Religious Holidays

Religious Holidays and Observances, are specific days of the year set aside to celebrate something that is religion based.  There are many different religions in the world, and many have different special days relative to their religion. 

Many days like Religious Freedom Day, apply to ALL religions, and promote the idea that we should all be free to celebrate our individual religion. In many Countries around the World, this is not the case, and there is persecution, and even death for practicing your chosen religion. In late 2013, it has been reported that Christians are now, the most persecuted religion around the world. (Previously, it had been the Jews)

Religious Holidays Information from Holidays and Observances

Some religious days, are established to celebrate the life of a person within an individual Religion that made an impact.  Some special days like World Prayer Day, can apply to any religion, or any individual. Anyone can pray whether they are religious or not. Often, in a moment of crisis, or danger many will turn to God for help.



What is Religion?

According to Dictionary.com, Religion is defined as: 

  1. A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.
  2. A specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
  3. The body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
  4. The life, or state of a monk, nun etc.: to enter religion.
  5. The practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.


What is Faith?

In the Bible, in Hebrews 1:1 Faith is defined as:

  1. Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

In the Merriam Webster Dictionary, Faith is defined as:

  1. Strong belief or trust in someone or something
  2. Belief in the existence of God: strong religious feelings or beliefs
  3. A system of religious beliefs


Religious Holidays By Month

I know I haven't found them all yet, but here is what we have so far:

January Religious Holidays

2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Catholic Schools Week - January 29 - February 4, 2017 (Begins on the last Sunday in January)
  • International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)


February Religious Holidays

2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Brotherhood / Sisterhood Week - February 19-25, 2017 (Third Week in February)
  • Catholic Schools Week - January 29 - February 4, 2017 (Begins on the last Sunday in January)
  • Jewish Book Week - February 25 - March 5, 2017 
  • Losar - February 27, 2017 - The Tibetan New Year, a three day festival that mixes sacred and secular practices that include prayers, ceremonies, hanging prayer flags, as well as sacred and folk dancing and partying. The first day is the most important. (Buddhist)
  • Tu B'Shevat (Arbor Day) - Eve of February 10, 2017 to Eve of February 11, 2017 (Movable Date) (Jewish)

2017  Days: (Sorted by Date)


March Religious Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Spiritual Wellness Month

2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Jewish Book Week - February 25 - March 5, 2017
  • Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - March 1 - April 13, 2017
  • Purim - Evening of March 11 - Evening of March 12, 2017 (Jewish)

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Ash Wednesday - March 1, 2017 (First Day of Lent)
  • St. David's Day - March 1
  • World Day of Prayer - March 3, 2017 (First Friday in March)
  • Ta' Anit Ester - March 9, 2017 (Jewish)
  • St. Patrick's Day - March 17
  • Goddess of Fertility Day - March 18
  • Nowruz - March 20
  • Spring Equinox - March 20 (Pagan)
  • International Day of Nowruz - March 21
  • The Annunciation - Known also as The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, or the Feast of the Annunciation (Christianity) - March 25
  • Knights of Columbus Founders Day - March 29


April Religious Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Holy Humor Month

2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Christian Education Week - April 24-30, 2017
  • Consider Christianity Week - April 2-8, 2017 (Begins the Second Sunday before Easter)
  • Golden Rule Week - April 1-7
  • Jewish Heritage Week - Evening of April 10, 2017 to the Evening of April 18, 2017 (Movable Week observed during Passover)
  • Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - March 1 - April 13, 2017
  • Passover (also known as Pesach) - Evening of April 10, 2017 to the Evening of April 18, 2017 (movable date)

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • National Atheist Day - April 1
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Day - April 6
  • Palm Sunday - April 9, 2017 (The Sunday one week prior to Easter)
  • Maundy Thursday - April 13, 2017 (movable date)
  • Good Friday - April 14, 2017 (movable date)
  • Orthodox Good Friday - April 14, 2017 (movable date)
  • Father Damien Day - April 15
  • Holy Saturday - April 15, 2017 (movable date)
  • Orthodox Holy Saturday - April 15, 2017 (movable date)
  • Easter Sunday - April 16, 2017 (movable date in March or April)
  • Orthodox Easter - April 16, 2017 (movable date)
  • Yom HaAtzmaut - April 16
  • Easter Monday - April 17, 2017 (The Monday after Easter)
  • Orthodox Easter Monday - April 17, 2017 (movable date)
  • National Ask An Atheist Day - April 20, 2017 (Third Thursday)
  • "In God We Trust Day" - April 22
  • Walpurgis Night - April 30 (Pagan)


May Religious Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Jewish American Heritage Month

2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Lag B'omer - Evening of May 13, 2017 to Evening of May 14, 2017

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Beltane - May 1 (Pagan)
  • Buddha Day - May 3, 2017 (Buddhist)
  • National Day of Prayer - May 4, 2017 (First Thursday in May)
  • National Day of Reason - May 4, 2017 (First Thursday in May) - Set up in 2003 by Humanists/Atheists on the same day as the National Day of Prayer for a secular alternative.
  • Joseph Brackett Day - May 6
  • Day of Vesak - May 10, 2017 (Buddhist)
  • End of the World or Rapture Party Day - May 21
  • Declaration of the Bab Day (Bahai Faith) - May 23
  • Ascension Day (of Jesus) - May 25, 2017
  • Ascension of Baha'u'Llah - May 29 (Baha'i)

