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Glossary of Festivals & Religious Observances

This is an alphabetic listing of religious observances with brief a description. It is for all religions, additions and corrections are invited.  I request you to add, enhance and write about your event in 100 Words precisely and send  to info@foundationforpluralism.com to be updated here. Please note, if your festival is not listed here, it is your responsibility to send for an update. We are learning as you are and want to be all inclusive.

 EVENT  SYMBOL  RELIGION  DESCRIPTION
Advent    Christianity Christian time of preparation for observing the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest November 30 and is the beginning of the Christian worship year.  Advent is observed with the lighting of advent candles, display of wreaths, and special ceremonies. Advent also anticipates the coming again to earth of Jesus Christ. The season continues through December 24.. 
Al-Hijra    Islam

Islamic remembrance of the migration of Muhammad and followers to Medina in 622 c.e. and establishment of first Islamic state. This is the beginning of the Islamic New Year. No specific religious rituals are observed. .

All Hallow's Eve    Christian Christian celebration combining prayers and merriment involving children and families. It is a prelude to All Saint's Day.
All Saints Day   Christian Christian day for honoring saints, known and unknown. A Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church where saints have special formal status. In general, saints are persons with reputation for unusual lives of holiness and devotion to God.
All Souls Day   Christian Christian day of prayers of intercession for the dead. Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls for the vision of God in heaven. 
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary   Christian Christian celebration of Gabriel announcing to the Virgin Mary the coming birth of Jesus.
Asala   Buddhism Buddhist observance of the day when Gautama Buddha made his first public proclamation to five ascetics. He taught the middle way, the noble eight-fold path and the four noble truths. 
Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha   Bahai Baha'i celebration of the rising of the spirit of Abdu'l-Baha to the heavenly dwelling. 
Ascension of Baha'u'llah   Bahai Baha'i recollection of the death of Baha'u'llah, the founder. Observed by prayers and readings. Work is suspended.
Ascension of Jesus   Christian Christian recognition of the departure of Jesus from earth after the resurrection. It is perhaps the earliest observed celebration in Christianity. It is observed with worship including prayers and music.
Ash Wednesday   Christian

Christian observance to begin the 40 day season of Lent. Ashes are marked on worshippers as a sign of penitence.

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary   Roman Catholic Roman Catholic Christian observance commemorating the belief that the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven at the end of her earthly life.
Ashura Feb Islam An Islamic optional one day fast recognizing the Creation, Noah's departure from the ark, and the saving of Moses from Pharaoh.  Prophet Muhammad's Grandson, Hussain, was martyred on this date in 683/684 AD. 
Ayyam-I-Ha   Bahai Baha'i beginning of a series of special days (Intercalary Days) that balance out the calendar. It is observed by hospitality and acts of charity.
Baisakhi (Vaisakhi)   Hinduism Hindu start of the New Years. Greetings that wish good life in coming days are exchanged. In Sikhi the day commemorates the founding of the Khalsa, a distinctive Sikh brotherhood. 
Baptism of Jesus   Christian Christian commemoration of the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus.
Beheading of John the Baptist   Christian Christian remembrance of the death of John who is known for preparing the people so they would recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
Beltane   Wiccan Wicca celebration of the conjoining of the goddess with the energy of the god in the sacred marriage which is the basis of all creation.
Birth of the Bab   Bahai Baha'i honoring of the founder of the Babi religion, forerunner to Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i faith.
Birth of Baha'u'llah   Bahai Baha'i celebration of the birth of their founder and teacher. Refrain from work.
Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji   Sikhism Sikh honoring of the birthday of their founder.
Bodhi Day   Buddhism Buddhist celebration of the time when Prince Gautama took his place under the Bodhi tree, vowing to remain there until he attained supreme enlightenment.
Bon Festival   Shinto Shinto ancestral soul's day. People visit graveyards to recall the souls of ancestors. Families enjoy special meals.
Buddha Day   Buddhism Buddhists celebrate the birthday of Buddha
Candlemas   Christian & Wiccan

Christian celebration of the presentation of young Jesus in the temple to the aged Simeon. New beginnings are recognized. Candles are lighted.

Wicca (pagan) celebration of the return of the sun and lengthening of days.

