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Multifaith Calendar

Rather than attempt a full listing of our own, we have provided links to other listings we believe to be both accurate and self-explanatory. These apply to the world’s major religious groups. For a record of special days for other religions, you should use the Interfaith Calendar link listed in the first section below.

We have also included, where considered relevant, some details about the individual religions/beliefs. These indicate that there are often multiple groups within individual religions, e.g. Christianity.

The following covers information about religious days and festivals for various faiths, held throughout the year. The small number of links in the first section of each religion’s listing provides a basic background to that religion.

Religious Holidays

  • 2020-21 Multifaith Calendar
    Faith Communities Council of Victoria. ‘The following are major holy days and festivals for Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism. Whilst this list is not exhaustive, it is comprehensive to represent each of the religions in good faith’.
  • Calendar of Cultural and Religious Dates
    Harmony.gov.au. Provides Date, Event, Description and Notes. Organised in monthly groupings. Quite extensive. Also has links to Harmony Day Events as well as related Festivals and Celebrations in all states and territories.
  • Updated !Centre for Spiritual and Ethical Education Religious Calendar
    Download an academic-year [USA] religious calendar or Find links to further information by clicking on the calendar entry in the Monthly Calendar View.
  • Interfaith Calendar
    [Primary Sacred Times for World Religions]
    Major religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism, for 2021 and several years into the future. List done by month/day. You can also access the Definition of Terms [used] and find links to News resources about multiple religions. The New !Questions and Answers page provides responses to 19 questions about a wide range of aspects.
  • Holidays and Festivals : Which Religion ? Quiz
    Britannica. ‘You may know your own religion’s traditions, but do you know who celebrates these holidays and festivals ? You have 10 seconds to answer each question. The faster you answer, the higher your score’.
  • New !Holidays and Observances in Australia in 2021
    While it covers all the major religious holidays and observances, it also includes a range of other special days celebrated in Australia. Links allow you to select the months and the year [out to 2030] desired.
  • List of Holidays and Observances
    Britannica. ‘This is a list of holidays and observances organised alphabetically by religion, followed by a list of secular and ancient holidays and observances. See also holiday; feast; Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam; Jainism; Judaism; Shintō [each title is a link to specific information on that religion]’. Click on each title for further, specific information.
  • Multifaith Religious Holiday Calendar Academic Year 2020-2021
    ‘The list that follows is not exhaustive’. Information provided includes Year, Days [including specific times where appropriate], Holiday details [with some additional details as appropriate], Religion. US College based.
  • Religious Commemorations Around the World [Scholastic]
    ‘From Diwali and Aboakyere to Easter and Passover, explore some of the many religious holidays celebrated across the globe’. Indicated as appropriate for Grades 1-8.
  • Updated !ReligionFacts
    Just the facts on religions. ‘Glossary of Religion; Library of Online Texts; Featured Articles; Featured Faiths; Religion Charts, Religion in the News’. The New ! Calendar of Religious Holidays ‘provides the dates of some upcoming religious holidays and festivals for the next five years’.
  • New !Religious Festivals
    The page has links to 27 sub-categories covering not only the major religions but also a range of others. Wikimedia Commons
  • Updated !Religious Holidays
    ‘The following is a partial list of the most important Holy Days and Festivals celebrated by religious communities [on our campus] from August through June. An *asterisk indicates that it begins at sundown the day before this date and ends at sundown on this date. The holidays in bold print mean they are the most important for the tradition’. To view Religious Holidays for the three years covered, click here.
  • New !Religious Holidays [National Today]
    ‘Religious holidays are some of the very first holidays that we remember celebrating. That’s why we’re so excited to celebrate 51 religious holidays. Date, Holiday, Category, Tags’.
  • Updated !Religious Holidays in …
    Find holidays by selecting from the months [e.g. December 2021, June 2022] from the menu on the left. Links to Upcoming popular events are found beneath that menu.
  • Religious Seasonal Days
    [Of Celebration and Holy Days]
    ‘Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Baha’i, and Wiccan religions’. Religious Tolerance.org. Links to more information about a range of religions and beliefs.
  • New !The Mystic’s Wheel of the Year
    ‘A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality’. 23 sections covering the major religions and some less reported religious and belief systems.
  • World Religious Holidays [Holidays and Observances]
    ‘Religious Holidays and Observances, are specific days of the year set aside to celebrate something that is religion based. There are many different religions in the world, and many have different special days relative to their religion’. Includes some observances not relevant to Australia.

