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Palm Sunday

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Sunday prior to Easter; commemorates Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem.

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Maha Shivaratri

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“Shiva’s Night”; honors Shiva who danced the Tandav on this night.

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Intercalary Days

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Known as Ayyam-Hi or Days of Ha; a time for rejoicing before the period of fasting.

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Intercalary Days

posted by Jana Melpolder

Known as Ayyam-Hi or Days of Ha; a time for rejoicing before the period of fasting.

Intercalary Days

posted by Jana Melpolder

Known as Ayyam-Hi or Days of Ha; a time for rejoicing before the period of fasting.

Intercalary Days

posted by Jana Melpolder

Known as Ayyam-Hi or Days of Ha; a time for rejoicing before the period of fasting.

Intercalary Days

posted by Jana Melpolder

Known as Ayyam-Hi or Days of Ha; a time for rejoicing before the period of fasting.

St. Valentine’s Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

Celebration of St. Valentine; day for lovers.

Vasant Panchami

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Celebration dedicated to Saraswati, goddess of learning.

Losar

posted by Jana Melpolder

Tibetan New Year; a time to cleanse oneself of last year’s negativity and begin anew. Festivities continue for another week and include visits to relatives and resolutions for the year ahead.

Losar

posted by Jana Melpolder

Tibetan New Year; a time to cleanse oneself of last year’s negativity and begin anew. Festivities continue for another week and include visits to relatives and resolutions for the year ahead.

Losar

posted by Jana Melpolder

Tibetan New Year; a time to cleanse oneself of last year’s negativity and begin anew. Festivities continue for another week and include visits to relatives and resolutions for the year ahead.

Nirvana Day (Parinirvana Day)

posted by Jana Melpolder

Observance of the death of Buddha, the point at which he left the cycle of death and rebirth. Celebrated through meditation and the visitation of temples and monasteries. February 15th is the alternative date.

Chinese New Year

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First day of the new year as based on the movement of the sun, moon, and stars.

Ash Wednesday – Lent Begins

posted by Jana Melpolder

Begins the six-week season of Lent, a time of repentance and reflection.

Shrove Tuesday

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Sometimes known as Fat Tuesday; Christian carnival day on the eve of Lent.

Imbolc / Brigid’s Day

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The first glimpse of spring, also dedicated to the Celtic goddess Brigid. Begins at sunset of the previous day.

Candlemas

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Also called “Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple”; celebrates the presentation of Jesus in the Temple.

Tu B’Shevat

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

Martin Luther King Day

posted by Jana Melpolder

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.

World Religion Day

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

Ashura

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Commemorates the martyrdom of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

Makar Sankrant

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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.

Maghi

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

Hijra (Islamic New Year)

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First day of the first month of the Islamic year.

Epiphany / Three Kings Day

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

Feast of the Theophany

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Feast to recall the revelation of the Trinity in Christ’s baptism.

Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday

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Celebrates the birth of Guru Gobind Singh, the last of the ten Gurus.

New Year

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Non-religious and traditional celebration of the new calendar year.

Feast of St. Basil

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Commemoration of St. Basil the Great, father of Eastern monasticism.

Gantan-sai / Shogatsu

posted by Jana Melpolder

New Year festival; day to visit a shrine in order to thank the kami, ask the kami for good fortune, and make resolutions for the year ahead.

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

posted by Jana Melpolder

Celebrates Mary’s most important title as Mother of God and continues the celebration of the birth of Jesus.

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