Christ the King   Christian Christian celebration of the preeminence of Jesus over all earthly authorities.
Christmas     A season of the Christian year following Advent and preceding Epiphany.
Christmas Day     Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Observed by prayers, exchanging of gifts, and family parties.
Christmas Eve     Christian celebration of the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem for for the birth of Jesus. It is observed with worship, candle lighting, manger scenes and festive meals.
Christmas Fast     Orthodox Christian fasting period in preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus Christ.
Circumcision of Jesus     Christian recognition of its Jewish foundations. The infant Jesus was brought to the Temple for the ritual act of circumcision.
Conversion/Confession of St Peter     Christian recognition of the classic words of St Peter who responded to a question by Jesus and described him as the long awaited messiah
Conversion of St Paul     Christian observance of the experience of the Paul when he was confronted by a vision of Jesus while on his way to persecute Christians and became a leading presenter of Jesus. Observed at worship services.
Corpus Christi     Christian (Roman Catholic) celebration in recognition of the Eucharist - the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. The real presence of the body and blood of Jesus is honored.
Dalai Lama birthday    Buddhism Buddhist observation with traditional dances, picnics and singing. Each Dalai Lama is seen as reincarnation of predecessor.
Dasa Laxana    Jainism Jain observance with focus on the holy texts describing the ten characteristics to which devotees aspire
Day of Hajj    Islam Islamic observance of the revelation to Mohammed on Mt Arafat.
Day of the Covenant    Bahai Baha'i celebration of the covenant given in the last will and testament of Baha'u'llah
Day of the Covenant    Bahai Baha'i celebration of the covenant given in the last will and testament of Baha'u'llah
Death of Guru Nanak    Sikh Sikh observance of the passing of the first great Guru
Declaration of the Bab    Bahai Baha'i recognition of the declaration in 1844 by Ali Muhammed that he is the anticipated "Coming One" of all religions. Work is suspended.
Deepavali    Hinduism Hindu celebration - a five day festival of lights marking the end of the Hindu year. First day is observed as a holiday by many Hindu peopl
Diwali    Hindu Hindu Festival of Lights symbolizing the human urge to move toward the light. Gift exchanges, fireworks and festive meals
Dharma Day    Buddhism Buddha's first discourse following his enlightenment.
Dormition    Christian Orthodox Christian observance of the death, burial, resurrection and transfer to heaven of theVirgin Mary.
Dussehra    Hinduism Hindu festival celebrating the victory of Goddess Durga over the Demons.
Easter    Christian The most holy of Christian sacred days. The day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death by crucifixion. Observances include worship services beginning at sunrise, special music, feasting, and parades.
Eid ul-Adha    Islam Islamic Feast of Sacrifice. The most important feast of Islam. It concludes the Hajj and is a three-day festival recalling Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah. 
Eid ul Fitr ('Id al-Fitr)    Islam A 30 day Islamic fast marking the close of Ramadan. It is a festival of thanksgiving to Allah for enjoying the month of Ramadan. It involves wearing finest clothing, saying prayers, and fostering understanding with other religions.
Epiphany    Christian Christian commemoration of the manifestations of the divine nature of Jesus Christ. The homage of the magi to the infant Jesus is honored by some. For others the Baptism of Jesus is the remembered event. A season of the Christian year from the close of Christmas to the beginning of Lent. 
Exaltation of the Life-giving Cross    Christian Orthodox Christian celebration of the finding by St Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine, of the Cross upon which Christ was crucified..
Fall Equinox    Wiccan Wicca observance of the change of seasons.
Falling Asleep (Dormition)     Christian Orthodox Christian observance of the death, burial, resurrection and transfer to heaven of the Virgin Mary.
Fasali        Zoroastrianism The Zoroastrian seasonal calendar - "fasal" means "season". These dates remain unchanged from year to year.
Fast in honor of the Holy Mother of Lord Jesus    Chrisitianity Orthodox Christian 14 day fasting period in preparation for the celebration of the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary..
Feast of the Holy Apostles    Chrisitianity Christian - The martyrdom of Saint Peter and Saint Paul recognized.
Feast of St Basil    Chrisitianity Orthodox Christian commemoration of St Basil t he Great, who wrote a Eucharist Liturgy which bears his name. 
Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe    Christianity

Catholic Christian honoring of a legendary appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531 c.e.

