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~ IN PROGRESS - This won't get finished this weekend, please do not post anything to this thread until I am done. Thank you. ~

On this calendar you will find all major faith festivals, secular festivals and spiritual and astrological events and dates. Each month one of these will be showcased in more detail on the main board, starting summer 2012, with suggestions how you could celebrate and/or capitalise on the energies.

My idea is that, as we look at some celebrations in more detail, we can collect information and supplement the calendar, which will be links only to begin with. Therefore, please contribute any information you have on any of the showcased festivals and dates each month.

If you have a date or event to add please post it in this thread. I have not included minor festivals or most saints' days, but if YOU celebrate it and are a part of this board, I can include it for you.







* - Denotes Catholicism only


Paganism and Wicca

Spiritual and Astrological (non-denominational)

Other Faith (stated in text)



10th - Corpus Christi*
A celebration of The Eucharist ritual.

16th - Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev
A tribute to the fifth Sikh guru who wrote the holy scripture, the Guru Granth Sahib.
BBC - Religions - Sikhism: Guru Arjan

17th - Father's Day (UK/USA/Can)

19th - New Moon

20th - Litha / Summer Solstice (NH)
A celebration of the height of the light half of the year.
BBC - Religions - Paganism: Summer Solstice

21st - Yule / Winter Solstice (SH)
A festival of light in the peak of the dark half of the year.
BBC - Religions - Paganism: Winter Solstice


3rd - Full Moon

3rd - Asala / Dharma Day
A commemoration of the anniversary of the Buddha's first sermon.
BBC - Religions - Buddhism: Dharma Day, Asalha Puja

4th - Lailat al Barai'ah / Night of Forgiveness
A night of penitence, fasting and prayer vigil 2 weeks ahead of Ramadan.

9th - BAHA'I - Martyrdom of the Bab
A commemoration of the anniversary of the Bab's (Prophet) death.
BBC - Religions - Bahai: The Martyrdom of the Báb

15th - St Swithin's Day
St Swithin was a Saxon bishop - according to folklore, the weather on his feast day determines the weather for the next 40 days.
BBC - Religions - Christianity: Saint Swithin

19th - New Moon

20th - Start of Ramadan
The Muslim month of fasting, celebrating when the Qu'ran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
BBC - Religions - Islam: Ramadan

24th - MORMON - Pioneer Day
A day to commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of the first Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake Valley.
BBC - Religions - Mormon: Holy days

29th - Tisha B'Av
A solemn commemoration of tragedies for the Jewish people.
BBC - Religions - Judaism: Tisha B'av


1st - Lammas
Celebration of the "first fruits" of the harvest.

2nd - Full Moon

2nd - Raksha Bandhan
A festival to celebrate brotherly and sisterly love and protection.
BBC - Religions - Hinduism: Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)

7th - Lughnasadh / Lammas (NH)
A harvest festival and cross-quarter point on the Pagan Wheel of the Year. Some celebrate on the Christian Lammas.
BBC - Religions - Paganism: Lammas

7th - Imbolc / Candlemas (SH)
A celebration of the growing of the Sun and cross-quarter point on the Pagan Wheel of the Year.
BBC - Religions - Paganism: Imbolc

10th - Krishna Janmashtami / Jayanti
A celebration of the birth of Krishna, the most popular Hindu God.
BBC - Religions - Hinduism: Krishna Janmashtami (Krishna Jayanti)

14th - Lailat al Qadr / Night of Power
A commemoration of the night the Qu'ran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
BBC - Religions - Islam: Lailat al Qadr

15th - Assumption of Mary*
A celebration of Mother Mary's ascension, body and soul, to Heaven.
BBC - Religions - Christianity: The Assumption of Mary

17th - New Moon

19th - Eid-ul-Fitr
A feast day and symbolic breaking of the Ramadan fast.
BBC - Religions - Islam: Eid al-Fitr

31st - Full Moon


2nd - Father's Day (Aus/NZ)

8th - Birthday of Mother Mary
BBC - Religions - Christianity: Mary

16th - New Moon

17th-18th - Rosh Hashanah
Jewish New Year and the start of 10 days of penitence for the wrongdoings of the previous year.
BBC - Religions - Judaism: Rosh Hashanah
Our Rosh Hashanah Research Thread (2012)

22nd - Mabon / Autumn Equinox (NH)
Festival marking night and day being of equal duration.
BBC - Religions - Paganism: Autumn Equinox

23rd - Ostara / Spring Equinox (SH)
Festival celebrating new life when night and day are of equal duration.
BBC - Religions - Paganism: Spring Equinox

26th - Yom Kippur / Day of Atonement
The holiest day of the Jewish calendar, for asking forgiveness and looking to the future.
BBC - Religions - Judaism: Yom Kippur - The Day of Atonement

29th - Michaelmas / Feast Day of St Michael and All Angels
Included on our calendar because so many of us work with angels, this is the feast day particularly of those angels featured in the Bible - Michael and Gabriel, and in some versions, Raphael and Uriel.
Michaelmas Customs