June Religious Holidays

2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Eid-Al-Fitr - Evening of June 24, 2017 through the Evening of June 25, 2017 (movable date) (Muslim)
  • Ramadan - Evening of May 26, 2017 - Evening of June 25, 2017 (Dates may vary depending on location) - (Muslim Holiday)

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Pentecost - June 4, 2017 (Movable Date)
  • Orthodox Pentecost - June 4, 2017 (Movable Date)
  • Pentecost Monday - June 5, 2017 (Movable Date)
  • Whit Monday - June 5, 2017 (Movable Date)
  • Atheists Pride Day - June 6
  • Trinity Sunday - June 11, 2017 (Movable Date)
  • Corpus Christi - June 15, 2017 (Catholic)
  • Atheists Solidarity Day - June 21
  • Summer Solstice - June 21 (Pagan)
  • St. Baptiste Day - June 24
  • Tammuz - June 25 (Jewish Holiday)

July Religious Holidays

2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Tish B'av - Evening of July 31, 2017 - Evening of August 1, 2017 (Jewish)

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Saint Swithin's Day - July 15
  • Church of Latter Day Saints Pioneer Day - July 24


August Religious Holidays

2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Tish B'av - Evening of July 31, 2017 - Evening of August 1, 2017 (Jewish)

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15 (Catholic)
  • God's Preeminence Day - August 20, 2017 (Third Sunday in August)
  • Be an Angel Day - August 22

September Religious Holidays

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Virgin Mary Day - September 8
  • Mabon - September 22
  • Blasphemy Day - September 30


October Religious Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Church Library Month
  • Church Safety and Security Month
  • Clergy Appreciation Month

2016 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Ashura - Evening of October 10, 2016 to Evening of October 11, 2016  (Muslim)
  • Islamic New Year - Evening of October 1, 2016 to Evening of October 2, 2016
  • Rosh Hashanah - Evening of October 2, 2016 to Evening of October 4, 2016
  • Shemini Atzeret - Evening of October 23, 2016 to Evening of October 24, 2016
  • Simchat Torah - Evening of October 24, 2016 to Evening of October 25, 2016 (Jewish)
  • Sukkot - Evening of October 16, 2016 to Evening of October 23, 2016 (Jewish)
  • Yom Kippur - Evening of October 11, 2016 to Evening of October 12, 2016 (Jewish)

2016 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • St. Francis of Assisi's Feast Day - October 4
  • Clergy (or Pastor) Appreciation Day - October 9, 2016 (Second Sunday in October
  • Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day - October 19
  • Diwali - October 30, 2016 (Hinduism)
  • All Hallows' Eve - October 31
  • Samhain - October 31 (Paganism)


November Religious Holidays

2016 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Advent - November 27, 2016 - December 24, 2016
  • National Bible Week - November 20-26, 2016 (Sunday to Sunday of the Week of US Thanksgiving)
  • Church / State Separation Week - November 24-30

2016 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • All Saint's Day - November 1
  • All Soul's Day - November 2


December Religious Holidays

2016 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Advent - November 27, 2016 - December 24, 2016
  • Hanukkah - Evening of December 24, 2016  through Evening of January 1, 2017 (Jewish)
  • Kwanzaa - Week of December 26, 2016  - January 1, 2017

2016 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • St. Nicholas Day - December 6
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception - December 8, 2016 (Catholic)
  • Zionism Day - December 16
  • Festivus - December 23
  • Human Light Celebration - December 23
  • Christmas Eve - December 24
  • Christmas - December 25
  • Holy Innocents Day - December 28




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Different World Religions

Here are some of the Religions that are popular in the world today.  We will do a devoted page on each of these, and talk about the different holidays and observances that each Religion celebrates:

  • Baha'i
  • Buddhism
  • Candomble
  • Christianity
  • Christian Science
  • Confucianism
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Jainism
  • Judaism
  • Paganism
  • Shamanism
  • Shintoism
  • Sikhism
  • Taoism
  • Unitarianism
  • Zoroastrianism

Non Religious:

  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Secular Humanism



Religious Music



Above, is one of my favorite Christian bands, Switchfoot.  There are many different types of religious music and dance, and we will take a more detailed look into many of them.

Each type of religion often has their own traditions, and songs.  There is much diversity, for example, Christian music can range from the traditional hymns like "Amazing Grace" (our Dad's favorite song), to praise and worship music, to contemporary Christian music like the song above that has crossed over into mainstream music, to Gospel music, that is full of soul and hard to sit still when listening to it. Catholic music is pretty traditional and conservative. 





Religious Quotes





Popular Holiday Music

Many of the Popular Religious Holidays have music that is specific to that holiday. We will have a devoted page for each of these with some of the highlights.

  • Christmas Music
  • Easter Music
  • Halloween Music
  • Hanukkah Music





Worldwide Religious Festivals and Events

Information will be coming soon!

We have just recently launched our Festivals and Events summary page, and I'm debating about adding a separate Google Calendar for all the Festivals and Event type things.




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