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Interfaith Calendar for UIndy

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Date Religious Observance Faith
Tradition
Description Accommodation To Learn More
1-Aug Lughnasadh/Lammas Wicca/Neo-Paganism Midpoint between Summer Solstice  and Autumn Equinox https://www.worldhistory.org/Wheel_of_the_Year/
Varies Bon Festival/Obon Japanese Buddhism 3 days of honoring the spirits of the ancestors https://traditionalkyoto.com/culture/obon-festival/
15-Aug Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Catholicism Mary, free of original sin, assumed body and soul into heavy Learn more with Catechism of the Catholic Church
(14th/15th Night of the 7th month in the lunar calendar)  Ghost Festival/Zhongyuan Jie/ Gui Jie/Yulan Festival Taoism/Buddhism Spirits of the dead/ancestors visit the living, who make offerings and prayers to them (along with temples) https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Ghost_Festival
16-Aug Muktad Zoroastrianism  Last 10 days of the religious year; involves welcoming the fravashis/spirits of the righteous departed back to earth with rituals and offerings. https://zoroastrians.net/2018/07/24/explanation-of-muktad-rituals-and-prayers/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4ofR01Fn7s

Date Religious Observance Faith
Tradition
Description Accommodation To Learn More
September 20 – 23 Mabon Wicca/Neo-Paganism Autumn Equinox https://www.worldhistory.org/Wheel_of_the_Year/
August/September, depending on lunar calendar Paryushan Jainism 8-day festival encouraging folks to reflect and affirm their commitment to Jain principles, ends with focus on forgiveness https://yja.org/paryushan
After Paryushan Das Lakshan Jainism (Sect – Digambar) 10-day festival celebrating the 10 virtues of Jainism, folks reflect and affirm their commitment to Jain principles, ends with focus on forgiveness https://yja.org/paryushan
September 15 – 17 Rosh Hashanah (Head of Year) Judaism Jewish New Year; Going to Shul, blowing the Shofar/ram horn, big dinner, eating sweet fruits and honey, saying “L’shana Tova” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4ofR01Fn7s
September 24 – 25 Yom Kippur Judaism Judaism – Day of Atonement; fasting for 25 hours (if able), abstaining from commodities (leather, perfume, etc.), 2 special prayers (Kol Nidrei, Kaparot)
September 29 – October 1 Sukkot Judaism Major pilgrimage festival; building temporary Sukkah, daily shake of a lulav and estrog
28-Sep Confucius’ Birthday Confucianism Paying respect to “China’s First Teacher,” mostly celebrated in Qufu (his birthplace) and Taipei Taiwan (at the Confucius Temple); incoludes, music, dancing, chanting, incense
Eighth lunar month Mid-Autumn Festival Taoism Celebration of the Moon Goddess, celebrated when moon is at its largest/fullest
Date Religious Observance Faith
Tradition
Description Accommodation To Learn More
January 1 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Catholicism Feast day of the Blessed Virgin YouTube
just for example
January 10 Bodhi Day Buddhism Siddhartha Gautama vowed to meditate under the Bodhi tree until attaining enlightenment Making Bodhi Day Meaningful – Alan Peto
January 14 Maghi Sikhism Commemoration of the Chali Mukte, the Forty Liberated Ones, who died warding off an attack by an army after Guru Gobind Singh Exception from classes to attend these divans Gateway to Sikhism
Date Religious Observance Faith
Tradition
Description Accommodation To Learn More
11-Nov All Saints Day Catholicism Celebrates and honors all saints of the church, known or unknown USCCB
4-Nov Bandhi Chhor Divas Sikhism Celebration of the return of the sixth Nank from detention in the Gwalior Fort. In the evening, illuminations are done with earthen oil lamps, candles, or fireworks. https://www.allaboutsikhs.com/sikh-way-of-life/sikh-festivals/the-sikh-festivals-gurupurab/
8-Nov Kartak Purnima Jainism Follows Diwali in Oct/Nov. Considered an auspicious time for pilgrimage to sacred sites 
Date Religious Observance Faith
Tradition
Description Accommodation To Learn More
December, 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Catholicism The day when Mary was conceived, immaculately, free of original sin. Catholic church
December 20-25 Yule Wicca/Neo-Paganism Winter Solstice  https://www.worldhistory.org/Wheel_of_the_Year/
December, 26 Zartosht No-Diso Zoroastrianism A day of solemn reflection to commemorate the death of prophet Zarathushtra/Zoroaster  Exception from classes to attend these divans https://www.w-z-o.org/zartosht-no-diso-the-zoroastrian-remembrance-of-the-death-of-zarathushtra/
December, 25 Christmas Christian Commemorates the birth of Jesus USCCB
December 7-15 Channukkah Judaism Celebration of defeat of colonizer; lighting a Chanukiah, eating oil-fried foods, family meals, playing dreidel, singing, going to Shul 
3-Dec Mauna Agyaras Jainism “Mauna” means silence, Jains often take vows of silence on this day.
