Interfaith Calendar – 2018

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
    • Mary, Mother of God – Catholic Christian
    • Feast Day of St Basil – Orthodox Christian
    • Gantan-sai (New Years) – Shinto
    • Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
  • 2-4
    • Mahayana New Year – Buddhist
  • 5
    • Twelfth Night – Christian
    • Guru Gobindh Singh birthday – Sikh
  • 6
    • Epiphany – Christian
    • Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) – Orthodox Christian
    • Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) – Christian
    • Nativity of Christ – Armenian Orthodox
  • 7
    • Feast of the Nativity ** – Orthodox Christian
    • Baptism of the Lord Jesus – Christian
  • 8
    • Feast of the Holy Family – Catholic Christian
  • 13
    • Maghi – Sikh
  • 17
    • Blessing of the Animals – Hispanic Catholic Christian
  • 18-25
    • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Christian
  • 19
    • Timkat – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
  • 21
    • World Religion Day – Baha’i
    • Triodion begins – Orthodox Christian
  • 22
    • Vasant Panchami ** – Hindu
  • 25
    • Conversion of St. Paul – Christian
  • 31
    • Tu BiShvat * – Jewish

Definitions

FEBRUARY   2018

    • 2
      • Candlemas – Presentation of Christ in the Temple – Christian
      • Imbolc – Lughnassad * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
      • Saint Brighid of Kildare – Celtic Christian
    • 3
      • St. Blaze Day – Christian
      • Setsebun Sai – Shinto
    • 4
      • Four Chaplains Sunday – Interfaith
    • 8
      • Nirvana Day – Buddhism
    • 11
      • Cheesefare Sunday – Orthodox Christian
      • Transfiguration Sunday – Christian
    • 12
      • Triodion – Orthodox Christian
      • Clean Monday – Lent begins – Orthodox Christian
    • 13
      • Shrove Tuesday – Christian
    • 14
      • St. Valentine’s Day – Christian
      • Maha Shivaratri ** – Hindu
      • Ash Wednesday – Lent begins- Christian
    • 15
      • Nirvana Day ** – Buddhist – Jain
    • 16
      • Chinese New Year – Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
    • 18
      • Orthodox Sunday – Orthodox Christian
    • 26-March 1
      • Intercalary Days – Baha’i

Definitions

MARCH   2018

    • 1
      • Purim * – Jewish
      • St. David of Wales – Christian
    • 2 – 20
      • Nineteen Day Fast * – Baha’i
    • 3
      • Holi ** – Hindu
    • 6
      • Meatfare Sunday – Orthodox Christian
    • 17
      • St. Patrick’s Day – Christian
    • 18
      • New Year ** – Hindu
    • 18-26
      • Ramayana ** – Hindu
    • 19
      • St. Joseph’s Day – Christian
    • 21 Equinox
      • Norooz (New Year) – Persian/Zoroastrian
      • Naw-Rúz (New Year) * – Baha’i
      • Ostara – Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • 25
      • Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Orthodox Christian
      • Palm Sunday – Christian
    • 26
      • Ramanavami ** – Hindu
    • 28
      • Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) ** – Zoroastrian
    • 29
      • Maundy Thursday – Christian
    • 30
      • Good Friday – Christian
    • 31-April 7
      • Pesach * – Jewish
    • 31
      • Lazarus Saturday – Orthodox Christian
      • Hanuman Jayanti ** – Hindu
      • Lord’s Evening Meal – Jehovah’s Witness Christian
      • Magha Puja Day ** – Buddhist

Definitions

April  2018

    • 1
      • Easter – Christian
      • Palm Sunday – Orthodox Christian
    • 3
      • Mahavir Jayanti ** – Jain
    • 6
      • Holy Friday – Orthodox Christian
    • 8
      • Pascha – Easter- Orthodox Christian
    • 12
      • Yom HaShoah * – Jewish
    • 13
      • Lailat al Miraj * – Islam
    • 14
      • Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) – Sikh
    • 19
      • Yom Ha’Atzmaut * – Jewish
    • 21
      • First Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
    • 23
      • St. George’s Day – Christian
    • 29
      • Ninth Day of Ridvan – Baha’i
      • Visakha Puja – Buddha Day ** – Buddhist
    • 30
      • St. James the Great Day – Orthodox Christian
    • 30-May 2
      • Theravadin New Year – Buddhist

Definitions

MAY  2018

    • 1
      • Beltane – Samhain *- Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
      • Lailat al bara’ah * – Islam
    • 2
      • Last day of Ridvan *  – Baha’i
    • 3
      • Saints Philip & James – Christian
      • National Day of Prayer USA – Interfaith
      • Lag B’Omer * Jewish
    • 10
      • Ascension of Jesus – Christian
    • 16-June 15
      • Ramadan * **- Islam
    • 17
      • Ascension of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
    • 20-21
      • Shavuot * – Jewish
    • 20
      • Pentecost – Christian
    • 23
      • Declaration of the Bab * – Baha’i
    • 27
      • Pentecost – Orthodox Christian
      • Trinity Sunday – Christian
    • 29
      • Ascension of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i
    • 31
      • Corpus Christi- Catholic Christian

