c. 2013 Religion News Service

December 31, 2013

Note: Holidays that begin at sundown continue through sundown the next day, unless otherwise noted. This calendar will be updated in two-month increments throughout 2014.

Jan. 6

Feast of the Epiphany (Christian celebration of the arrival of the Magi to visit the infant Jesus. Eastern Orthodox churches call it Theophany to mark the baptism of Jesus and his first miracle at the wedding at Cana.)

Christmas (Armenian Orthodox Church)

Jan. 7

Nativity of Christ (Orthodox Christian)

Jan. 12

Mawlid an-Nabi (Muslim commemoration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad in approximately A.D. 570; begins at sundown. Actual start date may vary depending on sighting of the moon.)

Jan. 15

Tu B’shvat (Jewish celebration of the environment; begins at sundown)

Jan. 16

National Religious Freedom Day

Jan. 18

Stellar Gospel Music Awards: annual show, Nashville, Tenn. Contact: Central City Productions at 312-654-1100; email: info(at)ccptv.com; website: www.thestellarawards.com.

Jan. 22

March for Life: annual anti-abortion rally, Washington. Contact: Ann Conant, 202-234-3300, ext. 101; email: annconant(at)marchforlife.org. website: www.marchforlife.org

Jan. 27

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, designated by the United Nations

Feb. 4-7

Christian Churches Together in the USA: annual meeting, Newark, N.J. Contact: Valerie Ruess, 317-496-8656; email: valcct(at)att.net; website: www.christianchurchestogether.org

Feb. 6

National Prayer Breakfast, Washington. Contact: Brad Olsen at 443-223-1858; email: olsenbrad(at)gmail.com

Feb. 7

Movieguide: Awards and report to the entertainment Industry, Hollywood, Calif. Contact: Howie Simon at 323-822-0884; email: howie(at)legacymediarelations.com;website: www.movieguideawards.com

Feb. 12

Darwin Day, celebration of science and reason the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin

Feb. 22-25

National Religious Broadcasters: international convention, Nashville, Tenn. Contact: Kenneth Chan, 703-331-4520; email: press(at)nrb.org; website: www.nrbconvention.org

Feb. 28

Maha Sivaratri (Hindu holiday marking worship of Lord Siva. Actual start time may vary.)

March 2

Baha’i Fast begins (19-day fast from sunrise to sunset)

March 3

Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian start of Lent)

March 5

Ash Wednesday and beginning of Lent (Christian; 40 days)

March 14

Vaisakhi (Sikh New Year)

March 15

Purim (Jewish celebration of the story of Esther; begins at sundown)

March 17

Holi (Two-day Hindu festival of spring begins. Actual start time may vary.)

March 20

Naw-Ruz (Baha’i New Year; begins at sundown; Zoroastrian New Year)

March 21-24

Ecumenical Advocacy Days, social justice gathering, Washington. Contact: Doug Grace at 202-543-1125; email: dgrace(at)advocacydays.org; website: www.advocacydays.org

March 21-25

Episcopal Church: House of Bishops spring meeting, Camp Allen, Texas. Contact: Neva Rae Fox at 212-716-6080; email: nrfox(at)episcopalchurch.org; website: www.episcopalchurch.org

March 31

Ugadi (for some Hindus, Hindu New Year)

April 3-5

Religion Communicators Council: annual convention, Nashville, Tenn. Contact: Shirley Struchen at 212-870-2402; email: sstruchen(at)rcn.com; website: www.religioncommunicators.org

April 5-6

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: semiannual General Conference, Salt Lake City. Contact: Eric Hawkins at 801-240-0298; email: ehawkins(at)ldschurch.org; website: www.mormonnewsroom.org

April 8

Ram Navami (Hindu holiday honoring Lord Rama. Actual start time may vary.)

April 13

Palm Sunday (Christian)

April 14

Passover (Jewish celebration of the exodus from slavery in Egypt; eight-day holiday; begins at sundown)

April 17-20

American Atheists: national convention, Salt Lake City. Contact: Dave Muscato at 908-276-7300, ext. 7; email: dmuscato(at)atheists.org; website: www.atheists.org

April 18

Good Friday (Christian)

April 20

Easter (Christian)

April 20-May 2

Ridvan (Baha’i commemoration of the public proclamation of the mission of the founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah; 12-day holiday; begins at sundown)

April 23-26

Associated Church Press: annual convention, Chicago. Contact: Joe Thoma at 407-341-6615; email: AssociatedChurchPress(at)gmail.com; website: www.theacp.org

April 24-26

Baha’i Faith: national convention, Wilmette, Ill. Contact: Ellen Price at 847-733-3559; email: eprice(at)bahai.us; website: www.bahai.us

April 27

Yom Hashoah (Jewish remembrance of the Holocaust; begins at sundown)

May 1

National Day of Prayer

National Day of Reason

May 2-4

Alliance of Baptists: annual gathering, Portland, Maine. Contact: Carole Collins at 866-745-7609, ext. 202; email: carole(at)allianceofbaptists.org; website: www.allianceofbaptists.org

