Calendar of Religious Dates

There are certain dates and religious observances that must be adhered to by the individual. Arrangements must be made for participation in special services.

  • The Islamic (Muslim) year begins with Muharram. All Islamic dates are subject to sighting of the moon; an event may be one day earlier or later than the date listed.
  • According to the Eastern Orthodox Church calendar, the day begins after evening vespers at sunset and concludes with vespers on the following day. For this reason, the observance of all Eastern Orthodox holy days begins at sunset on the evening before the holy day.
  • Jewish holidays begin at sundown prior to the first date listed.

A religious institution has the option of celebrating Scout Sunday/Scout Sabbath at its discretion. For example, the United Methodist Church always celebrates Scout Sunday on the second Sunday in February.

JANUARY 2012

1

Mary, Mother of God – Catholic Christian

1

Feast of St. Basil – Orthodox Christian

1

Gantan-sai (New Years) – Shinto

6

Theophany – Eastern-rite Catholic Christian

13

Maghi - Sikh

15

World Religion Day - Baha'i

FEBRUARY 2012

4

Mawlid an Nabi – Islam

5

Scout Sunday

8

Tu Bishvat* – Jewish

11

Scout Sabbath

15

Nirvana Day** - Buddhism

22

Lent begins – Eastern-rite Catholic Christian

22

Ash Wednesday – Christian

MARCH 2012

8

Purim* - Jewish (precludes Scout activities)

21

Naw Rú/ (New Year) – Baha’i

21

Norouz (The New Year) – Zoroastrian

28

Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranhushtra) - Zoroastrian

APRIL 2012

6

Good Friday - Christian

7-14

Pesach (Passover)* - Jewish 

8

Easter - Christian

14

Baisakhi - Sikh

15

Easter/Pascha - Orthodox Christian

MAY 2012

6

Buddha Day (Vesak)** - Buddhist

10

Lag Ba'Omer* - Jewish

17

Ascension of Christ – Christian

27-28

Shavuot* – Jewish

29

Ascension of Baha'u'llah* - Baha'i

JUNE 2012

12

Race Unity Day - Baha'i

29

Ss. Peter & Paul – Eastern-rite Catholic Christian

JULY 2012

9

Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i

24

Pioneer Day - Mormon Christian

29

Tisha B’Av* – Jewish

AUGUST 2012

1

Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Lord Jesus begins - Orthodox Christian

1

Ramadan begins - Islam

15

Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian

15

Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian

19

Eid Al-Fitr; Ramadan ends - Islam

SEPTEMBER 2012

17-18

Rosh Hashanah* - Jewish (precludes Scouting activities)

26

Yom Kippur* – Jewish

OCTOBER 2012

1-7

Sukkot* - Jewish 

9

Simhat Torah* - Jewish (precludes Scouting activities)

20

Birth of the B'ab - Baha'i

NOVEMBER 2012

1

All Saints' Day - Christian

2

All Souls' Day - Catholic Christian

12

Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i

22

Thanksgiving - Interfaith

26

Day of the Covenant - Baha'i

DECEMBER 2012

8

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - Buddhism

8

Immaculate Conception - Catholic Christian

9-16

Hannukah* - Jewish

25

Christmas - Christian

26

Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra - Zoroastrian

26 - Jan 1

Kwanzaa - Interfaith

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