Calendar of Religious Holidays

The Topeka Center for Peace and Justice is committed to religious diversity. Our board of directors is made up of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and Baha’i. In that vein we attempt to honor these traditions  by not scheduling events on their religious holidays. For your convenience we have included a calendar of religious holidays on our website. You can access this calendar and further information at http://www.interfaithcalendar.org/index.htm.

FEBRUARY

  • 1
    • Clean Monday – Orthodox Christian
  • 2
    • Candlemas – Presentation of Christ in the Temple – Christian
    • Imbolc- Lughnassad * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
    • Saint Brighid of Kildare – Celtic Christian
  • 3
    • St. Blaze Day – Christian
    • Setsebun sai ** – Shinto
  • 7
    • Four Chaplains Sunday – Interfaith
    • Transfiguration Sunday – Christian
  • 8
    • Chinese New YearConfucian, Daoist, Buddhist
  • 9
    • Shrove Tuesday – Christian
  • 10
    • Ash Wednesday – Christian
  • 12
    • Triodion – Orthodox Christian
    • Vasant Panshami ** – Hindu
  • 14
    • St. Valentine’s Day – Christian
  • 15
    • Nirvana Day ** – Buddhist – Jain
  • 26
    • Intercalary Days begin – Baha’i

MARCH

    • 1
      • St. David of Wales – Christian
      • Intercalary Days end – Baha’i
    • 2 – 20
      • Nineteen Day Fast * – Baha’i
    • 6
      • Orthodox Sunday – Orthodox Christian
    • 8
      • Maha Shivaratri ** – Hindu
    • 13
      • Cheesefare Sunday – Orthodox Christian
      • L. Ron Hubbard birthday – Scientology
    • 17
      • St Patrick’s Day – Christian
    • 20  Equinox
      • Ostara * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
      • Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
      • Palm Sunday – Christian
    • 21
      • Norooz (New Year) – Persian/Zoroastrian
      • Naw-Rúz (New Year) * – Baha’i
    • 23
      • Lord’s Evening Meal – Jehovah’s Witness Christian
      • Holi ** – Hindu
      • Magha Puja DayBuddhist **
    • 24
      • Purim * – Jewish
      • Maundy Thursday – Christian
      • Hola Mohalla – Sikh
    • 25
      • Good FridayChristian
      • Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Catholic Christian
    • 27
      • Easter Christian
    • 28
      • Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) ** – Zoroastrian
    • 30
      • Mahavir Jayanti  ** – Jain

 

April

    • 8
      • Hindu New Year ** – Hindu
    • 8-15
      • Ramayana ** – Hindu
    • 14
      • Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) ** – Sikh
    • 15
      • Ramanavami ** – Hindu
    • 21
      • First Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
    • 22
      • Hanuman Jayanti ** – Hindu
    • 22-23
      • Theravadin New Year ** – Buddhist
    • 23-30
      • Pesach (Passover) * – Jewish
    • 23
      • St. George’s Day – Christian
      • Lazarus Satuday – Orthodox Christian
    • 24
      • Palm Sunday – Orthodox Christian
    • 29
      • Ninth Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
      • Holy FridayOrthodox Christian
    • 30
        • St. James the Great Day – Orthodox Christian

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      • Mahavir Jayanti ** – Jain

 

MAY

  • 1
    • Pascha (Easter) – Orthodox Christian
    • Beltane – Samhain * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern Hemispheres
  • 2
    • Twelfth Day of Ridvan *  – Baha’i
  • 3
    • Saints Philip & James – Christian
  • 4
    • National Day of Prayer – USA – Interfaith
  • 5
    • Lailat al Miraj * – Islam
    • Yom HaShoah * – Jewish
    • National Day of Prayer USA – Interfaith
    • Ascension of Jesus – Christian
  • 12
    • Yom Ha’Atzmaut * – Jewish
  • 15
    • Visakha Puja ** – Buddhist
    • Pentecost Christian
  • 21
    • Lailat al Bara’ah * – Islam
  • 22
    • Trinity Sunday – Christian
  • 23
    • Declaration of the Bab * – Baha’i
    • Lailal al Bara’a * – Islam
  • 26
    • Lag B’Omer * – Jewish
    • Corpus Christi – Catholic Christian
  • 29
    • Ascension of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i

     

JUNE

    • 1
      • Ascension of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
    • 3
      • Sacred Heart of Jesus – Catholic Christian
    • 6
      • Ramadan begins *  – Islam
    • 9
      • St. Columba of Iona – Celtic Christian
      • Ascension of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
    • 12-13
      • Shavuot * – Jewish
    • 16
      • Guru Arjan martyrdom – Sikh
    • 19
      • New Church Day – Swedenborgian Christian
      • Pentecost – Orthodox Christian
    • 20 Solstice
      • First Nations Day – Canadian Native People
      • Litha * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
      • Yule * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
    • 26
      • All Saints – Orthodox Christian
    • 29
      • Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul – Christian

