Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - January 2006

Calendar of Holidays & Festivals - January 2006

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January 1

U.S./Western Hemisphere
New Year
Non-religious and traditional celebration of the new calendar year.
Resource: Prayers for the New Year
Advice: Resolutions for a Peaceful New Year
Essay: A Fresh Start for the New Year
eCards: Send a New Year's Greeting

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Oldest and most important of the major feasts of Mary; a second celebration of the birth of Jesus with special focus on Mary as the Mother of God.
Essay: Something About Mary

 Orthodox Christian
Feast of St. Basil
Commemoration of St. Basil the Great, father of Eastern monasticism.
Links: Activities for the Feast of St. Basil and St. Gregory, St. Basil the

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.
Links: Shinto Holy Days, About the Japanese New Year

January 5

Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday
Celebrates the birth of Guru Gobind Singh, the last of the ten Gurus.
Link: The Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh

January 6

Epiphany/Three Kings Day
Culmination of the Christmas season when the Magi arrive in Bethlehem; Epiphany means the "dawning of light."
Explore: Who Were the Magi?
Recipe: How to Make Three Kings Cake
Link: About Epiphany

 Orthodox Christian
Feast of the Theophany
Feast to recall the revelation of the Trinity in Christ's baptism.
Resource: The Theophany of Jesus Christ

January 7

 Orthodox Christian
Feast of the Nativity (Christmas)
Feast commemorating the birth of Jesus. (Old Calendar)
Essay: Celebrating the Nativity Orthodox-Style
Multimedia: Christmas Chant: Music for the Feast of the Nativity

January 9

Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca that must be performed by every Muslim man and woman at least once in their lifetime.
Explore: Editor's Picks: Hajj and Ramadan
Essays: The 'Other' Hajj City: Medina, A Hajj for All Muslims, Hajj Journal: 2006
Resource: The Hajj
eCards: Send a Hajj Greeting

January 10

Eid al-Adha
"Festival of the Sacrifice," a commemoration of Abraham.
Explore: Editor's Picks: Hajj and Ramadan
Essay: A Hajj for All Muslims
Resource: The Hajj
Link: About Eid al-Adha

January 13

Commemoration of a battle in which forty Sikhs died for Guru Gobindh Singh Ji.
Link: About Maghi

January 14

Makar Sankrat
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.
Link: About Makar Sankrat

 Mahayana Buddhist
Mahayana Buddhist New Year
Observance of the new year; falls on the first full moon of January.
Basics: What Mahayana Buddhists Believe
Link: Buddhist Festivals and Holidays

January 15

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

January 29

Chinese New Year
First day of the new year as based on the movement of the sun, moon, and stars.
Essays: New Year, New Energy, Another Chance at a New You
Resource: About the Chinese Calendar

January 30 - February 1

 Tibetan Buddhist
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.
Excerpt: How the Wood Horse Year Began, Once Upon a Time
Explore: What Makes a Holy Day?
Resource: What Is Losar?

January 31

Hijra (Islamic New Year)
First day of the first month of the Islamic year.
Essay: Islamic New Year: A Time of Reflection

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