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Worldwide Observed Dates

This page details the religious events, days/observances that take place dependant on religion and region.

Celebratory religious dates/events listed on this page include those from Bahai, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Rastafarianism and more...

Personally I love learning about other cultures and I hope this page proves useful in at least enlightening you as to what dates are considered 'respected' in other religions...

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Holy days usually begin at sundown the day before this date.
Local or regional customs may use a variation of the date noted.
 

Bahai calendar for 2012

Fri 2 Mar

Nineteen Day Fast (start)

Ends 20 March. During this period Baha'is go without food or drink from sunrise to sunset.


Wed 21 Mar

Naw-Ruz

Baha'i New Year


Sat 21 Apr

Ridvan - first day

The start of a 12 day festival when Baha'is celebrate the day when Baha'u'llah said that he was the prophet predicted by the Bab.The most important Baha'I festival.


Sun 29 Apr

Ridvan - ninth day

Marks the arrival of Baha'u'llah's family at the Ridvan garden.


Wed 2 May

Ridvan - twelfth day

Marks Baha'u'llah's departure from the Ridvan garden.


Wed 23 May

Declaration of the Bab

The Bab was the Forerunner of Baha'u'llah, founder of the Baha'i faith. His mission was to prepare the world for the coming of Baha'u'llah and he declared it in the evening of May 22 1844.


Tue 29 May

Ascension of Baha'u'llah

Anniversary of Baha'u'llah's death in in 1892 near Akka, Israel.


Mon 9 Jul

Martyrdom of the Bab

Anniversary of the Bab's execution in 1850 in Tabriz, Iran.


Sat 20 Oct

Birth of the Bab

Celebrates the birth of the precursor of the founder of the Baha'i faith.


Mon 12 Nov

Birth of Baha'u'llah

Celebrates the birth in 1817 of the founder of the Baha'i faith.


Mon 26 Nov

Day of the Covenant

This minor festival celebrates the covenant of Baha'u'llah. Baha'is also mark the life of 'Abdu'l-Bahá on this day.


Wed 28 Nov

Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha

Marks the death of the son of Baha'u'lláh. This is a minor holy day and work is not suspended

 

Buddhist calendar for 2012

Tue 7 Feb

Magha Puja

Fourfold Assembly or Sangha Day. Marks the day Buddha addressed a meeting of 1250 arahants.


Wed 8 Feb

Parinirvana - Nirvana day

Mahayana Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of Buddha's death. Pure Land Buddhists call the festival "Nirvana Day". Parinirvana is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th.


Wed 15 Feb

Nirvana day (alternative date)

Nirvana Day is also known as Parinirvana and is celebrated by some Buddhists on February 8th. Nirvana Day is the celebration of Buddha's death when he reached total Nirvana, at the age of 80.


Fri 6 Apr

Theravada New Year

New Year festival for Theravada Buddhists, celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April


Sat 5 May

Wesak or Buddha day

The most important of the Buddhist festivals. It celebrates the Buddha's birthday, and, for some Buddhists, also marks his enlightenment and death. Pictures of Wesak celebrations in Manchester


Tue 3 Jul

Asala - Dharma Day

The anniversary of the start of Buddha's teaching - his first sermon ,"The Wheel of Truth", after his enlightenment.


Sat 8 Dec

Bodhi Day

On Bodhi day some Buddhists celebrate Gautama's attainment of enlightenment under the Bodhi tree at Bodhgaya, India.


 

Christian calendar for 2012

Sun 1 Jan

Circumcision

Marks the day when Jesus was circumcised.

Festival of St Basil the Great

St Basil is one of the great fathers of the Orthodox Church.


Fri 6 Jan

Christmas Day (Armenian Orthodox)

Armenian Christians celebrate Christ's birth at Epiphany, except for Armenians in the Holy Land, who celebrate Christmas on January 19th.

Theophany (Orthodox)

Orthodox churches mark the baptism of Jesus on this day.

