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January 1: Feast of St. Basil – Orthodox Christian
Orthodox Christian commemoration of St. Basil the Great, who wrote a Eucharist Liturgy which bears his name.
January 1: Solemnity of Mary of God – Christian
Liturgical feast of Mary celebrated by the Catholic church.
January 1: Gantan-sai (New Years) – Shinto
Shinto New Year festival observed with prayers for inner renewal, prosperity and health.
January 5: Twelfth Night – Christian
A Christian observance of the close of Christmastide and prelude to Epiphany which begins the next day.
January 5: Guru Gobind Singh Birthday – Sikh
Sikh honoring of the birth of the founder of the Khalsa who lived from 1469 – 1539 c.e. Marked by sacred readings, prayers, hymns and meals together.
January 5: Mahavana New Year – Buddhist
Mahayana is one of three main existing branches of Buddhism.
January 6: Epiphany – Christian
Christian commemoration of the manifestations of the divine nature of Jesus Christ. The homage of the magi to the infant Jesus is honored by some.
January 6: Feast of Theophany – Orthodox Christian
Orthodox Christian Feast to recall the revelation of the Holy Trinity in the baptism of the Lord.
January 6: Nativity of Christ – Armenian Orthodox Christian
Armenian celebration of the Nativity of Christ.
January 7: Nativity of Christ – Orthodox Christian
Also known as the “Incarnation of Christ,” this feast celebrates the day that Jesus became human and came into the world as a Savior.
January 11: Baptism of Lord Jesus – Christian
Christian commemoration of the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus.
January 13: Mawlid an Nabi – Islam
Islamic commemoration of the birthday of the prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, in about 570 c.e. The prophet’s teachings are read and religious meetings are held.
January 13: Maghi – Sikh
Commemoration of a battle which forty Sikhs died for Guru Gobindh Singh Ji.
January 18-25: Week of prayer for Christian Unity Christian
Christian observance with prayer for the restoration of unity among the churches of the faith.
January 19: World Religion Day – Baha’i
Baha’i sponsored day dedicated to the unity and oneness of all world religions.