Calendar of Religious Observances 2024

January 2024

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Feast of St. Basil, Eastern Orthodox; Maidyarem Gahambar, Zoroastrian; New Year’s Day, Hindu; Solemnity of Mary, Catholic; Fast of the Holy Nativity, Eastern Orthodox; Fast of the Holy Nativity; Maidyarem Gahambar Fast of the Holy Nativity; Maidyarem Gahambar Fast of the Holy Nativity; Maidyarem Gahambar Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Birthday, Sikh; Fast of the Holy Nativity
Epiphany, Christian; Fast of the Holy Nativity
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Christmas Eve, Eastern Orthodox Baptism of the Lord, Catholic; Christmas, Eastern Orthodox
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Makar Sankranti (Pongol), Hindu
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Sadeh, Zoroastrian; Tu B’Shevat, Jewish Tu B’Shevat
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Mahayana, Buddhist Mahayana
  • St. Basil is the father of Monasticism in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
  • Maidyarem Gahambar is the winter thanksgiving for Hindus.
  • Hindu New Year celebrates the new year on the Hindu calendar.
  • Solemnity of Mary celebrates Mary as the Holy Mother of God.
  • Fast of the Nativity is a period of abstinence and penance in preparation for the Nativity.
  • Guru Gobind Singh, born in 1660, was the 10th Sikh guru.
  • Epiphany celebrates the revelation of the manifestation of God in his son, Jesus.
  • Christmas Eve is the night before the birth of Jesus; Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus.
  • Baptism of the Lord celebrates the baptism of Jesus.
  • Makar Sankranti (Pongal)  is the Hindu Winter Harvest Festival.
  • Sadeh reveres the discovery of fire and celebrates light, energy and the enlightenment of the soul.
  • Tu B’Shevat celebrates the birth of trees for tithing purposes.
  • Mahayana is the Buddhist New Year.

February 2024

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Mahayana
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Laylat al Isra and Miraj, Islamic Scout Jumuah, Islamic;  Laylat al Isra and Miraj Scout Shabbat, Jewish; Scout Jumuah Scout Shabbat
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Scout Sunday Shrove Tuesday, Christian; Vasant Panchami, Hindu Ash Wednesday, Christian; Lent, Christian Feast of the Meeting of the Lord, Eastern Orthodox; Nirvana Day, Buddhist Jain; Lent Lent Lent
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Lent Lent Naw Rúz, Bahá’I; Lent Lent Lent Lent Laylat al Bara’a, Islamic; Lent
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Laylat al Bara”a; Lent Ayyám-I-Há, Bahá’I; Magha Puja Day, Buddhist; Lent Ayyám-I-Há; Lent Ayyám-I-Há; Lent Ayyám-I-Há; Lent
  • Mahayana is the Buddhist New Year.
  • Laylat al Isra & Miraj celebrates the Night Journey and the Ascension of Muhammad to Heaven.
  • Scout Jumuah is the Islamic observance of the significance of religion in Scouting.
  • Scout Shabbat is the observance of the significance of religion in Scouting.
  • Scout Sunday is the observance of the significance of religion in Scouting.
  • Shrove Tuesday is the day of self-examination preceding Ash Wednesday.
  • Vasant Panchami begins the spring season for Hindus.
  •  Ash Wednesday is a Christian fast day and the beginning of Lent.
  • Lent is a period of 40 days during which Christians meditate, pray and give alms to the poor.
  • Meeting of the Lord celebrates the receiving of Jesus by the Prophet Simeon at the Holy Temple.
  • Nirvana Day commemorates the death of Buddha and his attainment of nirvana.
  • Naw Rúz (Norooz) marks the New Year at the vernal equinox.
  • Laylat Al Bara’a is one of the holiest nights in the Islamic calendar observed by fasting.
  • Ayya̒m-i-Ha̒ are days that adjust the Bahá’i calendar (19 months of 19 days each) to the solar calendar.
  • Magha Puja Day celebrates freedom from sin.

