New Years Eve will be celebrated around the world with people of different faiths ready to commemorate the event. As we replace the old calendars with new pages for 2022, many festivals and religious holidays will be scheduled throughout the year. From Memorial Days to Christmas, the coming year will be filled with events celebrated by many different religions – and here is a full list of what to expect.
The New Year will be greeted with the widely observed New Year’s Day celebration, also known as Hogmanay.
This national celebration is a widespread event and has special significance in Scotland where bagpipes, haggis and the ‘first foot’ will mark the event on Saturday January 1st.
The Jewish community recognizes this day as the celebration of circumcision and the name of Jesus.
Other key religious dates in January include:
- January 6 – The Baptism of Christ will be celebrated by Orthodox Christians and Epiphany is celebrated by Anglicans and Roman Catholics.
- January 9 – Roman Catholics will celebrate the baptism of Christ.
- January 13-14 – Makar Sankranti is celebrated by the Hindu community
- January 18 to 25 – Christian Unity Week of Prayer
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The second day of February is recognized by Christians as Candlemas, celebrating the Jewish tradition of Mary and Joseph presenting Jesus to the Temple after his birth.
- February 4 – Vasant Panchami is celebrated by the Hindu community to mark the start of spring and is widely recognized in northern India.
- February 14 – Valentine’s Day is celebrated by Christian and the nation at large.
- February 28 – March 1 – The great night of Shiva is recognized in Hindu culture as the night when Shiva performed the cosmic dance and is celebrated with nightly prayers and a fast.
Saint David’s Day is commemorated on March 1 by the Christian community and the nation at large to remember the death of Saint David, the patron saint of Wales in the 6th century.
Mardi Gras is also marked on the first day of the month by the British “Pancake Day” or worldwide “Mardi Gras” to commemorate absolution from sin before the Christian celebration of Lent.
- March 1 – The Muslim community will mark the prophet’s nocturnal journey and ascension
- March 2 – Ash Wednesday by the Christian community
- March 2 – start of Lent for Orthodox Christians, this 40-day fasting period ends on April 15
- March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by Christians and the nation at large
- March 17 to 18 – Hindu festival of Holi and Jewish holiday of Purim
- March 19 – Muslims celebrate the night of forgiveness through prayer, charity, fireworks and fasting
- March 27 – Mother’s Sunday is celebrated by Christians and Mother’s Day is celebrated by the whole nation
The second day of April marks the start of Ramadan for Muslims, which signifies the time at which the Prophet received the first verses of the Quran – Ramadan is from April 2 to May 1.
- April 10 to 16 – Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus with Palm Sunday followed by the Saint
- April 15 – Good Friday is celebrated by Christians before Easter
- April 16 to 17 – Hindu festival known as Hanuman Jayanti
- April 16 – The Jewish people celebrate the Passover (eight-day feast)
- April 17 – Easter Sunday (Christian and national holiday)
- April 24 – Easter Day is when Orthodox Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus
- April 28 – Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day
- May 2 – Eid-ul-Fitr is “the feast of breaking the fast” for Muslims to celebrate the end of Ramadan
- May 19 – Jewish Omer Celebration – lasts 49 days and is a time of sorrow
- May 26 – Ascension Day is celebrated by Christians (40th day after Easter)
- May 30 – Trinity Sunday is celebrated by Christians
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The harvest festival begins in September for some Western, Anglican and Free Christian Churches.
- September 26-27 – Jewish people to celebrate Rosh Hashanah
- September 27 – October 2 – The Hindu festival of Navaratri takes place
- October 2 – Hindus celebrate the birthday of Gandhi Jayanti “father of the nation”
- October 5 – Jewish celebration of the last ten days of repentance
- October 10 to 18 – Sukkot is celebrated by the Jewish people
- October 24 – Hindu festival of Diwali (a New Year celebration lasting one to five days)
The first of the month is celebrated by Christians to commemorate All Saints’ Day.
November 2 marks the Christian celebration of the feast of the dead and of prayer for the dead.
November 27 is Advent Sunday which marks the beginning of the Christian year.
December 8 is commemorated by the Roman Catholic community as the day of the immaculate conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
December 19 is observed by Jews as the start of Chanukah, which is celebrated with a lighted candle on the menorah every night for nine days (until December 26).
December 24 is recognized by Christians and the nation at large as Christmas Eve.
December 25 – more commonly known as Christmas Day, it is celebrated by Christians as the day of Jesus’ birth.