Feast of the Theophany

    Orthodox Christian Feast to recall the revelation of the Holy Trinity in the baptism of the Lord.
 First Parkash    Sikhism The Sikh scripture, Adi Granth is installed in the Golden Temple
 First Nations day    First Indians Canadian First Nations (Indian, Metis and Inuit) most sacred day on the summer solstice. Communities hold feasts and invite guests.
 Founding of the Church    Mormon Mormon Christian commemoration of the appearance of the angel Moroni in 1830 to Joseph Smith. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints began at this timed.
Four chaplains Day   Chaplains Commemoration of the event in World War II when four Chaplains of Jewish and Christian traditions (Catholic and Protestant) gave their life jackets to others as a troop ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean. 
Ganesh Chaturthi     A Hindu festival honoring the god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesa are worshipped
 Gantan-Sai    Shinto Shinto New Year festival observed with prayers for inner renewal, prosperity and hea
 Ghambar Maidyozarem    Zoroastian Zoroastrian celebration of the creation of the sky and the harvest of winter crops.
 Gion Matsuri    Shinto Shinto honoring of the sun god with parades, music and story telling.
 Gita Jayanti    Hindu Hindu celebration of birthday of Srimad Bhagavad Gita and the revelation of the Gospel of Dharma to the world.
 Good Friday    Christian Christian remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus and related events
 Guru Arjan  Martyrdon    Sikhism  Sikh time of remembering those who have suffered for the faith. Observed by reading the Guru Granth Sahi
 Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday    Sikhism Sikh honoring of the birth of the founder of the Khalsa who lived from 1469 -1539 c.e.
 Guru Granth Sahib    Sikhism Sikh remembrance of the eternal installation of the holy books, Granth Sahib.
Guru Nanak's Day    Sikhism Sikh honoring of the birth of the first Sikh teacher who lived from 1469 -1539 c.e. Sacred readings, prayers, hymns, meals together.
Guru Purnima    Hindu  Hindu celebration of the ancient Gurus, in particular Sage Ved Vyas. A Guru is seen as a remover of darkness, a teacher. The date is the full moon of the month Asadha.
Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom    Sikhism Sikh time of remembering the execution of Teg Bahadur by the Moghul Emperor in India.
 Hana Matsuri    Budhist Japanese Buddhist flower festival invoking a plentiful harvest.
 Hanukkah    Judaism  Jewish Festival of Lights. It commemorates the Maccabean recapture and rededication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165-164 b.c.e. Special readings and praise songs focus on liberty and freedom. The eight candle Menorah is lighted
 Hajj    Islam Islamic pilgrimage rites at Mecca on 7-12th days of month of Dhu al-Hajja. Concludes with Eid ul Adha when those not traveling to Mecca take part.
 Holi    Hinduism Hindu spring festival dedicated to the god of pleasure. It is observed in a colorful and boisterous manner. People shower each other with colored water and smear red and green powder on each other
 Hola Mohalla    Sikhism A Sikh day when mock battles are fought and martial arts are displayed.
 Holy Cross Day    Christian A Christian Day of recognition for the Cross on which Jesus was crucified as a central symbol of the Christian religion.
 Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, Joseph    Cahtolic Catholic Christian celebration of the love between the family of Jesus.
 Holy Innocents Day     Christian day of solemn memory of male children killed by King Herod in the attempt to destroy Jesus.
 Holy Pascha      Orthodox Christian feast day of the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ
 Holy Thursday     Christian observance of the final meal that Jesus observed with his disciples. It is usually observed with the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
 Holy Saturday      Christian observance of the Saturday before Easter - a time meditation on the mystery of Jesus Christ.
 Holy Week     Christians observe the week before Easter with solemn ceremonies based on events in Jesus' life, especially on Holy Thursday and Good Friday.
 Id al-Adha /Eid-al- Adha     Islamic day to remember Abraham and the almost sacrifice of Isaac.. Meat is given to the poor.
 Id al-Fitr (Eid ul Fitr)     A 30 day Islamic fast marking the close of Ramadan. It is a festival of thanksgiving to Allah for enjoying the month of Ramadan. It involves wearing finest clothing, saying prayers, and fostering understanding with other religions
 Imbolc     Wicca reflection on the power of the gods from which physical and spiritual harvest will come.
 Immaculate Conception     Roman Catholic (Christian) day of celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all of her life. A day of obligation and required church attendance.
 Jashan-e Sadeh (Sadeh)     Zoroastrian mid winter celebration in which a bonfire is often used to express defiance of the cold of winter. 
 Janam Ashtami     Hindu celebration of the birthday of Krishna. Nightlong prayers are held in the Temples.
 Kathina     Buddhist  monks end a three month rain retreat and are given new robes. Friends and family join to celebrate harmony
 Khordad Sal     Zoroastrian remembrance of the birth of Prophet Zarathushtra.
 Krishna Jayanti     Hindu commemoration of the birth of Krishna - the 8th incarnation of god Vishnu
 Kwanzaa     An African American and Pan-African holiday celebrating family, community and culture, Kwanzaa is observed in many religious communities. Seven life virtues are presented.
 Lag B'Omer     Jewish observation of the counting of the day - the link - between Pesach and Shavout.
 Lailat al-Miraj & Israa'     Islamic observance of Mohammed's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascension to heaven.
 Lailat al Bara'ah /Shab-Barat     Islamic Night of Forgiveness. A night of prayer to Allah for forgiveness of the dead. Preparation for Ramadan through intense prayer.
 Lailat ul-Qadr     Islamic Night of Destiny. First revelation of Qur'an to Prophet Mohammed. Observed during the last ten days of Ramadan.  Prayers to Allah for a good destiny
 Lammas     Christian first fruits celebration observed by placing bread baked from first harvest on the altar.
 Lazarus Saturday     Orthodox Christian celebration of the resurrection of Lazarus by Jesus, celebrated on the eve of Palm Sunday; revealing that Jesus in "the resurrection and life" of all mankind..
 Lent     A Christian time of reflection and preparation for Holy Week and Easter. A forty day time of intense devotion, it is observed by fasting, frequent worship and acts of charity. The season begins on Ash Wednesday. 
 Lilitu's Night     Pagan Temple Zagduku honoring of dark patron, Lilitu.
 Litha     Wicca celebration of the sacred marriage in which energy of the gods is poured into the service of life
 Lord's Evening Meal    

