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Holy Days Calendar

Eid al Fitr - Islam

07/29/2014 - 07/31/2014: all day

Islamic event marking the close of Ramadan. It is a festival of thanksgiving to Allah for enjoying the month of Ramadan. It involves wearing the finest clothing, saying prayers, and fostering understanding with other religions.

Lughanssad (Imbolc) - Pagan/Wiccan

08/01/2014: all day

Wicca observance of the first harvest of the year involving agricultural fesitvals and prosperity magic. The Christian name of Lammas is sometimes used.

Fast in Honor of the Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

08/01/2014: all day

Begins the Orthodox Christian 14 day fasting period in preparation for the celebration of the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary.

Lammas - Christian

08/01/2014: all day

Christian first fruits celebration observed by placing bread baked from the first harvest on the altar. From the Celtic Christian tradition.

Tish'a B'av - Jewish

08/05/2014: all day

A Jewish day of fasting in remembrance of the destruction of the temple in 586 b.c.e. and 70 c.e.

Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian

08/06/2014: all day

Christian commemoration of the experience on Mt. Tabor when Jesus' physical appearance became brilliant as his connection with traditional Jewish holy figures became evident to the disciples.

Raksha Bandhan - Hindu

08/10/2014: all day

Hindu festival honoring the loving ties between brothers and sisters in a family.

Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu

08/17/2014: all day

Hindu commemoration of the birth of Krishna - the 8th incarnation of the god Vishnu who took the form of Krishna to destroy the evil king Kansa.

Ganesh Chaturthi - Hindu

08/29/2014: all day

A Hindu festival honoring the god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesha are worshipped.

Paryushana Parva - Jain

08/30/2014: all day

8 day festival signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement. Marked by recitations from Jain sacred writing and family exchange of cards, letters. Celebration of the natural qualities of the soul. The 8th day (Samvatsari) is most important and is focused on forgiveness.

Nativity of Mary - Christian

09/06/2014: all day

Christian celebration of the birth of the Virgin Mary.

Holy Cross Day - Christian

09/14/2014: all day

A Christian day of recognition for the cross on which Jesus was crucified as a central symbol of the Christian religion.

Mabon (Equinox) - Pagan/Wiccan

09/22/2014: all day

Wiccan observance of the autumnal equinox when day and night are of equal length. A harvest festival time.

Rosh Hashanah - Jewish

09/24/2014 - 09/25/2014: all day

Jewish New Year. A time of introspection, abstinence, prayer and penitence. The story of Abraham is read, the ram's horn is sounded, and special foods are prepared and shared.

Meskel - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

09/27/2014: all day

Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Christian commemortion of the discovery of the True Cross by Queen Eleni (St. Helenea) in the 4th century a.d.

Navaratri - Hindu

09/29/2014 - 10/03/2014: all day

Hindu fesitval of the divine mother honoring Durga, wife of Shiva, and seeking her blessings. Also observed as a celebration recalling the days of Lord Krishna.

Waqf al Arafa (Hajj Day) - Islam

10/03/2014: all day

Islamic observance day during Hajj when pilgrims pray for forgiveness and mercy. Hajj is Islamic pilgrimage rites at Mecca on 7-12th days of the month of Dhu al-Hajj.

Eid al Adha - Islam

10/04/2014 - 10/07/2014: all day

Islamic festival of sacrifice. The day after Arafat, the most important day in Hajj ritual. A three-day festival recalling abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.

Dasera - Hindu

10/04/2014: all day

Hindu celebration of victory and valor. Lord Rama is remembered as winning a victory over evil.

Saint Francis Day - Catholic Christian

10/04/2014: all day

Christian recognition of service to people and appreciation of the natural world, as practiced by St. Francis and the Franciscan Monastic Order which he founded.

Yom Kippur - Jewish

10/04/2014: all day

Jewish day of atonement. This holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with strict fasting and ceremonial repentance.

Sukkot - Jewish

10/09/2014 - 10/15/2014: all day

Jewish Feast of Tabernacles which celebrates the harvest and the protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness dwelling in tents. Temporary dwelling places have leaves for a roof so the sky can be seen. In temperate climates, night is spent in the Succoth.

Shemini Atzeret - Jewish

10/16/2014: all day

Jewish completion of the annual cycle of reading of the Torah.

Simchat Torah - Jewish

10/17/2014: all day

Jewish day to celebrate the reading of the Law. Synagogue service involves readings, processions and blessing of the children.

Birth of the Bab - Baha'i

10/20/2014: all day

Baha'i honoring of the founder of the Babi religion, forerunner to Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i faith.

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