Religious Calendar

Compliation of All Religious Calendars

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2019

Religion

Holiday/Observance/Celebration

January 6, 2019 Christianity - Julian Nativity of Jesus on Epiphany as celebrated by the Armenian Orthodox Church.
January 7, 2019 Christianity - Julian Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the promised messiah.
January 14, 2019 Hindu Makar Sankranti, a harvest festival that marks the increase of the sun twinned with the Punjab celebration Lohri, which marks the passing of the winter solstice.
March 4, 2019 Hindu Maha Shivaratri, “the Great Night of Shiva”, is a major festival in Hinduism, but one that is solemn and marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world and honors the God Shiva
March 14, 2019 Sikh Sikh New Year’s Day marks the first day of the year in the Nanak-shahi Era
March 20, 2019 Hindu Holi is the Festival of Colours that welcomes in Spring, generally celebrated over two days, with people throwing colourful powder and coloured water on each other.
March 21, 2019 Baha'i Naw-Rúz is New Year’s Day, the first day of the year in the Bahá’í Era, in which practitioners breakfast and celebrate during the evening.
March 21, 2019 Sikh Hola Mohalla — a three-day festival celebrated around the time of the Hindu festival of Holi that incorporates martial arts demonstrations and simulated battles
March 21, 2019 Zoroastrian Death of Prophet Zarathustra, the founder of the Zoroastrian faith who lived somewhere between ~6000-2000 BCE.
April 5, 2019 Hindu Chaitra Navratri, a nine-day festival dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.
April 13, 2019 Sikh Vaisakhi commemorates the day in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th Guru, removed the clerical system from Sikhism and affirmed the direct connection between Sikhs and the Divine
April 17, 2019 Jain Mahavira-jayanti celebrates the birth of the Lord Mahavira, “Great Hero”, the 24th and last Tirthankara of his time: a savior who has succeeded in crossing over life’s stream of rebirths and has made a path for others to follow.
April 19, 2019 Christianity - Gregorian  Good Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ and his submission to death by crucifixion.
April 19, 2019 Christianity - Julian Holy Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ and his submission to death by crucifixion.
April 11th - 19th Jain Aymbil Ori is a nine-day festival occurring twice a year, in which Jains revere the Nav-pads, “nine-posts,” the nine supreme posts in the universe. This involves a special type of fasting.
April 20-21 and April 26-27  Judaism Pesah (Passover) commemorates the departure of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Celebrated over 7/8 days, the first two days and the last two are holidays
April 21 - May 2 Baha'i The Festival of Ridván meaning “the King of Festivals” runs for 12 days to commemorate the 12 days Baha’u’llah spent in the garden of Ridván outside Baghdad. The 1st, 9th and 12th days are holy days on which work is suspended.
April 21, 2019 Christianity - Gregorian  Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.
April 28, 2019 Christianity - Julian Pascha celebrates the resurrection of Jesus
about May 5 Islam First Day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the month of fasting, self-examination and devotion during which physically able Muslims do not eat or drink from the first sign of dawn until sunset.
May 24, 2019 Baha'i The Declaration of The Báb commemorates the day in 1844 when The Báb announced He is the Herald of the new age.
May 29, 2019 Baha'i Ascension of Báha’u’lláh marks the anniversary of the death of the founder of the Bahá’í faith.
about June 5 Islam Eid al-Fitr is the last day of the month and is “the breaking of the fast” that celebrates the end of Ramadan (observance begins at the sunset of the previous day, but special worship and prayers begin on this day).
June 9-10, 2019  Judaism Shavuot marks the closing of the seven weeks that follow Pesah and commemorates the giving of the Torah to Moses and the Israelites. It is celebrated over one day in Israel and 2 days by Jews in the Diaspora (outside of Israel).
