Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - July 2005

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - July 2005





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July 4

Non-Religious
Independence Day (U.S.)
Anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence; marked by fireworks, picnics, and parades.
Resource: Create an Independence Day Liturgy
Essay: Give Me Patriotism or Give Me Faith



July 6

 Tibetan Buddhist
Birth of the Dalai Lama
Observance of the birth of the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, born July 6, 1935.
Essay: My Son, the Dalai Lama
Resource: Teachings of the Dalai Lama



July 9

 Baha'i
Martyrdom of the Bab
Commemorates the execution of the Bab, the prophet-herald of the Baha'i faith.
Resource: The Martyrdom of the Bab
Link: More About the Martyrdom of the Bab



July 13

 Mahayana Buddhist
Ullambana (Obon)
Also known as Ancestor Day; a Buddhist festival honoring the dead.
Links: About Ullambana, Buddhist Festivals and Special Days



July 21

 Theravada Buddhist
Asalha Puja/Dharma Day
Celebration of the Buddha's first sermon at Deer Park (Sarnath).
Link: Buddhist Festivals and Special Days



July 23

Rastafarian
Birthday of Haile Selassie I
Commemorates the birth of the former emperor of Ethiopia, who was also known as Ras Tafari, for whom the faith is named.
Link: About Haile Selassie



July 24

 LDS
Pioneer Day
Honors the pioneers who traveled to Utah under Brigham Young; festivities include parades and community events.
Explore: The Changing Definition of the Mormon 'Pioneer'



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