Date Religious Observance Faith
Tradition
Description Accommodation To Learn More
January 1 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Catholicism Feast day of the Blessed Virgin YouTube
just for example
January 10 Bodhi Day Buddhism Siddhartha Gautama vowed to meditate under the Bodhi tree until attaining enlightenment Making Bodhi Day Meaningful – Alan Peto
January 14 Maghi Sikhism Commemoration of the Chali Mukte, the Forty Liberated Ones, who died warding off an attack by an army after Guru Gobind Singh Exception from classes to attend these divans Gateway to Sikhism
Date Religious Observance Faith
Tradition
Description Accommodation To Learn More
Feb 1-2 Imbolc Wicca/Neo-Paganism  Midpoint between Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox https://www.worldhistory.org/Wheel_of_the_Year/
Feb 2-4 Setsubun Shintoism Day before the start of spring on the old Japanese lunar calendar; bringing in good fortune and driving away bad spirits https://www.seattle.us.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/2021_Setsubun.html
15-Feb Nirvana Day Buddhism Commemorates the death of Buddha. “A blowing out as of a flame”. It is a social occasion, most people bring food and gifts https://calendarholidays.org/when-is/nirvana-day/
22-Feb Ash Wednesday Catholicism Marks the first day of lent, Many people fast this day, receive ashes on the forehead  Catholic Church
28-Feb al-Isra Wal Miraj  Islam Commemorates the night when the Prophet Muhammad is believed to have made a miraculous journey from Mecca to the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, where he then traveled to the heaven, where God commanded him to initiate prayers five times a day  https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/
5-Feb Lantern Festival  Taoism Celebrates first full moon of year + birthday of Tinguan (Taoist deity of good fortune) 
February 25 ~ March 1 (depending on time of vernal equinox; starts at sundown the day before which is Feb 24)  Ayyam I Ha Baha’i Faith  Intercalary Days in which the Baha’is celebrate gift giving, devote themselves to God, and prepare for the nineteen day-fast that lasts up until the new year (March 21) called Nowruz. 
Date Religious Observance Faith
Tradition
Description Accommodation To Learn More
3-Mar Clean Monday Orthodox beginning of the lenten cycle https://www.oca.org/fs/paschal-cycle
3/7 through 4/23 Lent Orthodox https://www.oca.org/fs/paschal-cycle
18-Mar Lailat ul Bara’h Islam Night of Forgiveness, seek forgiveness for sins and believe that on this night one’s destiny is fixed for the year ahead   Exception from classes to attend these divans https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/
18-Mar Holi Hinduism Festival marking the coming of spring. There are processions and people light bonfires and cover each other with colored water and powders.  https://www.hindu-blog.com/2021/10/hindu-festivals-2022.html
19-Mar Hola Mohalla Sikhism Gathering for military exercises/mock battles; valor and defense preparedness https://www.allaboutsikhs.com/sikh-way-of-life/sikh-festivals/the-sikh-festivals-gurupurab/
March 20-23 Ostara Wicca/Neo-Paganism Spring Equinox https://www.worldhistory.org/Wheel_of_the_Year/
March 26/July 22/August 21 (depending on calendar used) Khordad Sal Zoroastrianism Celebration of the birth of prophet Zarathushtra/Zoroaster https://www.reonline.org.uk/festival_event/khordad-sal-2/
March 16-17, 2022/March 6-7, 2023 Purim Judaism Story of Esther/Mordechai/Haman; “Jewish Halloween,” people go to shul and watch play about story, eating triangular cookies, enjoying self  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mmZDYogjCk
March 31 – Follows Falsi Calendar Nowruz / Persian New Year Zoroastrianism Celebration of God, creation, the elements. Involves cleaning and decorating homes as well as worshipping at the Fire Temple and visiting friends, special foods, and rituals. May also be observed by Baha’is, Sufis, Muslims.