March 2024

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Lent Lent
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Lent Lent Lent Lent Lent Maha Shivaratri, Hindu; Lent Lent
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Ramadan, Islamic; Lent Mukhtad, Zoroastrian; Lent; Ramadan Lent; Mukhtad; Ramadan Mukhtad; Ramadan Nanakshahi, Sikh; Lent; Mukhtad; Ramadan Lent; Mukhtad; Ramadan Gathas, Zoroastrian; Lent; Ramadan
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St. Patrick’s Day, Christian; Gathas; Lent; Ramadan Clean Monday, Eastern Orthodox; Lent, Eastern Orthodox; Gathas; Ramadan Gathas; Lent; Ramadan Gathas; Lent; Ramadan Navrose, Zoroastrian; Lent; Ramadan Lent; Ramadan Purim, Jewish; Lent; Ramadan
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Holy Week, Christian; Palm Sunday, Christian; Lent; Purim; Ramadan Holi, Hindu; Holy Week; Lent; Ramadan Khordad Sal, Zoroastrian; Holy Week; Lent; Ramadan Holy Week; Lent; Ramadan Maundy Thursday, Christian; Holy Week; Lent; Ramadan Good Friday, Christian; Holy Week; Lent; Ramadan Ramayana, Hindu; Holy Week; Lent; Ramadan
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Easter, Christian; Lent; Ramadan
  • Lent is a period of 40 days during which Christians meditate, pray and give alms to the poor.
  • Maha Shivaratri celebrates the marriage of Siva to Shakti.
  • Ramadan commemorates Mohammad’s receipt of the first revelations of the Quran, observed by fasting from dawn to dusk.
  • Mukhtad are the days of remembrance for the departed (one generation only).
  • Nanak Shahi is the Sikh New Year.
  • Gathas are the seventeen hymns of Zarathushtra composed around 1200 BCE.
  • St. Patrick’s Day commemorates the death of the patron saint of Ireland.
  • Clean Monday is the day that Lent begins in the Eastern Orthodox faith tradition.
  • Lent is a period of 40 days during which Christians meditate, pray and give alms to the poor.
  • Zoroastrian new year, also celebrated on March 20 when the equinox is on that day.
  • Purim (Lots) commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from destruction in the Persian Empire.
  • Holy Week is the week between Palm Sunday and Easter.
  • Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before Easter.
  • Holi is the Hindu festival of love and colors.
  • Khordad Sal celebrates the birthday of the Prophet Zarathushtra, also known as Zoroaster.
  • Maundy (Holy) Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus.
  • Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus on the Friday before Easter.
  • Ramayana commemorates the Epic of Ramayana with pilgrimages to holy sites.
  • Easter commemorates the resurrection of Jesus.

