We live in a beautiful, diverse world, and almost each day of the year is a sacred time for someone, somewhere. HuffPost Religion is proud to present an interfaith, inclusive religious calendar for nine major world religions: Baha'i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Islam, Paganism, Shinto and Sikhism. We hope you will come to this page regularly to learn about the festivals of your religious tradition as well as your neighbors'.
Click through the slideshow to see a pictorial religious calendar for 2014 with photographs of celebrations of the world's numerous beautiful and sacred holidays:
This feast is a celebration of Mary's motherhood of Jesus. Photo: Pope Francis
St. Basil died on 1st January and the Orthodox Church celebrates his feast and with the Feast of Circumcision of Christ on this day. The Anglican Church celebrates the Feast of St. Basil on January 2 while the Episcopal church celebrates it on January 14. On this day, the Eastern Orthodox church, Lutheran church and some Anglican churches also celebrate the Feast of the Circumcision of Christ.
Gantan Sai is the Shinto New Year's festival.
This is the birthday of the 10th and last Sikh guru, also the founder of Sikhism. Photo: Indian Sikh devotees carry the Palki Sahib, with the Guru Granth Sahib, the Holy scriptures of Sikhism, during a procession from the Sri Akal Takhat at The Golden Temple in Amritsar January 10, 2011 as part of the ongoing 345th Prakash Utsav birthday celebrations for Sikh Guru Gobind Singh. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU
This day celebrates the revelation of God the Son as a human being in Jesus Christ. Western Christians commemorate principally (but not solely) the visitation of the Biblical Magi to the Baby Jesus, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles.
On this day, Eastern Christians commemorate the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River, seen as his manifestation to the world as the Son of God. Greek Orthodox swimmers hold a wooden cross in the Bosphorus river's Golden Horn after a mass as part of celebrations of the Epiphany day at the Church of Fener Orthodox Patriarchiate in Istanbul, on January 6, 2011. The Orthodox faith uses the old Julian calendar in which Christmas falls 13 days after its more widespread Gregorian calendar counterpart on December 25. AFP PHOTO / MUSTAFA OZER Many Catholics and Episcopalians celebrate the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan by John the Baptist on Jan. 8.
On this day, Armenian Orthodox Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, in connection with Epiphany. Photo: Greek Orthodox priests take part in a Christmas procession at Manger Square outside the Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on January 6, 2011. The Orthodox faith uses the old Julian calendar in which Christmas falls 13 days after more widespread Gregorian calendar. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA
A Greek Orthodox priest celebrates Christmas mass at a church in Gaza city on January 7, 2011, as Orthodox Christians use the old Julian calendar in which Christmas falls 13 days after the date in the more widespread Gregorian calendar. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS
Indian girls dressed as Punjabi folk dancers smile as they fly kites, at the Jagat Jyoti High School in Amritsar prior to the Lohri festival. The Lohri festival is an annual thanks giving day and an extremely popular harvest festival in India, especially Northern India. AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANU
A decorated cow is led by an Indian Hindu handler as it walks through fire as part of the Makar Sankranti celebrations in Bangalore. The Makar Sakranti harvest festival signals the end of the traditional farming season in the region, with many farmers observing prayers to crops and farm animals that toil their land. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR
The ultra-Orthodox rabbi of the Belz Hasidim washes his hands before the start of the celebration of the Jewish feast of 'Tu Bishvat' or Tree New Year in Jerusalem. Among the most learned Jewish scholars were the Belz, a Hasidic dynasty named after a small town in Western Ukraine. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA
In Mahayana countries the new year starts on the first full moon day in January.
Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA: Ethiopian Orthodox Patriarch Paolos Abuna watches 19 January 2006 while supervising the beginning of the Timqat celebrations in Addis Ababa. Timqat (Timkat) or Epiphany is celebrated on Tir 11th according to the Ithiopian (Ethiopian) calendar or 19th January (western calendar) which is 12 days after Orthodox Christmas. It is the greatest of the Christian Festivals and celebrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. AFP PHOTO/MARCO LONGARI
World Religion Day was initiated in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'i faith in the United States. The purpose was to call attention to the harmony of the world's religions and emphasize that the aims of religion are to create unity among people, to ease suffering, and to bring about peace. The day is observed with gatherings in homes, public meetings and panel discussions, and proclamations by government officials.