Epiphany

Celebrates the visit of the wise men (the magi) to the infant Jesus. In the East, where it originated, the Epiphany celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. (Catholics and Episcopalians celebrate this separately: see Baptism of the Lord) Also known as Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day).


Sat 7 Jan

Christmas Day (Orthodox)

Most Orthodox churches use the Julian rather than the Gregorian version of the Western calendar. As a result, they celebrate Christmas 13 days later than other Christian churches.


Sun 8 Jan

Baptism of the Lord

Commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by John the Baptist. Occurs on the first Sunday after Epiphany. Catholics and Episcopalians celebrate this holy day, but Eastern Christianity celebrates the baptism of Jesus at Epiphany.

First Sunday after Epiphany

Epiphany takes place on the 6th of January, but most Christians celebrate it on the first Sunday after that date.


Fri 13 Jan

St Hilary's Day

According to tradition, "St. Hilary's is the coldest day of the year." St. Hilary was a fourth century Bishop of Poitiers.


Wed 18 Jan

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (start)

First celebrated in 1908. The days of 18-25 January (regardless of the days of the week involved) were originally chosen because they covered the days between the feast of St Peter and the feast of St Paul. Some churches and regions use a different week.


Sat 21 Jan

St Agnes

Patron saint of girls, martyred at the age of 13.


Wed 25 Jan

St Paul's Day

Anglicans and Catholics celebrate St Paul's conversion on the road to Damascus.


Sat 28 Jan

St Thomas Aquinas

Doctor of the Church and patron saint of students and theologians.


Thu 2 Feb

Candlemas

This is often called The Presentation of Christ in the Temple and commemorates the day Mary took Jesus to the Temple at Jerusalem to present him to God. Coincides with Groundhog Day (USA)


Sat 11 Feb

Our Lady of Lourdes

Marks the day in 1858 when St Bernadette had her first vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


Tue 14 Feb

St Valentine's Day

Now more a secular festival than a religious one. There are at least three different saints named Valentine.


Tue 21 Feb

Shrove Tuesday

Also called Pancake Day and Mardi Gras. The British name of "Pancake Day" comes from the tradition of making pancakes to use up all the food that could not be eaten during Lent.


Wed 22 Feb

Ash Wednesday

The first day of Lent for Western Christian churches. Lent is the season marking the time Jesus spent in the wilderness.


Mon 27 Feb

Clean Monday - Beginning of Lent (Orthodox)

The start of the "Great Lent" for Orthodox Christians. This day is called Clean Monday, and occurs seven weeks before the Orthodox Easter


Thu 1 Mar

St David's Day

Saint David, or Dewi Sant as he's called in the Welsh language, is the patron saint of Wales.


Mon 5 Mar

St Piran's Day

Piran is regarded as the patron saint of Cornwall and tin miners. He was born in Ireland. The Cornish flag may have been inspired by the legend that Piran discovered the process for smelting tin: black rock with a white cross of pure metal.


Sat 17 Mar

St Patrick's Day

St Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.


Sun 18 Mar

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent. Not the same as Mothers' Day in the USA.


Mon 19 Mar

St Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Sun 25 Mar

Annunciation

Marks the angel Gabriel's message to the Virgin Mary that she would give birth to the incarnation of Christ. It also celebrates the incarnation itself as the date falls 9 months before Christmas.


Sun 1 Apr

Palm Sunday

The sixth and last Sunday of Lent. Marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the start of Holy Week.


Thu 5 Apr

Maundy Thursday

Christians remember Maundy Thursday as the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus washed the feet of his disciples and established the ceremony known as the Eucharist.


Fri 6 Apr

Good Friday

Good Friday is the Friday before Easter. It commemorates the execution of Jesus by crucifixion.


Sat 7 Apr

Holy Saturday (Western)

The evening before Easter Sunday is spent in anticipation of Christ's resurrection the next morning.


Sun 8 Apr

Easter Sunday (Western)

Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - his return from death after the Crucifixion. The most important Christian festival. Most years Orthodox Christians celebrate Easter on a different date.