In addition, further links for several major, individual religions are provided below.

Buddhism


  • Updated !2021 Buddhist Holidays
    ‘Vajrayana, Mahayana & Hinayana Buddhism : Tibetan, Pure Land, Zen & Theravada dates’. Note dates are given as month/day. Descriptors also included.
  • Updated !2021 Buddhist Holidays & Festivals
    ‘Weekday; Holiday title; Date; Days away’. Click on the Holiday name for further information and dates up to 2024.
  • Updated !2021 Buddhist Holidays List
    ‘List of Religious Holidays of Buddhism in 2021 - Day, Holiday Date, Holiday’. Preceding year also included. If you click on Holidays/Religious in the top menu you can also access holidays for several other major religions.
  • Buddhist Festivals and Holidays
    Descriptions relating to a range of holidays. Some include indicators for the actual date when celebrated.
  • Updated !Buddhist Festivals and Religious Holidays
    Provides a listing for this and the previous and following years. Small section of additional information.
  • Buddhist Festivals and Special Days [Buddhanet]
    ‘There are many special or holy days held throughout the year by the Buddhist community. Many of these days celebrate the birthdays of Bodhisattvas in the Mahayana tradition or other significant dates in the Buddhist calendar’. Descriptors rather than specific dates though there is a link to one calendar.
  • Buddhist Holidays
    There are 36 listed, each with a page of explanation, further links, references, more. The main article for this category is New !Buddhist Holidays , which in turn has links to pages for a New !List of Buddhist festivals and the New ! Culture of Buddhism. All pages are from Wikipedia.
  • New !Buddhist Holidays & Festivals [Buddhism for Kids]
    ‘Six major Buddhist holidays & festivals’.
  • Updated !Buddhist Holidays and Festivals in 2021
    Actual date, Day of the week, Festival/Observance. There are also links on the left to a wide range of other religions and several other holiday listings. You will need to go to the top of any new page and click on English Version.
  • New !Holy Days - Buddhism Facts
    ‘Holiday facts; Core Ideas and Beliefs; Fun Facts; and Sources’.
  • New !What Makes a Holy Day ? [Beliefnet]
    ‘Holidays - --Buddhist or otherwise - offer auspicious times for practice and reflection. What kinds of holidays does Buddhism have ?’
  • New !When-Is - Buddhist Holidays
    Two sections offer firstly dates for a small listing of specific holidays, then Buddhist Holidays for the years from 2020 to 2029.

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Christianity

  • New !Christianity
    ‘Etymology; Beliefs; Practices; Scriptures; History; Demographics; Churches and Denominations; Influence on Western Culture; Ecumenism; Criticism, persecution and apologetics; Notes; References; Further reading; External Links’. Related Wikipedia pages include New !List of Christian denominations, New !List of Christian denominations by number of members and New !Christian Church. Wikipedia.
  • New !Christianity [ReligionFacts]
    ‘With over 2 billion adherents worldwide, Christianity is the largest religion in the world. It has dominated western culture for centuries and remains the majority religion of Europe and the Americas. The Table of Contents [scroll down the home page] has 13 sections ranging from history to a glossary. There are also links to further reading about the religion’.

