Religious Holy Days


November

November 1

All Saints’ Day (Western Christianity)

Commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints. Eastern Christianity observes it on the first Sunday after Pentecost.

November 2

All Souls’ Day  (Christianity)

Commemoration of all faithful Christians who are now dead. In Mexican tradition it is celebrated as Día de los Muertos between October 31 and November 2, and is an occasion to remember dead ancestors and celebrate the continuity of life.

November 3

Mawlid Al-Nabi (Also known as Milad Al-Nabi) (Islamic (Shi’a))

The observance of the birthday of Islam founder Prophet Muhammad, which is celebrated in Rabi' al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar. Sunni Muslims celebrate it five days earlier than Shi’a Muslims.

Feast day Qudrat (Bahá'í)

A three-part gathering held every 19 days, on the first day of each Bahá'í month. The Arabic meaning of  Quadrat is power, might, and strength. The Feast always contains three elements: spiritual devotion, administrative consultation, and social fellowship.

November 14

Bandi-Chhor Diwas (Sikh)

A commemorative occasion having no fixed date which occurs in October or November and celebrates the release of the Sixth Guru Har Gobind Sahib from imprisonment and coincides with Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights.

 

Diwali (Hinduism)

Also called Deepavali, “Festival of Lights”, it celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.

November 22

Feast Day Qawl (Bahá’í)

The Baha’i calendar has nineteen months, all named after attributes of God. Qawl is the Arabic word for speech. The word "feast" suggests that a large meal will be served, but that is not necessary for a Bahá'í Feast. The use of the term "feast," in this case, means that the community should enjoy a "spiritual feast" of worship, fellowship and unity – although refreshments are usually available.

November 25

Day of the Covenant (Bahá’í)

Day of the Covenant is a festival observed to commemorate Bahá’u’lláh’s appointment of His son, Abdu’l-Baha, as His successor.

November 27

Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá (Bahá’í)

The Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá is a holy day that commemorates the death of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Work is not suspended on this day as it is on some holy days. The typical observance consists of devotional readings and is held at 1:00 AM, as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá passed away about 1:00 AM on November 28, 1921.

November 29–December 24

Advent (Christianity)

Advent is a season of spiritual preparation in observance of the birth of Jesus. In Western Christianity, it starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. In Eastern Christianity, the season is longer and begins in the middle of November.

November 30

Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s Birthday (Sikh)

A very important holiday in the Sikh faith as Guru Nanak Dev’s was the First Guru of the Sikhs and the Founder of Sikhism. He was born in mid-November; the holiday is celebrated according to the lunar date.

December

December 8  

Bodhi Day (Buddhism) 

Also known as Rohatsu, commemorates the day that the Buddha, Siddharta Gautama,  experienced enlightenment or spiritual awakening (bodhi). Celebrated on the eighth day either of December or the 12th month of the lunar calendar. 

 

December 11–18  

Chanukah (Judaism) 

Eight-day “Festival of Lights”, also known as Hanukkah, celebrating the rededication of the  Temple to the service of God in 164 BCE. Commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over the Greek King, Antiochus, who sought to suppress freedom of worship. 

 

December 11  

Feast Day Masá’il (Bahá’í) 

The Baha’i calendar has nineteen months, all named after attributes of God. Masá’il is the Arabic word for questions. The word "feast" suggests that a large meal will be served, but that is not necessary for a Bahá'í Feast. The use of the term "feast," in this case, means that the community should enjoy a "spiritual feast" of worship, fellowship and unity. 

 

December 12  

Our Lady of Guadalupe (Christianity) 

Celebrates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (by her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe,  the Patroness of Mexico and the Americas) before Juan Diego, an indigenous convert to Roman Catholicism, on the Mexican hill of Tepeyac in 1531. 

 

December 24  

Christmas Eve (Christianity) 

Celebration of the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. 

 

December 25  

Christmas (Western Christianity) 

Commemorates the birth of Jesus. 

 

December 30  

Feast Day Sharaf (Bahá’í) 

The Baha’i calendar has nineteen months, all named after attributes of God. Sharaf is the Arabic word for honor. The word "feast" suggests that a large meal will be served, but that is not necessary for a Bahá'í Feast. The use of the term "feast," in this case, means that the community should enjoy a "spiritual feast" of worship, fellowship and unity.