 

JULY

    • 1
      • Lailat al Kadr * – Islam
    • 7-9
      • Eid al Fitr * – Islam
    • 9
      • Martyrdom of the Bab * – Baha’i
    • 11
      • St Benedict Day – Catholic Christian
    • 13-15
      • Obon (Ulambana) ** – Buddhist – Shinto
    • 15
      • St. Vladimir the Great Day – Orthodox Christian
    • 19
      • Asalha Puja Day ** – Buddhist
    • 23
      • Birthday Emperor Haile Selassi – Rastafari
    • 24
      • Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian
    • 25
      • St. James the Great Day – Christian

 

AUGUST

    • 1
      • Lammas – Christian
      • Lughnassad – Imbolc * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
      • Fast in honor of Holy Mother of Lord Jesus – Orthodox Christian
    • 5
      • Ganesh Chathurthi ** – Hindu
    • 6
      • Transfiguration of the Lord – Orthodox Christian
    • 14
      • Tish’a B’av * – Jewish
    • 15
      • Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary – Catholic Christian
      • Dormition of the Theotokos – Orthodox Christian
    • 18
      • Raksha Bandhan ** – Hindu
    • 25
      • Krishna Janmashtami ** – Hindu
    • 29
      • Beheading of St. John the Baptist – Christian

 

SEPTEMBER

    • 1
      • Ecclesiastical year begins – Orthodox Christian
    • 6-15
      • Paryushana Parava Jain
    • 8
      • Nativity of Virgin Mary – Christian
    • 10
      • Waqf al Arafa – Hajj Day * – Islam
    • 11-14
      • Eid al Adha * – Islam
    • 14
      • Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) – Christian
    • 22 Equinox
      • Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
      • Ostata * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
    • 29
      • Michael and All Angels – Christian
      • Meskel – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

 

OCTOBER

    • 1-10
      • Navaratri ** – Hindu
    • 2
      • Muharram – New Year * – Islam
    • 3-4
      • Rosh Hashanah * – Jewish
    • 4
      • St Francis Day – Catholic Christian
      • Blessing of the Animals – Christian
    • 10
      • Thanksgiving – Canada – Interfaith
    • 11
      • Dasara ** – Hindu
    • 12
      • Ashura * – Islam
      • Yom Kippur * – Jewish
    • 17-23
      • Sukkot * – Jewish
    • 18
      • St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist – Christian
    • 20
      • Birth of the Báb * – Baha’i
      • Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth – Sikh
    • 24
      • Shemini Atzeret * – Jewish
    • 25
      • Simchat Torah * – Jewish
    • 28
      • Milvian Bridge Day – Christian
    • 30
      • Diwali – Deepavali ** – Hindu – Sikh – Jain
    • 31
      • All Hallows Eve – Christian
      • Reformation Day ** – Protestant Christian
      • New Year ** – Jain

 

NOVEMBER

    • 1
      • All Saints Day – Christian
      • Samhain – Beltane * Wicca/Pagan Northern and southern hemispheres
    • 2
      • All Souls Day – Catholic Christian
    • 12
      • Birth of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i
    • 14
      • Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh
    • 15
      • Nativity Fast begins – ends Dec. 24 – Orthodox Christian
    • 20
      • Christ the King – Christian
    • 24
      • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur – Sikh
      • Thanksgiving – Interfaith USA
    • 26
      • Day of the Covenant * – Baha’i
    • 27
      • Advent begins through Dec. 24 – Christian
      • Christ the King – Christian
    • 28
      • Ascension of  ‘Abdu’l-Baha * – Baha’i
    • 30
      • St. Andrew’s Day – Christian

 

DECEMBER

  • 6
    • Saint Nicholas Day – Christian
  • 8
    • Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) ** – Buddhism
    • Immaculate Conception of Mary – Catholic Christian
  • 12
    • Feast day – Our Lady of Guadalupe – Catholic Christian
    • Mawlid an Nabe * – Islam
  • 16-25
    • Posadas Navidenas – Hispanic Christian
  • 14
    • Mawlid an Nabi * – Islam
  • 21  Solstice
    • Yule * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
    • Litha * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
    • Yule – Christian
  • 24
    • Christmas Eve – Christian
  • 25
    • Christmas * – Christian
    • Feast of the Nativity ** – Orthodox Christian
  • 25-Jan 1
    • Hanukkah * – Jewish
  • 26
    • Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) ** –  Zoroastrian
    • St Stephen’s Day – Christian
  • 28
    • Holy Innocents – Christian
  • 30
    • Holy Family – Catholic Christian
  • 31
    • Watch Night – Christian

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