  • Updated !2021 Christian Holidays
    Also includes 2020 and 2022 calendars. Format provides Day, Date and Holiday.
  • 2021 Christian Holidays & Festivals
    ‘Weekday; Holiday title; Date; Days away’. Click on the Holiday name for further information and dates over several years.
  • New !Catholic Holy Days and Holidays
    ‘Follow the Church through the liturgical year, exploring the rich history of Catholic feasts and seasons. From Advent through Christmas to Epiphany, from Lent through Easter to Pentecost’.
  • Christian Festivals and Holy Days
    ‘This category is for Christian holy days that are tied to the liturgical year. For calendars of feasts and saints, see Category : Liturgical calendars. For major special events, outreaches, awards, etc., which have a Christian character or emphasis see New !Category : Christian events’. Wikipedia.
  • Updated !Christian Holiday Calendar and Festivals
    You can also access 2022 dates from the menu on the left. There are also monthly templates available from the same menu [at update - 2020, 2021 and 2022].
  • Updated !Christian Holidays [ReligionFacts]
    More detail about the individual days than a calendar of dates, their history and changes made to when they are celebrated. Links to information about other aspects of Christianity, e.g. Beliefs, Glossary, Branches, … .
  • New !Christian Holy Days and Observances [Western]
    ‘The Western Christian church year consists of two cycles of feasts and holy days. One is based on the movable date of Easter Day and the other on the fixed date of Christmas Day, December 25’.
  • Updated !Church Calendar - OrthodoxWiki
    ‘The Church Calendar consists of a series of cycles by which feasts are celebrated in the Orthodox Church. There are currently three calendars in use in the Church, the Julian Calendar [“Old Calendar”], Revised Julian Calendar [“New Calendar”], and Gregorian Calendar [“New Calendar”]’. Information about fixed and movable feast days, who uses which calendar, plus links to a range of related data.
  • Updated !Coptic Orthodox Calendar
    ‘To learn about the historic origins of the Coptic Calendar please read the item below tracing the Coptic Calendar to the ancient Egyptians. We have put up a program that calculates the date of all major Coptic holidays including the Orthodox Easter for any year after 1902 A.D.’ through to 2037.
  • Eastern Orthodox Liturgical Calendar
    Feasts, Movable Feasts, Great Feasts, Liturgical Seasons, Printed calendars, References, links. Wikipedia.
  • New !Feasts & Holy Days [Catholics & Cultures]
    ‘This page does not seek to replicate the Church’s liturgical calendars in various countries, but rather to organise a calendar of annual feasts and holy days as they are discussed thus far on [this] site, with links to the pages that indicate how these days have particular meaning in certain places [i.e. countries]’.
  • Greek Orthodox Calendar
    Follow the calendar by selecting the Month and then the Year from the relevant boxes. Considerable detail for each date. Note the explanation for the icons used, at the bottom of the page. The Menu at the bottom of the page provides access to a wide range of information about many aspects of the Greek Orthodox Church [USA].
  • Updated !Liturgical Year
    ‘The liturgical year, also known as the church year or Christian year, as well as the kalendar, consists of the cycle of liturgical seasons in Christian churches that determines when feast days, including celebrations of saints, are to be observed and which portions of Scripture are to be read either in an annual cycle or in a cycle of several years’. Western and Eastern Christianity days/dates. Wikipedia.
  • New !Orthodox Christian Holidays, 2010-2030
    ‘Here are the dates of the most important [moving] Orthodox Christian holidays through 2030. These holidays move in the calendar year based off of the date of Easter, which is tied to the lunar Jewish calendar instead of the solar Gregorian calendar’.
  • Updated !Russian Orthodox Calendar
    Opens to the current day. Select the Month and Year at the top, right. Fixed and Movable Great Feasts, Traditional days of remembrance, Fasting days and Seasons, more.
  • Western Christian Holidays, 2010-2030
    ‘Here are the dates of the most important [moving] Christian holidays through to 2030. These holidays move in the calendar year based off the date of Easter, which is tied to the lunar Jewish calendar instead of the solar Gregorian calendar’.
  • New !When-Is - Christian Holidays
    Three sections cover initially a small listing of specific holidays, then Additional American Holidays, then Christian Holidays by year through till 2029.

