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Religious Holy Days in July 2021

Religious Holy Days in July 2021

Martyrdom of the Bab
Ali Mohammed was executed in 1850 by Persian political and religious powers. Observed by abstaining from commerce and work.
– Baha’i

St. Benedict Day
Recognition of the father of the The Benedictine Order. It was the first Order of the Western Church Monastic tradition and lived by the Benedictine Rule, inspiring many other monastic movements.
– Catholic Christian

Obon (Ulambana) *
Japanese Buddhist festival to honor deceased ancestors. Involves lighting of bonfires, traditional meals, paper lanterns, folk dances.
– Buddhist/Shinto

St. Vladimir the Great Day
– Orthodox Christian

Eid al Adha – Sacrifice Day  **
The day after Arafat, the most important day in Hajj ritual.  A three-day festival recalling Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.
– Islam

Emperor Haile Selassie birthday
Rastafari celebration honoring the founder.

Asalha Puja Day
The occasion marked the beginning of Buddhism, not just because it was the day of the first teaching of Buddhism, but also because it was the day the first Buddhist monk came into existence. Further, Kondañña, became a stream-enterer (a stage of enlightenment) after listening to the sermon, becoming the second person in the world to have enlightened. Buddhism, as it is known today was born this day.
– Buddhist

James the Great Day
Recognition of the martyrdom of the Apostle James the Great in 44 CE.
– Christian


* Holy days usually begin at sundown the day before this date.
** Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.

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