Sun 15 Apr

Easter (Orthodox)

Orthodox Christians celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - his return from death after the Crucifixion. The most important Christian festival


Mon 23 Apr

St George's Day

Saint George is the patron saint of England.


Thu 17 May

Ascension Day

Ascension Day marks the last earthly appearance of Christ after his resurrection. Christians believe Christ ascended into heaven. It is celebrated 40 days after Easter.


Sun 20 May

Ascension Day (Catholic Church in England and Wales)

Ascension Day is normally celebrated 40 days after Easter. The Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates it on the following Sunday instead.


Fri 25 May

St Bede the Venerable

The great Anglo-Saxon saint and scholar from Jarrow.


Sun 27 May

Pentecost - Whitsun

The seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and the birth of the Christian Church.


Sun 3 Jun

Trinity Sunday

The first Sunday after Pentecost. Christians meditate on the nature of God as "Three in one".


Thu 7 Jun

Corpus Christi

Roman Catholic festival celebrating the "real presence of Christ in the Eucharist". The festival falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday.


Sun 10 Jun

Corpus Christi (Catholic Church in England and Wales)

Corpus Christi falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. The Catholic Church in England and Wales celebrates it on the following Sunday instead.

All Saints' Day (Orthodox)

This day honours all saints, known and unknown, of the Christian church. Western churches celebrate All Saints Day on November 1.


Fri 29 Jun

St Peter and St Paul's Day

The martyrdoms of both these saints are observed by Roman Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Lutheran churches. One of the oldest saints' days.


Sun 15 Jul

St Swithin's Day

Swithin (or Swithun) was a Saxon bishop in the 9th century. Legend has it that the weather on his feast day, 15 July, will determine the weather for the next 40 days.


Sun 22 Jul

St Mary Magdalene

Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Eastern Orthodox churches consider the first person to see Jesus at his resurrection a saint. She is also important in the Bahá'í faith.


Mon 6 Aug

Transfiguration

Orthodox Christian feast commemorating the sudden emanation of radiance from the person of Jesus that occurred on the mountain.


Wed 15 Aug

Dormition of the Theotokos

An Orthodox festival that commemorates the death, resurrection, and glorification of Christ's mother. Dormition means "falling asleep".

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A largely Roman Catholic festival celebrating their belief that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken body and soul into heaven.


Sat 8 Sep

Nativity of the Theotokos

Orthodox Christians celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary

Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Roman Catholics and Anglicans celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary.


Fri 14 Sep

The Triumph of the Cross

Catholics and Orthodox Christians reflect on the salvation they believe inherent in the symbol of the Cross.


Sun 23 Sep

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina

Catholics honour the 20th century Italian stigmatist, popularly known as Padre Pio.


Sat 29 Sep

Michaelmas/St Michael, St Gabriel and St Raphael's Day

A feast day in honour of the archangel Michael. Michael is one of the angels named in the Bible (along with Gabriel and, in some traditions including Roman Catholic, Raphael.)


Tue 2 Oct

Feast of the Guardian Angels

A Catholic festival celebrated annually on 2 October in honour of guardian angels.


Sat 13 Oct

St Edward's Day

Edward the Confessor was King of England 1042 - 1066. He built Westminster Abbey where there is a shrine to him - and where the saint is also celebrated on January 5 each year, the anniversary of his death.


Wed 31 Oct

Hallowe'en (All Hallows' Eve)

The night before All Saints' Day (All Hallows' Day). Its origins date back over 2000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It was celebrated as a Christian festival by the 8th Century.


Thu 1 Nov

All Saints' Day (Hallowmas, All Hallows')

All Saints' Day (also known as All Hallows' Day or Hallowmas) is when Anglicans and Roman Catholics honour all saints, known and unknown, of the Christian church. Orthodox churches celebrate it on the first Sunday after Pentecost.