30th - Full Moon


1st - Sukkot / Feast of Tabernacles
A harvest festival and commemoration of the years spent by the first Jews in the desert on their journey to the Promised Land.
BBC - Religions - Judaism: Sukkot

11th - Thanksgiving (Can)
Thanksgiving in Canada

15th - New Moon

16th - Start of Navaratri
A nine-night festival marking the start of autumn and themed around the opposing forces of good and evil.
BBC - Religions - Hinduism: Navaratri (Navratri)

20th - BAHA'I - Birth of the Bab
A celebration of the birth of the Bab - the Baha'i prophet.
BBC - Religions - Bahai: The Birth of the Báb

26th - Eid-ul-Adha
A festival of sacrifice which is the culmination of the annual Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
BBC - Religions - Islam: Eid ul Adha

29th - Full Moon

31st - All Hallows' Eve / Hallowe'en
The night before All Saints' Day in the Christian calendar.
All Souls' Day follows as well as the Mexican Dia de Los Muertos, and the secular Hallowe'en festival now centres around this being the point of the year when the veil between the physical world and departed souls is at its thinnest.
BBC - Religions - Christianity: All Hallows' Eve


1st - All Saints' Day / Hallowmas
A day to honour all saints of the Christian church.
BBC - Religions - Christianity: All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day

2nd - All Souls' Day* / Dia de Los Muertos
A day of prayer for all departed souls, particularly those in Purgatory. The Mexican Day of the Dead is a connected, world-renowned celebration of departed loved ones.
BBC - Religions - Christianity: All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day
Day of the Dead 2012 Oaxaca Mexico | Culinary Tour Oaxaca Mexico | Culture and Food Tours in Oaxaca

6th (US) / 7th (Europe) - Samhain (NH)
Pagan New Year and Feast of the Dead. Celebrations tie in with Hallowe'en and many Pagans actually celebrate on October 31st although this is the date of the cross-quarter point in 2012.
BBC - Religions - Paganism: Samhain

7th - Beltane (SH)
A cross-quarter point in the Pagan Wheel of the Year celebrating love, and the marriage between Goddess and God.
BBC - Religions - Paganism: Beltane

11th - Armistice Day (UK)
A day to commemorate the end of the First World War and all those who gave their lives fighting for their country in past wars.
BBC - Remembrance - Ninety Years of Remembrance 1918-2008

12th - BAHA'I - Birth of Baha'u'llah
A day commemorating the birth of the founder of the Baha'i faith.

13th - New Moon

13th - Diwali - SIKH / HINDU / JAIN shared festival
The Festival of Lights. For Sikhs, this day also commemorates the release from prison of an important Guru.
Hindu - BBC - Religions - Hinduism: Diwali
Sikh - BBC - Religions - Sikhism: Diwali

15th - Al-Hijira
Muslim New Year.
BBC - Religions - Islam: Al-Hijra

24th - Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur
A day of commemoration of the death of the ninth Sikh Guru, who was a champion of religious freedom.
BBC - Religions - Sikhism: Guru Tegh Bahadur

25th - Thanksgiving (USA)
Thanksgiving Day 2012 Calendar US | 2012 Federal Holidays USA | National Holidays in America | 2012 US Federal Holidays and Special Occasion dates in America 2012

28th - Full Moon

28th - Sangha Day
A celebration of friendship within the worldwide Buddhist community.

28th - Birthday of Guru Nanak
The most important of the Gurpurbs - celebration of the Gurus' birthdays - as Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism.
BBC - Religions - Sikhism: Guru Nanak


2nd - Advent Sunday
The start of the period of preparation before Christmas. Candles are traditionally lit to "count down" for four Sundays.

9th - Hanukkah
The Festival of Lights, commemorating victory over religious persecution and the restoration of the temple in Jerusalem.
BBC - Religions - Judaism: Hanukkah

13th - New Moon

21st - Yule / Winter Solstice (NH)
A festival of light in the peak of the dark half of the year.
BBC - Religions - Paganism: Winter Solstice

21st - Litha / Summer Solstice (SH)
A celebration of the height of the light half of the year.
BBC - Religions - Paganism: Summer Solstice

24th - Christmas Eve
A night of feasting and celebration the day before Christmas Day. In some countries in Europe this is the main holiday.

25th - Christmas Day
A commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, which is celebrated as a special family and gift-giving time even amongst non-Christians, such has been its influence and importance.
BBC - Religions - Christianity: Christmas

26th - Boxing Day / St Stephen's Day
In modern times this is part of the Christmas festival being a bank holiday in most places. In the past, it was a day to share a Christmas box of gifts with the poor.

28th - Full Moon

31st - New Year's Eve / Hogmanay
In many countries this is the main secular New Year, a time of celebration and looking forward to new beginnings, hopes and dreams.

Main Sources and Further Information

Religious Festivals Calendar 2012
Chart of 2012 equinox, solstice and cross quarter dates and times, worldwide from archaeoastronomy.com
Archaeoastronomy pinpoints equinox, solstice and cross quarter moments throughout the year
Lunar calendar 2012

Last edited by Carwen*Angel; September 29th, 2012 at 08:11 AM.
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