Interfaith Calendar – 2020

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.

DECEMBER   2019

    • 1-24
      • Advent – Christian
    • 6
      • Saint Nicholas Day – Christian
    • 8
      • Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) – Buddhism
      • Immaculate Conception of Mary – Catholic Christian
    • 12
      • Feast day – Our Lady of Guadalupe – Catholic Christian
    • 16-25
      • Posadas Navidenas – Hispanic Christian
    • 21 Solstice
      • Yule – Christian
      • Yule – Litha * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • 23-30
      • Hanukkah – Jewish
    • 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
    • 27
      • Saint John – Apostle and Evangelist – Christian
    • 28
      • Holy Innocents – Christian
    • 29
      • Holy Family – Catholic Christian
    • 31
      • Watch Night – Christian

Definitions

JANUARY   2020

    • 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
    • 3
      • Vasant Panchami ** – Hindu
    • 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
    • 8
      • Feast of the Holy Family – Catholic Christian
    • 10-12
      • Mahayana New Year ** – Buddhist
    • 12
      • Baptism of the Lord Jesus – Christian
    • 13
      • Maghi – Sikh
    • 17
      • Blessing of the Animals – Hispanic Catholic Christian
    • 18-25
      • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Christian
    • 19
      • World Religion Day * – Baha’i
    • 20
      • Timkat – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
    • 25
      • Conversion of St. Paul – Christian
    • 28
      • Tu BiShavat * – Jewish

Definitions

FEBRUARY   2020

    • 2
      • Candlemas – Presentation of Christ in the Temple – Christian
      • Imbolc – Lughassad * – Wicca/Pagan – Northern and Southern hemispheres
      • Saint Brighid of Kildare – Celtic Christian
      • Four Chaplains Sunday – Interfaith
    • 3
      • St. Blaze Day – Christian
      • Setsebun-sai (beginning of spring) – Shinto
    • 5
      • Chinese New Year – Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
    • 8
      • Nirvana Day – Buddhism
    • 9
      • Triodion begins – Orthodox Christian
    • 12
      • Triodion – Orthodox Christian
    • 14
      • St. Valentine’s Day – Christian
    • 15
      • Nirvana Day ** – Buddhist – Jain
    • 22
      • Maha Shivaratri ** – Hindu
    • 23
      • Meatfare Sunday – Orthodox Christian
      • Transfiguration Sunday – Christian
    • 25
      • Shrove Tuesday – Christian
    • 26
      • Intercalary Days begin – Baha’i
      • Ash Wednesday – Lent begins – Christian

Definitions

MARCH   2020

    • 1
          • St. David of Wales – Christian
          • Intercalary Days end – Baha’i
          • Cheesefare Sunday – Orthodox Christian
    • 2
      • Clean Monday – Great Lent begins – Orthodox Christian
    • 2 – 20
      • Nineteen Day Fast * – Baha’i
    • 3
      • Hindi New Year ** – Hindu
    • 8
      • Orthodox Sunday – Orthodox Christian
    • 9
      • Magha Puja Day ** – Buddhist
    • 10
      • Holi ** – Hindu
      • Purim * – Jewish
      • Hola Mohalla – Sikh
    • 13
      • Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard – Scientology
    • 17
      • St. Patrick’s Day – Christian
    • 19
      • St. Joseph’s Day – Christian
      • Lord’s Evening Meal – Jehovah’s Witness Christian
    • 20 Equinox
      • Ostara – Mabon * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • 21
      • Norooz (New Year) – Persian/Zoroastrian
      • Naw-Rúz (New Year) * – Baha’i
    • 25
      • Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Christian
    • 25-April 2
      • Ramayana ** – Hindu
    • 28
      • Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra) ** – Zoroastrian

Definitions

April  2020

      • 2
        • Ramanavami ** – Hindu
      • 3
        • Laylat al Miraj * – Islam
      • 5
        • Palm Sunday – Christian
      • 8
        • Hanuman Jayanti ** – Hindu
      • 9-11
        • Theravadin New Year ** – Buddhist
      • 9-15
        • Pesach * – Jewish
      • 9
        • Mahavir Jayanti ** – Jain
        • Maundy Thursday – Christian
      • 10
        • Good Friday – Christian
      • 12
        • Easter – Christian
        • Palm Sunday – Orthodox Christian
        • Lag B’Omer – Jewish
      • 14
        • Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) – Sikh
      • 17
        • Holy Friday – Orthodox Christian
      • 11
        • Lazarus Saturday – Orthodox Christian
      • 19
        • Pascha – Easter – Orthodox Christian

    21

      • Yom HaShoah – Jewish
      • First Day of Ridvan * – Baha’i
      • Lailat al Bara’ah * – Islam
      • Palm Sunday – Orthodox Christian
    • 23
      • St. George’s Day – Christian
    • 24
      • Ramadan begins * – Islam
    • 27
      • Mahavir Jayanti ** – Jain
    • 29
      • Ninth Day of Ridvan – Baha’i
      • Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul – Christian
      • Yom Ha’Atzmaut * – Jewish
    • 30
      • St. James the Great Day – Orthodox Christian

Definitions

MAY  2020

    • 1
      • Beltane – Samhain * – Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • 2
      • Last day of Ridvan *  – Baha’i
    • 3
      • Saints Philip & James – Christian
    • 7
      • Visakha Puja – Buddha Day ** – Buddhist
      • National Day of Prayer USA – Interfaith
    • 21
      • Ascension of Jesus – Christian
    • 23
      • Declaration of the Bab * – Baha’i
    • 29
      • Ascension of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i
      • Ascension of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
    • 29-30
      • Shavuot * – Jewish
    • 31
      • Pentecost – Christian

