INTERFAITH CALENDAR 2018

Interfaith Calendar
2018 

Note: 1. * Holy days usually begin at sundown the day before this date. 
       2. ** Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
JANUARY   2018
• 1
o Mary, Mother of God – Catholic Christian
o Feast Day of St Basil – Orthodox Christian
o Gantan-sai (New Years) – Shinto
o Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
• 2-4
o Mahayana New Year – Buddhist
• 5
o Twelfth Night – Christian
o Guru Gobindh Singh birthday – Sikh
• 6
o Epiphany – Christian
o Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) – Orthodox Christian
o Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) – Christian
o Nativity of Christ – Armenian Orthodox
• 7
o Feast of the Nativity ** – Orthodox Christian
o Baptism of the Lord Jesus – Christian
• 8
o Feast of the Holy Family – Catholic Christian
• 13
o Maghi – Sikh
• 17
o Blessing of the Animals – Hispanic Catholic Christian
• 18-25
o Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Christian
• 19
o Timkat – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
• 21
o World Religion Day – Baha’i
o Triodion begins – Orthodox Christian
• 22
o Vasant Panchami ** – Hindu
• 25
o Conversion of St. Paul – Christian
• 31
o Tu BiShvat * – Jewish
Definitions
FEBRUARY   2018
• 2
o Candlemas – Presentation of Christ in the Temple – Christian
o Imbolc – Lughnassad * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
o Saint Brighid of Kildare – Celtic Christian
• 3
o St. Blaze Day – Christian
o Setsebun Sai – Shinto
• 4
o Four Chaplains Sunday – Interfaith
• 8
o Nirvana Day – Buddhism
• 11
o Cheesefare Sunday – Orthodox Christian
o Transfiguration Sunday – Christian
• 12
o Triodion – Orthodox Christian
o Clean Monday – Lent begins – Orthodox Christian
• 13
o Shrove Tuesday – Christian
• 14
o St. Valentine’s Day – Christian
o Maha Shivaratri ** – Hindu
o Ash Wednesday – Lent begins- Christian
• 15
o Nirvana Day ** – Buddhist – Jain
• 16
o Chinese New Year – Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
• 18
o Orthodox Sunday – Orthodox Christian
• 26-March 1
o Intercalary Days – Baha’i
Definitions
MARCH   2018
• 1
o Purim * – Jewish

o St. David of Wales – Christian
• 2 – 20
o Nineteen Day Fast * – Baha’i
• 3
o Holi ** – Hindu