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Hinduism

  • Hinduism - Read and Learn
    ‘Hinduism magazine [PDF and ePub versions to download]; Hinduism at a Glance; Books; For Teachers and Parents’; further links at the bottom while only a sample of all the links for each is visible for the three sections listed above.
  • New !Introduction to Hinduism for Beginners
    ‘Hinduism is a conglomeration of religious, philosophical, and cultural ideals and practices that originated in India thousands of years before the birth of Christ. Hinduism remains the dominant faith practised in India and Nepal today’.

  • Updated !Calendar of Hindu Festivals, Fasts, and Religious Events 2020–2025
    ‘This list organises important Hindu festivals and holy days according to the Gregorian calendar for the years 2019 through 2025’. Listed by months, with a brief introduction for each.
  • Hindu Festival Dates 2016-2025
    ‘Here are the dates for Hindu festivals, including Diwali, Hindi New Year, Maha Shiva Ratri and Holi, from 2016 to 2025’.
  • Updated !Hindu Festivals & Events 2021
    ‘Find Holiday dates as per the Hindu calendar and information on Hindu festivals. Hindu festivals and Hindu holidays are based on the Hindu Calendar or Saka Varsha calendar. Date of Hindu festivals and Hindu Holidays to 2028’. Events are initially listed by name rather than by date.
  • Updated !Hindu Festivals & Holidays
    Given for 2021. You can also access 2022 dates from the menu on the left. There are also monthly templates available from the same menu [at update - 2020, 2021 and 2022].
  • Hindu Holidays
    Lists each under the question ‘When is … ’, then provides a brief description. Also has dates till 2028.
  • Hindu Holidays [2]
    Listing by month, with date and title provided. Many link to further information, often quite extensive. Festivals are linked on the upper, right of the page.
  • Hindu Holidays & Festivals
    ‘Weekday; Holiday title; Date; Days away’. Click on the Holiday name for further information and dates over several years [Dates till 2023 at time of update.].
  • New !Hindu Holy Days and Observances
    ‘Hinduism includes many communities that follow a range of calendars and thus may observe holy days at different times of the year. Observances generally follow lunar months and often fall on the new moon or the day after the moon phase. The Panchanga [Hindu calendar] is based on twelve lunar months of 29.5 days, totalling 354 days. As a result, many Hindu holy days move back 11 days on the Gregorian calendar each year’. Part of a larger site about New !Hinduism.
  • Updated !Holidays and Festivals - Hinduism
    ‘Many of the Hindu holidays are based on the cycle of nature. They mark the change of seasons, celebrate the harvest, and encourage fertility of the land. Others are dedicated to a particular deity. There are more festivals than days in the year’. Part of a larger site about Hinduism. See the menu on the left of this page for details of what is covered.
  • New !List of Hindu Festivals
    ‘Across the globe, Hindus celebrate a diverse number of festivals and celebrations. These celebrations are a fixed annual date on the solar calendar; or occur on a particular day of the lunisolar calendar. There is some variation associated with the observance of the festivals regionally’. Data is provided through Title, Photo Hindu tithi of Observance and Descriptions. Wikipedia.
  • New !Panchangam, The Hindu Calendar
    ‘If this is your first introduction to a Hindu calendar, you have a great adventure ahead of you which we know will give you a new appreciation of time’.
  • Sacred Times and Festivals
    Britannica. Summary, with embedded links, related to these two components of the religion. The menu on the left links to other aspects of Hinduism.

Islam

  • New !Islam
    ‘Etymology; Articles of Faith; Acts of worship;Law; Mysticism; Society; History; Denominations; Demographics; Culture; Notes; References; Further reading; External Links’. Wikipedia.
  • New !Islam - ReligionFacts
    ‘Islam is one of the largest religions in the world, with over 1 billion followers. It is a monotheistic faith based on revelations received by the Prophet Muhammad in 7th-century Saudi Arabia. The Arabic word islam means “submission”, reflecting the faith’s central tenet of submitting to the will of God’. The Table of Contents [scroll down the home page] has 13 sections ranging from history to a glossary. There are also links to further reading about the religion.