The Conversion of Paul the Apostle, as depicted in the Christian Bible, refers to an event reported to have taken place in the life of Paul of Tarsus which led him to cease persecuting early Christians and to himself become a follower of Jesus; it is normally dated by researchers to AD 33-36. Photo: Pope Benedict XVI (C) leads the celebration of the second vespers of the solemnity of the conversion of Saint Paul on January 25, 2011 in St Paul's basilica outside the walls in Rome. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO
A boy holds a statue of the baby Jesus during a celebration of the Dia de Candelaria, or Day of Candlemas, in the working-class neighborhood of Candelaria, Mexico City, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009. Mexicans flocked to area churches Monday carrying depictions of baby Jesus, to mark the day in the Bible when Mary and Joseph took baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem forty days after his birth. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Also called Oimelc and Candlemas, Imbolc celebrates the awakening of the land and the growing power of the Sun.
A parent of kindergarten children wearing a demon-like mask to scare pupils takes part in a bean-throwing ceremony to drive away evil and bring good luck at the annual Setsubun Festival at Tokyo's Sensoji Temple on February 3, 2011. Some 400 children attended the festival to greet the coming of spring. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO
Indian Sikh devotees pay their respects at the Sikh Shrine Gurdwara Chheharta Sahib, some 7kms west of Amritsar on the occasion of Basant Panchami. Basant Panchami is celebrated during February-March, at the end of winter to welcome spring. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU
Indian artist Sakharam Raj Vohra paints a statue of Hindu goddess Mata Saraswati at a roadside in Amritsar ahead of Saraswati Puja. The festival, which is dominated by the colour yellow, is celebrated by appeasing Goddess Saraswati as she symbolises the constant flow of wisdom and also represents the blossoming of nature. AFP PHOTO / NARINDER NANU
This marks the day in 1858 when St. Bernadette had her first vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This is a Mahayana Buddhist festival marking the anniversary of the Buddha's death.
Indian Hindu devotees pour milk over a Shiva Lingam, a stone deity sculpture representing the creative energy of the Universe and the infinite nature of Shiva. AFP PHOTO/ NARINDER NANU
The Nineteen-Day Fast (2 March-21 March) is a nineteen-day period of the year, during which members of the Bahá'í Faith adhere to a sunrise-to-sunset fast. Along with obligatory prayer, it is one of the greatest obligations of a Bahá'í, and its chief purpose is spiritual; to reinvigorate the soul and bring the person closer to God. The fast was instituted by the Báb, and accepted by Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith, who stated its rules in his book of laws, the Kitáb-i-Aqdas.
Carnival revellers dance as they parade in the streets of Strumica late on March 8, 2011. The carnival, which marks the beginning of the Christian Orthodox lent, attracted hundreds of participants and tens of thousands visitors to Strumica. AFP PHOTO / ROBERT ATANASOVSKI
A worshiper receives ashes during Ash Wednesday services at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and involves the placing ashes on the foreheads of Christian believers as a sign of repentance which occurs 40 days, excluding Sundays, before Easter. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Israeli settlers and their children dressed in costumes hold balloons as they celebrate the annual Purim parade in the divided West Bank city of Hebron on March 20, 2011. Purim commemorates the salvation of the Jews from the ancient Persians as described in the book of Esther. AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA
Saint Patrick's Day is a religious holiday celebrated internationally on 17 March. It commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387-461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland), the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early 17th century, and has gradually become a secular celebration of Irish culture in general.
