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Religious Festivals and Events 2012. Dr Parvin Damani MBE. JANUARY. 1–3 Japan Ganjitsu – Japanese New Year’s 5 Sikh Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh 13 Hindu Lohri / Makara Sankrant – Winter Solstice Festival 23 China Yuan Tan – Chinese New Year’s Day 25 Scotland Burns’ Night

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calendar religious festivals and events 2012
JANUARY

1–3 Japan Ganjitsu – Japanese New Year’s

5 Sikh Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh

13 Hindu Lohri / Makara Sankrant – Winter

Solstice Festival

23 China Yuan Tan – Chinese New Year’s Day

25 Scotland Burns’ Night

27 Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day

28 Hindu Vasanta Panchami – Beginning of Spring

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FEBRUARY

2 Pagan Imbolc – Festival of Light

8 Buddhist Nirvana Day – Death of

Gautama Buddha

8 Jewish Tu B’Shevat – New Year for Trees

14 Christian Valentine’s day

15 China Teng Chieh – Lantern Festival

20 Hindu Mahashivratri – Worshipping Lord

Shiva

22 Buddhist Losar – Tibetan New Year

22 Christian Ash Wednesday – First day of

Lent

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MARCH

1 Wales St David’s Day

8 Hindu Holi – Spring Festival

8 Jewish Purim

12 Commonweath Day

17 Ireland St Patrick’s Day

18 Christian Mothering Sunday

21 Baha’I Naw Ruz – New Year’s Day

21 Zoroastrian Jamshedi NoRuz – New Year’s

Day

21 Pagan Spring Equinox - Ostara

26 Zoroastrian Birthday of Prophet

Zarathustra

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APRIL

1 Hindu Rama Navami – Birthday of Lord

Rama

1 Christian Palm Sunday

5 Christian Maunday Thursday

6 Christian Good Friday

6-13 Jewish Pesach / Passover

8 Christian Easter Day

9 Christian Easter Monday

13 Jain Birthday of Mahavira Jayanti

13/14 Sikh Vaisakhi – New Year Festival

20/4 – 2/5 Baha’i Festival of Ridvan

23 England St George’s Day

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MAY

1 Pagan Beltaine – Heralding the Return of

Summer

5 Buddhist Wesak / Buddha Day Commemorating

the Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment & Death

Channel Islands Liberation Day

Stow Fair

Christian Ascension Day

19 Wickham Fair

22 Baha’I Declaration of the Bab

27 Christian Whit Sunday / Pentecost

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JUNE

Jewish Shavuot / Pentecost

7-13 Appleby Horse Fair

17 Fathers Day

21 Pagan Midsummer Solstice

23 China Dragon Boat Festival

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JULY

4 USA Independence Day

5 Isle of Man Tynwald Day – the Island’s National

Day

8 Baha’I Martyrdom of the Bab

20 Muslim First Day of Ramadan

23 Rastafarian Birthday of Haile Selassie

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AUGUST

1 Pagan Lughnasadh – Celebrating the Start of

the Harvest

2 Hindu Raksha Bandhan – Celebrating the bond

between Brothers & Sisters

10 Hindu Janamashtami – birthday of Lord Krishna

13-16 Buddhist O-Bon-Reuniting the Living with Dead

Ancestors

17 Rastafarian Birthday of Marcus Garvey

19 Muslim Eid-ul-Fitr – End of Ramadan

21 Zoroastrian NoRuz – New Year’s Day (Shenshai

Calendar)

27 England Notting Hill Carnival

27 Rastafarian Anniversary of the Death of Haile

Selassie

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SEPTEMBER

11 Rastafarian Ethiopian New Year

19 Hindu Worshipping Ganesh Chaturthi

16-18 Jewish Rosh Hashanah – New Year

21 Pagan Autumn Equinox - Mabon

26 Jewish Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement

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OCTOBER

1 Jewish Sukkot – Feast of the Tabernacles

16 Hindu First day of Autumn Navaratri –

Worshipping the Goddess Devi

20 Baha’I Birthday of the Bab

26 Muslim Eid-ul-adha – Festival of Sacrifice

31 Halloween

31 Pagan Samhain – Celtic New Year

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NOVEMBER

2 Rastafarian Anniversary of the

Crowning of Hailse Selassie

5 UK Guy Fawkes – Bonfire Night

11 Remembrance Sunday

12 Baha’i Birthday of Bahaullah

13 Hindu / Sikh Diwali – Festival of Lights

15 Muslim Al-Hijra – New Year’s Day

22 USA Thanksgiving Day

28 Sikh – Birthday of Guru Nanak

30 Scotland – St. Andrew’s Day

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DECEMBER

2 Christian – Beginning of Advent

8-16 Jewish Hanukah – Festival of Lights

21 Pagan Winter Solstice - Yule

24 Christian Christmas Eve

25 Christian Christmas Day

26 Christian St. Stephen’s Day / Boxing Day

26 Zoroastrian Zartusht-No-Disco – Death of the

Prophet Zarathustra (Fasli calendar)

31 UK New Year’s Eve / Hogmanay

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