Jehovah's Witness (Christian) primary annual celebration taking place in the evening

 Los Posadas     Christian Traditional Latino celebration re-enacting the search by Joseph for a room at an inn for Mary to give birth to Jesus
 Lughnasadh      Wicca/neo pagan observance of first harvest of the year involving agricultural festivals and prosperity magic. The Christian name of Lammas is sometimes used.
 Mabon     Wicca observance of the autumnal equniox when day and night are of equal length. A harvest festival time.
 Magha Puja Day     Buddhist celebration of the presentation of teachings by Lord Buddha to and assembly of holy men.
 Maghi     Sikh commemoration of a battle in which forty Sikhs died for Guru Gobindh Singh Ji.
 Mahavir  Jayant     Jain festival honoring Lord Mahavira on the founder's birthday. Shrines are visited.
 Maha Shivaratri      A Hindu festival in honor of Lord Shiva and his marriage to Goddess Parvati. Ceremonies involving prayers and hymns take place mostly at night. Special foods are not used.
Maidgoshahem     Zoroastrian joyous mid summer feast relating to the creation of the waters. Rituals, prayers and sharing food.
 Maidyarem Gahambar     Zoroastrian winter feast involving rituals, prayers and sharing of food.
 Makar Sakranti A Hindu celebration marking turning of the sun toward the north. Observed by flying kites, feeding the poor and offering libations to the dead.
Martyrdom of the Bab    Bahai Ali Mohammed was executed in 1850 by Persian political and religious powers. Observed by abstaining from commerce and work.
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sikh Sikh time of remembering those who have suffered for the faith. Observed by reading the Guru Granth Sahib.
Martyrdom of John the Baptist Baptist Christian observance to remember the beheading of John who challenged the moral life of King Herod.
Mary, Mother of God Catholic Christian Catholic Christian - a celebration of the mother of Jesus.
Mawlid el-Nabi Islam Islamic commemoration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, in about 570 c.e. Not universally observed. The prophet's teachings are read and religious meetings are held.
Maunajiyaras Jain

Jain day of fasting, silence, and meditation on the five holy teachers.