April 2024

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Lent; Ramadan Lent; Ramadan Lent; Ramadan Lent; Ramadan Laylat al Qdar, 27th Night, Islamic; Lent; Ramadan Laylat al !Qdar, 27th Night; Lent; Ramadan
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Feast of the Annunciation, Eastern Orthodox; Laylat al Qdar, 29th Night;  Lent; Ramadan Hanamatsuri, Buudhist; Laylat al Qdar 29th Night; Lent; Ramadan Eid al Fitr, Islamic; Lent; Ramadan Eid al Fitr; Lent Lent Lent Lent
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Birth of Guru Nanak Sahib, Sikh;  Khalsa Day, Sikh; Lent Lent Rama Navami, Hindu; Theravadin, Buddhist; Lent Lent; Theravadin Lent; Theravadin Lent Lent; Ridván, First Day, Bahá’i
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Mahavir Jayanti, Jain; Lent; Ridván Passover, Jewish; Lent; Ridván Feast of the Great Martyr St. George, Eastern Orthodox;  Hanuman Jayanti, Hindu; Lent; Passover; Ridván Lent;  Passover; Ridván Lent; Passover; Ridván Lent; Passover; Ridván Lent; Passover; Ridván
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Holy Week, Eastern Orthodox; Palm Sunday, Eastern Orthodox;
Passover; Ridván, Ninth Day
Holy Week; Passover; Ridván Maidozarem Gahambar, Zoroastrian; Holy Week; Ridván
  • Lent is a period of 40 days during which Christians meditate, pray and give alms to the poor.
  • Ramadan commemorates Mohammad’s receipt of the first revelations of the Quran, observed by fasting from dawn to dusk.
  • Laylat al Qdar commemorates the night the first verses of the Quran were revealed to Muhammad (27th and 29th nights of Ramadan).
  • Feast of the Annunciation commemorates the announcement by the Angel Gabriel that Mary would become the mother of Jesus.
  • Hanamatsuri is the birthday of Buddha.
  • Eid al Fitr is the feast which ends the fast of Ramadan.
  • Guru Nanak Sahib, born in 1469, was the founder of the Sikh religion.
  • Khalsa Day is the formal Sikh initiation day from 1699.
  • Rama Navami celebrates the birth of Rama.
  • Theravadin is the New Year for one branch of Buddhism.
  • Ridván commemorates Bahá’u’llah’s announcement of his mission as God’s messenger in 1863.
  •  Mahavir Jayanti celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara of Jains.
  • Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt.
  • St. George, the patron saint of both Scouting and the United Kingdom, is celebrated at this feast.
  • Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Hanuman, the Vanara God.
  • Holy Week is the week between Holy Sunday and Pascha.
  • Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before Easter.
  • Maidozarem Gahambar is the spring thanksgiving.

May 2024

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Holy Week; Maidozarem Gahambar;  Ridván Twelfth Day Holy Week; Maidozarem Gahambar Holy Friday, Eastern Orthodox; Maidozarem Gahambar Yom Ha’Shoah, Jewish; Holy Week;
Maidozarem Gahambar
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Pascha, Eastern Orthodox; Yom Hashoah Ascension, Christian
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Yom Ha’atsmaut, Jewish Yom Ha’atsmaut
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Pentecost, Christian Declaration of the Báb, Bahá’I; Vaisakha Puja, Buddhist Lag B’Omer, Jewish
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Lag B’Omer Ascension of Baháu’lláh, Bahá’i Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Catholic
  • Holy Week is the week between Holy Sunday and Pascha.
  • Maidozarem Gahambar is the spring thanksgiving.
  • Ridván commemorates Bahá’u’llah’s announcement of his mission as God’s messenger in 1863.
  • Holy Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus on the Friday before Pascha.
  • Yom Ha’Shoah commemorates the Holocaust.
  • Pascha is the Eastern Orthodox celebration of Easter.
  • Ascension commemmorates the ascension of Jesus to heaven.
  • Yom Ha’atsmaut is Israeli Independence Day.
  • Pentecost represents the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.
  • Declaration of the Ba̒b celebrates the day the Ba̒b revealed his mission as a Messenger of God to the world.
  • Vaisakha Puja commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha.
  • Lag B’Omer is the 33rd day following Passover and commemorates the death of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai.
  • Ascension of Baha̒’u’lla̒h commemorates the death of Bahá’i’s founder in 1892
  • Feast of the Body and Blood celebrates the Holy Eucharist and the Church as manifestations of Jesus.

June 2024

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Ghallughara Day, Sikh
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Shavuot, Jewish Shavuot Ascension, Eastern Orthodox; Shavuot Eid al Adha, Islamic; Waqf al Arafa-Hajj, Islamic
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Guru Arjan Sahib Martyrdom Day, Sikh; Eid al Adha
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Pentecost, Eastern Orthodox Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Christian; Maidoshahem Gahambar, Zoroastrian
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Maidoshahem Gahambar
  • Ghallughara commemorates an Indian attack on Sikhs in 1984.
  • Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai.
  • Ascension commemorates the ascension of Jesus to heaven.
  • Eid Al Adha commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael.
  • Waqf al Arafa-Hajj marks the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • Guru Arjan Sahib, 5th Sikh guru, was killed in 1606 while supporting religious freedom.
  • Pentecost represents the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles.
  • Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul honors their martyrdom.
  • Maidoshahem Gahambar is the summer thanksgiving.