Definitions

JUNE   2018

    • 2
      • All Saints – Orthodox Christian
    • 8
      • Sacred Heart of Jesus – Catholic Christian
    • 9
      • St. Columba of Iona – Celtic Christian
    • 11
      • Laylat al Kadr * – Islam
    • 15-17
      • Eid al Fitr – Ramadan ends * – Islam
    • 15
      • Saint Vladimir Day – Christian
    • 16
      • Guru Arjan martyrdom – Sikh
    • 19
      • New Church Day – Swedenborgian Christian
    • 20
      • Waqf al Arafa – Hajj Day * – Islam
    • 21 Solstice
      • First Nations Day – Canadian Native People
      • Litha – Yule * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • 29
      • Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul – Christian

Definitions

JULY   2018

    • 9
      • Martyrdom of the Bab * – Baha’i
    • 11
      • St Benedict Day – Catholic Christian
    • 13-15
      • Obon (Ulambana) ** – Buddhist – Shinto
    • 15
      • St. Vladimir the Great Day – Orthodox Christian
    • 22
      • Tish’a B’av * – Jewish
    • 24
      • Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian
    • 25
      • St. James the Great Day – Christian
    • 27
      • Asalha Puja Day ** – Buddhist

Definitions

AUGUST   2018

    • 1
      • Lammas – Christian
      • Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
    • 2
      • Lughnassad – Imbolc * – Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern Hemispheres
    • 6
      • Transfiguration of the Lord – Orthodox Christian
    • 15
      • Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary – Catholic Christian
      • Dormition of the Theotokos – Orthodox Christian
    • 22-25
      • Eid al Adha * – Islam
    • 29
      • Beheading of St. John the Baptist – Christian
      • Raksha Bandhan ** – Hindu

Definitions

SEPTEMBER  2018

    • 1
      • Religious year begins – Orthodox Christian
    • 3
      • Krishna Janmashtami ** – Hindu
    • 8
      • Nativity of Virgin Mary – Christian
    • 10-11
      • Rosh Hashannah * – Jewish
    • 12
      • Hijra – New Year * – Islam
    • 13
      • Ganesh Chaturthi ** – Hindu
    • 14
      • Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) – Christian
      • Paryushana Parva ** – Jain
    • 19
      • Yom Kippur * – Jewish
    • 21
      • Ashura * – Islam
    • 22 Equinox
      • Mabon – Ostara* – Wicca  Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • 24-31
      • Sukkot * – Jewish
    • 27
      • Meskal – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
    • 29
      • Michael and All Angels – Christian

Definitions

OCTOBER   2018

    • 1
      • Shemini Atzeret * – Jewish
    • 2
      • Simchat Torah * – Jewish
    • 4
      • St Francis Day – Catholic Christian
      • Blessing of the Animals – Christian
    • 8
      • Thanksgiving – Canada – Interfaith
    • 9-16
      • Navaratri ** – Hindu
    • 18
      • St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist – Christian
    • 19
      • Dasara ** – Hindu
    • 20
      • Birth of the Báb * – Baha’i
      • Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth – Sikh
    • 28
      • Reformation Day ** – Protestant Christian
      • Milvian Bridge Day – Christian
    • 31
      • All Hallows Eve – Christian
      • Reformation Day – Protestant Christian

Definitions

NOVEMBER   2018

    • 1
      • All Saints Day – Christian
      • Samhain – Beltane * – Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • 2
      • All Souls Day – Catholic Christian
    • 7
      • Diwali – Sikh – Jain – Hindu
    • 8
      • Jain New Year ** – Jain
      • Vikram New Year ** – Hindu
    • 12
      • Birth of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i
    • 15
      • Nativity Fast begins – ends Dec. 24 – Orthodox Christian
    • 21
      • Mawlid an Nabi * – Islam
    • 22
      • Thanksgiving USA – Interfaith
    • 23
      • Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday – Sikh
    • 25
      • Christ the King – Christian
    • 26
      • Day of the Covenant * – Baha’i
    • 28
      • Ascension of  ‘Abdu’l-Baha * – Baha’i
    • 30
      • St. Andrew’s Day – Christian

Definitions

DECEMBER   2018

    • 2-24
      • Advent – Christian
    • 3-10
      • Hanukkah * – Jewish
    • 6
      • Saint Nicholas Day – Christian
    • 8
      • Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) – Buddhist
      • Immaculate Conception of Mary – Catholic Christian
    • 12
      • Feast day – Our Lady of Guadalupe – Catholic Christian
    • 16-25
      • Posadas Navidenas – Hispanic Christian
    • 21
      • Yule – Christian
    • 21  Solstice
      • Yule – Litha * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
      • Saint Thomas the Apostle – Christian
      • Yule – Christian
    • 24
      • Christmas Eve – Christian
    • 25
      • Christmas * – Christian
      • Feast of the Nativity ** – Orthodox Christian
    • 26
      • Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra)** – Zoroastrian
      • St Stephen’s Day – Christian
    • 28
      • Holy Innocents – Christian
    • 30
      • Holy Family – Catholic Christian
    • 31
      • Watch Night – Christian

Definitions