Zoroastrian anniversary of the death of Prophet Zarathushtra.
Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Observed by prayers, exchanging of gifts, and family parties.
Islamic commemoration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, in about 570 c.e. Not universally observed. The prophet’s teachings are read and religious meetings are held. Shia and Sunni on separate days.
Buddhist celebration of the enlightenment of Buddha.
Catholic Christian day of celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was preserved from original sin all of her life. A day of obligation and required church attendance.
Jewish Festival of Lights. It commemorates the Maccabean recapture and rededication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165-164 b.c.e. Special readings and praise songs focus on liberty and freedom. The eight candle Menorah is lighted
Christian celebration of the birth of Saint Nicolas, patron saint of children and role model for gift giving. Many churches named for this saint who is also the Dutch version of Santa Claus.
Baha’i celebration of the rising of the spirit of Abdu’l-Baha to the heavenly dwelling.
Baha’i celebration of the covenant given in the last will and testament of Baha’u’llah
Sikh honoring of the birth of the first Sikh teacher who lived from 1469 -1539 c.e. Sacred readings, prayers, hymns, meals together.