Indian Sikh devotees spray perfume on the Palki Sahib which carries The Guru Garnth Sahib (Holy Book of Sikhs) in a procession from the Golden Temple to Sri Akal Takhat Sahib in Amritsar on the occasion of Hola Mohalla. Hola Mohalla or Hola Mahalla or simply Hola is a Sikh festival which originated in the time of Guru Gobind Singh who held the first mock fighting event at Anandpur in February 1701, which on the first of the lunar month of Chet which usually falls in March following the Hindu festival of Holi. During the three day festival, mock battles, exhibitions, display of weapons are held followed by kirtan, music and poetry competitions. Nihang Sikh 'warriors' perform Gatka (mock encounters with real weapons), and other feats including tent pegging and bareback horse-riding. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU
Hindu devotees play with coloured powders during Holi celebrations at the Bankey Bihari Temple in Vrindavan, India. Holi, the spring festival of colours, is celebrated by Hindus around the world in an explosion of colour to mark the end of the winter. (Photo by Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)
Spring Equinox celebrates the renewed life of the Earth that comes with the Spring.
Afghan devotees walk at the Hazrat Ali Shrine in Mazar-i-Sharif on March 20, 2009. Tens of thousands of Afghans from all over the war-scarred country have poured into the northern Afghan town ahead of the Afghan New Year, called Naw Ruz which is due on March 21. Afghans come to the city because of the presence of the Hazrat Ali shrine where special religious ceremonies are taking place to mark New Year's Day. AFP PHOTO/SHAH Marai
The Annunciation, also referred to as the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary or Annunciation of the Lord, is the Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to Virgin Mary, that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus the Son of God.
Hindu priest wash statuettes of the Hindu deities Hanuman (L), Laxman (2L), Lord Rama (2R) and Goddess Sita (R) at the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) temple in Ahmedabad, on the occasion of Rama Navami. Ram Navami commemorates the birth of Hindu God Lord Rama who is remembered for his prosperous and righteous reign, which has become synonymous with a period of peace and prosperity. AFP PHOTO/ Sam PANTHAKY
Chrisitian pilgrims carry palm branches during the Palm Sunday procession from Mt. Olives into Jerusalem's old city, marking the triumphant return of Jesus Christ to Jerusalem when a cheering crowd greeted him waving palm leaves the week before his death. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON
This day marks an ancient harvest festival, celebrated with great zeal across North India, and particularly in Punjab. Photo: Britain's Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, (C) pose for pictures as they met surviving veterans of the Sikh Brigade of the British Army at an event to mark the Sikh religious and cultural festival of Vaisakhi at St James Palace, London. The Prince of Wales today praised the courage of Sikh soldiers who fought in the Second World War. The Prince said the country owed an 'immense debt of gratitude' to the Sikhs who fought in both the First and Second World Wars. The veterans were among prominent members of the Anglo-Sikh community invited to the palace to celebrate Sikh New Year, or Vaisakhi. AFP PHOTO/Lewis Whyld/WPA POOL
Indian women perform a traditional dance as they take part in a procession for Mahavir Jayanti, in New Delhi, India,Thursday, April 5, 2012. The holiday celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Mahavira, who created the defining rules of Jainism. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
A Sri Lankan Buddhist devotee offers prayers at a temple in the Bellanvila suburb of Colombo as part of the traditional new year rituals. The timing of Sri Lanka's Sinhala New Year coincides with the new year celebrations of many traditional calendars of South and Southeast Asia. AFP PHOTO / Lakruwan WANNIARACHCHI
Indian Hindu devotees travel with a portrait of Hindu God Hanuman during a procession on a street on the occassion of Hanuman Jayanti - Hanuman's birthday. Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman, the monkey God. Hanuman known for his strength is worshipped for his unyielding devotion to Rama and is remembered for his selfless dedication to the God. AFP PHOTO/Noah SEELAM
Jewish men wrapped with prayer shawls attend the Annual Cohanim prayer, or Priest's blessing, for the Pesach (Passover) holiday at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's old city. Thousands of Jews make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem during Pesach, which commemorates the Israelites' exodus from Egypt some 3,500 years ago. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
Indian Catholic Bishop of the Archdiocese of Hyderabad Reverend M. Joji (C) offers The Holy Eucharist during the evening mass of the Lord Supper celebrated as Maundy Thursday service at St. Anthony's Church in Hyderabad. The ceremony commemorates the symbolic example of Jesus Christ washing the feet of his apostles at the Lord's Supper on the eve of his crucifixion. AFP PHOTO/Noah SEELAM
French bishop Andre Vingt-Trois carries a wooden cross to the Montmartre Basilica during a Good Friday procession to commemorate the death of Christ. AFP PHOTO PIERRE VERDY
It is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week in which Christians prepare for Easter. It commemorates the day that Jesus Christ's body laid in the tomb. Photo: Pope Benedict XVI waves to worshippers following a Papal mass on Holy Saturday at St Peter's basilica at The Vatican. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
Pakistani Christians pray during an Easter Sunday Mass at a church in Lahore. Christian believers around the world mark the Holy Week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI (Photo credit should read Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
The start of a festival when Baha'is celebrate the day when Baha'u'llah said that he was the prophet predicted by the Bab.
