December 9, 2023 - December 8, 2024

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Shmini Atzeret

Thu, Oct 24, 2024

Shmini Atzeret (the Eighth Day of Assembly) is a separate holiday concluding Sukkot and the entire fall holiday season. It marks the beginning of winter in the land of Israel.

Simcḥat Torah

Fri, Oct 25, 2024

Simcḥat Torah (Rejoicing of the Law) is the beginning of the synagogue's annual Torah reading cycle. Reform Jews celebrate it along with Shemini Atzeret.


Thu, Oct 31, 2024

This day celebrates the Celtic New Year. The dying God returns to the womb of the Goddess in preparation for rebirth at Yule. The souls of those who have died during the turning of the past year's...

Diwali/Deepavali or Deepawali or Tihar (Hindu, Jain, Sikh, and Buddhist celebration)

Fri, Nov 1, 2024

A very popular festival known as the Festival of Lights, Diwali (Deepavali/Deepawali/Tihar in Nepal) is dedicated to the Goddesses Kali in Bengal and Lakshmi (the Goddess of Wealth) in the rest of...

Mahavira Nirvana

Fri, Nov 1, 2024

On this day (falling on Diwali), Mahavira (6th century BCE), the 24th Tirthankara, attained nirvana and release from the cycle of rebirth (moksha).

Birth of Bahá'u'lláh

Sun, Nov 3, 2024

The anniversary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í faith.

Founders Day

Fri, Nov 8, 2024

Every November since 1891 the Mount Holyoke community has celebrated Founder’s Day — November 8, 1837. The particulars surrounding this annual tradition have evolved over time, but at its core it...

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Birthdate of Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Fri, Nov 15, 2024

Founder of the Sikh faith and first of the Ten Gurus, Guru Nanak Dev Ji was born in 1469 CE. He was an accomplished poet; 974 of his hymns are contained in the Sikh Scriptures, the Sri Guru Granth...

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji

Sun, Nov 24, 2024

This day commemorates the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (1621-1675), the ninth of the Ten Sikh Gurus. He is remembered not only for his defence of the Sikh Faith, but also for willingly giving...

Day of the Covenant

Mon, Nov 25, 2024

This day celebrates the anniversary of the appointment of 'Abdul-Bahá, the son of Bahá'u'lláh, as the Centre of the Covenant.

Ascension of 'Abdul-Bahá

Wed, Nov 27, 2024

The Ascension of 'Abdul-Bahá, son of Bahá'u'lláh, commemorates His passing. Bahá'í's observe the Holy Day of the Ascension of 'Abdul-Bahá at 1:00 am, about the time of His ascension.

Advent begins (Christmas Fast: E - New Calendar)

Sun, Dec 1, 2024

The Christmas Fast is the 40 day period before Christmas, ending on Christmas Eve. The New Calendar locates Christmas on December 25, the Old Calendar on January 7. (Eastern Churches)

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