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Religious Festivals for December 2016

Key dates:

Lunar month begins 29 Nov.

Full Moon is 14 Dec. (Festivals for the full moons are highlighted)

 

December

Christianity

Islam and inter-faith days[1]

Hinduism

Buddhism

Taosim

Judaism

Sagittarius

12.5 ‘Minor Snow’

1 ‘Great Snow’

Solstice (22)

St. Nicholas Day (6)

Immaculate Conception (8)

Feast day of Guadalupe (12)

Christmas Eve (24)

Christmas day (25)

St. Stephen’s Day (26)

Holy Innocents (28)

Holy Family (30)

Watch Night (31)

 

Mawlid an Nabe (12)

Mawlid an Nabi (14)

Yule/Litha (21) [P]

Death of Zarathustra (26) [Z]

03

Vinayaka Chaturthi

04

Vivah Panchami, Naga Panchami *Telugu

05

Subrahmanya Sashti, Champa Shashthi

07

Masik Durgashtami

10

Mokshada Ekadashi, Gita Jayanti, Matsya Dwadashi, Guruvayur Ekadashi

11

Pradosh Vrat

12

Karthigai Deepam, Milad an-Nabi, Id-e-Milad

13

Margashirsha Purnima, Dattatreya Jayanti, Purnima Upavas, Annapurna Jayanti, Tripura Bhairavi Jayanti, Rohini Vrat

14

Paush Begins *North

15

Dhanu Sankranti

16

Sankashti Chaturthi

20

Kalashtami

21

Shortest Day of Year

24

Saphala Ekadashi

25

Merry Christmas

26

Pradosh Vrat, Mandala Pooja

27

Masik Shivaratri

28

Paush Amavasya, Darshavela Amavasya, Hanumath Jayanthi

30

Chandra Darshan

Mindfulness Day (3) [Zen]

Tara Puja (7)

Jodo-e (8)

Rohatsu (8) [Zen]

Daka Day (9)

Amitabha Day (13)

Manjushri and Prajnaparamita Day (23)

Dakini Day (23)

Shakyamuni Day (29)

Rat month (29 Nov)

Dongzhi (Solstice)

All Souls Festival (10)

Hannukah (25 – Jan1)

 

[1] Key to abbreviations: Sh=Shinto/P=Pagan/I=Interfaith/Sk=Sikh/B=Baha’i /Z=Zoroastrian/J=Jain