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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:

bulletFixed dates.
bulletPhases of the moon (lunar calendars).
bulletThe timing of the equinoxes and solstices, (solar calendars).
bulletBoth (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.:
 
bulletAbrahamic religions: ChristianityJudaismIslam
 
bulletEastern religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism
 
bulletOther religions: Baha'i Faith and Wicca

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bulletFestivals, holy days and other events; listed for each month
bulletReligious 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.

bulletSome  web sites maintaining and/or selling multi-faith calendars are at:
bulletThe 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/ 
bulletThe Multicultural Calendar is available at: http://tcm.com/calendar/ for U.S. purchases, and http://www.multiculturalcalendar.com/ in Canada.
bulletThe 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/
bulletPanda Systems' freeware program is at: http://www.pandacorner.com/
bulletThe 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/ 
bulletA "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/
bulletOther religions:
bulletShinto festivals are listed at: http://www.geocities.com/
bulletSparrowhawke's Asian Calendars list Hindu, Buddhist, Chinese, Korean and Japanese calendars of festivals. See: http://www.geocities.com/
bulletCommunications Canada maintains a list of United Nations events at: http://www.infocan.gc.ca/

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Last update: 2002-SEP-30
Author: B.A. Robinson

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