October 5th 2023 Jewish Holiday – The Interfaith Calendar 2022-2023 is a joint project of the IFC and the Greater Washington Council on Jewish Community Relations (JCRC). Download the Interfaith Calendar here View the Jewish Calendar developed by the Jewish Community Relations Council here Description of Holidays
8th Ashura* (Muslim): marks the anniversary of the death of Husseini, the third Imam and grandson of the Prophet Muhammad. It commemorates the day when the Islamic prophet, Moses, was saved by God, when He parted the sea, leading the children to the land of Israel.
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The 15th Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christianity): In Roman Catholic tradition, it marks the day the Virgin Mary was assumed into heaven, body and soul.
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25th Paryushan Parva (Jain): Beginning of the 8 day festival of meditation and asking for forgiveness of sins. This is especially practiced by the Swutamabar Jains, who seek to minimize their involvement in worldly affairs.
31st Ganesh Chaturi (Hinduism): A 10-day festival centered on honoring Lord Ganesh, the God of wisdom and prosperity.
1st Samvatsari (Jain): A day focused on asking for forgiveness for sins committed consciously or unknowingly in the previous year.
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First Scriptures installed in Darbar Sahib (Sikhs): marks when the fifth Sikh Guru added hymns from past Gurus as well as Muslim and Hindu writings to the regular Scriptures.
1st Das Lakshan Parva (Jain): A festival after Paryushan that lasts 10 days to reflect the 10 cardinal virtues of Jainism. Mainly practiced by Drawn Jains.
26 (ends October 5) Navatri (Hindu): Hindu festival of the holy mother honoring Durga, wife of Shiva, and seeking her blessings. It is celebrated as a local tradition.
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October 2022 2 Mehrgan (Zoroastrian): One of the oldest known holidays and a time of lifelong love and gratitude. The Mehrgan Festival is a local festival (Jashn) and community (Afrinagan) prayers of thanksgiving and blessings are important in the celebration.
5th Dussehra (Hindu): Festival celebrating goodness on earth. In essence, Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, the demon king of Lanka.
5 Yom Kippur * (Hebrew): Jewish Day of Atonement. The holiest day of the Jewish year, marked by strict fasting, prayer, and repentance.
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Sukkot 10-16 * (Hebrew): The Jewish festival of bunches or bunches, which celebrates the autumn harvest and Israel’s wandering in the wilderness.
17th Shemini Atzeret* (Hebrew): Celebrates the eighth and final day of Sukkot. Mark the end of the annual Torah reading cycle.
Diwali 21 (Hindu): The festival of lights reflects people’s desire to turn to light. One of the four seasonal festivals in India.
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24 Sri Mahavir / Nirvana Day / Diwali (Jain): Also known as the Festival of Lights. In Jainism, it commemorates the enlightenment and liberation of Mahavira, the last of the Jain Tirthankaras, from the path of life and death. The lighting of the lamps celebrates the enlightenment of Mahavira’s wisdom.
24th Diwa Bandi Chhor (Sikh): Prisoner Release Day when the 6th Guru, Guru Hargobind, was released from Gwalior Fort and taken in with 52 others.
26th Jain New Year (Jain): Begins the day after Diwali and marks the beginning of the New Year for Jains.
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26-27 twin births of Báb and Bahá’u’lláh (Baha’i): Celebrate the successive births of Báb and Bahá’u’lláh, two prophets associated with the Bahá’í. This is because their births follow each other according to the Islamic calendar in which they were born, but they were not born in the same year.
November 2022 8 Gurgaddi Diwas (Sikhs): Commemorate the occasion when the 10th Guru handed over the Guru’s chariot to the Guru Granth Sahib, in which he ordained the scriptures that would be the guiding force in the future.
The Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh) 24th: The Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the 9th Guru.
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18-26 Hanukkah * (Jewish): Festival of Lights dedicated to the restoration and rebuilding of the Second Temple by the Maccabees in 165 BC.
Chelleh 21 (Zoroastrian): The winter solstice festival, also called Shab-e Yalda (Yalda’s Night), celebrated on the longest night of the year, marking “the night that ushers in the fortieth day of the three winter months”, from originating in the name Chelleh, “forty”.
26th Anniversary of Zarathustra (Zoroastrian): anniversary of the death of the prophet Zarathustra (Zoroaster). Although today is a sad event, there is eternal hope and no sorrow. Just memories of the past.
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Epiphany 6 (Christian): End of the 12 days of Christmas and commemorating the visit of the Three Kings to the baby Jesus. Important for both Orthodox and Roman Catholics.