Morris Men dance at a May Day dawn celebration service in front of St. Michael's Tower on Glastonbury Tor on May 1, 2011 in Glastonbury, England. Although more synonymous with International Workers' Day, or Labour Day, May Day or Beltane is celebrated by druids and pagans as the beginning of summer and the chance to celebrate the coming of the season of warmth and light. Other traditional English May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing and the crowning of a May Queen with celebrations involving a Maypole. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Akshaya Tritiya is a holy day observed by Hindus and Jains around the world. More here. An Indian sales person arranges bangles made of gold and other precious metals on the eve of the Hindu festival, Akshaya Tritiya in Ahmedabad on April 23, 2012. Akshaya Tritiya is a day on which to avail infinite benefits, both cosmic and monetary, symbolizing prosperity and good fortune. (Photo credit: SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty Images)
Buddhist followers lighting candles at Borobudur temple during Vesak Day, commonly known as 'Buddha's birthday', at the Borobudur Mahayana Buddhist monument on May 17, 2011 in Magelang, Indonesia. Buddhists in Indonesia celebrate Vesak at the monument anually, which makes it the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia. It is observed during the full moon in May or June, with the ceremony centred at three Buddhist temples by walking from Mendut to Pawon and ending at Borobudur. The stages of life of Buddhism's founder, Gautama Buddha, which are celebrated at Vesak are his birth, enlightenment to Nirvana, and his passing (Parinirvana). (Photo by Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)
Ascension Day marks the last earthly appearance of Christ after his resurrection. Christians believe Christ ascended into heaven. It is celebrated 40 days after Easter.
A visitor learns about Baha'u'llah, the 19th century Persian founder of the Bahai faith, in the visitors' center in the Bahai gardens in Haifa, Israel. The world spiritual center of the Bahai faith and resting place for the remains of their founder Bab, whose devotees number less than six million worldwide, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO last week. (Photo by David Silverman/Getty Images)
Members of the Black Hebrews community celebrate the Shavuot harvest festival in Dimona, Israel. The community, who call themselves the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, moved to Israel in 1969 from the United States and have since maintained a vibrant culture which includes a communal lifestyle and a vegan diet. They are not recognized as Jews by Israel despite their belief in the Torah, but were granted permanent resident status in 2003. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
The seventh Sunday after Easter, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples and the birth of the Christian church.
The first Sunday after Pentecost, Christians meditate on the nature of God as "three in one."
The Feast of Corpus Christi celebrates the Body and Blood of Christ really present in the Eucharist. A man dressed up as the devil jumps over babies lying on a mattress in the street during the 'El Salto del Colacho' (the jump of the devil) to mark the Corpus Christi feast in Castrillo de Murcia, near Burgos. AFP PHOTO / CESAR MANSO
Longest day of the year.
This day marks the start of Ramadan, a holy month of fasting for Muslims. Photo: Syrian Muslim girls and women sit outside the Omayyad Mosque in central Damascus during the weekly Friday prayer during the holy fasting month of Ramadan. AFP PHOTO/JOSEPH EID
The martyrdom of both these saints are observed by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and Lutheran churches, and is one of the oldest saints' days.