June 16, 2019 Sikh Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji — the fifth Sikh Guru and the first Sikh Martyr was killed in 1606 by Mughal authorities. His death transformed the Sikhs into saint-soldiers in the fight against oppression
July 10, 2019 Baha'i The Martyrdom of The Báb is the memorial of the death of The Báb. On this day work is suspended.
Aug 11 - 15 Islam Eid al-Adha’, at the Festival of Sacrifice, as Abraham offered his son, Ishmael, to God, so Muslims offer goat, sheep and camels and then distribute the meat to the poor. This is the concluding act of pilgrimage (Hajj) but also observed even when not on pilgrimage. (Observance begins at the sunset of the previous day, but special worship and prayers begin on this day.)
August 11, 2019 Judaism Tish’a B’Av, the ninth of the month of Av, is a major fast day that commemorates the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem in ancient times.
August 22, 2019 Hindu Vasanta Panchami is a North Indian celebration associated with Saraswati and Lakshmi, the Goddess of Learning and the Goddess of Wealth as well as the colour yellow
August 24, 2019 Hindu Sri Krishna Jayanti (Janmashtami) celebrates the birthday of Krishna, the 8th incarnation of the God Vishnu.
Aug 27 - Sept 3 Jain Paryushana-parva is the holiest period of the year for the Shvetambara sect. It includes fasting, worship, and reading the life story of Lord Mahavira from the Kalpasutra. It is celebrated over eight days ending on Samvastsari.
September 3, 2019 Jain Samvastsari, the Day of Forgiveness, is the last day of Paryushana-parva and is observed by fasting, introspection, confession and penance
Sept 30 - Oct 1 Judaism Rosh Hashanah, New Year’s Day in the Jewish calendar (5777), anniversary of the creation of the world and the first of the Ten days of Awe.
October 9, 2019 Judaism Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the year’s holiest day and a day of fasting. Jews ask forgiveness from and forgive others, as to re-establish oneness with God, as well as confessing their sins and asking God for forgiveness.
Oct 14 - 15  Judaism Sukkoth is a pilgrimage feast and a time of thanksgiving for God’s presence in creation and among the Jewish people.
October 20, 2019 Sikh Installation of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji celebrates Guru Gobind Singhi Ji (the 10th Guru) passing the Guruship to the Holy Scriptures.
October 21, 2019 Judaism Shmini Atzeret, the Eighth Day of Assembly, is a holiday that concludes Sukkoth and marks the beginning of winter in Israel.
October 22, 2019 Judaism Simhat Torah, Rejoicing of the Law, celebrates the beginning of the annual Torah reading cycle at the synagogue
October 27, 2019 Hindu Diwali is a popular festival known as the Festival of Lights, celebrated continuously for five days. It is associated with a story about the destruction of evil by Lord Vishnu in one of his many manifestations.
October 27, 2019 Sikh Bandi Chhor Divas commemorated the return of Guru Hargobind Ji (the 6th Guru) to the holy city of Amritsar after negotiating the release of himself and 52 princes held for political reasons.
October 27, 2019 Jain Mahavira Nirvana and Diwali: on this day the 24th Tirthankara attained nirvana and release from the cycle of rebirth.
October 29, 2019 Baha'i The birth anniversary of The Báb, the Herald of the new age for Bahá’ís.
October 30, 2019 Baha'i The anniversary of the birth of Báha’u’lláh, the founder of the Bahá’í faith.
November 12, 2019 Sikh Birth Date of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh faith, an accomplished poet and the first of the Ten Gurus in 1469 CE
November 24, 2019 Sikh Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth of the Ten Gurus, he is remembered for his defense of the Sikh faith, but also for being willing to give up his life for religious liberty of all faiths (1621-1675)
December 25, 2019 Christianity - Gregorian  Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the promised messiah. More importance is given to this holiday in Western Christianity.
December 26, 2019 Zoroastrian Norooz, “new day,” is New Year’s Day in the Fasli seasonal calendar celebrating the renewal of the world, the creation of fire and the day Zarathustra received his revelation.