Maundy Thursday

Christianity Christian observance of the first Lord's Supper during Holy Week.
Meatfare (Judgement) Sunday Christrianity Orthodox Christian observance, two weeks before the start of the Great Lent, preparing the faithful for the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. This is the last day for eating of meat before the Great Lent.
Midsummer Wicca/neo pagan observance of the bounty of nature. Fires are lit in honor of the Sun.
Milvian Bridge Day    Christianity Christian day of solemn reflection on the relationship of the spiritual community and the powers of civil government. On Oct 28, 312 c.e., Emperor Constantine prevailed in a battle and proceeded to make Christianity the legal religion of the Roman Empire. For further information go to Milvian Bridge event.
Nativity of Mary, the Mother of God   Christianity Christian celebration of birth of the Virgin Mary.
Nativity of St John the Baptist   Christianity Christian celebration of the role of John in baptizing Jesus. Continues a pre Christian Midsummer's Day celebration. Special interest for Hispanic tradition.
Navaratri Dusserha   Hinduism Hindu Festival of the divine mother honoring Durga, wife of Shiva, and seeking her blessings. Also observed as a celebration recalling the days of Lord Krishna.
Nav Ruz   Zoroastrianism Zoroastrian New Years observance
Naw Ruz   Bahai Baha'i observance of the vernal equinox symbolizing spiritual growth and renewal.
New Church Day   Christianity Swedenborgian Christian (Church of the New Jerusalem) annual commemoration of the vision document, "The True Christian Religion", by Emanuel Swedenborg in 1770.
New Year (Islam)   Islam The Islamic cycle of months begins. Formulas determine holy days based on lunar events.
Nichiren Daishonin Memorial   Buddhism Buddhist memory of Nichiren Daishonin and the Dai-Gohonzon, the true object of worship, for all humanity.
Nineteen Day Fast   Bahai Baha'i Fast to be observed by adult Baha'is in good health - sunrise to sundown - no food or drink.
Ninth Day of Ridvan   Bahai Baha'i celebration of the arrival of Baha'u'llah at a sacred garden.
Nirvana Day   Buddhism Buddhist - a regional observance of the death of Buddha.
Noche Buena   Christianity Christian Latino Christmas Eve family celebration.
Norooz (The New Day)   Zoroastrianism Zoroastrian New Year.
Nuzulul Qur'an (Laylat al-Qadr)   Islam Islamic Night of Power during final days of Ramadan. A night spent in worship to mark the first revelation of the Qur'an.
Obon Festival   Buddhism Japanese Buddhist festival to honor the dead. Involves lighting of bonfires, traditional meal, paper lanterns, folk dances.
Oh-harai-taisai     Shinto Grand Purification Ceremony. Observed twice yearly to obtain purification from offenses committed during each half of the year.
Orthodox Sunday   Chistianity Orthodox Christian first sunday of Lent. Restoration of icons to the church is celebrated.
Ostara     Wicca welcoming of spring and the goddess-as-maiden.
Paitishahem Gahambar   Zoroastrianism Zoroastrian festival commemorating the creation of the earth and the harvesting of summer crops.
Palm Sunday   Christianity Christian celebration of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The day begins Holy Week. It is observed by worship celebrations and parades using palm branches.
Parinirvana   Buddhism Buddhist observance of the entry of Buddha into the final nirvana - a state of complete detachment.
Paryushana Parva     Jain 8 day festival signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement. Marked by recitations from Jain sacred writing and family exchange of cards and letters.
Pavarana Day   Buddhism A Buddhist festival marking the end of the Rains Retreat, primarily observed by monks in monasteries.
Passover     Jewish 8-day celebration of the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The story of the Exodus is recounted, and the ongoing struggle of all peoples for freedom from internal and external tyranny is celebrated.
Pentecost   Christianity Christian observation of the day when the God the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in the forms of tongues of fire and rushing wind. It is a traditional day for baptism and confirmation of new Christians.
Pioneer Day     Mormon observation of arrival of first settlers at Great Salt Lake, USA, on July 24, 1847.
Posadas Perpetual   Christianity Hispanic Christian feast of The Lodgings commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem in preparation for the birth of Jesus.
Precious Blood of Jesus   Christianity Christian (Roman Catholic) veneration of the life giving power of the blood of Jesus.
