Events of the Month
Events during 2003-JULY:
- JUL-1: Canada Day recalls the beginning of the Dominion
of Canada in
- JUL-1: Some Native American plains tribes begin Sun Dance
rituals on this day. The celebration includes the decoration of a a
sacred crow totem.
- JUL-1: The 28th anniversary of the day in 1975 when
the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
entered into force. On that date, endangered species first became
- JUL-4: Independence Day in the U.S. marks the birth of
the United States in 1776 CE.
- JUL-9: The Martyrdom of the Bab is observed by members of the Baha'i Faith. It was the date in 1850
when the Bab was executed for his religious beliefs at the age of 31.
Members of the Baha'i faith abstain from work and commerce on this
- JUL-11: Roman Catholics celebrate St. Benedict Day in
honor of the father of the Western Church's monastic tradition. He
founded the Benedictine Order.
- JUL-11: This is recognized by the UN as World Population Day.
Themes for the day include: "Efforts to slow down
population growth, to reduce poverty,
to achieve economic progress, to improve environmental protection, and to
reduce unsustainable consumption and production patterns are mutually
- JUL-6: This is celebrated in Australia as Aborigine's Day,
also known as National Aboriginal and Islander Day of
Celebration (NAIDOC). A main purpose of this day is to
promote increased understanding of Aboriginal cultures in Australia.
- JUL-13 : International Society for Krishna
Consciousness (ISKCON) observe
the start of the first lunar month of Caturmasya. Believers fast from green
leafy vegetables for one month.
- JUL-13: Khao
Pansa marks the beginning of the Buddhist lent. It is the
preferred day for Buddhist men in some countries to be ordained as
monks. It is celebrated annually in the full moon of the eight lunar month,
typically in July.
- JUL-13: This is the first day of a three day
celebration: O-bon -- a Japanese Shinto celebration in honor of their
ancestors. They light lanterns, hold circular folk dances, and welcome their
- JUL-15: On this day, in 1099 CE, Christians on the first crusade
captured Jerusalem, burning 6,000 Jews alive in their synagogue and
slaughtering 30,000 Muslims who took refuge in their mosque. Some Christians
formed a reconciliation walk in 1999;
the steps of the first crusade, arriving in Jerusalem on this day,
and apologizing for the tragedy.
- JUL-19: Buddhists celebrate Asala: the day when the
Buddha made his first spiritual proclamation to five ascetics.
- JUL-24: This is Pioneer Day the anniversary of the date when the first members
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
entered Salt Lake Valley after a long westerly trek to escape religious
persecution and attempted genocide at the hands of other Christians.
- JUL-31: Lammas (aka Lunasa) is the first of the
three harvest festivals
celebrated by Wiccans and many other Neopagans. The holiday actually falls on
AUG-1, but many Wiccans follow the ancient Celtic practice of starting each
- JUL-30: Followers of Shinto observe Oh-harai-taisai, the
Grand Purification Ceremony. This is an ancient ceremony whereby the
believer can obtain purification from sins and offenses committed during
the first half of the lunar year.
Although care was taken in the
preparation of this list, we cannot accept responsibility for any errors or
- Excerpt from
Paragraph 3.14 of the Programme of Action adopted at the International
Conference on Population and Development (Cairo 1994). See:
Copyright © 2003 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Essay prepared on 2003-JUN-1
Latest update: 2003-JUN-1
Compiled by B.A. Robinson