Religious Holidaysand 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)
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:
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.
A specific fundamental set of beliefs and practices generally agreed upon by a number of persons or sects: the Christian religion; the Buddhist religion.
The body of persons adhering to a particular set of beliefs and practices: a world council of religions.
The life, or state of a monk, nun etc.: to enter religion.
The practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith.
What is Faith?
In the Bible, in Hebrews 1:1 Faith is defined as:
Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
In the Merriam Webster Dictionary, Faith is defined as:
Strong belief or trust in someone or something
Belief in the existence of God: strong religious feelings or beliefs
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
2022 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)
Catholic Schools Week - January 30 - February 5, 2022 (Begins on the last Sunday in January)
International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25
2022 Days: (Sorted by Date)
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God - January 1 (Catholic)
Holi - Evening of March 17 - Evening of March 18, 2022 (Hindu)
Isra and Mi'raj (Muslim Holiday) - Evening of February 28, 2022 to Evening of March 1, 2022
Lent - March 2 - April 14, 2022 (Begins on Ash Wednesday)
Losar - March 3-5, 2022 - 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)
National Catholic Sisters Week - March 8-14, 2022 (Second Week)
Orthodox Lent - March 7 - April 23, 2022
Shrovetide - February 27 - March 1, 2022 (Shrove Tuesday, and the Two Days Preceding it)
I Love this video from Tamara Lowe: (How many TV show titles can you pick up on?)
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:
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.
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.
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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