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)

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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

2021 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Catholic Schools Week - January 31 - February 6, 2021 (Begins on the last Sunday in January)
  • International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January 18-25

2021 Days: (Sorted by Date)


February Religious Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Spiritual Teachers Month

2021 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Brotherhood / Sisterhood Week - February 15-20, 2021 (Third Week in February)
  • Catholic Schools Week - January 31 - February 6, 2021 (Begins on the last Sunday in January)
  • Jewish Book Week - February 29 - March 8, 2020 (2021 TBA)
  • Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - February 17 - March 29, 2021
  • Losar - February 12-14, 2021 - 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)
  • Shrovetide - February 14-16, 2021 (Shrove Tuesday, and the Two Days Preceding it)
  • World Interfaith Harmony Week - February 1-7 (First Week of February)

2021  Days: (Sorted by Date)


March Religious Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Spiritual Wellness Month

2021 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Consider Christianity Week - March 21-27, 2021 (Begins the Second Sunday before Easter)
  • Holi - Evening of March 28, 2021 - Evening of March 29, 2021 (Hindu)
  • Holy Week - March 28 - April 3, 2021
  • Isra and Mi'raj (Muslim Holiday) - Evening of March 10, 2021 to Evening of March 11, 2021
  • Jewish Book Week - February 29 - March 8, 2020 (2021 TBA)
  • Lent - Begins on Ash Wednesday - February 17 - March 29, 2021
  • National Catholic Sisters Week - March 8-14, 2021 (Second Week)
  • Orthodox Lent - March 15 - May 1, 2021
  • Passion Week - March 21-27, 2021
  • Passiontide - March 21 - April 3, 2021
  • Passover - Evening of March 27 - Evening of April 4, 2021

2021 Days: (Sorted by Date)


April Religious Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Holy Humor Month

2021 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Festival of Ridvan - April 20 - May 1, 2021
  • Golden Rule Week - April 1-7
  • Holy Week - March 28 - April 3, 2021 (Begins on Palm Sunday and Ends on Holy Saturday)
  • Just Pray No! Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting - April 10-11, 2021
  • Lag B'omer - Evening of April 29, 2021 to Evening of April 30, 2021
  • Orthodox Holy Week - April 12-18, 2020 (2021 TBD)
  • Orthodox Lent - March 15 - May 1, 2021
  • Passiontide - March 21 - April 3, 2021 (The Last Two Weeks of Lent - Passion Week and Holy Week)
  • Passover (also known as Pesach) - Evening of March 27 - Evening of April 4, 2021
  • Pesach (also known as Passover) - Evening of March 27 to the Evening of April 1, 2021 (movable date)
  • Ramadan - Evening of April 12, 2021 - Evening of May 11, 2021 (Dates may vary depending on location) - (Muslim Holiday)
  • Yom HaAtzmaut - Evening of April 14, 2021 to Evening of April 15, 2021
  • Yom HaShoah - Evening of April 8, 2020 to Evening of April 9, 2021
  • Yom HaZikaron - Evening of April 15, 2021 to Evening of April 16, 2021

2021 Days: (Sorted by Date)


May Religious Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Jewish American Heritage Month

2021 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Eid-Al-Fitr - Evening of May 12, 2021 through the Evening of May 13, 2021 (movable date) (Muslim)
  • Festival of Ridvan - April 20 - May 1, 2021
  • Orthodox Lent - March 15 - May 1, 2021
  • Ramadan - Evening of April 12, 2021 - Evening of May 11, 2021 (Dates may vary depending on location) - (Muslim Holiday)

2021 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Orthodox Holy Saturday - May 1, 2021 (movable date)
  • Orthodox Easter - May 2, 2021 (movable date)
  • Orthodox Easter Monday - May 3, 2021 (movable date)
  • Joseph Brackett Day - May 6
  • National Day of Prayer - May 6, 2021 (First Thursday in May)
  • National Day of Reason - May 6, 2021 (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.
  • Ascension Day (of Jesus) - May 13, 2021
  • End of the World or Rapture Party Day - May 21
  • Declaration of the Bab Day (Bahai Faith) - May 23
  • Ascension of Baha'u'Llah - May 29 (Baha'i)
  • Pentecost - May 23, 2021 (Movable Date)
  • Whit Sunday - May 23, 2021 (Seventh Sunday after Easter) Also known as Pentecost or Whitsunday
  • Pentecost Monday - May 24, 2021 
  • Whit Monday - May 24, 2021 
  • Day of Vesak - May 26, 2021 (Buddhist)
  • Trinity Sunday - May 30, 2021 (Movable Date)