Orthodox (Christian) Christmas: the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ for Orthodox Christians who use the Julian calendar.
30th Sade (Zoroastrian): A winter festival marking the beginning of the warming of the earth and commemorating when fire was given to mankind. Just as Chelleh marks the forty days leading up to Sade, this holiday also marks the remaining fifty days and fifty nights of winter remaining until Nowruz or spring, from which the name Sade, “hundred”, comes from.
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February 2023 Tu Bishvat (Hebrew) 6th: The 15th day of Shevat, the holiday that marks the New Year for trees, which falls halfway between autumn and spring. When half of winter passes, your energy is reduced, the cold is not as strong, and the budo process begins.
22nd Ash Wednesday (Christian): marks the beginning of Great Lent, falls 40 days before Easter (excluding Sunday) and is meant for repentance, reflection, and fasting. This time it should show the 40 days during which Jesus was tested in the wilderness.
8th Holi (Hinduism): A spring festival dedicated to the God of Happiness. It is a carnival filled with bright colors, movement and lights.
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14th Sikh (Sikh) Environment Day: A day to honor the environment as the 7th Sikh Guru Har Rai, who is an advocate of nature conservation. A common practice today is to plant trees.
The 20th at 5:22:12 pm EST Nowruz (Zoroastrian): Persian New Year and the first day of spring. Also known as Jamshedi Navroz, it has been celebrated by various communities for 3,000 years in West Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Black Sea Basin, Balkans and South Asia.
21 Nav-Ruz (Bahá’í): Bahá’í and the Iranian New Year. It contains readings from the Baha’i scriptures and is a celebration that follows a month’s fast that looks like spring and reflects God’s revelation.
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23 Ramadan (Muslim): September in the Islamic calendar; 30 days of strict fasting from sunrise to sunset. In honor of the first revelation of the Prophet Muhammad.
Zarathustra (Zoroastrian) 26th Birthday: Also known as Zadruoz-e Zartosht or Hordad Sal, this is one of the most important holidays in the Zoroastrian calendar. It is celebrated six days after Nowruz, when the prophet Zoroaster is honored with prayers at the fire shrine and feasts.
26th Adinath Swami Jayanti (Jain): A festival honoring the first Tirthankara, the one who conquered the cycle of death and rebirth.
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April 2023 4 Mahavir Swami Jayanti (Jain): Celebrated Tirthankara’s 24th and final birthday. Lord Mahavira was brought in a chariot and many Jains did charity work.
8th Farvardingan (Zoroastrian): The first gathering of the new year, also known as Furudog, is a day to remember the fravahars and their departed souls. Not to be confused with Fravardigan, also known as Panjeh or Moktad, which is also a special festival honoring the spirits of the dead during the last ten days of the year.
Easter 9 (Christianity): Commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. A family gathering was held and we thanked Jesus Christ for dying for the sins of mankind and rising again.
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14th Vaisakhi (Sikh): Commemorates the founding of Sikhism. Many special programs and events accompany the many baptisms that take place during this festival.
21st Ridwan (Baha’i) Day: Commemorates Bahá’u’lláh’s announcement to his students in 1863. Work has to be suspended on the 1st, 9th and 12th days.
Ridwan’s Ninth Day * (Bahá’í): The work was suspended and celebrated when Bahá’u’lláh discovered that the Ottoman government had banned it out of fear of the Bahá’í Faith. While on the run, he was separated from his family, but the Tigris River parted allowing them to be reunited.
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May 2023 2nd Day 12th Rivdan* (Bahá’í): Last day of Rivdan, work suspended. Remember the last day that Bahá’u’lláh spent in Ridwan Park in Baghdad, when he gave his prophetic vision to his followers.
Proclamation of the 24th Bab* (Baha’i): Remember when the Bab announced that he was the new messenger of God.
26-27 Shavuot * (Hebrew): Weekly Feast; celebrating the first fruit harvest and commemorating Moses’ descent from Mount Sinai with the Torah and the Law.
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28th Pentecost (Christianity): Consider the day the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples after Jesus’ ascension. The name refers to the 50 days after Easter.
Hajj 27 Jun 2023* (Muslim): A pilgrimage that Muslims make at least once in their lifetime to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
July 2023 4 Tirgan (Zoroastrian): The summer solstice and one of the three most popular holidays (along with Mehrgan and Nowruz) in ancient Iran.
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The 9th Martyrdom of Báb* (Bahá’í): Ali Muhammad was assassinated in 1850 by Persian political and religious forces. He distinguished himself by avoiding affairs and work.
19 Muharram* (Muslim): Islamic New Year.