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
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: The Dalai Lama
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
Also known as Ancestor Day; a Buddhist festival honoring the dead.
Links: About Ullambana, Buddhist Festivals and Special Days
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
Honors the pioneers who traveled to Utah under Brigham Young; festivities include parades and community events.
Explore: The Changing Definition of the Mormon 'Pioneer', The Mormon Moment
Gallery: When Christ Came to America
The 9th of Av, day of fasting in remembrance of the destruction of the first and second Temple (begins at sundown the night before).
Resource: The Oldest Story in the Book
Essays: The Burden of a Long Memory, Lost and Found on Tisha B'Av
Asalha Puja/Dharma Day
Celebration of the Buddha's first sermon at Deer Park (Sarnath).
Link: Buddhist Festivals and Special Days