  • Updated !2021 Islam Holidays
    ‘Some dates may vary slightly as they are determined by the lunar calendar’. Given for 2021. You can also access 2022 [and 2020] dates from tabs at the top of the listing and from the menu on the left. There are also monthly templates available from the menu on the left [at update - 2020, 2021 and 2022].
  • Updated !2021 Muslim Holidays & Festivals
    ‘Weekday; Holiday title; Date; Days away’. Click on the Holiday name for further information and dates over several years [dates to 2024 at time of update]. You can also access the next, and previous, year from links at the bottom of the calendar.
  • A Brief Introduction to the Muslim Calendar …
    and Major Muslim Festivals and Religious Observances. Information about all major festivals, plus calendar information.
  • Updated !Calendar of Important Islamic Dates
    ‘The Islamic calendar [known as the Hijri calendar] is a purely lunar calendar. It contains 12 months that are based on the cycle of the moon. Because 12 synodic months are only 12 x 29.53 = 354.36 days, the Islamic calendar is consistently shorter than a solar year, it therefore shifts approximately 11 days every year with respect to the Gregorian calendar’. Dates for major festivals through to 2025.
  • Islamic Holidays, 2010-2030 [A.H. 1431-1452]
    Provides dates in both for both Gregorian and Islamic [Hijri] calendars up to and including 2030. Dates are provided for : Start of Muharram, Mawlid al-Nabi, Start of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Be sure to read the introduction when using the dates.
  • New !Islamic Holidays [Wikipedia]
    ‘Holidays, Religious practices; Dates of holidays and other days of note; References; Further reading; and External links’. Dates for festivals given as Hijri, 1442 AH [2020], 1443 AH [2021], 1444 AH [2022] and 1445 AH [2023].
  • Updated !Muslim Holidays
    Lists each under the question ‘When is …’, then provides a brief description and also all dates till 2029.
  • Special Islamic Days - IslamicFinder
    Special days and dates are provided for the current year as well as the preceding year. Use the links on the left to find a wealth of other information about the Islamic religion including the Islamic Calendar for the current year.
  • The Major Holidays Celebrated by Muslims
    ‘Muslims have two major religious observances each year, Ramadan and the Hajj, and several holidays connected with each one. All Islamic holidays are observed according to the lunar-based Islamic calendar. Some Muslims acknowledge other events from Islamic history, which are considered holidays by some but not all Muslims’. Dates provided from 2017 to 2022 [at time of update] using New !this link.
  • Updated !The Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia
    ‘Many Muslim communities in non-Islamic countries also tend to follow the Umm al-Qura calendar as its use in mosques funded by Saudi Arabia and in modern computer software [it is the default Islamic calendar in the Arabic setting of Microsoft software] becomes more and more prevalent’. Links in the menu on the left lead to information, a date converter, adjustment of the calendar, other solar calendars and Literature & Web links.
  • New !Understanding The Islamic Calendar : Years, Months, Days And More
    ‘Also referred to as the Hijri calendar, the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar that comprises 12 months and 354-355 days. The Islamic calendar is useful in determining the accurate days of Islamic rituals and holidays such as the right time for Hajj, Eid and Ramadan’. Considerable information is provided.

Judaism

  • New !Judaism
    ‘Defining characteristics and principles of faith; Jewish religious texts; Jewish identity; Jewish religious movements; Jewish observances; Community leadership; History; Judaism and other religions; Criticism; Bibliography; External Links’. Wikipedia. Further information can be found at New !What Is Judaism ? and New ! Encyclopaedia of Judaism Online [a more scholarly presentation].
  • New !Judaism 101
    ‘Judaism 101 is an online encyclopedia of Judaism covering Jewish beliefs, people, places, things, language, scripture, holidays, practices and customs. My goal is to make freely available a wide variety of basic, general information about Judaism, written from a traditional perspective in plain English. The information in this site is written predominantly from the Orthodox viewpoint. On some pages, I have identified variations in practice or belief in other movements’.

