrates the finding of the Holy Cross by St. Helen.
  • Rosh Hashana is the beginning of the Jewish New Year.
  • 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.
  • Feast of the Archangels celebrates Angels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael.

October 2020

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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Sukkot, Jewish (begins at sundown)

Sukkot ; General Conference, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Sukkot ; ; General Conference

Sukkot

Sukkot

Sukkot

Sukkot

Sukkot Shemini Atzeret, Jewish (begins at sundown)

Shemini Atzeret; Simchat Torah, Jewish (begins at sundown)

11
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Simchat Torah

 

 

 

 

 

Birth of the Bab, Baha’i ; Navratri, Hindu

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24

Birth of the Bab (begins at sundown) ; Navratri ; Birth of Baha’u’llah, Baha’i

Navratri ; Birth of Baha’u’llah

Navratri ; Gurgaddi, Sikh

Navratri

Navratri

Navratri

Navratri

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Dussehra, Hindu

Mawlid an Nabi, Islam (begins at sundown)

Mawlid an Nabi

Reformation Day, Protestant Christian

  • Sukkot, also known as the Feast of the Tabernacles, commemorates the 40 years the Israelites spent in the wilderness following the Exodus.
  • General Conference is the semi-annual spiritual gathering of church members
  • Shemini Atzeret is the final day of Sukkot.
  • Simchat Torah celebrates the conclusion of the reading of the Torah and the beginning of reading it anew.
  • The Bab, born in 1819, is one of the three central figures of the Baha’i religion
  • Gurgaddi (Coronation) of Guru Granth Sahib in 1708 as the eternal Guru of Sikhs.
  • Navratri celebrates the Goddess Amba at the start of autumn.
  • Birth of Baha’u’llah celebrates the founder of the Baha’i religion born in 1817.
  • Installation of the scriptures by Guru Granth is the official establishment of the Sikh holy book.
  • Dussehra commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana, the Great Demon.
  • Mawlid an Nabi celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
  • Reformation Sunday commemorates the Protestant Reformation that began in Europe in 1517.

November 2020

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All Saints Day, Christian ; Sikh Genocide, Sikh

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Deepavali Diwali, Hindu, Jain

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Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Theotokos), Eastern Orthodox

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28

 

 

Day of the Covenant, Baha’i; Guru Tegh Bahadur, Sikh

 

Thanksgiving, American

Ascension of Abu’l-Baha, Baha’i

 

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30
 
 
 
 
 

Advent, Christian

Advent ; Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, Sikh

 

 

 

  • All Saints Day commemorates all the Christian saints
  • Sikh Genocide commemorates the 1984-1998 deaths of Sikhs in India.
  • Deepavali Diwali is the festival of lights symbolizing the victory of light over darkness.
  • Theotokos commemorates the presentation of Mary by her parents at the Temple.
  • Day of the Covenant is the day of the appointment of Abdu’l-Baha as the center of Baha’u’llah’s covenant.
  • Guru Tegh Bahadur was a Sikh leader who suffered martyrdom rather than convert to Islam.
  • Thanksgiving is America’s secular holiday of thanks for our blessings.
  • Ascension of Abu’l-Baha commemorates the death and ascension of Abu’l-Baha.
  • Advent is celebrated as the beginning of the Christian religious calendar preparing for the nativity of Jesus.
  • Guru Nanak Dev Sahib, born in 1469, was the founder of the Sikh religion.

December 2020

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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Advent

Advent

Advent

Advent

Advent

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Advent

Advent

Advent; Immaculate Conception, Catholic; Rohatsu, Buddhist

Advent

Advent; Hanukkah, Jewish (beginning at sundown)

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

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19

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent; Hanukkah

Advent

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Advent

Advent; Winter Solstice, Zoroastrian

Advent

Advent

Advent; Christmas Eve, Christian

Christmas

Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh Martyrdom, Sikh ; Kwansaa, African American

27
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29
30
31

Kwansaa

Kwansaa; The Holy Family, Catholic

Kwansaa

Kwansaa

Kwansaa

 

  • Advent is celebrated as the beginning of the Christian religious calendar preparing for the nativity of Jesus.
  • 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.
  • Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh were martyred on this date.
  • Kwansaa is a celebration of African culture.
  • The Holy Family is a celebration of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.