A general view shows the terraced gardens and the golden Shrine of Bab following renovation works at the Bahai World Center, in the Israeli port city of Haifa, on April 12, 2011. The restoration work in the Bahai Faith second holiest site began in 2008 and was carried out by volunteers from Mongolia, China, Ecuador, Kenya, Germany, Canada, U.S, South Africa, Vanuatu, India and New Zealand . The gardens, tucked into the steep slopes of mount Carmel, are designed in nine concentric circles around the shrine where Bahai prophet Siyyid Ali Muhammad -- known to Bahais as 'The Bab' -- is buried. AFP PHOTO/JACK GUEZ
Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and Eastern Orthodox churches consider the first person to see Jesus at his resurrection a saint. She is also important in the Baha'i faith.
Muslim boys pray at the Grand Mosque in Kuwait City early on the night of 'Lailat al-Qadr' which marks the revelation of the Koran, Islam's holy book, to the Prophet Mohammed through the archangel Gabriel during the fasting month of Ramadan. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT
Eid-ul-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting (sawm). Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity," while Fiṭr means "breaking the fast". The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan. Photo: Libyan rebels embrace and greet residents of the desert town of Bin Jawad near the front line east of Sirte on August 31, 2011 as the country marked the first Eid al-Fitr feast in 42 years free of Moamer Kadhafi's yoke. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG
Religious Jews read from the biblical Book of Lamentation as they observe Tisha B'av in Jerusalem's Old City, Israel. Jews around the world begin to mark the destruction of the First and Second holy temples. The Tisha B'Av ceremony, literally the ninth day of the month of Av in the Hebraic calendar, is the darkest day of the year for Jews, marking the destruction of both the temples, by the Babylonians in 587 BC and later by the Romans in 70 AD. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported in the New Testament in which Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant upon a mountain. Russian Orthodox believers walk past a basket of apples during a procession of the cross as part of the Transfiguration of Jesus holiday in Suzdal on August 19, 2009. The Russian folk name for the holiday is 'Yablochny Spas' or Apple Salvation. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER UTKIN
An Indian lady ties a Rakhi bracelet on the wrist of an inmate at Sabarmati Central Jail on the occasion of 'Raksha Bandhan' in Ahmedabad. Raksha Bandhan festival falls on celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. The ceremony involves a bracelet being tied by a sister to her brother's wrist, symbolizing the sister's love and prayers for her brother's well-being, and the brother's vow to protect her. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY
Religious carry a statue of the Virgin Mary during an Assumption procession of the Saint-Nicolas du Chardonnet fundamentalist church, on August 15, 2011 in Paris. According to Roman Catholic catechism, the Assumption feast celebrates Virgin Mary's ascent into Heaven. AFP PHOTO PIERRE VERDY
A Greek Orthodox priest carries an icon of the Virgin Mary along the narrow streets of Jerusalem's Old City during a procession marking The Dormition of the Theotokos (God-bearer) which commemorates the Virgin Mary. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON
A woman walks inside the Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna Temple, in Watford, north of London, during an open day for pilgrims to celebrate 'Janmashtami' - the birth of Lord Krishna. Over 65,000 pilgrims and guests are expected to visit Bhaktivedanta Manor Krishna Temple to celebrate Janmashtami. AFP PHOTO / FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA
Celebrated by the people of Kerala, India, Onam commemorates the Vamana avatar of Vishnu. Photo: Indian Keralites prepare floral rangoli known as 'Pookkalam' as a part of Onam celebrations at Narayan Guru Vidhyalaya in Ahmedabad on September 13, 2009. Some ten teams participated in Pookkalam-making competition organised by Sreenarayan Cultural Mission. AFP PHOTO/ Sam PANTHAKY
Orthodox Christians, Catholics and Anglicans celebrate the birth of Mary.
Pagans celebrate the Autumn Equinox, during which there are equal amounts of light and darkness. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Radhastami is the celebration day of Srimati Radharani's birth. Radharani is the childhood friend and lover of Krishna. She was born 15 days after Krishna's birth, which is celebrated also, as Janmastami.
