- January 6 – Feast of the Epiphany: It always falls 12 days after Christmas to mark when the magi arrived in Bethlehem.
- January 7 – Orthodox Christmas: Using the Julian calendar, Orthodox Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth
- January 14 – Orthodox New Year: this date marks the start of the Julian calendar
- January 14 – Makar Sankranri: It is the only Hindu festival that is based on the solar calendar instead of the lunar. Makar means Capricorn and Sankranti means transition. Makara Sankranti is the celebration of the sun’s journey from the Southern to the Northern Hemisphere, and it is accepted as a special or auspicious time.
- January 15 – World Religion Day: this date is celebrated in the Baha’i faith and highlights the common themes across various faiths and religions worldwide.
- January 20 – Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday: Guru Gobind Singh is the tenth Sikh Guru and spiritual master. This date commemorates the day he was born.
- January 22 – Lunar New Year: Celebrated as the most important holiday of the year in the East Asian Lunar Calendar (also known as Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean New Year.) The holiday is observed primarily in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Vietnam, and Korea, and also many Southeast Asian countries with significant populations of the above regions.
- February 1 – Imbolc: This Pagan and Wiccan festival serves as the halfway point between the winter solstice and spring equinox, celebrating fire, light, and the return of life.
- February 2 – Candlemas: Also called Presentation of the Lord,Presentation of Christ in the Temple, or Hypapante in the Greek church. This Christian festival occurs 40 days after Christmas and commemorates the Mary’s dedication of Jesus to God in the Temple. Observed primarily in Catholic and Anglican communities.
- February 5 – Tu Bishvat: In Judaism, this holiday is an ancient and authentic “Earth Day.”
- February 15 – Parinirvana: In Mahãyãna Buddhism, this date is also known as Nirvana Day. It commemorates Buddha’s death and attainment of final nirvana.
- February 18 – Shivaratri: An annual Hindu festival, Maha Shivaratri gives reverence to the Lord Shiva god. The festival is also known as the Great Night of Shiva. On the day of the festival, devotees of Lord Shiva fast and spend the day focused on Lord Shiva, meditating and chanting “Om Namah Shivaya.” The Shiva-lingam (a distinguishing representation of Lord Shiva) is decorated with flowers and garlands. It is customary to spend the entire night awake singing the praises of Lord Shiva.
- February 18 – Lailat al Miraj: This Muslim holy day celebrates Muhammad’s pilgrimage from Mecca to Jerusalem. When Muhammad arrived, he ascended into Heaven.
- February 22 – Ash Wednesday: The start of Lent in the Christian Church. Lent is the 40-day period of reflection, prayer and fasting before Easter. Name derives from use of ashes to signify penitence. Refraining from assigned work is not expected, but some may request to be absent from class to attend a service. Some may fast.
- February 22 - April 6 – The Christian observance of Lent, the 40-day period of reflection, prayer, and fasting before Easter. Observance may include dietary restrictions, additional prayer times, and attendance at services.
- February 24 – Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha: This multi-day Baha’i festival highlights charity, hospitality, gift-giving, and preparation of fasting before the New Year.
- March 7* – Purim: Also known as the “Feast of Lots,” this Jewish festival celebrates the survival of Jews who were marked for death by Persian rulers. Jews celebrate Purim by reading from the Book of Esther, giving tzedakah or charity, exchanging gifts, and attending festive meals.
- March 8 – Holi: Holi is a major Hindu festival and celebrates the onset of spring, along with good harvests and the fertility of the land. This festival is known best for the way people throw brightly colored powder and water over each other to celebrate the advent of spring. Then they bathe and cleanse themselves after which they distribute sweets amongst friends and relatives. Vibrant processions accompanied by folk songs and dances are also a characteristic of Holi celebrations.
- March 8 to March 10 – Hola Mohalla: This is a 3-day festival in which Sikhs enjoy communal meals, religious song and prayer, and martial arts performances.
- March 19 – St. Joseph’s Feast Day: This Christian day celebrates Jesus’ legal father and Mary’s spouse. Observed by Catholics (though not a holy day of obligation), some in the Anglican Communion, and some Lutherans.
- March 21 – Ostara: This Wiccan holiday is one of their eight Sabbats. It celebrates the spring equinox.
- March 21 – Naw Ruz: This day marks the Persian and Baha’i New Year, which also occurs on the vernal equinox.
- March 22 to March 31 – Navaratri: A festival in the Hindu faith that celebrates the Goddess Durga.
- March 22 to April 21 – Ramadan: Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community. Dates may vary and official dates may not be determined by religious authorities until the start of Ramadan. Observance may include fasting including abstention from all food and drink from sunrise to sunset, additional prayer times, and attendance at religious services.
- March 25 – The Annunciation: This is a Christian celebration of Angel Gabriel’s announcement that Mary would give birth to Jesus.
- April 2-8 – Holy Week: Christian, primarily “Western” liturgical, including Palm Sunday (April 2) Maundy Thursday (April 6th) Good Friday (April 7th) and Holy Saturday (April 8th). Historically this week and Easter is the most sacred time of year for Christians. Observances may include attendance at religious services throughout the week. Good Friday and Holy Saturday observances may include dietary restrictions or fasting and abstention from celebratory activities, observance varies.
- April 4 – Mahavir Jayanti: This holiday celebrates the birthday of Jainism founder Lord Mahavira.
