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Holy Days Calendar

Winter Lent - Orthodox Christian

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11/15/2014 - 11/25/2014: all day

Orthodox Christian season of preparation for the Nativity of Christ.

Guru Tegh Bahadur martyrdom - Sikh

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11/24/2014: all day

Sikh time of remembering the execution of Teg Bahadur by the Moghul Emperor in India.

Day of the Covenant - Baha'i

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11/26/2014: all day

Baha'i celebration of the covenant given in the last will and testament of Baha'u'llah.

Thanksgiving - Interfaith USA

11/27/2014: all day

Interfaith celebration of the created earth. Celebrated in the USA.

Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha - Baha'i

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11/28/2014: all day

Baha'i celebration of the rising of the spirit of Abdu'l-Baha to the heavely dwelling.

Saint Andrew's Day - Christian

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11/30/2014: all day

Christian observance of the coming of Christianity to the area now known as Scotland. The martyrdom of St. Andrew is remembered as the season of advent is about to begin.

Advent begins through December 24 - Christian

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11/30/2014: all day

Christian time of preparation for observing the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest November 30 and is the beginning of the Christian worship year. Advent is observed with the lighting of candles, display of wreaths, and special ceremonies. Advent also anticipates the coming again to earth of Jesus Christ.

Saint Nicolas Day - Christian

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12/06/2014: all day

Christian celebration of the birth of Saint Nicolas, patron saint of children and role model for gift giving. Many churches named for this saint, who is also the Dutch version of Santa Claus.

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - Buddhist

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12/08/2014: all day

Buddhist celebration of the time when Prince Gautama took his place under the Bodhi tree, vowing to remain there until he attained supreme enlightenment.

Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian

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12/08/2014: all day

Catholic Christian day of celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all of her life. A day of obligation and required church attendance.

Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian

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12/12/2014: all day

Catholic Christian honoring of the legendary appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531.

Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian

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12/12/2014: 1:00PM - 2:00PM

Catholic Christian honoring of the legendary appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531 c.e.

Posadas Navidenas - Christian

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12/16/2014 - 12/25/2014: all day

Hispanic Christian feast of The Lodgings commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem in preparation for the birth of Jesus.

Hanukkah - Jewish

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12/17/2014 - 12/24/2014: all day

Jewish Festival of Lights. It commemorates the Maccabean recapture and rededication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165-164 b.c. Special readings and praise songs focus on liberty and freedom. The eight candle Menorah is lighted.

Solstice - Yule - Christian

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12/21/2014: all day

A Christian celebration of the light dawning in Jesus.

Solstice - Yule - Pagan

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12/21/2014: all day

A Norse pagan celebration of the winter-born king, symbolized by the rebirth of the sun. A present day Wicca event.

Christmas Eve - Christian

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12/24/2014: all day

Christian celebration of the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. It is observed with worship, candle lighting, manger scenes and festive meals.

Christmas Day - Christian

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12/25/2014: all day

Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Observed by prayers, exchanging of gifts, and family parties.

Zarathosht Diso - Zoroastrian

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12/26/2014: all day

Anniversary of the death of the Prophet Zarathushtra.

Kwanzaa - African American

12/26/2014 - 12/31/2014: all day

A celebration of Family, Community and Culture.

Holy Innocents - Christian

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12/28/2014: all day

Christian day of solemn memory of male children killed by King Herod in the attempt to destroy Jesus.

Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian

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01/01/2015: all day

A celebration of the mother of Jesus.

Feast of St. Basil - Orthodox Christian

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01/01/2015: all day

Orthodox Christian commemoration of St. Basil the Great, who wrote a Eucharist Liturgy which bears his name.

Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto

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01/01/2015: all day

Shinto New Year festival observed with prayers for inner renewal, prosperity and health.

Twelfth Night - Christian

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01/05/2015: all day

Christian observance of the close of Christmastide and prelude to Epiphany which begins the next day.

Mahayana New Year - Buddhist

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01/05/2015: all day

Mahayana is one of three main existing branches of Buddhism.

Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh

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01/05/2015: all day

Sikh honoring of the birth of the founder of the Khalsa who lived from 1469 - 1539 c.e. Sacred readings, prayers, hymns, and meals together.

Epiphany - Christian

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01/06/2015: all day

Christian commemoration of the manifestations of the divine nature of Jesus Christ. The homage of the magi to the infant Jesus is honored by some. For others the Baptism of Jesus is the remembered event. A season of the Christian year from the close of Christmas to the beginning of Lent.

Feast of the Theophany - Orthodox Christian

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01/06/2015: all day

Othodox Christian Feast to recall the revelation of the Holy Trinity in the baptism of the Lord.

Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox Christian

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01/06/2015: all day

Armenian Christmas

Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian

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01/07/2015: all day

Orthodox Christian Christmas celebration

Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Catholic Christian

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01/11/2015: all day

Christian commemoration of the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus.

Maghi - Sikh

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01/13/2015: all day

Sikh commemoration of a battle in which forty Sikhs died for Guru Gobindh Singh Ji.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins - Christian

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01/18/2015: all day

Christian observance with prayer for the restoration of unity between the churches of the faith.

World Religion Day - Baha'i

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01/18/2015: all day

Baha'i sponsored day dedicated to the unity and oneness of all world religions.

Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

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01/19/2015: all day

Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Epiphany celebration of the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

Vasant Panchami - Hindu

01/24/2015: all day

Hindu celebration dedicated to Saraswati, Goddess of learning.

Conversion of St. Paul - Christian

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01/25/2015: all day

Christian observance of the experience of the Paul when he was confronted by a vision of Jesus while on his way to persecute Christians and became a leading presenter of Jesus. Obseved at worship services.

USC Office of Religious Life

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University Religious Center, Rm 106
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213)740-6110
orl@usc.edu

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Los Angeles, CA 90033
(213)740-6110
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