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Included are days for the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Baha'i, and Wiccan religions

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Overview:

This section lists some of the main holy days of the 8 largest faiths in the U.S.: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Baha'i Faith and Wicca. Most religious days of celebration are based on:

bullet Fixed dates.
bullet Phases of the moon (lunar calendars).
bullet The timing of the equinoxes and solstices, (solar calendars).
bullet Both (lunisolar calendars).

Thus many are held on dates which vary from year to year, according to the common (Gregorian) calendar.

Although these dates were taken from sources that we believe to be reliable, please do not rely on their accuracy. We have observed many discrepancies in reference books and on the Internet.

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Topics covered in this section:

Holy days of the largest 8 religions in the U.S.:
 
bullet Abrahamic religions: ChristianityJudaismIslam
 
bullet Eastern religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism
 
bullet Other religions: Baha'i Faith and Wicca

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Related essays:

bullet Festivals, holy days and other events; listed for each month
bullet Religious calendars: From the Baha'i Faith to Zoroastrianism

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References:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

bullet Some  web sites maintaining and/or selling multi-faith calendars are at:
bullet The Interfaith Calendar lists the primary sacred times for world religions for the current year and three years in the future. See: http://www.interfaithcalendar.org/ 
bullet The Multicultural Calendar is available at: http://tcm.com/calendar/ for U.S. purchases, and http://www.multiculturalcalendar.com/ in Canada.
bullet The Mystic's Wheel of the Year sells "A multifaith calendar reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality...It emphasizes deep ecumenism, deep ecology, and social justice. It focuses on ecological and egalitarian aspects of the world's religions." See: http://www.wheeloftheyear.com/
bullet "Summary of Religious Observations for 2001," McGill University, at: http://www.aro.mcgill.ca/student/
bullet Panda Systems' freeware program is at: http://www.pandacorner.com/
bullet The Pluralism Project at Harvard University maintains a religious calendar for the current and next months at: http://www.pluralism.org/
bullet "Find the equinoxes and solstices for a particular year," at  http://einstein.stcloudstate.edu/ 
bullet A "Calendar of Events" for "important international commemorations, holidays and events" mainly of a secular nature is maintained by the National Education Association at: http://www.nea.org/
bullet Other religions:
bullet Shinto festivals are listed at: http://www.geocities.com/
bullet Sparrowhawke's Asian Calendars list Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, Korean and Japanese calendars of festivals. See: http://www.geocities.com/
bullet Communications Canada maintains a list of United Nations events at: http://www.infocan.gc.ca/

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Copyright 1996 to 2002 incl. by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Last update: 2002-SEP-30
Author: B.A. Robinson

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