January calendar for 2007

January calendar for 2007

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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
Celebrates Mary's most important title as Mother of God and continues the celebration of the birth of Jesus
Essay: Something About Mary

Orthodox Christian
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

January 3

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 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 "showing."
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 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

January 15

U.S./Western Hemisphere
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

January 20

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

January 21

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

January 23

Vasant Panchami
Celebration dedicated to Saraswati, goddess of learning.
Link: About Vasant Panchami

January 29

Commemorates the martyrdom of the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.
Explore: 'Ashura: A Day of Remembrance
Essay: The Super Day of Ashura

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