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
Celebrates Mary's most important title as Mother of God and continues the celebration of the birth of Jesus
Essay: Something About Mary
Feast of St. Basil
Commemoration of St. Basil the Great, father of Eastern monasticism.
Links: St. Basil the Great
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
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
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
Epiphany/Three Kings Day
Culmination of the Christmas season when the Magi arrive in Bethlehem; Epiphany means the "showing."
Explore: Who Were the Magi?
Recipe: How to Make Three Kings Cake
Link: About Epiphany
Feast of the Theophany
Feast to recall the revelation of the Trinity in Christ's baptism.
Resource: The Theophany of Jesus Christ
Commemoration of a battle in which forty Sikhs died for Guru Gobindh Singh Ji.
Link: About Maghi
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
Martin Luther King Day
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.
Essays: A 'True Revolution of Values' Receiving the Call
Links: Sermons Charity
Hijra (Islamic New Year)
First day of the first month of the Islamic year.
Essay: Islamic New Year: A Time of Reflection
World Religion Day
Observance to create unity, ease suffering, and bring peace. Observed every third Sunday of January.
Celebration dedicated to Saraswati, goddess of learning.
Link: About Vasant Panchami
Commemorates the martyrdom of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
Explore: 'Ashura: A Day of Remembrance
Essay: The Super Day of Ashura