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Religious Festivals 1997

JANUARY
1 Christian Circumcision or Naming of Jesus
1 Japanese Ganjitsu (New Year's Day)
5 Catholic Epiphany
6 Christian Epiphany
6-7 Christian Christmas Eve and Day (Russian Orthodox)
9/Jan-7/Feb
Muslim Ramadan
10 Muslim Beginning of Ramaddan
13 Hindu Makar Sankrant
16 Sikh Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh (1666CE)
18-25 Christian Week of Prayes for Christian Unity
20 Muslim Lailatul Qadar (Bangladesh)
23 Jewish Tu B'Shevat HK agrees

FEBRUARY
2 Christian The Presentation of the Lord (Catholic) Presentation of
Christ in the Temple (Anglican)
3 Japanese Setsubun /Bean Scattering
4 Muslim Lailat-ul-Qadr (the Night of Power)
5 Muslim Jumatul Wida (last Friday of Ramadhan)Bangladesh
7 Chinese Yuan Tan (New Year's Day)for year of ox/buffalo
9 Muslim Feast of Eid-Ul-Fitr (feast of breaking the fast)
9-11 Muslim Eid-ul-Fitr
9-10 Muslim Aidil Fitri (end of Ramadhan)
11 Hindu Vasanta Panchami /Saraswati Puja :beginning of spring
11 Christian Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day)
12 Christian Ash Wednesday HK agrees
12-29 Mar
Chr Lent
15 Bud Parinirvana (final passing away from this world of Gautama Buddha)
21 Chin Teng Chieh

MARCH
1 Chr St. David's Day
3 Hin Birthday of Sri Ramakrishna
7 Hin Mahashivratri (Great Shiva Night)
7 Chr The Women's World Day of Prayer
9 Chr Mothering Sunday (british)
10 Chr First Day of Lent /The Great Fast (Orthodox)
16 Chr Passion Sunday
17 Chr St.Patrick's Day
19 Chr St. Joseph, Hus and of the Blessed Virgin Mary
21 Baha'i Naw-Ruz (New Year's Day and end of the nineteen - day fast)
21 Japanese Shunbun No Hi (Higan) Spring equinox
21 Zoro Jamshedi Noruz (Irani Zoroastrian New Year's Day)agrees with HK
23 Chr Palm Sunday
23 Hin Holi
23 Jew Purim HK agrees
23-29 Chr Holy week
25 Chr Annunciation of the Lord/Blessed Virgin
27 Chr Maundy Thursday
28 Chr Good Friday
29 Chr Holy Saturday
30 Chr Easter Day HK agrees

APRIL
5 Chinese Ch'ing Ming
8 Hindu Varsha -Pratipada
8 Jap Hanamatsuri
10 Muslim Sacrivice of Abraham (Pilgrimmage to Mecca)
13 Sikh Vaisakhi (Baisakhi)
16 Hindu Rama Navami
17 Muslim Aidil Adha (Haj Festival )
18-21 Muslim Eid-UL-Adha (the Festival of Sacrifice)
20 Jain Mahavira Jayanti
21-2/May
Baha'i Ridvan
22-29 Jew Passover/Pesach HK sets date at Apr 22
23 Chr St. George's Day
27 Chr Easter Day /Pascha (Orthodox)

MAY
4 Jew Yom Ha-Shoah (Holocaust Day)Yom Hasho'ah (HK)
7 Mus 1 Muharram (1st day of Muslim Calendar)
8 Mus Al-Hijra (New Year's Day )
8 Chr Ascension Day HK agrees
11-17 Chr Christian Aid Week
12 Jew Yom Ha'atzma'ut
17 Mus Ashura agrees with Malaysiam calendar
18 Chr Pentecost/Whitsuntide HK agrees
22 Bud Vaisakha Puja/Wesak
23 Bah Anniversary of the Declaration of the Bad
25 Jew Lag B'Omer
25 Catholic The Holy Trinity
29 Bah Anniversary of the Ascension of Baha'u'llah
29 Chr Corpus Christi (Corpus et Sanguis Christi)Catholic; Day of Thanksgiving for the institution of Holy Communion (Anglican)
29 Zor Zarthosno Diso (day on which Prophet Zoroaster died)
30 Zor Zartusht-no-Diso

JUNE
1 Catholic Body & Blood of Christ
6 Catholic Sacred Heart
9 Chin Dragon Boat Festival
11-12 Jew Shavuot (Festival of Weeks) HK sets date at June 11
13 Sikh Martyrdom of Guru Arjan (1606)
21 Bud Poson / Dhamma Vijaya

JULY
7 Hindu Ratha Yatra (Chariot Journey )
9 Baha'I Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Bad
13-15 Jap O-Bon
17 Chin Chung Yuan
17 Mus The Prophet Mohammed's Birthday Maulidul Rasul (Malaysian Calendar agrees)
19 Bud Asala (Dhammacakka Day -Turning of the wheel of teaching)
23 Rastafarian Birthday of Haile Selassie I

AUGUST
6 Chr The Transfiguration
12 Jew Tisha B'Av
14-23 Zoro Faravardigan
15 Chr Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary HK agrees
18 Hind Raksha Bandhan
22 Zoro Parsee Zoroastrian New Year
23 Zoro No Ruz
24 Hind Janamashtami
27 Zoro Khordad Sal (Day Prophet Zoroaster was born)
28 Zoro Khordad Sal

SEPTEMBER
* Chr Harvest Festival
6 Hind Ganesh-Chaturthi
11 Rastafarians Ethiopian New Year's Day
11-20 Jain Paryushana-Parva
23 Jap Shubun No Hi (Higan)

OCTOBER
* Bud Kathina Day
2-3 Jew Rosh Hashana HK agrees (sets date at Oct 2)
2-11 Hindu Navaratri/Durga Puja/Dusserah
11 Jew Yom Kippur HK agrees
16-24 Jew Sukkot HK agrees (sets date at Oct 16)
23 Jew Simchat Torah
20-26 all week of prayer for world peace. Publishes leaflet with prayers
20 Baha'I Anniversary of the birth of the Bab
24 Jew Simchat Torah
30-3/Nov
Hin, Sikh Divali (Deepavali)

NOVEMBER
1 Chr All Saints' Day HK agrees
2 Mus Israq Mikraj (Muhammed's ascension to heaven)
2 Chr All Souls' Day
3 Rastafarians Anniversary of the Crowing of Haile Selassie I
12 Baha'i Anniversary of the Birth of Baha'u'llah
15 Jap Shichi-Go-San
15 Sikh Birthday of Guru Nanak
23 Catholic Christ the king
26 Mus The Prophet's Night Journey to Jerusalem and Ascension
30 Chr St.Andrew's Day
30 Chr Advent Sunday HK agrees.

DECEMBER
4 Sikh Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur
8 Chr Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary HK agrees
8 Bud Bodhi Day
14 Mus Lailat-ul-Bara'h (The Night of Forgiveness )
24 Chr Christmas Eve
24-31 Jew Hanukah HK sets date at Dec.24
25 Chr Christmas Day
30-28/Jan
Mus Ramadan
31 Jap Omisoka

This type from SHAP calendar Christian references: 38
This type from Muslim info from Malaysia Catholic references: 5
Muslim Organization in USA Chinese: 5
Zorastrian Charity Funds of HK Buddhist: 6
United Jewish Congregation, HK Muslim: 13-14 different ones
The Catholoic Cathedral, Caine Rd, HK Zoroastrian: 5 different ones
Baha'i: 7
Sikh: 6
Japanese: 8
Hindu: 13
Rastafarians: 3

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