July 2024

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Tiragan, Zoroastrian; Maidoshahem Gahambar Maidoshahem Gahambar Maidoshahem Gahambar
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Al-Hajira, Islamic;  Muharram, Islamic Al-Hajira; Muharram Martyrdom of the Báb, Bahá’I; Muharram Muharram Muharram Muharram Muharram
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Muharram Yamul Ashurah, Islamic;  Muharram Obon, Buddhist; Muharram Muharram; Oban Muharram; Oban Muharram Muharram
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Asalha Puja, Buddhist; Muharram Muharram Muharram Muharram Muharram Muharram Muharram
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Muharram Muharram Muharram Muharram
  • Tiragan is the celebration of Tishtar (star Sirius), celebrated by splashing each other with water.
  • Maidoshahem Gahambar is the summer thanksgiving.
  • Al-Hijira is the Islamic New Year.
  • Muharram is the holy month of the Islamic year.
  • The martyrdom of the Ba̒b commemorates the sacrifice of His life for the Cause of God in 1850.
  • Yamul Ashurah is the Islamic holiday commemorating for Shi’a Muslims the death of Husayn ibn Ali and family at the Battle of Karbala in 680 C.E. and for Sunni Muslims it is a day of reflection associated with Yom Kippur.
  • Obon commemorates one’s ancestors. It is observed at different times by different faith groups.
  • Asalha Puja celebrates the first sermon given by Buddha.

August 2024

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Muharram Muharram Muharram
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Muharram
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Tisha B’Av, Jewish Tisha B’Av Varalakshmi Vrat, Hindu
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Ullambrana, Buddhist Raksha Brandhan, Hindu; Transfiguration, Eastern Orthodox
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Krishna Janmashtami, Hindu Dormition (Assumption) of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Eastern Orthodox Paryushana Parva, Jain
  • Muharram is the holy month of the Islamic year.
  • Tisha B’Av mourns the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem and the beginning of the Inquisition.
  • Varalakshmi Vrat honors the Goddess Lakshmi and brings blessings on Hindu families.Ramayana commemorates the Epic of Ramayana with pilgrimages to holy sites.
  • Ullambana provides an opportunity to help those who suffer to obtain liberation.
  • Raksha Brandhan celebrates love between brothers and sisters.
  • Transfiguration is a celebration of the divinity and humanity of
  • Krishna Janmashtami is the birthday of Lord Krishna.
  • Dormition celebrates the falling asleep and assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Paryushana Parva is a holiday of coming together and taking on vows of study.

September 2024

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Ganesh Chaturthi, Hindu
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Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Eastern Orthodox Pattishahem Gahambar, Zoroastrian Pattishahem Gahambar Mawlid an Nabi, Islamic; Pattishahem Gahambar
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Mawlid an Nabi; Pattishahem Gahambar Pattishahem Gahambar Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Theodokos), Eastern Orthodox
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Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross, Eastern Orthodox
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Feast of the Archangels, Christian
  • Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birth of the Lord Ganesha.
  • Beheading of St. John the Baptist commemorates his martyrdom.
  • Paitishahem Gahambar is the harvest festival.
  • Mawlid an Nabi celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
  • Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates the birth of Mary, mother of Jesus.
  • 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.