May 4-6

Evangelical Press Association: annual convention, Anaheim, Calif. Contact: D’Arcy Maher at 888.311.1731; email: director(at)evangelicalpress.com; website: www.evangelicalpress.com/convention/

May 22

Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i commemoration of announcement by co-founder of the faith that he was the herald of a new messenger of God; begins at sundown)

May 26-29

International Church of the Foursquare Gospel: annual convention, Dallas. Contact: Tammy Sevcov at 213-989-4224; email: tsevcov@foursquare.org; website: www.foursquareconnection.org

May 28

Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i commemoration of the death of the founder of the Baha’i faith; begins at sundown)

May 29

Ascension of Christ (Christian)

June 3

Shavuot (Jewish celebration of the giving of the Torah to Moses at Mount Sinai; begins at sundown)

June 5-8

American Humanist Association: annual conference, Philadelphia. Contact: Brian Magee at 202-238-9088; email: bmagee(at)americanhumanist.org; website: www.americanhumanist.org

June 8

Pentecost (Christian)

June 10-11

Southern Baptist Convention: annual meeting, Baltimore. Contact: Roger Oldham, 615-782-8609, email: soldham(at)sbc.net. website: www.sbc.net

June 13-20

Christian Reformed Church in North America: annual synod, Pella, Iowa. Contact: Dee Recker, 616-224-0827; email: drecker(at)crcna.org; website: www.crcna.org

June 16-20

Cumberland Presbyterian Church: General Assembly, Chattanooga, Tenn. Contact: Michael Sharpe, 901-276-4572, email: msharpe(at)cumberland.org. website:

www.cumberland.org

June 19-21

Faith and Freedom Coalition: Road to Majority Conference, Washington. Contact: Dave Mohel at 703-347-9454; email: david.mohel(at)blueskinsolutions.com; website: http://ffcoalition.com/

June 21

World Humanist Day

June 22-25

International Christian Retail Show, Atlanta. Contact: Scott Graham at 800-252-1950; email: sgraham(at)cbaonline.org; website: www.cbaonline.org

June 23-27

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship: General Assembly, Atlanta. Contact: Jeff Huett at 202-680-4127; email: jhuett(at)thefellowship.info; website: www.thefellowship.info

June 27

Ramadan begins (Muslim month of fasting from sunrise to sundown; begins at sundown. Actual start date may vary depending on sighting of the moon.)

June 28-July 5

Christian Methodist Episcopal Church: General Conference, Baltimore. Contact: Jeanette Bouknight at 313-433-7207; email: cmeexecutivesecretary3(at)yahoo.comm; website: www.thecmechurch.org

July 2-6

Church of the Brethren: Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio. Contact: Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford at 800-323-8039 ext. 326; email: cobnews@brethren.org;

website: www.brethren.org/ac

July 6-10

Society of Biblical Literature: international meeting, Vienna, Austria. Contact: Charles Haws at 404-727-3095; email: charles.haws(at)sbl-site.org; website: www.sbl-site.org

July 6-12

Baptist World Alliance: annual gathering, Izmir, Turkey. Contact: Emmett Dunn at 703-790-8980; email: emmett(at)bwanet.org; website: www.bwanet.org

July 7-9

Christians for Biblical Equality: summer meeting, Medillin, Colombia. Contact: Erin Gillette, 612-872-6898; email: egillette(at)cbeinternational.org; website: www.cbeinternational.org

July 8

Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i observance of the anniversary of the martyrdom of the forerunner of the founder Baha’u’llah; begins at sundown)

July 24

Lailat al Qadr (Anniversary of the night Muslims believe the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad; begins at sundown. Actual start date may vary depending on sighting of the moon.)

July 28

Eid al-Fitr (Muslim five-day feast that commemorates the end of Ramadan; begins at sundown. Actual date may vary depending on sighting of the moon.)

Aug. 3-9

Pentecostal Assemblies of the World: international convention, Detroit. Contact: Tim Moore at 216-392-2723; email: tmopr(at)msn.com; website: www.pawinc.org

Progressive National Baptist Convention: annual session, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Contact: Frances McCraw at 202-396-0558; email: fmccraw(at)pnbc.org; website: www.pnbc.org

Aug. 4

Tisha B’Av (Jewish commemoration of the destruction of the two Jerusalem Temples; begins at sundown)

Aug. 5-10

Assemblies of God: World Congress, U.S. Centennial, Springfield, Mo. Contact: Keith Surface at 417-862-2781, ext. 2116; email: ksurface@ag.org; website: www.100.ag.org

Aug. 10

Raksha Bandan (Hindu holiday in which brothers and sisters pledge prayers for and protection of each other. Actual start time may vary.)

Aug. 12-15

Leadership Conference of Women Religious: National Assembly, Nashville, Tenn. Contact: Annmarie Sanders, 301-588-4955; email: asanders(at)lcwr.org. website: www.lcwr.org

Aug. 17

Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu holiday marking birth of Lord Krishna. Actual start time may vary.)