• 6
o Meatfare Sunday – Orthodox Christian
• 17
o St. Patrick’s Day – Christian
• 18
o New Year ** – Hindu
• 18-26
o Ramayana ** – Hindu
• 19
o St. Joseph’s Day – Christian
• 21 Equinox
o Norooz (New Year) – Persian/Zoroastrian
o Naw-Rúz (New Year) * – Baha’i
o Ostara – Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
• 25
o Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Orthodox Christian
o Palm Sunday – Christian
• 26
o Ramanavami ** – Hindu
• 28
o Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) ** – Zoroastrian
• 29
o Maundy Thursday – Christian
• 30
o Good Friday – Christian
• 31-April 7
o Pesach * – Jewish
• 31
o Lazarus Saturday – Orthodox Christian
o Hanuman Jayanti ** – Hindu
o Lord’s Evening Meal – Jehovah’s Witness Christian
o Magha Puja Day ** – Buddhist
Definitions
April  2018
• 1
o Easter – Christian
o Palm Sunday – Orthodox Christian
• 3
o Mahavir Jayanti ** – Jain
• 6
o Holy Friday – Orthodox Christian
• 8
o Pascha – Easter- Orthodox Christian
• 12
o Yom HaShoah * – Jewish
• 13
o Lailat al Miraj * – Islam
• 14
o Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) – Sikh
• 19
o Yom Ha’Atzmaut * – Jewish
• 21
o First Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
• 23
o St. George’s Day – Christian
• 29
o Ninth Day of Ridvan – Baha’i
o Visakha Puja – Buddha Day ** – Buddhist
• 30
o St. James the Great Day – Orthodox Christian
• 30-May 2
o Theravadin New Year – Buddhist
Definitions
MAY  2018
• 1
o Beltane – Samhain *- Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
o Lailat al bara’ah * – Islam
• 2
o Last day of Ridvan *  – Baha’i
• 3
o Saints Philip & James – Christian
o National Day of Prayer USA – Interfaith
o Lag B’Omer * Jewish
• 10
o Ascension of Jesus – Christian
• 16-June 15
o Ramadan * **- Islam
• 17
o Ascension of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
• 20-21
o Shavuot * – Jewish
• 20
o Pentecost – Christian
• 23
o Declaration of the Bab * – Baha’i
• 27
o Pentecost – Orthodox Christian
o Trinity Sunday – Christian
• 29
o Ascension of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i
• 31
o Corpus Christi- Catholic Christian
Definitions
JUNE   2018
• 2
o All Saints – Orthodox Christian
• 8
o Sacred Heart of Jesus – Catholic Christian
• 9
o St. Columba of Iona – Celtic Christian
• 11
o Laylat al Kadr * – Islam
• 15-17
o Eid al Fitr – Ramadan ends * – Islam
• 15
o Saint Vladimir Day – Christian
• 16
o Guru Arjan martyrdom – Sikh
• 19
o New Church Day – Swedenborgian Christian
• 20
o Waqf al Arafa – Hajj Day * – Islam
• 21 Solstice
o First Nations Day – Canadian Native People
o Litha – Yule * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
• 29
o Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul – Christian
Definitions
JULY   2018
• 9
o Martyrdom of the Bab * – Baha’i
• 11
o St Benedict Day – Catholic Christian
• 13-15
o Obon (Ulambana) ** – Buddhist – Shinto
• 15
o St. Vladimir the Great Day – Orthodox Christian
• 22
o Tish’a B’av * – Jewish
• 24
o Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian
• 25
o St. James the Great Day – Christian
• 27
o Asalha Puja Day ** – Buddhist
Definitions
AUGUST   2018
• 1
o Lammas – Christian
o Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
• 2
o Lughnassad – Imbolc * – Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern Hemispheres
• 6
o Transfiguration of the Lord – Orthodox Christian
• 15
o Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary – Catholic Christian
o Dormition of the Theotokos – Orthodox Christian
• 22-25
o Eid al Adha * – Islam
• 29
o Beheading of St. John the Baptist – Christian
o Raksha Bandhan ** – Hindu
Definitions
SEPTEMBER  2018
• 1
o Religious year begins – Orthodox Christian
• 3
o Krishna Janmashtami ** – Hindu
• 8
o Nativity of Virgin Mary – Christian
• 10-11
o Rosh Hashannah * – Jewish
• 12
o Hijra – New Year * – Islam
• 13
o Ganesh Chaturthi ** – Hindu
• 14
o Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) – Christian
o Paryushana Parva ** – Jain
• 19
o Yom Kippur * – Jewish
• 21
o Ashura * – Islam
• 22 Equinox
o Mabon – Ostara* – Wicca  Northern and Southern hemispheres
• 24-31
o Sukkot * – Jewish
• 27
o Meskal – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
• 29
o Michael and All Angels – Christian
Definitions
OCTOBER   2018
• 1
o Shemini Atzeret * – Jewish
• 2
o Simchat Torah * – Jewish
• 4
o St Francis Day – Catholic Christian
o Blessing of the Animals – Christian
• 8
o Thanksgiving – Canada – Interfaith
• 9-16
o Navaratri ** – Hindu
• 18
o St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist – Christian
• 19
o Dasara ** – Hindu
• 20
o Birth of the Báb * – Baha’i
o Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth – Sikh
• 28
o Reformation Day ** – Protestant Christian
o Milvian Bridge Day – Christian
• 31
o All Hallows Eve – Christian
o Reformation Day – Protestant Christian
Definitions
NOVEMBER   2018
• 1
o All Saints Day – Christian
o Samhain – Beltane * – Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern hemispheres
• 2
o All Souls Day – Catholic Christian
• 7
o Diwali – Sikh – Jain – Hindu
• 8
o Jain New Year ** – Jain
o Vikram New Year ** – Hindu
• 12
o Birth of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i
• 15
o Nativity Fast begins – ends Dec. 24 – Orthodox Christian
• 21
o Mawlid an Nabi * – Islam
• 22
o Thanksgiving USA – Interfaith
• 23
o Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday – Sikh
• 25
o Christ the King – Christian
• 26
o Day of the Covenant * – Baha’i
• 28
o Ascension of  ‘Abdu’l-Baha * – Baha’i
• 30
o St. Andrew’s Day – Christian
Definitions
DECEMBER   2018
• 2-24
o Advent – Christian
• 3-10
o Hanukkah * – Jewish
• 6
o Saint Nicholas Day – Christian
• 8
o Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) – Buddhist
o Immaculate Conception of Mary – Catholic Christian
• 12
o Feast day – Our Lady of Guadalupe – Catholic Christian
• 16-25
o Posadas Navidenas – Hispanic Christian
• 21
o Yule – Christian
• 21  Solstice
o Yule – Litha * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
o Saint Thomas the Apostle – Christian
o Yule – Christian
• 24
o Christmas Eve – Christian
• 25
o Christmas * – Christian
o Feast of the Nativity ** – Orthodox Christian
• 26
o Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra)** – Zoroastrian
o St Stephen’s Day – Christian
• 28
o Holy Innocents – Christian
• 30
o Holy Family – Catholic Christian
• 31
o Watch Night – Christian

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