Definitions

JUNE   2020

    • 1
      • Laylat al Kadr * – Islam
    • 5-7
      • Eid al Fitr * – Islam
    • 7
      • Pentecost – Orthodox Christian
      • Trinity Sunday – Christian
    • 9
      • St. Columba of Iona – Celtic Christian
    • 11
      • Corpus Christi – Catholic Christian
    • 14
      • All Saints – Orthodox Christian
    • 15
      • Saint Vladimir Day – Christian
    • 16
      • Guru Arjan martyrdom – Sikh
    • 19
      • Sacred Heart of Jesus – Catholic Christian
      • New Church Day – Swedenborgian Christian
    • 21  Solstice
      • Litha – Yule * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • 22
      • First Nations Day – Canadian Native People
    • 29
      • Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul – Christian

Definitions

JULY   2020

    • 5
      • Asalha Puja Day ** – Buddhist
    • 9
      • Martyrdom of the Bab * – Baha’i
    • 11
      • St Benedict Day – Catholic Christian
    • 15
      • St. Vladimir the Great Day – Orthodox Christian
    • 23
      • Crowning of Haile Selasse I – Rastafarian
    • 24
      • Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian
    • 25
      • St. James the Great Day – Christian
    • 30
      • Tish’a B’av – Jewish
    • 31-August3
      • Eid al Adha * – Islam

Definitions

AUGUST   2020

    • 1
      • Lammas – Christian
      • Lughnassad – Imbolc * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
      • Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
    • 3
      • Raksha Bandhan ** – Hindu
    • 6
      • Transfiguration of the Lord – Orthodox Christian
    • 10
      • Waqf al Arafa * Islam
    • 12
      • Krishna Janmashtami ** – Hindu
    • 13-15
      • Obon (Ulambana) ** – Buddhist/Shinto   ?
    • 15
      • Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary – Catholic Christian
      • Dormition of the Theotokos – Orthodox Christian
    • 20
      • Hijra – New Year * – Islam
    • 22
      • Ganesh Chaturthi ** – Hindu
    • 29
      • Beheading of St. John the Baptist – Christian
      • Ashura * – Islam

Definitions

SEPTEMBER  2020

      • 1
        • Ecclesiastical year begins – Orthodox Christian
      • 8
        • Nativity of Virgin Mary – Christian
      • 14
        • Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) – Christian
      • 19-20
        • Rosh Hashanah * – Jewish
      • 21
        • Paryushana Parva * – Jain
      • 23 Equinox
        • Mabon – Ostara * – Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern hemispheres
      • 27
        • Meskel – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
      • 28
        • Yom Kippur * – Jewish

    29

      • Michael and All Angels – Christian

Definitions

OCTOBER   2020

      • 3-9
        • Sukkot * – Jewish
      • 4
        • St Francis Day – Catholic Christian
        • Blessing of the Animals – Christian

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    • 10
      • Shemini Atzeret * – Jewish
    • 11
      • Simchat Torah * – Jewish
    • 12
      • Thanksgiving – Canada – Interfaith
    • 17-24
      • Navaratri ** – Hindu
    • 18
      • St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist – Christian
    • 20
      • Birth of the Báb * – Baha’i
      • Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth – Sikh
    • 22
      • Christ the King – Christian
    • 25
      • Reformation Day – Protestant Christian
      • Dasara ** – Hindu
    • 28
      • Milvian Bridge Day – Christian
    • 29
      • Reformation Day – Protestant Christian
      • Mawlid an Nabi * – Islam
    • 31
      • All Hallows Eve – Christian

Definitions

NOVEMBER   2020

    • 1
      • All Saints Day – Christian
      • Samhain – Beltane * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
    • 2
      • All Souls Day – Catholic Christian
    • 12
      • Birth of Baha’u’llah * – Baha’i
    • 13
      • Jain New Year – Jain
    • 14
      • Diwali (Deepavali) ** – Hindu-Jain-Sikh
    • 15
      • Nativity Fast begins – ends Dec. 24 – Orthodox Christian
      • Vikram New Year ** – Hindu
    • 22
      • Christ the King – Christian
    • 24
      • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur – Sikh
    • 26
      • Thanksgiving – Interfaith USA
      • Day of the Covenant * – Baha’i
    • 28
      • Ascension of  ‘Abdu’l-Baha * – Baha’i
    • 29-December 24
      • Advent begins- Christian
    • 30
      • St. Andrew’s Day – Christian
      • Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib – Sikh

Definitions

DECEMBER   2020

  • 6
    • Saint Nicholas Day – Christian
  • 8
    • Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) – Buddhism
    • Immaculate Conception of Mary – Catholic Christian
  • 11-18
    • Hanukkah – Jewish
  • 12
    • Feast day – Our Lady of Guadalupe – Catholic Christian
  • 16-25
    • Posadas Navidenas – Hispanic Christian
  • 21 Solstice
    • Yule – Christian
    • Yule – Litha * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • 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
  • 27
    • Saint John – Apostle and Evangelist – Christian
    • Holy Family – Catholic Christian
  • 28
    • Holy Innocents – Christian
  • 31
    • Watch Night – Christian