Fri 2 Nov

All Souls' Day

All Souls' Day is an opportunity for Roman Catholic and Anglo-Catholic churches to commemorate the faithful departed. They remember and pray for the souls of people who are in Purgatory. All Souls' Day is celebrated on 3 November if the 2nd is a Sunday.


Sat 17 Nov

St Hilda

The 7th century Northumbrian monastic and saint.


Fri 30 Nov

St Andrew's Day

Saint Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland, Greece and Russia. The flag of Scotland is the Cross of St. Andrew. St Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, was originally a fisherman and became the first Apostle.


Sun 2 Dec

Advent Sunday

The beginning of the ecclesiastical year on the Sunday closest to November 30. Advent is the season before Christmas - In Western Christendom, four Sundays are included. In Eastern Christendom, the season is longer and begins in the middle of November


Sat 8 Dec

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Celebrated by Roman Catholics who remember Mary's conception as being without sin, therefore, immaculate.


Wed 12 Dec

Our Lady of Guadeloupe

Celebrated by Roman Catholics throughout Central and South America who honour the Empress of the Americas. Peter Owen Jones joined over 5 million pilgrims in Guadeloupe.


Thu 13 Dec

St Lucy's Day

Saint Lucy's Day or the Feast of St. Lucy is marked by Catholics and Orthodox Christians and also celebrated by members of the Lutheran Church.


Mon 24 Dec

Christmas Eve

The day before Christmas Day


Tue 25 Dec

Christmas Day

The day when Western Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.


Wed 26 Dec

St Stephen's Day

St Stephen, the first Christian martyr, is celebrated on this day. The day is also called the Feast of Stephen.

 

Hindu calendar for 2012

Sat 14 Jan

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is one of the most important festivals of the Hindu calendar and celebrates the sun's journey into the northern hemisphere.


Sat 28 Jan

Vasant Panchami

Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and Brahma's wife. The festival marks the beginning of Spring.


Mon 20 Feb

Mahashivratri

Mahashivratri is a Hindu festival dedicated to Shiva, one of the deities of the Hindu Trinity.


Thu 8 Mar

Holi

The Hindu spring festival.


Fri 23 Mar

Ugadi (Yugadi)

Ugadi (literally 'the start of an era') is the New Year festival for Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka in southern India. It occurs on the first day of the month of Chaitra.


Sun 1 Apr

Rama Navami

Birthday of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana

Swaminarayan Jayanti

This day marks the birth of Lord Swaminarayan for followers of the Swaminarayan tradition.


Fri 6 Apr

Hanuman Jayanti

This festival marks the birth of Hanuman, the Monkey God.


Thu 2 Aug

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the Hindu festival that celebrates brotherhood and love. "Raksha Bandhan" means a thread for protection.


Fri 10 Aug

Janmashtami - Krishna Jayanti

The Janamashtami festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most highly venerated God in the Hindu pantheon.


Tue 16 Oct

Navaratri (start)

Navaratri (nine nights) symbolises the triumph of good over evil and marks the start of autumn.


Wed 24 Oct

Dussera

Celebrates Lord Rama's victory over the evil demon Ravana.


Tue 13 Nov

Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is an occasion for celebrations by Hindus as well as Jains and Sikhs.

 

Jewish calendar for 2012

Wed 8 Feb

Tu B'Shevat

The Jewish New Year for trees - For religious accounting purposes all trees have their anniversaries on this festival, regardless of when they were planted.


Wed 7 Mar

Fast of Esther (Taanit Esther)

A fast in commemoration of the fast of Mordechai and Esther. This is not a major Jewish fast.


Thu 8 Mar

Purim

Purim commemorates the time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination by the courage of a young Jewish woman called Esther.


Fri 9 Mar

Shushan Purim

In some places Purim is celebrated one day later. In this case it is called Shushan Purim.


Fri 6 Apr

Fast of the Firstborn

Observed only by firstborn males, on the day before Passover. This fast celebrates the survival of Jewish firtborn sons from the 10th Plague of Egypt.


Sat 7 Apr

Passover (1st day)

The start of the season of Passover when Jews commemorate the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses. Work is not permitted on the first two and the last two days of Passover.


Sat 14 Apr

Passover (final day)

The eighth and final day of Passover. Note that Passover lasts for seven days in Israel.


Thu 19 Apr

Yom Hashoah

The Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day. The date is chosen as the closest date (in the Jewish calendar) to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.


Wed 25 Apr

Yom Hazikaron

A day of remembrance on the day preceding Israel's Independence Day.


Thu 26 Apr

Yom Ha'atzmaut

Israel's Independence Day


Thu 10 May

Lag B'Omer

A minor holiday on the 33rd day of the Omer commemorating a break in the plague during the lifetime of Rabbi Akiva.


Sun 20 May

Yom Yerushalayim

Jerusalem Day


Sun 27 May

Shavuot (1st day)

Shavuot is a two-day festival that marks the time when the first harvest was taken to the Temple. Also known as the Festival of Weeks. Work is not permitted for the duration of the festival.


Sun 8 Jul

17th Tammuz

An important Jewish fast day.


Sun 29 Jul

Tisha B'Av

A solemn day that commemorates a series of tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people over the years, many of which have coincidentally happened on this day.


Mon 17 Sep

Rosh Hashanah (1st day)

Jewish New Year. A two-day festival during which work is not permitted.


Wed 19 Sep

Fast of Gedalliah

Fast in memory of the assassination of Gedalliah Ben Achikam, the Governor of Israel during the days of Nebuchadnetzar, King of Babylonia.


Wed 26 Sep

Yom Kippur

Day of Atonement - the most solemn day of the Jewish year.


Mon 1 Oct

Sukkot

Sukkot or The Feast of Tabernacles, commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God took special care of them under impossible conditions. Sukkot lasts for seven days, and work is not permitted on the first two days.


Sun 7 Oct

Hoshanah Rabbah

The 7th day of Sukkot.


Mon 8 Oct

Shemini Atzeret

Shemini Atzeret can be translated as "the assembly of the eighth (day)." In Israel the festival is combined with Simchat Torah.


Tue 9 Oct

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah means "Rejoicing in the Torah." This holiday marks the completion of the yearly cycle of weekly Torah readings.


Sun 9 Dec

Hanukkah

Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights and marks the restoration of the temple by the Maccabees in 164 BCE. Hanukkah is celebrated at roughly the same time as Christmas, but there is no connection at all between the festivals.


Muslim calendar for 2012

Sat 4 Feb

Milad un Nabi (Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad)

Shia Muslims celebrate this 5 days later. Some Muslims do not approve of celebrating the birthday, and regard doing so as a religious innovation.


Thu 9 Feb

Milad un Nabi (Shia)

Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Sunni Muslims celebrate this 5 days earlier. Some Muslims do not approve of celebrating the birthday, and regard doing so as a religious innovation.


Fri 20 Jul

Ramadan (start)

Ramadan is the Muslim month of fasting.


Tue 14 Aug

Lailat al Qadr

Lailat al Qadr, the Night of Power, marks the night in which the Qur'an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by Allah.


Sun 19 Aug

Eid-Ul-Fitr

The end of Ramadan when Muslims celebrate the end of fasting and thank Allah for His help with their month-long act of self-control.


Fri 26 Oct

Eid-Ul-Adha

Festival of Sacrifice marking the day after Arafat. The Day of Arafat is the most important day in the Hajj ritual. This is a four day holiday


Thu 15 Nov

Al-Hijira

Islamic New Year. Marks the migration of the Prophet Mohammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina


Sat 24 Nov

Ashura

Islamic holy day observed on the 10th of the Islamic month of Muharram. Shi'ite Muslims regard it as a major commemoration marking the martydom of the Prophet's grandson, Hussein..

 

Rastafari calendar for 2012

Sat 7 Jan

Christmas Day (Ethiopian)

Rastafarians believe Ethiopia to be their spiritual homeland, and a place to which they want to return.


Sat 21 Apr

Anniversary of Haile Selassie's visit to Jamaica

Marks the date Haile Selassie I visited Jamaica in 1966. Haile Selassie was the Emperor of Ethiopia. Rastas believe Haile Selassie is God, and that he will return to Africa members of the black community who are living in exile.


Mon 23 Jul

Birthday of Haile Selassie I

Haile Selassie was the Emperor of Ethiopia. Rastas believe Haile Selassie is God, and that he will return to Africa members of the black community who are living in exile.


Fri 17 Aug

Birthday of Marcus Garvey

Commemorates the Birthday of Marcus Garvey, the Jamaican politician born in 1887 who predicted the crowning of a King in Africa, and instigated the 'Back to Africa' movement.


Tue 11 Sep

Ethiopian New Year

The start of the New Year in Ethiopia is recognised because Rastafarians believe Ethiopia to be their spiritual homeland, and a place to which they want to return.


Fri 2 Nov

Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I

Haile Selassie was the Emperor of Ethiopia. Rastas believe Haile Selassie is God, and that he will return to Africa members of the black community who are living in exile.

 

Sikh calendar for 2012

Thu 5 Jan

Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) was the tenth and last of the Sikh Gurus. He instituted the Five Ks and established the Order of the Khalsa.


Tue 31 Jan

Birthday of Guru Har Rai (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Har Rai (1630-1661) was the seventh of the Sikh Gurus.


Fri 9 Mar

Hola Mohalla (Lunar Calendar)

Hola Mohalla is three day festival of military exercises and mock battles, together with religious discussions and devotional music, at Anandpur Sahib on the day after Holi.


Fri 13 Apr

Vaisakhi

The Sikh New Year Festival, which also commemmorates the founding of the Khalsa by the tenth Guru (Guru Gobind Singh) in 1699. Also spelled Baisakhi.


Sat 14 Apr

Birthday of Guru Nanak (Nanakshahi calendar)

The founder of the Sikh religion was born on 14 April 1469. This festival is also currently celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar, but this may change.

Hola Mohalla (Nanakshahi Calendar)

Hola Mohalla is currently celebrated according to the Lunar Calendar, but this may change.


Wed 18 Apr

Birthday of Guru Angad Dev (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Angad Dev (1504-1552) was the second of the Sikh Gurus.

Birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Tegh Bahadur (1621-1675) was the ninth of the Sikh Gurus.


Wed 2 May

Birthday of Guru Arjan Dev (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Arjan Dev (1563-1606) was the fifth of the Sikh Gurus


Wed 23 May

Birthday of Guru Amar Das (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Amar Das (1479-1574) was the third of the Sikh Gurus.


Sat 16 Jun

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Arjan Dev was the fifth Sikh Guru and the first Sikh martyr. He also compiled all of the past Gurus' writings into one book, which is now the Sikh holy scripture: the Guru Granth Sahib.


Thu 5 Jul

Birthday of Guru Hargobind (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Hargobind (1595-1644) was the sixth of the Sikh Gurus.


Mon 23 Jul

Birthday of Guru Har Krishen (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Har Krishan (1656-1664) was the eighth of the Sikh Gurus.


Tue 9 Oct

Birthday of Guru Ram Das (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Ram Das (1534-1581) was the fourth of the Sikh Gurus.


Tue 13 Nov

Diwali

For Sikhs, Diwali is particularly important because it celebrates the release from prison of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind, and 52 other princes with him, in 1619.


Sat 24 Nov

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Nanakshahi calendar)

Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth Sikh Guru and is honoured as a champion of religious freedom. He was executed in 1675 for refusing to convert to Islam.


Wed 28 Nov

Birthday of Guru Nanak (Lunar Calendar)

This festival may be celebrated by some on the date fixed by the Nanakshahi calendar: April 14

 

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