Presentation of Jesus    Christianity Christian remembrance of the infant Jesus being brought to the temple in Jerusalem. His Godly presence was recognized. Celebrate at worship services.
Purim     Jewish celebration of the deliverance of the Jewish minority in Persia from genocide. Charity to the poor, sharing food with friends, and vigorous merrymaking mark the observance.
Quds Day   Islam Islamic time of proclaiming solidarity in support of oppressed Muslim people.
Rama Krishna Jayanti (Sri Krishna Jayanati)   Hinduism Hindu celebration of the birthday of Sri Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Krishna. Sweets, fruits and milk products are available in abundance.
Ramanavmi   Hinduism Hindu celebration of the birth of Lord Rama, hero of the religious epic poem, The Ramayana. The day involves telling of stories and going to the temple.
Reformation Day   Christianity Protestant Christian anniversary of their tradition and its emphasis on the place of the Bible and religious freedom. On October 31, 1517 c.e. Martin Luther posted a belief statement on Wittenberg Church door.
Ridvan   Bahai Baha'i commemoration of the twelve day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he was God's messenger for this age. Work is to be suspended on days 1, 9, and 12 of the festival.
Rohatsu   Buddhism Buddhist celebration of the enlightenment of Buddha.
Rosh Hashanah     Jewish New Year. A time of introspection, abstinence, prayer and penitence. The story of Abraham is read, the ram's horn is sounded, and special foods are prepared and shared.
Sacred Heart   Christianity Christian (Roman Catholic) occasion to pay homage to Christ's all encompassing love for humanity. Solemn worship is observed.
Sadeh (Jashan-e Sadeh)   Zoroastrianism Zoroastrian mid winter celebration in which a bonfire is often used to express defiance of the cold of winter. 
Saint Andrew's Day   Christianity Christian observance of the coming of Christianity to the area now know as Scotland. The martyrdom of St Andrew is remembered as the season of Advent is about to begin.
Saint Benedict Day   Christianity Catholic Christian recognition of the father of the The Benedictine Order. It was the first Order of the Western Church Monastic tradition.
Saint Brighid of Kildare   Christianity Christian recognition of Brighid who displayed unusual compassion. She was brought up as a Druid and became Christian.
Saint Columba of Iona   Christianity Christian recognition of Columba who began the famous community of Iona off the coast of Scotland in 563.
Saint David of Wales   Christianity Celtic Christian saint known for his wisdom and missionary work.
Saint Francis Day   Christianity Christian recognition of service to people and appreciation of the natural world, as practiced by St Francis and the Franciscan Monastic Order which he founded. 
Saint George Day     Christian remembrance of a person who, in the 4th century, was a martyr and became an ideal of martial valor and selflessness. Legend of killing a dragon is connected with this patron saint of England.
Saint James Day     Christian recognition of the martyrdom of the Apostle James the Great in 44 c.e
Saint Michael and All Angels     Christian celebration of angels as companions who help fight off the power of evil and who are present at the hour of death.
Saint Patrick's Day     Christian celebration of Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland in early days of the faith.
Saint Philip the Apostle & St James the Less     Catholic Christian remembrance of two disciples of Jesus.
Saint Stephen's Day     Christian remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.
Saint Valentine's Day     Christian celebration of the love of God presented in Jesus and in the lives of Christian believers. St Valentine was a 3rd century martyr. This day is widely observed in the USA as a secular celebration of love.
Samhain     Wicca celebration of endings and beginnings. Revering of elders is observed.
Setsubun-sai     Shinto celebration of the change of seasons with the coming of spring with shouts of "Devils out, Good Fortune in". Bean throwing protects against demons.
Shavuot     Jewish celebration of Moses' descent from Mt Sinai with the ten commandments. Plants and flowers are used in decorations.
Shemini Azteret     Jewish completion of the annual cycle of reading of the Torah.
Shivarat (Mahasivaratri)     Hindu worship of Shiva with flowers.
Shogatsu (Gantan-sai)     Shinto New Year's Day celebration.
Shree Krishan Jayanti (Janmastami) Hindu celebration of the physical courage and mental brilliance of Krishna, great savior and founder of dharma, the religious and moral law of Hinduism.
Shrove Tuesday Christian carnival day on the eve of Ash Wednesday which begins Lent, a time of fasting and devotions. Pancakes are often served. It is also known as Fat Tuesday in some places. The day concludes the season of Epiphany.