Date Religious Observance Faith
Tradition
Description Accommodation To Learn More
2-Apr Ramadan begins Islam Adults abstain from food, drink, smoking, from sunrise to sunset to express gratitude of God’s guidance and to atone for past sins. avoid scheduling important deadlines on the first day, be aware that students will be fasting for 30 days. https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/
10-Apr Palm Sunday Catholicism Commemorates Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, opens holy week. Everyone gets a palm leaf to take home, most people put them with their personal crosses/crucifixes https://www.usccb.org/sites/default/files/flipbooks/catechism/147/#zoom=z
30-Apr Baisakhi Sikhism New Year’s Day in Punjab. Marks the ripening of the Rabi harvest and coincides with the solar equinox. On this day in 1699 the tenth Sikh Guru founded the Sikh brotherhood (Khalsa) so this is seen as a collective birthday for Sikhs https://www.allaboutsikhs.com/sikh-way-of-life/sikh-festivals/the-sikh-festivals-gurupurab/
14-Apr Holy Thursday Catholicism Commemorates the Washing of the Feet and the Last Supper. Day of the Chrism Mass: all oils for the year are blessed.
15-Apr Good Friday Catholicism Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus
16-Apr Easter Sunday Catholicism Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Egg hunts, chocolate, etc.
17-Apr Palm Sunday Orthodox The Entry into Jerusalem https://www.oca.org/fs/paschal-cycle
29-Apr Lailat ul-Qadr Islam Commemorates the “Night of Power” when the Prophet Muhammad first received God’s revelation https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/
24-Apr Pascha Orthodox Christ’ Resurrection – Beginning of the Pentecostarion https://www.oca.org/fs/paschal-cycle
April 15-22, 2022/April 5-13, 2023 Passover Judaism Story of Moses/Flight of Israelites from Egypt; Celebrated with group meal, reading of the Haggadah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4ofR01Fn7s
(15th day after Spring Equinox (usually April 4~6) Qingming/Ching Ming Festival Confucianism/Taoism Visiting tombs to clean gravesites, pray to ancestors, and make offerings (traditional food dishes, burning of joss sticks/paper, drinks). Willow branches carried/hung outside doors to ward off evil spirits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4ofR01Fn7s
14-Apr Mahavira Jayanti Jainism Celebration of Mahavira’s birth; Jains gather in temples to hear readings of Mahavira’s teachings, images of Mahavira paraded through streets with pomp/ceremony
Date Religious Observance Faith
Tradition
Description Accommodation To Learn More
April 30/May 1   Beltane Wicca/Neo-Paganism Midpoint between Spring Equinox and Summer Solstice https://www.worldhistory.org/Wheel_of_the_Year/
2-May Eid al-Fitr Islam Breaking of the fast, celebrates the end of Ramadan, family members gather to feast and exchange presents   https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/
26-May Ascension of the Lord Catholicism the ascent of Jesus into heaven 40 days after the resurrection
Date varies based on Lunisolar Calendar Buddha’s Birthday/Buddha Jayanti Buddhism Celebration of the birth of Buddha https://pluralism.org/buddha%E2%80%99s-birthday
May – First Sunday Chongmyo Taeje Confucianism Honoring the kings and queens of the Yi/Joseon Dynasty; held at Chongmyo Shrine in Seoul, Kora 
Date Religious Observance Faith
Tradition
Description Accommodation To Learn More
2-Jun Ascension Orthodox The Ascension of Christ  https://www.oca.org/fs/paschal-cycle
5-Jun Pentecost Sunday Catholicism commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. Essentially the Catholic church’s birthday.
5-Jun Pentecost orthodox The Descent of the Holy Spirit https://www.oca.org/fs/paschal-cycle
20-Jun Litha Wicca/Neo-Paganism midpoint between Summer Solstice https://www.worldhistory.org/Wheel_of_the_Year/
2-3 days between May 14 and June 15  Shavuot Judaism Celebration of the giving of the Torah; reading book of Ruth, eating dairy meals, floral decorations
3-Jun Dragon Boat Festival Taoism Remembering Qu Yuan’s self-sacrifice for his kingdom, whose last poem involved yoking two dragons to a chariot 
Date Religious Observance Faith
Tradition
Description Accommodation To Learn More
July 7 – 9 Eid al-Adha Islam Commemorates Abraham’s obedience to God when he told him to sacrifice Ishmael, and Ishmael’s submission to the sacrifice https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/
29-Jul al-Hijra Islam Islamic new year, marks the end of Mohammads’s journey from Mecca to Medina https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/islam/
Please note, some events occur on the same Gregorian calendar date every year while other will shift forward or backward on the calendar. The dates listed are for 2023.