June Religious Holidays

2021 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Fast of Tammuz - Evening of June 26 to Evening of June 27, 2021 (Jewish Holiday)

2021 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Corpus Christi - June 3, 2021 (Catholic)
  • Hug An Atheist Day - June 4, 2021 (First Friday in June)
  • Atheists Pride Day - June 6 and March 20
  • World Peace and Prayer Day - June 20, 2021 (First Day of Summer)
  • Atheists Solidarity Day - June 21
  • Summer Solstice - June 21 (Pagan)
  • St. Baptiste Day - June 24
  • School Prayer Banned Anniversary - June 25
  • Feast of Saints Peter and Paul - June 29

July Religious Holidays

2020 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Tish B'av - Evening of July17, 2021 - Evening of July 18, 2021 (Jewish)
  • Tu B'av - Evening of July 23 to Evening of July 24, 2021

2021 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • Saint Swithin's Day - July 15
  • Church of Latter Day Saints Pioneer Day - July 24
  • Feast of Saint James - July 25
  • Army Chaplain Corps Anniversary - July 29
  • National Day of Lament - July 31, 2021


August Religious Holidays

2021 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Ashura - Evening of August 18 - Evening of August 19, 2021
  • Islamic New Year - Evening of August 9, 2021 to Evening of August 10, 2021
  • Muharram (Islamic New Year) - Evening of August 9, 2021 to Evening of August 10, 2021

2021 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • International Forgiveness Day - August 1, 2021 (First Sunday in August)
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15 (Catholic)
  • God's Preeminence Day - August 15, 2021 (Third Sunday in August)
  • Be an Angel Day - August 22
  • Raksha Bandhan - August 22, 2021 (Hindu Holiday)
  • Janmashtami - August 30, 2021 (Hindu Holiday)

September Religious Holidays

2021 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Global Week of Student Prayer - September 19-25, 2021
  • Rosh Hashanah - Evening of September 6, 2021 to Evening of September 8, 2021
  • Shemini Atzeret - Evening of September 27, 2021 to Evening of September 29, 2021
  • Simchat Torah - Evening of September 28, 2021 to Evening of September 29, 2021 (Jewish)
  • Sukkot - Evening of September 20, 2021 to Evening of September 27, 2021 (Jewish)
  • Yom Kippur - Evening of September 15, 2021 to Evening of September 16, 2021 (Jewish)

2021 Days: (Sorted by Date)


October Religious Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

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

2021 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • St. Francis of Assisi's Feast Day - October 4
  • Clergy (or Pastor) Appreciation Day - October 10, 2021 (Second Sunday in October
  • Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Day - October 19
  • Separation of Church and State Day - October 28
  • All Hallows' Eve - October 31
  • Samhain - October 31 (Paganism)


November Religious Holidays

2021 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Advent - November 28 - December 24, 2021
  • Birth of Baha'u 'Llah - Evening of November 6 - Evening of November 7, 2021
  • Birth of the Bab - Evening of November 6 - Evening of November 7, 2021
  • Church / State Separation Week - November 21-27, 2021
  • Hanukkah - Evening of November 28, 2021  through Evening of December 6, 2021 (Jewish)
  • National Bible Week - November 21-28, 2021 (Week of U.S. Thanksgiving from Sunday to Sunday)

2021 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • All Saint's Day - November 1
  • All Soul's Day - November 2
  • Diwali - November 4, 2021 (Hinduism)
  • Advent Sunday - November 28, 2021 (Fourth Sunday Prior to Christmas Day)


December Religious Holidays

2021 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Advent - November 28 - December 24, 2021
  • Hanukkah - Evening of November 28, 2021  through Evening of December 6, 2021 (Jewish)
  • Kwanzaa - December 26, 2021  - January 1, 2022

2021 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • St. Nicholas Day - December 6
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception - December 8 (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




One Minute Sermon

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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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