Holy Day Calendar

Religious Observances 2020 - 2021

The calendar below is a month-by-month listing of religious observances in Fall of 2020 and all of 2021. This list includes the dates for some of the most important religious celebrations of the major religions.  Some of these holy days include fasting or abstaining from specific food or drink for specified periods ranging from a month to more than a day (25 hours) to daylight hours (sunrise to sundown).  Absence from work or classes is also common observance for some major holy days.

This list is by no means meant to be comprehensive.  For additional holy day listings and descriptions, please consult the following links http://www.interfaith-calendar.org/2020.htm and http://www.interfaith-calendar.org/2021.htm

 Please note that some holy days (*) start at sundown of the evening of the listed start date and end at sundown or nightfall of the concluding listed date.

For printable calendar click here:  Major Holy Days Calendar 2020-2021

Holy Day Calendar August 2020 – December 2021

Major Religious Holidays August 2020 – December 2020

Lughnasadh-Imbolc

    Wicca/Pagan

Aug. 1

Sat

Paryushana Parva

    Jain

Aug 15

Sat

First of Muharram

    Islamic

Aug. 19-21*

Wed-Fri

Ganesh Chaturthi

    Hindu

Aug 21-22

Fri-Sat

Ashura

Islamic

Aug 28-29*#

Fri-Sat

Rosh Hashanah [New Year]

Jewish

Sept. 18-20*

Fri-Sun

Mabon-Ostara

Wicca/Pagan

Sept. 22

   Tues

Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement]

Jewish

Sept. 27-28*

Sun-Mon

Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles-7 days]

Jewish

Oct. 2-9*

Fri-Fri

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Jewish

Oct. 10-12*

Sat-Mon

Navratri

Hindu

Oct. 17-26

Sat-Mon

Birth of the Bab

Bahai'i

Oct. 18-19*

Sat-Sun

Dasara

Hindu

Oct. 25

Sun

Samhain

Wicca/Pagan

Oct 31-Nov. 1*

Sat-Sun

All Saints Day/Day of the Dead

Christian/Latinx

 

Nov. 1

Sun

Diwali

Jain/Sikh/Hindu

Nov. 14

Sat

Advent

Christian

Nov. 29-Dec. 24

Sun-Thurs

Guru Nanak Gurpurab

Sikh

Nov. 30

Mon

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Christian

Dec. 8

Tues

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)

Buddhist

Dec. 8

Tues

Chanukah [8 days]

Jewish

Dec. 10-Dec. 18*

Thurs-Fri

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Christian

Dec. 12

Sat

Yule/Solstice

Wicca/Pagan

Dec. 21

Tues

Christmas

Christian

Dec. 25

Friday

Kwanzaa

African-American

Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Sat-Fri

Feast of the Holy Family

Christian

Dec. 27

Sun

 

Major Religious Holidays January 2021 – December 2021

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Christian

Jan. 1

Fri

Feast of the Epiphany

Christian

Jan. 6

Wed

Christmas/Feast of the Nativity

Orthodox Christian

Jan 7

Thurs

Imbolc

Wicca/Pagan

Feb 2

Tues

Asian Lunar New Year

Confucian/Taoist /Buddhist

Feb. 12

Fri

Ash Wednesday (Protestant and Roman Catholic Lenten season Feb 17-Mar 29)

Christian 

Feb 17

Wed

Purim

Jewish

Feb 25-26*

Thurs-Fri

Nineteen Day Fast

Bahai'i

Mar 2-20*#

Tues-Sat

Laylat al Miraj

Islam

Mar 11*#

Thurs

Orthodox Great Lent

Eastern Orthodox

Mar 15-May 1

Mon-Sat

Ostara

Wicca/Pagan

Mar 21

Sun

Norooz (New Year)

Persian/Zoroastrian

Mar 21-22

Sun-Mon

Passover [Pesach-8 days]

Jewish

Mar 27-Apr 4*

Sat-Sun

Palm Sunday

Christian

Mar 28

Sun

Holi

Hindu

Mar 28-29

Sun-Mon

Maundy Thursday

Christian

April 1

Thurs

Good Friday

Christian

April 2

Fri

Easter

Christian

April 4

Sun

Buddah's Birthday

Buddhist

April 8

Thurs

Ramadan (29-30 days)

Islamic

April 12-May 11*#

Mon-Tues

Vaisakhi

Hindu/Sikh/Buddhist

April 14

Wed

Ridvan

Baha'i

April 20

Tues

Mahavir Jayanti

Jain

April 25

Sun

Beltane

Wicca/Pagan

May 1

Sat

Pascha/Easter

Orthodox Christian

May 2

Sun

Eid al Fitr

Islamic

May 12-13*#

Wed-Thurs

Shavuot

Jewish

May 16-18

Sun-Wed

Declaration of the Báb

Bahá'i

May 23*

Sun

Feast of Pentecost

Christian

May 23

Sun

Vesak (Buddha Day)

Buddhist

May 26

Wed

Ascension of Baha'ullah

Bahá'i

May 28

Fri

Litha-Yule (Solstice)

    Wicca/Pagan

June 21

Mon

Eid al Adha

     Islamic

July 19-23*#

Thurs-Mon

 

Lughnasadh-Imbolc

    Wicca/Pagan

Aug. 1

Sun

First of Muharram

Islamic

Aug. 9-10*

Mon-Tues

Ashura

Islamic

Aug 18-19*#

Wed-Thurs

Paryushana Parva

Jain

Sept. 3

Fri

Rosh Hashanah [New Year]

Jewish

Sept. 6-8*

Mon-Wed

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindu

Sept 10

Fri

Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement]

Jewish

Sept 15-16*

Wed-Thurs

Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles-7 days]

Jewish

Sept 20-27*

Mon-Mon

Mabon

Wicca/Pagan

Sept. 22

   Wed

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Jewish

Sept 28-30*

   Mon-Wed

Navratri

Hindu

Oct 6-14

Wed-Thurs

Dasara

Hindu

Oct 15

Fri

Samhain

Wicca/Pagan

Oct 31-Nov. 1*

Sun-Mon

All Saints Day/Day of the Dead

Christian/Latinx

 

Nov. 1

Mon

Diwali

Jain/Sikh/Hindu

Nov 4

Thurs

Birth of the Bab

Bahai'i

Nov 6-7*

Sat-Sun

Guru Nanak Gurpurab

Sikh

Nov. 19

Fri

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Christian

Dec. 12

Sun

Chanukah [8-days]

Jewish

Nov 28-Dec 6*

Sun-Tues

Advent

Christian

Nov 28-Dec 24

Sun-Fri

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Christian

Dec. 8

Wed

 

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)

Buddhist

Dec. 8

Wed

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Christian

Dec. 12

Sun

Yule/Winter Solstice

Wicca

Dec. 22

Wed

Christmas

Christian

Dec. 25

Sat

Kwanzaa

African-American

Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Sun-Sat

Feast of the Holy Family

Christian

Dec. 26

Sun

 

* Some holy days (*) start at sundown of the evening of the listed start date and end at sundown or nightfall of the concluding listed date.

 # Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.

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