Festive Calendar

A list of festivities celebrated by Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and African cultures.

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The following list is sorted in date order and can be changed to a list view.

Jul 2019


Obon keyboard_arrow_right


Saturday, 13 July 2019

Obon or Bon is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestors. This Buddhist / Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves.

Source: Wikipedia


Asalha Puja keyboard_arrow_right

Asalha Puja

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Asalha Puja, also known as Dharma Day, is one of Theravada Buddhism’s most important festivals, celebrating as it does the Buddha’s first sermon in which he set out to his five former associates the doctrine that had come to him following his enlightenment.

Source: Wikipedia

Aug 2019


Eid al-Adha keyboard_arrow_right

Eid al-Adha

Monday, 12 August 2019

Eid al-Adha ("Festival of the sacrifice") is the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year. It honors the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his promised son, Ishmael, as an act of submission to God's command.

Source: Wikipedia


Krishna Janmashtami keyboard_arrow_right

Krishna Janmashtami

Friday, 23 August 2019

Krishna Janmashtami is an annual celebration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu.

Source: Wikipedia

Sep 2019


Paryushana Parva keyboard_arrow_right

Paryushana Parva

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Paryushana Parva is one of the most important festival for Jains. Paryushana is formed by two words meaning ‘a year’ and ‘a coming back’. It is a festival of repentance and forgiveness.

Source: Wikipedia


Ashura keyboard_arrow_right


Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The Day of Ashura is on the 10th day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar. In Shia Islam, it marks the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali. In Sunni Islam, it marks the day that Moses fasted as gratitude for the liberation of the Israelites.

Source: Wikipedia


Navratri keyboard_arrow_right


Sunday, 29 September 2019

Navratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means 'nine nights' in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights.

Source: Wikipedia


Rosh Hashanah keyboard_arrow_right

Rosh Hashanah

Monday, 30 September 2019

Rosh Hashanah begins on the first day of Tishrei, the first month of the Jewish civil year, but the seventh month of the ecclesiastical year. The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve.

Source: Wikipedia

Oct 2019


Yom Kippur keyboard_arrow_right

Yom Kippur

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Yom Kippur, also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. It's central themes are atonement and repentance.

Source: Wikipedia


Diwali keyboard_arrow_right


Sunday, 27 October 2019

Diwali (also known as "Festival of Lights") is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in Autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness.

Source: Wikipedia

Nov 2019


Birth of Baha'u'llah keyboard_arrow_right

Birth of Baha'u'llah

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

The Birth of Baha'u'llah is one of nine holy days in the Baha'i calendar that is celebrated by Baha'is and during which work is suspended. The holy day celebrates the birth of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith.

Source: Wikipedia


Guru Nanak's Birthday keyboard_arrow_right

Guru Nanak's Birthday

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Guru Nanak was the founder of Sikhism and the first of the Sikh Gurus. His birth is celebrated world-wide on Kartik Puranmashi, the full-moon day which falls on different dates each year in the month of Katak, October–November.

Source: Wikipedia

Dec 2019


Advent keyboard_arrow_right


Sunday, 1 December 2019

Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming".

Source: Wikipedia


Hanukkah keyboard_arrow_right


Monday, 23 December 2019

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights and Feast of Dedication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple (the Second Temple) in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire of the 2nd century BCE.

Source: Wikipedia


Christmas keyboard_arrow_right


Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Christmas or Christmas Day is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed most commonly on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

Source: Wikipedia

Jan 2020


Maghi keyboard_arrow_right


Monday, 13 January 2020

Maghi is the Punjabi name for the festival of Makar Sankranti which is celebrated all over India as a winter harvest festival. It is a cultural, seasonal and a religious festival marking the agricultural new year, increase in daylight and holding of sports festivals.

Source: Wikipedia


World Religion Day keyboard_arrow_right

World Religion Day

Sunday, 19 January 2020

World Religion Day is an interfaith observance initiated in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, celebrated worldwide on the third Sunday in January each year. Though initiated in the United States, World Religion Day has come to be celebrated internationally.

Source: Wikipedia


Chinese / Korean New Year keyboard_arrow_right

Chinese / Korean New Year

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, traditionally runs from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month.

Korean New Year is generally the same day as Chinese New Year. It is one of the most significant traditional Korean holidays.

Source: Wikipedia - Chinese & Korean

Feb 2020


Setsubun keyboard_arrow_right


Monday, 3 February 2020

Setsubun is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. The name literally means "seasonal division", but usually the term refers to the spring Setsubun, which is celebrated yearly as part of the Spring Festival.

Source: Wikipedia

Mar 2020


Magha Puja keyboard_arrow_right

Magha Puja

Monday, 9 March 2020

Magha Puja is an important Buddhist festival celebrated on the full moon day of Magha in Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, and on the full moon day of Phalguna in Myanmar. The spiritual aims of the day are: not to commit any kind of sins; do only good; purify one's mind.

Source: Wikipedia


Naw Ruz keyboard_arrow_right

Naw Ruz

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Naw Ruz is one of nine holy days for adherents of the Baha'i Faith worldwide and the first day of the Baha'i calendar. Since ancient times it has been a national holiday in Iran. Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i Faith, adopted the day as a holy day.

Source: Wikipedia

Apr 2020


Mahavir Jayanti keyboard_arrow_right

Mahavir Jayanti

Thursday, 9 April 2020

In Jainism, Mahavir Jayanti, also known as Mahavir Janma Kalyanak, is the most important religious holiday. It celebrates the birth of Mahavira, the last Tirthankara.

Source: Wikipedia


Pesach keyboard_arrow_right


Thursday, 9 April 2020

Pesach or Passover is an important biblically derived Jewish festival. The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation over 3,300 years ago by God from slavery in ancient Egypt that was ruled by the Pharaohs, and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.

Source: Wikipedia


Easter keyboard_arrow_right


Sunday, 12 April 2020

Easter or Resurrection Sunday is a festival and holiday celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred three days after his crucifixion by Romans at Calvary.

Source: Wikipedia


Vaisakhi keyboard_arrow_right


Tuesday, 14 April 2020

Vaisakhi is a festival celebrated in the Punjab region. Vaisakhi is especially important for the Sikh community as it marks the establishment of the Khalsa. More recently, this festival is also celebrated around the world by Sikh diaspora.

Source: Wikipedia


Ramadan keyboard_arrow_right


Friday, 24 April 2020

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon.

Source: Wikipedia

May 2020


Vesak keyboard_arrow_right


Thursday, 7 May 2020

Vesak, also known as Buddha Day, is a holiday observed traditionally by Buddhists on different days in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and South East Asian countries. Sometimes informally called "Buddha's Birthday", it actually commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Gautama Buddha in the Theravada or southern tradition.

Source: Wikipedia


Eid al-Fitr keyboard_arrow_right

Eid al-Fitr

Saturday, 23 May 2020

Eid al-Fitr ("Festival of breaking of the fast") is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

Source: Wikipedia


Ascension of Baha'u'llah keyboard_arrow_right

Ascension of Baha'u'llah

Friday, 29 May 2020

Baha'u'llah was the founder of the Baha'i Faith. He claimed to be a messenger from God referring to the fulfilment of the eschatological expectations of Islam, Christianity, and other major religions. His death is commemorated by followers of the Baha'i Faith annually.

Source: Wikipedia


Pentecost keyboard_arrow_right


Sunday, 31 May 2020

Pentecost is a feast commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ. For this reason, Pentecost is sometimes described by some Christians today as the "Birthday of the Church".

Source: Wikipedia