October 2024

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Rosh Hashonah, Jewish Navratri, Hindu; Rosh Hashonah Navratri; Rosh Hashonah Navratri
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Navratri Navratri Navratri Navratri Navratri Yom Kippur, Jewish; Navratri Ayathrem Gahambar, Zoroastrian; Dussehra, Hindu; Navratri;  Yom Kippur
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Ayathrem Gahambar Ayathrem Gahambar Ayathrem Gahambar Sukkot, Jewish;
Ayathrem Gahambar
Sukkot Sukkot Sukkot
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Guurgaddi, Sikh; Sukkot Sukkot Sukkot Shmini Atzeret, Jewish; Sukkot Simhat Torah, Jewish; Shemini Atzeret Simhat Torah
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Deepavali Dewali, Hindu and Jain
  • Rosh Hashonah is the beginning of the Jewish New Year.
  • Navratri celebrates the Goddess Amba at the start of autumn.
  • Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement when Jews seek God’s forgiveness for their sins.
  • Ayathrem Gahambar gives thanks for bringing home the herds.
  • Dussehra commemorates the victory of Lord Rama over Ravanna, the Great Demon.
  • Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles, commemorates the 40 years the Israelites spent in the wilderness following the Exodus.
  • Gurgaddi is the Coronation of Guru Granth Sahib in 1708 as the eternal Guru of Sikhs.
  • Shemini Atzeret is the final day of Sukkot.
  • Simhat Torah celebrates the conclusion of the reading of the Torah and the start of reading it anew.
  • Deepavali Dewali is the Hindu festival of lights, symbolizing the victory of light over darkness.

November 2024

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All Saints Day, Christian; Deepavali Dewali, Hindu; Sikh Genocide, Sikh Birth of the Báb, Bahá’i
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Birth of Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’i
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Theodokos, Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Eastern Orthodox
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Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur, Sikh Day of the Covenant, Bahá’i Ascension of Abdu’l Bahá, Bahá’i
  • All Saints Day celebrates all the Christian saints.
  • Deepavali Dewali is the Hindu festival of lights symbolizing the victory of light over darkness.
  • Sikh Genocide commemorates the 1984-1998 deaths of Sikhs in India.
  • The Ba̒b, born in 1819, is one of the three central figures of the Bahá’i religion.
  • Birth of Baha̒’u’lla̒h celebrates the founder of the Bahá’i religion born in 1817.
  • Theodokos commemorates the presentation of Mary by her parents at the Temple.
  • Guru Tegh Bahadur was the 9th Sikh guru who suffered martyrdom in 1675 rather than convert to Islam.
  • Day of the Covenant celebrates the appointment of Abdu’l-Baha̒, son of Baha̒’u’lla̒h, as the leader of the Bahái’i faith.
  • Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha̒ commemorates the death in 1921 of Abu’l-Baha̒, son of Baha̒’u’lla̒h, founder of the Bahá’i faith.

December 2024

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 holiday.

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Advent, Christian Advent Advent Advent Advent Advent Advent
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Immaculate Conception, Catholic; Rohatsu (Bodi Day), Buddhist; Advent Advent Advent Advent Advent Advent Advent
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Advent Advent Advent Advent Advent Yalda, Zoroastrian; Advent Advent; Yalda
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Advent Advent Christmas Eve, Christian; Advent Hanukkah, Jewish; Christmas Martyrdom of Baba Zorawar Singh, Sikh; Zarthosht No Diso, Zoroastrian; Hanukkah Hanukkah Fast of the Holy Nativity, Eastern Orthodox; Hanukkah
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The Holy Family, Christian; Fast of the Holy Nativity; Hanukkah Fast of the Holy Nativity; Hanukkah Maidyarem Gahambar, Zoroastrian; Fast of the Holy Nativity; 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 (Bodhi Day) celebrates the enlightenment of Buddha.
  • Yalda celebrates the longest night of the year, the winter solstice.
  • Christmas Eve is the night before the birth of Jesus; Christmas Day celebrates the birth of Jesus.
  • Hanukkah is the celebration of the liberation of Israel from the Greeks and the purification of the Temple.
  • Baba Zorawar Singh and Baba Fateh Singh were martyred on this date.
  • Zarthosht No Diso commemorates the death of Zarathushtra.
  • Fast of the Nativity is a period of abstinence and penance in preparation for the Nativity.
  • The Holy Family is a celebration of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
  • Maidyarem Gahambar is the winter thanksgiving for Hindus.