Indian dancers perform a traditional dance on the last day of Navratri, nine nights dedicated to worshipping the divine feminine. AFP PHOTO / Sam PANTHAKY
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Photo: Ultra orthodox Jews offer prayers in the small Ukrainian city of Uman, some 200 kms south of Kiev on September 9, 2010. About 24,000 of followers of Rabbi Nachman from around the world flocked to the Uman to pay homage to their spiritual leader and celebrate the start of the New Year at his grave. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY
Indian Hindu devotees wipe vermilion on each other in front of a large statue of Hindu goddess Durga as they prepare to immerse it in the River Yamuna during Durga Puja festivities in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. The festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by lion-riding, ten armed goddess Durga, marking the triumph of good over evil. (AP Photo/Kevin Frayer)
Indian Hindus watch an effigy of the Hindu demon king Ravana, stuffed with fire-crackers, burn at the Hindu festival of Dussehra in New Delhi New Delhi. Dussehra, which is celebrated at the end of the Navratri (nine nights) festival, symbolises the victory of good over evil in Hindu mythology. On the night of Dussehra fire-cracker stuffed effigies of demon king Ravana are set ablaze across the country. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN
Pakistani Muslims offer Eid prayers at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore. Islam's second biggest annual festival Eid al-Adha is celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience to God, before God intervened to provide him with a sheep to sacrifice instead. AFP PHOTO/ Arif Ali
A Religious Jewish man whips a another one with leather straps as a symbolic punishment for his past year's sins during the traditional Malkot ceremony, a few hours before the start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holy day of Atonement on the beach in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod. AFP PHOTO/DAVID BUIMOVITCH
Orthodox Jews prepare a sukkah, an outdoor hut, by covering its roof with branches as part of the Sukkot holiday at the Chabad center in Berlin, Germany. Sukkot, also called the Feast of Tabernacles, lasts seven days and community members take celebratory meals inside the sukkah. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
This marks the start of the Islamic New Year. Marks the migration of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina.
In this photo, Iranian Jews dance around a Torah scroll, during a celebration of Simchat Torah, which marks the completion of the annual reading of the Torah, or Jewish scripture, and the beginning of the next cycle of reading, at the Hakim Synagogue, in northern Tehran, Iran. Iran's population of 75 million includes about 20,000 Jews, the largest Jewish population in the middle east outside Israel, and they have one Jewish representative in the parliament under the constitution. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
This day celebrates the birth of the precursor of the founder of the Baha'i faith.
Sacred to Hindus and Jains, the celebration of Diwali symbolizes the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance. In the Hindu tradition, Diwali commemorates the return of Lord Rama, Sita and Lakshmana to their kingdom Ayodhya after defeating the demon king Ravana. This story is recounted in the ancient Sanskrit epic, Ramayana. Jains celebrate Diwali as the day when Lord Mahavira, the leader who laid down the central tenets of Jainism, attained enlightenment.
In the Sikh tradition, Bandi Chhor Divas ('prisoner release day'), is celebrated to mark the release of the sixth Guru Hargobind from imprisonment by the Mughals. Photo: Indian Sikh devotees Gurmeet Singh (R) and Puneet Kaur lights lamps as they pay their respects at the illuminated Sikh Shrine, The Golden Temple in Amritsar on October 26, 2011, on the occasion of Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali. Sikhs celebrate Bandi Chhor Divas or Diwali to mark the return of the Sixth Guru, Guru Hargobind Ji, who was freed from imprisonment and also managed to release 52 political prisoners at the same time from Gwalior fort by Mughal Emperor Jahangir in 1619. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU
Samhain is an ancient Gaelic harvest festival. Photo: Druids perform a pagan Samhain blessing ceremony at the Stonehenge monument, in Wiltshire, in southern England. AFP PHOTO/CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)
The night before All Saints' Day (All Hallows' Day). Its origins date back over 2000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It was celebrated as a Christian festival by the 8th century. Photo: Thousands of candles glow at a cemetery in the Slovak village of Bobrovec on October 30,2011, two days before the All Saints Day. Thousands of Slovaks used the sunny and unusually warm weekend to visit the cemeteries across the country to pay their respects to their ancestors. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR
All Souls' Day commemorates the faithful departed. Photo: An Aymara woman walks at the Villa Ingenio cemetery in El Alto, 25 Km west of La Paz, on November 2, 2011 during the religious festivity of the Day of the Dead, also known as All Souls Day in Bolivia. Catholics in Mexico and countries throughout Latin America, including Bolivia, celebrate the Day of the Dead in connection with the Catholic holy days of All Saints Day on November 1 and All Souls Day on November 2. Ceremonies -- which traditionally include all-night vigils in cemeteries and colourful altars with food and drink -- are taking place across these countries. AFP PHOTO/AIZAR RALDES
Ashura marks the death of Prophet Muhammad's grandson the revered Imam Hussein in Karbala, Iraq in 680 AD. Photo: Shi'ite worshipers pose after cutting their scalps in a ritual display of mourning during an Ashura commemoration ceremony outside Kadhimiya shrine in Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Indian Sikh devotees light candles as they pay their respects at the illuminated Golden Temple in Amritsar. Devotees thronged the temple on the occasion of the 542nd birthday of Sri Guru Nanak Dev. Guru Nanak was the founder of the religion of Sikhism and the first of ten Sikh Gurus. AFP PHOTO/NARINDER NANU
Celebrates the birth in 1817 of the founder of the Baha'i faith.
Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth Sikh guru and is honored as a champion of religious freedom. He was executed in 1675 for refusing to convert to Islam.
Advent Sunday marks the start of the Advent Season, a period of waiting and expectation for the coming of Christ. Phtoo: The interior of Salisbury Cathedral is illuminated by candles carried by choristers during the annual 'darkness to light' advent procession on November 25, 2011 in Salisbury, England. The service - which begins with the medieval cathedral in total darkness and silence before the Advent Candle is lit at the West End -is one of the most popular services of the liturgical year. The annual advent service, which takes place over three nights, is a mix of music and readings during which two great candlelit processions move around the different spaces in the 750-year-old building which, by the end, is illuminated by almost 1300 candles and is a spectacular start to the Christmas season. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
This day is celebrated by Roman Catholics who remember Mary's conception as being without sin, therefore, immaculate.
Bodhi Day is a Buddhist holiday that commemorates the day that the Buddha achieved enlightenment, translated as bodhi in Sanskrit or Pali.
Mexican pilgrims carrying an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico's patron saint, arrive at her basilica in Mexico City during the annual celebration. On this day, Mexicans celebrate the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe to San Juan Diego in 1531. (Photo credit should read YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight day Jewish holiday marking the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Photo: The National Menorah is lit for the first night of Hanukkah on the National Mall December 20, 2010 in Washington DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The Winter Solstice is the longest and darkest night of the year. It is celebrated to mark the return of the sun and longer days.
The night before Christmas, when churches all over the world hold services in anticipation of Christmas Day.
Christmas Day marks the start of the 12-day Christmas season when Christians celebrate the coming of Christ into the world. Photo: Christians and others gather in Manger Square, the central plaza next to the Church of the Nativity, as people ready to celebrate Christmas in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 24, 2011. The Church of the Nativity is built over the site where Christians believe Mary gave birth to Jesus in a stable, and laid him in an animal's feeding trough, or manger. AFP PHOTO/ABBAS MOMANI
Please note that, unless otherwise noted, Jewish holidays start at sundown on the previous day. Also, due to Islam's use of the lunar calendar, some dates will be confirmed closer to the holiday. If this list does not include your sacred observance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief description of the holiday so that we can add it here.
