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Religious Observances 2021

The calendar below is a month-by-month listing of religious observances for 2021. This list includes the dates for some of the most important religious celebrations of the major religions. Some of these holy days include fasting or abstaining from specific food or drink for specified periods ranging from a month to more than a day (25 hours) to daylight hours (sunrise to sundown). Absence from work or classes is also common observance for some major holy days. Some holy days start at sundown of the evening of the listed start date and end at sundown or nightfall of the concluding listed date. Some of the dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.

This list is by no means meant to be comprehensive. For additional holy day listings and descriptions, please consult the following links for Interfaith Calendar 2021 and Interfaith Calendar 2022.

ObservanceReligionDate(s)Day(s) of Week
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin MaryChristianJan. 1Friday
Christmas (Feast of the Epiphany)Eastern OrthodoxJan. 6Wednesday
Feast of the NativityOrthodox ChristianJan. 7Thursday
ImbolcWicca/PaganFeb. 2Tuesday
Asian Lunar New YearConfucian/Taoist /BuddhistFeb. 12Friday
Ash Wednesday (Protestant and Roman Catholic Lenten season Feb. 17-Apr. 3)ChristianFeb. 17Wednesday
PurimJewishFeb. 25-Feb. 26Thursday-Friday
Laylat al MirajIslamicMar. 10-11Wednesday-Thursday
Orthodox Great LentEastern OrthodoxMar. 15-May 1Monday-Saturday
OstaraWicca/PaganMar. 20Saturday
Norooz (New Year)Persian/ZoroastrianMar. 21Sunday
Passover (Pesach – 8 days)JewishMar. 27-Apr. 4Saturday-Sunday
HoliHinduMar. 28-Mar. 29Sunday-Monday
Palm SundayChristianMar. 28Sunday
Maundy ThursdayChristianApr. 1Thursday
Good FridayChristianApr. 2Friday
EasterChristianApr. 4Sunday
Vesak (Buddha Day)BuddhistApr. 8Thursday
Ramadan (30 days)IslamicApr. 12-May 12Monday-Wednesday
VaisakhiHindu/Sikh/BuddhistApr. 14Wednesday
RidvanBaha’iApr. 20Tuesday
Mahavir JayantiJainApr. 25Sunday
BeltaneWicca/PaganMay 1Saturday
PaschaOrthodox EasterMay 2Sunday
Eid al FitrIslamicMay 12-13Wednesday-Thursday
ShavuotJewishMay 16-18Sunday-Tuesday
Buddha’s BirthdayBuddhistMay 19Wednesday
Declaration of the BábBahá'iMay 23Sunday
Feast of PentecostChristianMay 23Sunday
Ascension of Baha'u'llahBahá'iMay 28Friday
Litha-Yule (Solstice)Wicca/PaganJun. 22Tuesday
Eid al AdhaIslamicJul. 19-20Monday-Tuesday
Lughnasadh-ImbolcWicca/PaganAug. 1Sunday
First of MuharramIslamicAug. 10Tuesday
AshuraIslamicAug. 18-19Wednesday-Thursday
Rosh Hashanah (New Year)JewishSept. 6-8Monday-Wednesday
Ganesh ChaturthiHinduSept. 10Friday
Paryushana ParvaJainSept. 11Saturday
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)JewishSept. 15-16Wednesday-Thursday
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles-7 days)JewishSept. 20-27Monday-Monday
MabonWicca/PaganSept. 22Wednesday
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat TorahJewishSept. 27-29Monday-Wednesday
NavratriHinduOct. 7-15Thursday-Friday
SamhainWicca/PaganOct. 31-Nov. 1Sunday-Monday
All Saints Day/Day of the DeadChristian/LatinxNov. 1Monday
DiwaliJain/Sikh/HinduNov. 4Thursday
Birth of the BabBahai’iNov. 6Saturday
Guru Nanak GurpurabSikhNov. 19Friday
Chanukah (8-days)JewishNov. 28-Dec. 6Sunday-Monday
AdventChristianNov. 28-Dec. 24Sunday-Friday
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristianDec. 8Wednesday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)BuddhistDec. 8Wednesday
Our Lady of GuadalupeChristianDec. 12Sunday
ChristmasChristianDec. 25Saturday
KwanzaaAfrican-AmericanDec. 26-Jan. 1                Sunday-Saturday
Feast of the Holy FamilyChristianDec. 26Sunday
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