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Religious Calendar For 2011

Religious Calendar 2011

First Posted: 12/30/2010 11:16 pm Updated: 05/25/2011 7:20 pm

The following is an inclusive, interfaith calendar of holidays and festivals for 2011. If you have additions or corrections, please leave a comment.

JANUARY

Jan. 1

  • Mary, Mother of God (Catholic)

  • Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)

  • Gantan-sai - New Years (Shinto)

Jan. 5

Jan. 6

  • Epiphany (Christian)

  • Feast of the Theophany (Orthodox Christian)

  • Dia de los Reyes (Hispanic Christian)

  • Nativity of Christ (Armenian Orthodox Christian)

Jan. 7

  • Nativity of Christ (Orthodox Christian)

Jan. 9

  • Baptism of the Lord Jesus (Christian)

Jan. 13

Jan. 14

  • Makar Sankrant (Hindu)

Jan. 16

Jan. 17

  • Blessing of the Animals (Hispanic Catholic Christian)

Jan. 19

  • Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)

Jan. 19-21

  • Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)

Jan. 20

Jan. 25

  • Conversion of Saint Paul (Christian)

FEBRUARY

Feb. 2

  • Candlemas (Christian)

  • Imbolc - Lughnassad (Wicca/Pagan)

Feb. 3

Feb. 6

Feb. 8

Feb. 14

  • Saint Valentine's Day (Christian)

Feb. 15

  • Nirvana Day (Buddhism/Jain)

  • Mawlid an Nabi - Muhammad's birthday (Islam)

Feb. 18-25

  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Christian)

Feb. 20

  • Mawlid an Nabi - Muhammad's birthday (Shiite Islam)

Feb. 24

  • Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist (Christian)

Feb. 26-March 1

  • Ayyám-i-Há - Intercalary Days (Baha'i)

Feb. 27

  • Sunday of the Last Judgment (Orthodox Christian)

MARCH

March 1

  • Saint David of Wales (Christian)

March 2-20

  • Nineteen Day Fast (Baha'i)

March 3

  • Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

March 6

  • Cheesefare Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

  • Transfiguration Sunday (Christian)

March 7

  • Clean Monday - Great Lent begins (Orthodox Christian)

March 8

  • Shrove Tuesday (Christian)

March 9

  • Ash Wednesday - Lent begins (Christian)

March 13

  • Orthodox Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

  • Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard (Scientology)

March 17

  • St. Patrick's Day (Christian)

  • Fast of Esther (Jewish)

March 19

  • Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)

  • Saint Joseph's Day (Christian)

  • Holi (Hindu)

March 20 (Equinox)

  • Hola Mohalla (Sikh)

  • Holi (Hindu)

  • Mabon (Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere)

  • Ostara (Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere)

  • Purim (Jewish)

March 21

  • Shushan Purim (Jewish)

  • Nowrūz - New Year (Baha'i/Persian/Zoroastrian)

March 25

  • Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christian)

March 28

  • Khordad Sal - Birth of Prophet Zaranhushtra (Zoroastrian)

APRIL

April 4

  • Ugadi - New Year (Hindu)

April 5

  • Qingming (Chinese traditional)

April 12

  • Ram Navami (Hindu)

  • Swaminarayan Jayanti (Hindu)

April 14

  • Baisakhi (Sikh)

April 16

  • Lazarus Saturday (Orthodox Christian)

April 17

  • Palm/Passion Sunday (Christian)

  • Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

April 18-21

  • Theravadin New Year (Buddhist)

  • Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)

April 18

April 19-26

  • Pesach (Passover) (Jewish)

April 19-June 7

  • Sefirat HaOmer (Jewish)

April 21

  • First Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

  • Maundy Thursday (Christian)

April 22

  • Good (Holy) Friday (Christian)

April 23

  • Black Saturday (Christian)

  • St. George Day (Christian)

April 24

  • Easter (Christian)

April 29

  • Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

April 30

  • St. James the Great Day (Orthodox Christian)

MAY

May 1

  • Yom HaSho'ah (Jewish)

  • Beltane - Samhain (Wicca/Pagan)

May 2

  • Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

May 5

  • National Day of Prayer (Interfaith USA)

May 9

  • Yom Ha'Atzmaut (Jewish)

May 17

  • Buddha Day - Visakha Puja (Buddhist)

May 22

  • Lag B'Omer (Jewish)

May 23

  • Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)

May 29

  • Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

JUNE

June 2

  • Ascension of Jesus (Christian)
  • June 8-9

    • Shavuot (Jewish)

    June 9

    • Saint Columba of Iona (Celtic Christian)

    June 10

    • All Saints (Orthodox Christian)

    June 12

    • Pentecost (Christian)

    June 16

    • Guru Arjan Dev martyrdom (Sikh)

    June 19

    • All Saints (Orthodox Christian)

    • New Church Day (Swedenborgian Christian)

    • Trinity Sunday (Christian)

    • Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)

    June 21 (Solstice)

    • First Nations Day (Canadian Native People)

    • Litha (Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere)

    • Yule (Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere)

    June 23

    • Corpus Christi (Catholic)

    June 28

    • Lailat al Miraj (Islam)

    June 29

    • Saints Peter and Paul (Christian)

