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Sinclair Multifaith Campus Ministry

Multifaith Calendar

Notable Days in January


Monday, January 1: New Year’s Day

Many religious traditions have special observances to mark the beginning of a new calendar year. For example, Japanese welcome in the new year with prayers and visits to Shinto shrines. And Buddhists mark the new year with a three-day festival.


Saturday, January 6: Epiphany

This Christian festival celebrates the revelation of Jesus as the Son of God. In the Western Church, Epiphany is associated with the journey of the Magi to visit the baby Jesus. In the Eastern Church, Epiphany is associated with Jesus’ baptism by John in the Jordan River.


Sunday, January 14: Makar Sankranti

This Hindu festival celebrates the harvest and the passing of the winter solstice.


Sunday, January 21: World Religion Day

This Baha’i celebration recognizes the teachings of unity found in all religions. This day was established in 1950 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States, as a way to encourage interfaith understanding.


Wednesday, January 31: Tu B’Shevat

This Jewish observance (New Year’s Day for Trees) encourages environmental awareness and action, such as tree planting.


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.