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Interfaith Calendar 2021

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2021 Religious Calendar: Major Religious and Holy Days

Having an awareness of world religions and holidays is important for respectful scheduling and inclusivity year-round. To assist you, we’ve created our 2021 interfaith calendar and inclusive religious calendar with holy days.

Our inclusive 2021 religious calendar consists of major religious holidays and festivals, compiled from our interactive Diversity Calendar suite.

Note: Below is just a small list of religious holidays 2021. For all 200+ religious events, see our Diversity Calendar suite.

Holidays marked * begin the prior evening.

January 2021 Events

1/6 – Christian: Feast of the Epiphany – marks 12 days after Christmas when the three kings arrived in Bethlehem, commemorating the first manifestation of Jesus to the Gentiles

1/7 – Coptic Orthodox Christmas – the date on which many Orthodox Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s birth as it corresponds with the Julian calendar

1/14 – Eastern Orthodox Christian: New Year – also known as the “Old New Year” or the “Orthodox New Year” as it celebrates the start of the Julian calendar

1/14 – Hindu: Makar Sankranti – believed to be a time for peace and prosperity, this festival is celebrated to mark the beginning of spring in various parts of India

1/17 – Baha’i: World Religion Day – celebrates themes in common of the major faiths in the world

1/20 – Sikh: Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday – although born Dec 22, this date celebrates Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708), the tenth Sikh Guru and spiritual master

Major Religious Holidays for February

2/2* – Pagan and Wiccan: Imbolc – marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, and celebrates fire, light, and the return of life

2/2 – Christian: Candlemas – holiday on which the church blesses its supply of candles for the year

2/17 – Christian: Ash Wednesday – this holiday begins the Lenten season, a 40-day period of prayer and fasting before Easter Sunday

2/17* – Jewish: Tu Bishvat – a minor environmental holiday that Jews consider to be the “New Year of the Trees”

2/15 – Buddhist: Parinirvana or Nirvana Day in Mahãyãna Buddhism – originally occurring in 483 BCE, this holiday marks Buddha’s death and his attainment of final nirvana

2/24 – Baha’i: Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha (2/24-2/28) – a time of gift-giving, hospitality, charity, and preparation for fasting preceding the New Year

For more detail, see our February Diversity Calendar

March Religious Holidays

3/11 – Islamic: Lailat al Miraj – this Muslim holiday begins at sundown and commemorates Muhammad’s nighttime journey from Mecca to Jerusalem where he ascended into heaven

3/11 – Hindu: Maha Shivaratri (Shiva’s Night) – this Hindu festival honors Shiva, a significant Hindu deity

3/17* – Jewish: Purim (Feast of Lots) – a joyous Jewish festival that begins at sundown, and commemorates the survival of ancient Persian Jews who were marked for death

3/19 – Roman Catholic: St. Joseph’s Feast Day — honors the husband of Mary, mother of Jesus

3/20 – Pagan and Wiccan: Ostara – celebration of the spring equinox

3/20* – Baha’i: Naw Ruz (New Year) – also known as “New Day,” this holiday marks the end of the Baha’i Fast and the beginning of the new year

3/20 – Zoroastrian: Naw Ruz (New Year) – holiday celebrated at the vernal equinox

3/25 – Christian: The Annunciation – This day honors the Angel Gabriel’s announcement to the Virgin Mary that she would become Jesus’s mother

3/28* to 4/4 – Jewish: Passover – a seven-day holiday of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, commemorating the freeing of Israeli slaves in Egypt and their exodus to freedom

03/28 to 3/29 – Hindu: Holi – a festival of colors that marks the coming of spring in India as well as the new harvest

3/29 to 3/31 – Sikh: Hola Mohalla – a three-day Sikh festival held at Anandpur Sahib in Punjab

Learn more about diversity days with our March 2021 Diversity Calendar

April 2021 Inclusive Religious Calendar

4/4 – Christian: Easter – celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, this is the most important holiday in Christianity

04/11 – Roman Catholic: Feast of Divine Mercy – a feast day  celebrated on the second Sunday of Easter, wherein Christians seek Christ’s forgiveness and grace

4/12 – 5/12 – Islamic: Ramadan – celebrated by Muslims, it’s a holy month of fasting, introspection, and prayer

4/13 – Hindu: Vaisakhi – ancient festival for Hindus that marks the Solar New Year and celebrates the spring harvest

4/25 – Jain: Mahavir Jayanti – celebrates the birth of Lord Mahavira, who founded Jainism and renounced his throne and family to seek the truth of spiritual freedom and virtue

For more information about opportunities for inclusion, see our April 2021 Diversity Calendar

May Interfaith Calendar of Holy Days

5/1 – Pagan and Wiccan: Beltane – fire festival that celebrates summertime and the fertility of the coming year

5/13* – Islamic: Eid al-Fitr – marks the end of Ramadan and fasting; begins at the sight of the crescent moon, and the main event is a big meal

5/13 – Christian: Ascension Day – traditionally celebrated on the 40th day following Easter Sunday, as the day that Jesus ascended into Heaven

5/17* – 5/18 – Jewish: Shavuot – this holiday combines two major religious observances in Judaism: a grain harvest, and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai

5/19 – Buddhist: Buddha’s Birth – Buddhists celebrate this day as Buddha’s birthday

5/23* – Baha’i: Declaration of the Bab – Baha’i views the Bab as the Messenger of God, and this day marks when he was predicted as such

5/26 – Buddhist: Vesak – the most important Theravada Buddhist festival, it marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha

5/30 – Christian: Trinity Sunday – celebrates the Trinity of the three personifications of God (the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit)

To discover more, visit our May 2021 Multicultural Calendar

Major Religious Holidays for June

6/3 – Roman Catholic: Feast of Corpus Christi – also called the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, it honors the real presence of the body of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist

6/10 – Coptic Orthodox Christian: Ascension Day – celebrated by Coptic Orthodox and Eastern Christians to commemorate Jesus’ ascension into heaven

6/11 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Sacred Heart – a widely practiced and popular devotion in the Roman Catholic Church that celebrates Jesus’ physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity

6/13 – Baha’i: Race Unity Day – established to promote racial harmony and understanding

6/16 – Sikh: Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib – observed by Sikhs to remember the martyr who gave up his life for their people

6/20 – Pagan and Wiccan: Litha – This festival begins on the summer solstice at sundown and celebrates midsummer and the power of the sun god

6/27 – Eastern Orthodox Christian: All Saints Day – designates the end of the Easter season

Learn more with our June 2021 Multicultural Calendar

July 2021 Religious Festivals Calendar

7/9 – Baha’i: Martyrdom of the Bab – commemorates the execution of the co-founder of the Baha’i faith, the Bab

7/17 -7/22 – Islamic: The Hajj –  annual pilgrimage that all Muslims must make to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia at least once

7/18* – Jewish: Tisha B’Av – this holiday commemorates the destruction of the Jewish temple in both 586 BCE and 70 CE in Jerusalem

7/19 – 7/23 – Islamic: Eid al-Adha – a Muslim celebration marking the end of the Hajj pilgrimage

7/23 – Rastafarian: Birthday of Haile Selassie – celebrates Emperor Haile Selassie, who was believed to be the incarnation of God

7/24 – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Pioneer Day – a state holiday in Utah, celebrates Brigham Young leading Latter-day Saints to the Great Salt Lake where they established their church

Discover more diversity events with our July 2021 Diversity Calendar

August Religious Holidays Calendar

8/1 – Pagan and Wiccan: Lughnasadh – festival marking the beginning of the harvest season

8/10* – Islamic: Islamic New Year – Also called Hijiri, this day marks the beginning of the Islamic lunar calendar and begins at the sighting of the crescent moon

8/15 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Assumption – a holy day that commemorates the Virgin Mary’s bodily ascension to Heaven

Learn more with our August 2021 Diversity Calendar

World Religion Calendar for September

9/4 to 9/11 – Jain: Paryushana – the most important Jain religious observance, this festival is about forgiveness, with “paryushana” meaning “abiding” or “coming together”

9/7* to 9/8 – Jewish: Rosh Hashanah – celebration of the Jewish New Year that begins at sundown and brings upon a period of reflection for the past year and year to come

9/11 – Coptic Orthodox Christian: Nayrouz (Coptic New Year) – a feast day when both martyrs and confessors are commemorated in the church

9/16* – Jewish: Yom Kippur – the day of atonement in Judaism where individuals reflect on their sins and seek forgiveness from God

9/21* to 9/27 – Jewish: Sukkot  – A day that commemorates the years that the Jews journeyed to the desert on their way to the promised land

9/20 to 10/6 – Hindu: Pitru Paksha – 16-day period when Hindus pay homage to their ancestors

09/21 – Pagan and Wiccan: Mabon – the Autumnal equinox

9/28* – Islamic: Arbaeen – A day of religious observance that marks the end of the 40-day mourning period following the Day of Ashura

Discover more with our September 2021 Diversity Calendar

October 2021 Interfaith Holy Days

10/7 to 10/15 – Hindu: Navratri – An important Hindu festival that honors the Goddess Durga who signifies the victory of good over evil

10/15 – Hindu: Dussehra – the tenth and final day of the festival of Asuj Navratras

10/19* – Islamic: Mawlid – celebrates the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, beginning at sundown

Learn more with our October 2021 Diversity Calendar

Major Religious Holidays in November

11/1* – Pagan and Wiccan: Samhain – festival marking the end of the harvest season

11/1 – Christian: All Saints Day – also known as the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos, it commemorates saints who have attained heaven

11/2 – Rastafarian: Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie – The coronation day of Ras (Prince) Tafari Makonnen who became Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia

11/4 – Hindu: Diwali – a five-day festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains across the world. It combines several different festivals to honor different gods, goddesses, harvests, new year celebrations, etc.

11/5 – Jain: New Year – This holiday follows the Diwali festival, and Jains celebrate the new year on the first day following the month of Kartika.

11/7* – Baha’i: Birthday of the Bab – honors the birth of God’s messenger in the Baha’i faith

11/7* – Baha’i: Birthday of Baha’u’llah – celebrates the birthday of the prophet-founder of the Baha’i faith

11/19 – Sikh: Guru Nanak Ji’s Birthday – commemorates the birth of the founder of Sikhism

11/29* to 12/6 – Jewish: Hanukkah  – eight-day celebration commemorates the victory of the Jews over the Syrian Greeks, which ended a period of religious persecution

11/30 – Roman Catholic: Feast of St. Andrew – honors the patron saint of Scotland, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Barbados, and Romania

December Religious Multicultural Calendar

12/8 – Roman Catholic: Feast of the Immaculate Conception – This day is a Roman Catholic feast that celebrates Mary’s (the mother of Jesus) conception without original sin

12/8 – Buddhist: Bodhi Day – Mahãyãna Buddhists commemorate Buddha’s enlightenment today

12/21 – Pagan and Wiccan: Yule – this holiday begins at sundown at the winter solstice as the great horned hunter god is reborn

12/25 – Christian: Christmas – the birthday of Jesus, celebrated by countries across the world

12/26 – Roman Catholic: The Feast of St. Stephen – also called Boxing Day

Holidays marked * begin the prior evening

That concludes our list of religious holidays 2021. To discover more diversity events, inclusion opportunities, and more, see our 2021 Diversity Calendar. Or get a head start on next year, with our 2022 Interfaith Calendar.

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