Calendar 2004 version 2

The main religions in the UK are Christianity, Hinduism ,Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism and
Some religions follow the Julian rather than the Gregorian calendar and in addition the
phases of the moon are major inluences, so dates can vary from year to year.
Furthermore, Buddhists, (mainly Triratna Sangha in the West), Hindus, Jains and other
religious groups in different parts of the world vary in who, when and what is celebrated.
Equally Christianity has many different denominations such as Catholic, Anglican,
Methodist, United Reformed, Seventh Day Adventist, etc with emphasis on different
aspects of Christianity and different forms of worship.
I have included information provided by Jain, Muslim and Buddhist friends. In addition I
have consulted calendars of the different religions as well as multi – faith calendars used by
the NHS and in schools.
There may never the less be some mistakes and omissions in the calendar, for which I
The calendar is based on dates in 2024 but dates will vary from year to year.
2024 1st New Year’s Day
7th Orthodox Christian Christmas celebrated by many eastern and south
eastern countries including Russia, Armenia and Ukraine.
Greek Orthodox Christians in UK celebrate on 25th December. .
21st World Religions Day
25th Burns’ Night
27th Holocaust Memorial Day
LGBT History Month
4th Birth of Mohammed celebrated by Muslims
10th Chinese New Year
14th First Day of Lent – Christians commemorate when Jesus Christ fasted in the
desert for 40 days and resisted the devil .
14th St Valentine’s Day
15th Paranirvana Day – 2nd most important Buddhist festival when Buddha
predicted his death and recited a summary of his teachings and code of
MARCH 1st St David’s Day, Patron Saint of Wales, celebrating Welsh culture and
8th. International Women’s Day
10th. Mothering Sunday
10/3 Start of Ramadan, the most sacred day in Islam when Muslims fast for 30
to days from sunrise to sunset.
8/5 The time is focused on prayer, charity and self reflection. The time in which
the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed by the angel
Gabriel in AD 610. It ends with the joyous celebration called Eid al-Fitr.
15th International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
17th. St Patricks Day celebrating Irish culture and history
23/24 Purim – Jews commemorate the saving of the Persian Jews, as described in
the Book of Esther in the Fourth Century BC.
24/3 Holy week when Christians remember Jesus Christ’s life, beginning with
to1/4 celebration on Palm Sunday and his crucifixion on Good Friday.
Easter Sunday is the most important festival of the Christian year,
celebrating the resurrection of Christ.
25th Holi – Hindus celebrate the end of winter, the triumph of good over evil as
represented in the story of the young prince who worshiped the god Vishnu
rather than his father. Much throwing of coloured water.
13th Visakhi or Baisakhi – Sikh New Year Festival and also commemorates
1699 when Sikhism was born as a collective faith
23rd St George’s Day, Patron Saint of England, celebrating English culture and
24 to Pesach or Passover when Jews commemorate the exodus of the people
30th of Israel from slavery in Egypt
13th Mental Health Awareness Week
14th Christian Aid Week
19th Pentecost or Whitsun – 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It
commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples and the
start of their mission worldwide.
23rd Wesak / Vaisakhi Puja / Buddha Day – major festival of Buddhists and
some Hindus, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and achievement
of nirvana in death of Siddartha Gautama, commonly known as Buddha.
11 to Shavoot – the Feast of Petecod – Jews celebrate the giving of
13th the Torah containing the 10 commandments on Mount Sinai
14 to Haji – the sacred Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca to be undertaken at least
19th once in a person’s lifetime. Many rituals including a visit to Mount Arafat
where the Prophet Mohammed delivered his last sermon.
16th Father’s Day
7th Rath Yatra – Hindu festival when statues of 3 sibling gods, Jagannah
(Lord Krishna), Belabhadra and Subhadra are taken from the temple
and paraded through the streets; in London from Hyde Park to Trafalgar
18th Al Hirja -Islamic New Year
19th Pride in London
21st Asalha Puja / Dharma Day – one of the most important festivals for
Buddhists, celebrating Buddha’s first sermon setting out the doctrine that
thad come to him following his enlightenment.
9th Rakhi or Raksha Bandhan – brother and sister day for Hindus.
30th Festival of Paryushan- a major 8 day religious festival of fasting and
meditation when Jains seek forgiveness for misdemeanours committed and
resolve not to repeat them.
7th Ganesh Chaturthi – Hindus celebrate the birthday of the elephant headed
deity, Ganesha, god of prosperity and wisdom.
12th. Padmasmbhava Day – Buddhists celebrate a significant Tibetan teacher
15 to Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year – 5772 years from the creation of the
17th world. A most important time of the year.
24 to Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement when Jews ask for forgiveness and look
25th the future. The holiest day of the year in the Jewish calendar.
29th Sukkot – a time of joy and happiness for Jews, commemorating God’s
protection of Jews travelling from Egypt to the Promised Land
3rd Navratri – 9 day Hindu festival celebrating the battle between the powerful
demon Mahishasura and the Goddess Durga – the ultimate victory of good
over evil.
6th Silver Sunday celebrating the contribution of older people to society
6/ to12th Mental Health Awareness Week
NOVEMBER 1st Diwali or Festival of Lights celebrates the victory of light over darkness,
good over evil and knowledge over ignorance and is the start of the Hindu/
Jain /Sikh new year and lasts for 5 days
2nd Sangha Day (full moon day), celebrating friendship amongst the world- wide
community of Buddhists
11th National Armistice Day/Remembrance Day
30th St Andrew’s Day, patron saint of Scotland celebrating the culture and
history of Scotland
3 Disability Awareness Day
25 to Kanukkah / Chanukah – Jews celebrate the rededication of the Temple of
2/1 Jerusalem after the victory over the occupying Greek armies.
25th Christmas Day – Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ the son of
26 Boxing Day – historically when employers gave gifts in ‘boxes’ to their
Compiled by Christine Heath, member of the Equality. Diversity and Inclusion Group