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Interfaith Calendar

Throughout the year, many faith traditions have holidays and celebrations that are observed with varying degrees of importance to practitioners. Our interfaith calendar can help you plan for the year and know when and how to greet neighbors and colleagues from different faiths.

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Interfaith 2021 Calendar: March in Detail

Our interfaith calendar aims to be inclusive and comprehensive. However, if we have missed an important date or element of observance, please let us know, and we will gladly take your feedback into account. 

Holiday
Faith Tradition
Date
More Details
Birth of Bahá'u'lláh
Bahá'í - The anniversary of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith. His Shrine is in Bahji, Israel. Bahá'ís suspend work on this day.
Mawlid al Nabiy
Islam - Mawlid al-Nabiy is the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad. The festival begins on the previous evening.
Easter (Christian Orthodox Churches)
2nd May
Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate Easter. Although the dates may differ for Orthodox Easter, the traditions and meaning are nearly identical to those of other denominations being a remembrance of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Lailat-Ul-Qadr - The Night Of Power (Shi'a Muslims)
4th May
This commemorates the night in 610 CE when the Prophet Muhammad received his first visit from the angel Jibril (Gabriel) and his revelation of the Qur’an. Muslims believe that the date of this night is kept secret by God, but that they ‘may seek the Night of Dignity in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan’ (Bukhaari, quoting Aisha, who heard it from the Prophet).
Lailat - Ul - Qadr - The Night Of Power
8th May
This commemorates the night in 610 CE when the Prophet Muhammad received his first visit from the angel Jibril (Gabriel) and his revelation of the Qur’an. Muslims believe that the date of this night is kept secret by God, but that they ‘may seek the Night of Dignity in the odd nights of the last ten days of Ramadan’ (Bukhaari, quoting Aisha, who heard it from the Prophet).
End of Ramadan - Muslim
12th May
The month of Ramadan is divided into three sets of ten days with each stage called an Ashra, a word meaning 'ten' in Arabic. At the end of Ramadan, there is a moon sighting to determine the start of the next month, Shawwal, which begins with the celebrations of Eid al-Fitr that mark the end of fasting.
Eid ul Fitr - Muslim
13th May
Eid means “the festival of breaking the fast” and commemorates the end of a month-long fast throughout Ramadan for Muslims around the world. The festival is a very important time in Islam and allows families, loved ones and communities to come together and celebrate following a month of abstinence and dedication to Allah (SWT).
Ascension Day - Christian (Western Churches)
13th May
Ascension day is the 40th day after Easter and commemorates the last earthly appearance of the Risen Christ, who, according to Christian belief, ascended into heaven in the presence of many witnesses.
Shavuot - Jewish
16th - 18th May
Shavuot, the feast of weeks, is celebrated seven weeks after the second Passover seder. Although Shavuot began as an ancient grain harvest festival, the holiday has been identified since biblical times with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.
Anniversary of The Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i
23rd May
The Bab heralded the arrival of Baha’ullah and was co-founder of the Baha’i faith. He first declared his mission in Persia in 1844. He inaugurated the Baha’i calendar which numbers itself from the year of this declaration
Pentecost - Christian (Western)
23rd May
Pentecost, also known as Whit Sunday or Whitsunday, is observed on the seventh Sunday after Easter and 10 days after Ascension. The name comes from the Greek word "pentekoste" which means fiftieth as Pentecost Sunday takes place on the 50th day of Easter
Wesak - Buddha Day - Buddhist
26th May
On Wesak Theravadin Buddhists celebrate the birth, the enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree in Bodhgaya in North India, and the final passing away of Gautama Buddha. Mahayanist Buddhists have separate days for each of these events but on Buddha Day they celebrate both the birth and the enlightenment of the Buddha.
Anniversary Of The Ascension Of Baha’u’llah - Baha'i
28th May
This day commemorates the death of Baha’u’llah at Bahji, near Acre, in northern Israel in 1892. His shrine there is the holiest place on earth for Baha’is and is the focus towards which all Baha’is face when praying.
Trinity Sunday - Christian (Western)
30th May
On Trinity Sunday, Christians reflect on the mystery of God, who is seen as One but is understood in and through God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit.

* Indicates that the holiday begins at sundown the preceding evening