    JULY

    July 1

    • Sacred Heart of Jesus (Catholic)

    July 9

    • Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha'i)

    July 11

    • Saint Benedict Day (Catholic)

    July 15

    • Lailat al Bara'ah (Islam)

    • Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)

    • Saint Vladimir Day (Christian)

    July 13-16

    • Ulambana - (Japanese Buddhist)

    July 19

    • Fast of 17th of Tamuz (Jewish)

    July 24

    • Pioneer Day (Mormon)

    July 23

    • Birthday of Emperor Haili Selassi I (Rastafari)

    July 25

    • St. James the Great Day (Christian)

    AUGUST

    Aug. 1

    • Lammas (Christian)

    • Fast in honor of Holy Mother of Lord Jesus (Orthodox Christian)

    • Ramadan begins (Islam)

    Aug. 2

    • Lughnassad - Imbolc (Wicca/Pagan)

    Aug. 6

    • Transfiguration of the Lord (Orthodox Christian)

    Aug. 7

    • Laylat al Kadr (Islam)

    Aug. 9

    • Tisha B'Av - begins at sundown Aug. 8 (Jewish)

    Aug. 13

    • Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

    Aug. 13-15

    • Obon (Shinto)

    Aug. 15

    • Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic)

    • Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)

    Aug. 22

    • Janmashtami - Krisha Jayanti (Hindu)

    Aug. 26

    • Lailat al Kadr (Islam)

    Aug. 29

    • Beheading of John the Baptist (Christian)

    Aug. 31

    • Eid al Fitr (Islam)

    SEPTEMBER

    Sept. 1

    • Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

    • Ecclesiastical New Year (Orthodox Christian)

    Sept. 2-10

    • Paryushana Parva (Jain)

    Sept. 8

    • Nativity of Mary (Christian)

    Sept. 14

    • Elevation of the Life Giving Cross - Holy Cross Day (Christian)

    Sept. 23 (Equinox)

    • Mabon (Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere)

    • Ostara (Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere)

    Sept. 27

    • Meskel (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)

    Sept. 28-Oct. 5

    • Navaratri (Hindu)

    Sept. 29-30

    • Rosh Hashanah - begins at sundown Sept. 28 (Jewish)

    Sept. 29

    • Michael and All Angels (Christian)

    OCTOBER

    Oct. 2

    Oct. 4

    • St. Francis Day (Catholic)

    Oct. 5

    • Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day (Islam)

    Oct. 6

    • Dasera (Hindu)

    Oct. 8

    • Yom Kippur - begins at sunset Oct. 7 (Jewish)

    Oct. 10

    • Thanksgiving - Canada (Interfaith)

    Oct. 13-19

    • Sukkot (Jewish)

    Oct. 19

    • Hoshanah Rabah (Jewish)

    Oct. 20

    • Birth of the Báb (Baha'i)

    • Shemini Atzeret - begins sundown Oct. 19 (Jewish)

    • Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth (Sikh)

    Oct. 21

    • Simhat Torah (Jewish)

    Oct. 22

    • New Year (Jain)

    Oct. 24-28

    • Deepavali (Hindu)

    Oct. 26

    • Diwali (Jain/Hindu/Sikh)

    Oct. 28

    • Milvian Bridge Day (Christian)

    Oct. 30

    • Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)

    Oct. 31

    • All Hallows Eve (Christian)

    NOVEMBER

    Nov. 1

    • All Saints' Day (Christian)

    • Samhain - Beltane (Wicca/Pagan)

    Nov. 2

    • All Souls' Day (Catholic)

    Nov. 4-7

    • Hajj (Islam)

    Nov. 6

    • Eid al Adha (Islam)

    Nov. 10

    • Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday (Sikh)

    Nov. 12

    • Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

    Nov. 15

    • Nativity Fast begins through Dec. 24 (Orthodox Christian)

    Nov. 20

    • Christ the King (Christian)

    Nov. 24

    • Thanksgiving (Interfaith)

    • Gkuru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom (Sikh)

    Nov. 26

    • Day of Covenant (Baha'i)

    • Al-Hijra - New Year (Islam)

    Nov. 27

    • First Sunday of Advent (Christian)

    Nov. 30

    • Saint Andrew's Day (Christian)

    DECEMBER

    Dec. 5

    • Ashura (Islam)

    Dec. 6

    • Saint Nicholas Day (Christian)

    Dec. 8

    • Bodhi Day - Rohatsu (Buddhism)

    • Immaculate Conception (Catholic)

    Dec. 12

    • Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic)

    Dec. 16

    • Posadas Navidenas (Christian)

    Dec. 21-28

    • Hanukkah (Jewish)

    Dec. 22 solstice

    • Yule (Christian)

    • Yule (Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere)

    • Litha (Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere)

    Dec. 25

    • Christmas (Christian)

    • Feast of the Nativity (Orthodox Christian)

    Dec. 26

    • Zarathosht Diso - Death of Prophet Zarathushtra (Zoroastrian)

    • Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr (Christian)

    Dec. 28

    • Holy Innocents (Christian)

    Dec. 30

    • Feast of the Holy Family (Catholic Christian)

    Dec. 31

    • Watch Night (Christian)

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