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Baha'i Holidays 2014
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Jain Holidays 2014
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Muslim Holidays 2014
Pagan Holidays 2014
Shinto Holidays 2014
Sikh Holidays 2014
Baha'i Holidays 2014:
Jan 20 - World Religion Day
Mar 2-20: The Nineteen Day Fast
Mar 21 - Nowruz / Naw-Ruz (Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Iranian New Year)
Apr 21- May 2 - Ridván
May 23- Declaration of the Bab
May 29 - Ascension of Baha'u'llah
July 9 - The Martyrdom of the Bab
Oct 20 - Birth of the Bab
Nov 12 - Birth of Baha'u'llah
Buddhist Holidays 2014:
Jan 16-19 - Mahayana New Year
Feb 8 - Parinirvana - Nirvana Day
Feb 15 - Nirvana Day
Apr 15 - Theravada New Year
May 14 - Wesak or Buddha Day
Jul 12 - Asala - Dharma Day
Dec 8 - Bodhi Day
Christian Holidays 2014 (all denominations):
Jan 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Catholic)
Jan 1 - Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 6 - Epiphany
Jan 6 - Feast of Theophany (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 6 - Nativity of Jesus (Armenian Orthodox)
Jan 7 - Christmas Day (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 19 - Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
Jan 25 - Conversion of St. Paul
Feb 2 - Candlemas
Feb 11 - Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes (Catholic)
Mar 3 - Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian)
Mar 4 - Shrove Tuesday
Mar 5 - Ash Wednesday
Mar 17 - St. Patrick's Day (Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran)
Mar 25 - Annunciation
Apr 13 - Palm Sunday
Apr 17 - Maundy Thursday
Apr 18 - Good Friday
Apr 19 - Holy Saturday
Apr 20 - Easter Sunday
May 29 - Ascension Day
Jun 8 - Pentecost
Jun 15 - Trinity Sunday
Jun 15 - All Saints' Day (Orthodox)
Jun 19 - Corpus Christi
Jun 29 - St. Peter and St. Paul's Day
July 22 - Feast of Mary Magdalene
Aug 6 - Transfiguration of Jesus
Aug 15 - Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic)
Aug 15 - Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
Sep 8 - Nativity of the Theotokos / Birth of Virgin Mary
Sep 29 - Michaelmas
Oct 31 - All Hallows' Eve
Nov 1 - All Saints Day / All Hallows' Day
Nov 2 - All Souls' Day
Nov 30 - Advent Sunday
Dec 8 - Feast of Immaculate Conception (Catholic)
Dec 12 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec 24 - Christmas Eve (Western Churches)
Dec 25 - Christmas Day (Western Churches)
Hindu Holidays 2014:
Jan 14 - Makar Sankranti / Pongal
Feb 4 - Saraswati Puja
Feb 28 - Shivratri
Mar 17 - Holi
Apr 8 - Ram Navami
Apr 15 - Hanuman Jayanti
Aug 10 - Raksha Bandhan
Aug 17 - Janmasthami
Sept 7 - Onam
Sept 23 - Radhasthami
Sept 25 - Navratri
Sept 30-Oct 4 - Durga Puja
Oct 4 - Dussehra
Oct 23 - Diwali
Jain Holidays 2014:
Apr 13 - Mahavir Jayanti
May 2 - Akshaya Tritiya
Aug 29 - Anant Chaturdashi
Aug 30 - Paryushan Parva
Sept 8 - Kshamavani
Oct 23- Diwali
Jewish Holidays 2014:
Jan 16 - Tu B'Shevat
Mar 16 - Purim
Apr 15-23 - Passover
Jun 4-5 - Shavuot
Aug 5 - Tisha B'Av
Sept 25-26 - Rosh Hashanah
Oct 4 - Yom Kippur
Oct 9-15 - Sukkot
Oct 17 - Simchat Torah
Dec 17-24 - Hanukkah
Muslim Holidays 2014:
Jun 28 - Ramadan Starts
Jul 24 - Lailat al Qadr
Jul 28 - Eid-ul-Fitr
Oct 4 - Eid-ul-Adha
Oct 15 - Al-Hijira (Islamic New Year)
Nov 3 - Ashura
Pagan Holidays 2014:
Feb 2 - Imbolc
Mar 20 - Spring Equinox
May 1 - Beltane
June 21 - Summer Solstice
Aug 1 - Lughnasadh (Lamamas)
Sept 23 - Autumn Equinox
Oct 31 - Samhain
Dec 21 - Winter Solstice (Yule)
Shinto Holidays 2014:
Jan 1 - Gantan-sai
Feb 3 - Setsubun
Nov 15 - Shichigosan
Nov 23 - Niinamesei
Sikh Holidays 2014:
Jan 5 - Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti
Jan 13 - Lohri
Feb 4 - Vasant Panchami
Mar 17 - Hola Mohalla
Apr 13 - Vaisakhi
Oct 23 - Diwali
Oct 23 - Bandi Chhor Divas
Nov 6 - Birthday of Guru Nanak
Nov 24 - Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur