January 2008 Archives

Observance of the new year; falls on the first full moon of January.

Also known as New Year for Trees; Israel’s celebration of trees (begins at sundown).

The third Monday of January; commemorates the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the preacher and leader of the U.S. civil rights movement.


Observance to create unity, ease suffering, and bring peace. Observed every third Sunday of January.

Commemorates the martyrdom of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

Festival marking the day the sun begins its northward journey and enters the sign of Makar. Celebrants traditionally bathe at the Prayag and Ganga Sagar.

Commemoration of a battle in which forty Sikhs died for Guru Gobindh Singh Ji.

First day of the first month of the Islamic year.

Culmination of the Christmas season when the Magi arrive in Bethlehem; Epiphany means the “showing.”