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Religious Holy Days January 2022


Mary, Mother of God – Catholic Christian
A celebration and commemoration of Nazareth, mother of Jesus. In Roman Catholic tradition she is also called Mary, mother of God.

Feast Day of St Basil – Orthodox Christian
Commemoration of St Basil t he Great, who wrote a Eucharist Liturgy which bears his name.

Shogatsu/Gantan-sai – Shinto
Shinto New Year’s Day celebration.

Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus – Orthodox Christian
A liturgical feast of the name of Jesus as announced to Mary by the Angel Gabriel, and also to Joseph on the day of Jesus’ circumcision. The name Jesus means “God who saves”.


Twelfth Night – Christian
Observance of the close of Christmastide and prelude to Epiphany which begins the next day.

Guru Gobindh Singh birthday – Sikh
Honoring of the birth of the founder of the Khalsa who lived from 1469 -1539


Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) – Christian
Commemoration of the manifestations of the divine nature of Jesus Christ. The homage of the magi to the infant Jesus is honored by some. For others the Baptism of Jesus is the remembered event. A season of the Christian year from the close of Christmas to the beginning of Lent.


Feast of the Nativity – Orthodox Christian
Also known as Orthodox Christmas, celebrates the birth of Jesus. The difference in date sis due to the different liturgical calendars kept by the Easter Christian Church that is different from the Western church.


Feast of the Holy Family – Catholic Christian
Celebration of the love between the family of Jesus.


Baptism of the Lord Jesus – Christian
Commemoration of the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus at his baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist.


Maghi – Sikh
Commemoration of a battle in which forty Sikhs died for Guru Gobindh Singh Ji.


Blessing of the Animals – Christian
Observance of showing respect for the domestic animals that mean much to people. Observed on various dates – especially related to St. Francis.

Tu BiShvat – Judaism
Celebration of the coming of spring by preparation of foods native to Israel. It is also known as “New Year for Trees” – a method for determining the age of trees for tithing purposes.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Christian
Christian observance with prayer for the restoration of unity between the churches of the faith.     


Chinese New Year – Chinese
Begins a fifteen Day Festival for Chinese people of all religions. Family reunions with thanksgiving and remembrance of departed relatives take place. Traditionally a religious ceremony honors Heaven and Earth.


Conversion of St Paul – Christian
observance of the experience of the Paul when he was confronted by a vision of Jesus while on his way to persecute Christians and became a leading presenter of Jesus. Observed at worship services.


Mahayana New Year –  Buddhism
Mahāyāna is a term for a broad group of Buddhist traditions, texts, philosophies, and practices. Mahāyāna Buddhism developed in India and is considered one of the two main existing branches of Buddhism.


*Holy Days usually begin at sundown on the evening before this date
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