  • Dates of Upcoming Jewish Holidays and Festivals [2020-2024/5781-5784]
  • New !Jewish Calendar Information [Shiva.com]
    This does not cover holidays or festivals but provides a clear explanation of the Jewish calendar.
  • Updated !Jewish Holiday Calendars & Hebrew date converter
    Easy to use. ‘Holidays, candle lighting times, Torah readings for any year, past or present. Download to Outlook, iPhone, Google Calendar and more. Convert between Hebrew and Gregorian dates and see today’s date in a Hebrew font. Make use of a Yahrzeit and Anniversary Calendar’.
  • ​Jewish Holidays & Celebrations Explained
    Listed events with brief notes. Click on the name of the holiday or celebration for further information on the majority of these.
  • Updated !2021 Jewish Holidays & Festivals
    ‘Weekday; Holiday title; Date; Days away’. Click on the Holiday name for further information and dates over several years. You can also access the next, and previous, year from links at the bottom of the calendar.
  • Updated !Jewish Holiday Calendar and Festivals
    All Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date shown’. Upcoming Jewish holidays. Downloadable calendar [Word format]. Calendar at update runs through to April 2022.
  • Jewish Religious Year
    Britannica. ‘The cycle of the religious year; The Jewish calendar [Lunisolar structure]; Months and notable days; Origin and development; The Sabbath; Importance; Observances; The Jewish holidays; Pilgrim festivals; Ten Days of Penitence; Minor Festivals’.
  • The Jewish Calendar [Chabad]
    Detailed and extensive presentation. View by day, week, month, year [or as a list], Jewish Holidays, convert dates, Candle Lighting, holidays, Daily Torah Study, tools and more. There are sections, related to Judaism, on non-calendar matters. Opens at the month view.
  • Updated !The Jewish Calendar [Judaism 101]
    Background, history and structure of The Jewish Year. Updated !Jewish Holidays [to 2024] gives background for major holidays. You can go to a Updated !Current Calendar listed in Jewish months with corresponding Gregorian dates.
  • New !The Jewish High Holidays
    ‘The Jewish High Holidays, also called the High Holy Days, comprise the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and encompass the ten days from the beginning of Rosh Hashanah through the end of Yom Kippur’.

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Sikhism


  • New !List of Sikh Festivals
    ‘This is the list of festivals observed by the followers of Sikh religion’. Shows Festival, Date Observed and Description of the Festival. Wikipedia.
  • New ! Sikh Holidays and Festivals 2021
    ‘Weekday; Holiday title; Date; Days away’. Click on the Holiday name for further information and dates over several years. You can also access the next, and previous, year from links at the bottom of the calendar.
  • New !Sikh Holidays and Festivals
    ReligionFacts. ‘Sacred days are a high priority in the Sikh faith. The most important holidays in Sikhism are gurpurbs, festivals marking the birthday or martyrdom of a Guru. Other holidays are melas or fairs. Most Sikh holidays are celebrated with a ritual 48-hour reading of the entire Guru Granth Sahib, processions, preaching, prayer, and congregational worship’.
  • New !Sikh Holidays and Festivals [2]
    ‘Sikhism Festivals and Gurpurab Celebrations’.
  • New !Sikh Holiday Calendar and Festivals
    You can also access 2022 dates from the menu on the left. There are also monthly templates available from the same menu [at update - 2020 2021 and 2022].
  • New !Sikh Holy Days and Observances
    The Guibord Centre. ‘Sikh holy days revolve around anniversaries of the 10 Gurus who developed the faith’s beliefs. Holy days and events generally follow the Nanakshahi calendar, a 12-month solar calendar in use since 1998’. Part of a larger site looking at New !Sikhism.

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