- April 5 (sundown) to April 13 (sundown) – Passover: A Jewish eight-day celebration, Passover marks the liberation of the children of Israel from bondage and their subsequent exodus from Egypt. A Passover seder - a meal following a specific ritual order retelling the story of the exodus, and including prayers, songs, and special food - is one of the most commonly observed Jewish practices. In addition to attending seders, many Jews observe Passover by refraining from eating or benefiting from chametz (leaven), bread or wheat/grain products, for the duration of the holiday. Observance may include dietary restrictions including abstention from leavened bread and many grain products, and attendance at religious services and Seders, especially the evenings of April 5 and April 6.
- April 9 – Easter: No other day is traditionally as sacred for the Christian community as Easter. This is the day Christians commemorate the resurrection of Christ. In some traditions, the services begin the night before with the lighting of a new fire and the blessing of a large Easter candle. Water is blessed and many are baptized. In the Catholic Church, there is a sprinkling of all people with the newly blessed Easter water as a sign of renewal of the baptismal commitment. In many Protestant communities, Easter is celebrated at a sunrise service early on Easter morning.
- April 9-15 – Holy Week: Christian, primarily “Eastern” traditions. Observance may include dietary restrictions and attendance at additional services.
- April 14 – Vaisakhi: This ancient festival celebrates both the Solar New Year and springtime harvest.
- April 16 – Pascha/Easter: Christian, primarily “Eastern” traditions.
- April 16 – Feast of the Divine Mercy: This Catholic feast day, celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter, is based on the private revelations of St. Faustina Kowalska.
- April 22* – Eid al-Fitr: Eid al-Fitr is one of two major holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world. It can be translated as “the feast of fast-breaking” as it commemorates the end of the holy month of Ramadan in which Muslims who are able to do so will fast from before dawn until after sunset each day. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated by holding a community-wide prayer service in an open field or large hall which often attracts a large number of attendees, even those who do not typically attend communal prayer services throughout the year. The names for the holiday differ from culture to culture and country to country, though the Arabic “Eid al-Fitr” has become the standard in North America. Dates may vary, but expected to be the evening of Friday, April 21 through the evening of Saturday April 22nd. Observance may include attendance at religious services, especially early to mid-morning.
- May 1 – Beltane: A festival honoring life in the Pagan and Wiccan religions. It represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer.
- May 5 – Buddha’s Birthday: A celebration of the Buddha’s birthday, and for some Buddhists, a day that also marks his enlightenment.
- May 5* – Vesak: A Theravada Buddhist festival that observes the birth, death, and enlightenment of the Buddha.
- May 18 – Ascension Day: This day is 40 days following Easter when Christians believe that Jesus ascended to Heaven.
- May 23 – Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib: A day observed by Sikhs to celebrate the first martyr in their faith.
- May 26* to May 27 – Shavuot: This holiday celebrates the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and a grain harvest.
- May 28 – Pentecost: Pentecost, as its name implies, marks the 50th day after Easter. For the Christian church Pentecost is celebrated as the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit on the community.
- June 4 – Trinity Sunday: A Sunday that centers on the doctrine in the Christian church that God is three in one — the Creator, Christ, and Holy Spirit.
- June 11 – Race Unity Day: A holiday in the Baha’i faith that promotes racial harmony and understanding.
- June 8 – Feast of Corpus Christi: A Roman Catholic feast day marking the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
- June 16 – Feast of the Sacred Heart: A Roman Catholic feast day commemorating Jesus’ heart and his love for all of humanity.
- June 24 – Litha: A Pagan and Wiccan festival that starts on the summer solstice and celebrates midsummer.
- June 18 to June 29 – Eid al-Adha: A holiday in the Islamic faith that ends the Hajj pilgrimage.
- June 26 to July 1 – The Hajj: The annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca that’s required for all Muslims during their lifetime.
- July 9 – Declaration of the Bab: A significant day in the Baha’i faith that observes the Bab as the messenger of God.
- July 9 – Martyrdom of the Bab: A day remembering the execution of one of the founders of the Baha’i faith.
- July 26 to July 27 – Tisha B’Av: A holiday in the Jewish faith that commemorates the destruction of the Jewish temple that occurred once in 586 BCE and once in 70 CE in Jerusalem.
- July 27 to July 28 – Day of Ashura/Muharram: Ashura marks the 10th day of the 1st month of Muharram on the Islamic lunar calendar. The day commemorates for Shia Muslims the death of Husayn ibn Ali who was the grandson of Muhammad in the Battle of Karbala of October 10, 680 CE. For Sunni Muslims the day relates to when Moses and his followers fled Egypt and where saved by God separating the Red Sea. Begins at sundown.
- July 23 – Haile Selassie’s Birthday: The birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie, which is celebrated in Rastafarianism.
- July 24 – Pioneer Day: A holiday celebrated in the state of Utah that marks the settling of LDS pioneers in the Great Salt Lake area.
- August 1 – Lughnasadh: This Pagan and Wiccan festival designates the start of the harvest season.
- August 15 – Assumption of Mary: This is a holy day in the Catholic faith when Mary, the mother of Jesus, was assumed (body and soul) into Heaven. Holy Day of Obligation for attendance at Mass for Roman Catholics.
- August 29* – Al-Hijra/Muharram: This holiday begins the Islamic lunar calendar. You may also hear it called Islamic New Year. It begins when the crescent moon is spotted.