Shubun-sai Shinto vernal equinox observance.
Simchat Torah Jewish day to celebrate the reading of the Law. Synagogue services involve readings, processions and blessing of the children.
Slichot Jewish worship service to begin making repentance for wrongs done the past year.
Spring Ohigon Buddhism Buddhist time of meditation on the teachings of Buddha at the equinox.
Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti Hinduism Hindu celebration of the life of Sri Ramakrishna whose life was a constant contemplation of God. He exemplified the best in seers of India.
Sukkot Jewish Feast of Tabernacles which celebrates the harvest and the protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness dwelling in tents.
Tammuz, Seventeenth of Jewish traditional day of fasting to mourn over Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple. Not universally observed.
Thanksgiving Interfaith celebration of the created earth. Celebrated in the USA.
Theophany (Feast of...)   Christianity Orthodox Christian celebration of the Baptism of Jesus, at which time the Trinity was revealed to the world.
Tiragan   Zoroastrianism Zoroastrian celebration in honor of Tishtat - the Dog Star. Recognizes dogs as helpers of humanity. May involve splashing people with water.
Tishah B'av     A Jewish day of fasting in remembrance of the destruction of the Temple in 586 b.c.e. and 70 c.e.
Tohji-Taisai     Shinto Grand Ceremony of the Winter Solstice.
Transfiguration of Jesus   Christianity Christian commemoration of the experience on Mt Tabor when Jesus' physical appearance became brilliant as his connection with traditional Jewish holy figures became evident to the disciples.
Trinity Sunday or Day   Christianity Christians honor the belief in one God with a threefold nature.
Tu B/shevat     Jewish celebration of the coming of spring by preparation of foods native to Israel. It is also known as "New Year for Trees" - a method for determining the age of trees for tithing purposes.
Tulsedas Jayanti   Hinduism Hindu remembrance of the poet Tulsedas as one who brought spiritual uplift to the masses of people.
Twelfth Night   Christianity Christian observance of the close of Christmastide.
Ugadi (ugAdhi)   Hinduism Hindu New Years Day for Telugu people and those of Andhra Pradesh. It is said that Lord Braham began the creation on this day. It is one of at least eight New Year observances in regions on India. 
Ullambana     Buddhist celebration of the ritual of saving the deceased from torments after death.
Vaisakhi  (Baisakhi)   Hinduism Hindu solar new year. For Sikhs the day remembers Guru Gobind Singh and the founding of the militant fraternity of Sikhs named Kahlsa. The day is observed by temple worship, feasting and dancing.
Vasant Panchami   Hinduism Hindu celebration dedicated to Saraswati, goddess of learning.
Visakha Puja     Buddhist marking of the birth, enlightenment and death (attainment of Nirvana) of Lord Buddha.
Vivekananda Jayanti   Hinduism Hindu celebration of the birthday of Swami Vivekenanda  who was dedicated to bridging the gap between east and west.
Waqf al Arafa     Islamic observance day during Hajj when pilgrims pray for forgiveness and mercy.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity   Christianity Christian observance with prayer for the restoration of unity between the churches of the faith.
Wesak     Holiest of Buddhist holy days. It celebrates Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. It is a public holiday in some countries.
Whitsunday     Alternate name for Pentecost, the Christian celebration of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the community of the faithful. White robes are used in worship.
World Communion Sunday   Christianity Protestant Christian observation of the unity of Christians in celebration of the last supper of Jesus with the disciples.
World Religion Day   Bahai Baha'i sponsored day dedicated to the unity and oneness of all world religions.
Yom Hashoah     Jewish Holocaust Day. The day has been established to remember the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in 1933-45. It is observed by many non-Jews as well.
Yom Kippur     Jewish Day of Atonement. This holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with strict fasting and ceremonial repentance.
Yule   Christianity A Christian celebration of the light dawning in Jesus. Also a Norse pagan celebration of the winter-born king, symbolized by the rebirth of the sun. A present day Wicca event. 
Zarathosht Diso   Zoroastrianism Zoroastrian anniversary of the death of Prophet Zarathushtra.

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