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Sinclair Multifaith Campus Ministry

Multifaith Calendar

Notable Days in November

 

Friday, November 24—Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji

This Sikh holy day commemorates the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (1621-1675), the ninth of the Ten Sikh Gurus. He is remembered for his defense, not only of the Sikh faith, but also Hinduism and religious liberty.

 

Saturday, November 25—Day of the Covenant

This Baha’i holy day celebrates the anniversary of the appointment of ‘Abdu’l-Baha, the son of Baha’u’llah, as the Center of the Covenant.

 

Monday, November 27—Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha

This Baha’i holy day commemorates ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s death.

 

 

Notable Days in December

 

Sunday, December 3 through Sunday, December 24—season of Advent

A Christian period of four weeks in which Christians prepare for Christmas and meditate on the end of all time. In Western churches, the first Sunday of Advent also marks the beginning of the Christian liturgical year.

 

Friday, December 8—Bodhi Day

A Buddhist holy day. In the northern tradition, this is the anniversary of the Buddha’s Enlightenment, ca. 596 BCE. In the southern tradition, the Buddha’s Enlightenment is celebrated during Wesak. The dates and names of Buddhist celebrations vary significantly among cultures and communities.

 

Friday, December 8—Feast of the Immaculate Conception

A Catholic feast day that celebrates the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was born without sin.

 

Tuesday, December 12 through Wednesday, December 20—Hanukkah

The Jewish Feast of Lights (also known as the Feast of Dedication) is celebrated for eight days, to commemorate the rededication of the Temple following the Jews’ victory over occupying forces in 165 BCE, which re-established for a time their religious and political freedom.

 

Thursday, December 21—Yule

This Wicca/pagan observance of winter solstice celebrates the longest night and the blessings of darkness as well as the rebirth of the sun god.

 

 Monday, December 25–Christmas

This Christian observance celebrates the anniversary of the birth of Jesus.

 

Tuesday, December 26—Death of the Prophet Zarathustra

This Zoroastrian holy day marks the anniversary of the death of the founder of the Zoroastrian faith.

 

Tuesday, December 26-Monday, January 1: Kwanzaa

A celebration of African heritage, observed by many African-Americans. Seven virtues are celebrated: unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

 

All religious and spiritual traditions have cycles of holy days and seasons. As we recognize the mosaic of spiritual and religious traditions in our local settings and our world, it is important to learn more about how each of the wisdom traditions celebrates holy days, sets aside seasons for repentance, reflection and renewal, and identifies major events to commemorate in community rituals. We invite you to use the Multifaith Calendar maintained by the Harvard Divinity School. It offers not only the specific dates of festivals and holy days, but also brief information about each event, practice or observance.

For more information, contact us at 937-512-2768 or stop by the office in 10-310 or email us: larry.lindstrom@sinclair.edu; jane.steinhauser@sinclair.edu.

http://www.hds.harvard.edu/life-at-hds/religious-and-spiritual-life/multifaith-calendar