Aug. 29

Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu holiday marking the birth of Ganesha)

Aug. 29-Sept. 1

Islamic Society of North America: convention, Detroit. Contact: Basharat Saleem at (317) 839-1825; email: convention@isna.net; website: www.isna.net

Sept. 1-5

National Baptist Convention, USA: annual session, New Orleans. Contact: Rev. Morris Tipton at 256-428-1243; email: mtipton(at)nationalbaptist.com; website: www.nationalbaptist.com

Sept. 17-23

Episcopal Church: House of Bishops fall meeting, Taiwan. Contact: Neva Rae Fox, 212-716-6080; email: nrfox(at)episcopalchurch.org; website: www.episcopalchurch.org

Sept. 18-20

Religion Newswriters Association: annual conference, Atlanta. Contact: Debra Mason at 573-882-9257; email: debramason(at)rna.org; website: www.rna.org

Sept. 24

Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year; two days; begins at sundown)

Sept. 26-28

Family Research Council: Values Voter Summit, Washington. Contact: Darin Miller, 202-637-4615; email: dbm(at)frc.org; website: valuesvotersummit.org

Oct. 3

Eid al-Adha (Muslim holiday celebrating the culmination of the hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca; begins at sundown. Actual start date may vary depending on the sighting of the moon.)

Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement, holiest day of the year, marked by fasting; begins at sundown)

Oct. 4

Dussehra (Hindu festival symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and the day when Lord Ram defeated an evil king. Actual start time may vary.)

Oct. 4-5

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: annual General Conference, Salt Lake City. Contact: Eric Hawkins at 801-240-0298; email: ehawkins(at)ldschurch.org; website: www.mormonnewsroom.org

Oct. 7

Gospel Music Association: Dove Awards, Nashville, Tenn. Contact: Alexandra Mohilowski; email: service(at)gospelmusic.org. website: www.doveawards.com

Oct. 8

Sukkot (Seven-day Jewish feast of the tabernacles; begins at sundown)

Oct. 16

Simchat Torah (Jewish celebration marking the end of one Torah reading cycle and the beginning of a new one; begins at sundown)

Oct. 19

Birth of Bab (Baha’i celebration of the birth of the co-founder of the faith; begins at sundown)

Oct. 23

Diwali (Hindu celebration of light and, for some Hindus, the Hindu New Year. Actual start time and duration may vary according to lunar cycle.)

Oct. 24

Al-Hijra (Muslim New Year, celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Muharram; begins at sundown. Actual start date may vary depending on the sighting of the moon.)

Oct. 24-25

Freedom from Religion Foundation: annual convention, Los Angeles. Contact: Annie Laurie Gaylor at 608-256-8900; email: info(at)ffrf.org; website: www.ffrf.org

Oct. 26

Reformation Day (Protestant)

Nov. 1

All Saints’ Day (Christian)

Nov. 2

All Souls’ Day (Christian)

Nov. 2-7

United Methodist Church: Council of Bishops meeting, Oklahoma City. Contact: Jo Ann McClain at 202-547-6270; email: jmcclain(at)umc-cob.org; website: www.umc.org

Nov. 3

Ashura (Optional feast day for Muslims, marking the creation of the world, Noah’s departure from the ark and Moses’ flight from Egypt. Shi’a Muslims mark this as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson; begins at sundown. Start date may vary depending on sighting of the moon.)

Nov. 3-11

Church of God in Christ: Holy Convocation, St. Louis. Contact: Robert Coleman at 901-235-2160; email: rcoleman(at)cogic.org; website: www.cogic.org

Nov. 10-13

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: fall meeting, Baltimore. Contact: Sister Mary Ann Walsh at 202-541-3201; email: mwalsh(at)usccb.org; website: www.usccb.org

Nov. 11

Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i celebration of the birth of the founder of the faith; begins at sundown)

Nov. 19-21

Evangelical Theological Society: annual meeting, San Diego. Contact: Bonnie Thigpen at 502-897-4384; email: meeting(at)etsjets.org; website: www.etsjets.org

Nov. 22-25

American Academy of Religion: annual meeting, San Diego, Contact: Contact: Aislinn Jones at 404-727-8132; email: ajones(at)aarweb.org; website: www.aarweb.org

Society of Biblical Literature: annual meeting: San Diego. Contact: Charles Haws at 404-727-3095; email: charles.haws(at)sbl-site.org; website: www.sbl-site.org

Nov. 30

First Sunday of Advent (Christian; four consecutive Sundays)

Dec. 8

Bodhi Day (Buddhist celebration of the Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment)

Dec. 16

Hanukkah (Eight-day Jewish festival of lights; begins at sundown)

Dec. 23

HumanLight annual holiday celebrating Humanism’s secular vision. Contact: Patrick Colucci, at 973-592-7935, email: HLinfo9(at)yahoo.com; website: www.humanlight.org

Dec. 25

Christmas (Christian)

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