July calendar for 2007

July calendar for 2007

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July 4

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: The Dalai Lama

July 9

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 23

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

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', The Mormon Moment
Gallery: When Christ Came to America

Tisha B'av
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

July 29

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

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