Salem celebrates its religiously diverse community, and recognizes that followers of different faiths observe a variety of holy days. The list below lists the major religious holy day observances for the interfaith calendar.

August 2019

Aug 1

 

Lughnassad - Wicca/Pagan

Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

Aug 6

Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian

Aug 10

 

Tish’a B’av – Jewish

Waqf al Arafa - Islam

Aug 12-15

Eid al Adha - Islam

Aug 15

Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian

Aug 23

Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu

September 2019

Sep 1

Hijra - New Year - Islam

Sep 8

Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian

Sep 23

 

Equinox

Mabon - Ostara - Wicca

Sep 30-Oct 1

Rosh Hashanah - Jewish

October 2019

Oct 8

Dasara - Hindu

Oct 9

Yom Kippur - Jewish

Oct 14-20

Sukkot - Jewish

Oct 20

Birth of the Báb - Baha’i

Oct 27

 Diwali - Sikh - Hindu - Jain

Oct 28

 Jain New Year - Jain

Oct 29

Reformation Day - Protestant Christian

Oct 31

 

All Hallows Eve – Christian

Reformation Day - Protestant Christian

November 2019

Nov 1

 

All Saints Day – Christian

Samhain - Beltane - Wicca/Pagan

Nov 2

All Souls Day - Catholic Christian

Nov 10

Mawlid an Nabi - Islam

Nov 12

 

Birth of Baha’u’llah - Baha’i

Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Sikh

Nov 15

Nativity Fast begins - Orthodox Christian

Nov 26

Christ the King - Christian

Nov 28

Thanksgiving (USA) - Interfaith

December 2019

Dec 1-24

Advent - Christian

Dec 6

Saint Nicholas Day - Christian

Dec 8

 

Bodhi Day(Rohatsu) – Buddhism

Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian

Dec 12

Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian

Dec 16-25

Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian

Dec 21

 

Solstice

Yule - Litha - Wicca/Pagan

Dec 23-30

Hanukkah - Jewish

Dec 24

Christmas Eve - Christian

Dec 25

 

Christmas – Christian

Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian

Dec 26

Zarathosht Diso - Zoroastrian

Dec 29

Holy Family - Catholic Christian

Dec 31

Watch Night - Christian

January 2020

Jan 1

 

 

Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian

Feast Day of St Basil - Orthodox Christian

Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto

Jan 5

Twelfth Night - Christian

Jan 6

 

 

Epiphany – Christian

Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) - Orthodox Christian

Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian

Jan 7

Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian

Jan 8

Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian

Jan 10-12

Mahayana New Year - Buddhist

Jan 12

Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian

Jan 13

Maghi - Sikh

Jan 18-25

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian

Jan 19

World Religion Day - Baha’i

Jan 28

Tu BiShavat - Jewish

February 2020

Feb 2

 

Imbolc - Wicca/Pagan

Saint Brigid of Kildare - Celtic Christian

Feb 3

Setsebun-sai (beginning of spring) - Shinto

Feb 5

Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

Feb 8

Nirvana Day - Buddhism

Feb 23

Transfiguration Sunday - Christian

Feb 25

Shrove Tuesday - Christian

Feb 26

Ash Wednesday - Lent begins – Christian

March 2020

Mar 1

St. David of Wales - Christian

Mar 2 – 20

Nineteen Day Fast - Baha’i

Mar 3

Hindi New Year - Hindu

Mar 10

 

Holi – Hindu

Purim – Jewish

Mar 20

 

Equinox

Ostara - Mabon - Wicca/Pagan

Mar 21

 

Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian

Naw-Rúz (New Year) - Baha’i

Mar 25

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Christian

Mar 28

Khordad Sal - Zoroastrian

April 2020

Apr 5

Palm Sunday - Christian

Apr 9-11

Theravadin New Year - Buddhist

Apr 9-15

Pesach - Jewish

Apr 9

Maundy Thursday - Christian

Apr 10

Good Friday - Christian

Apr 12

 

Easter – Christian

Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian

Apr 17

Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian

Apr 19

Pascha - Easter - Orthodox Christian

Apr 21

 

Yom HaShoah – Jewish

First Day of Ridvan - Baha’i

Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian

Apr 24

Ramadan begins - Islam

May 2020

May 1

Beltane - Samhain - Wicca/Pagan 

May 2

Last day of Ridvan - Baha’i

May 7

Visakha Puja - Buddha Day - Buddhist

May 21

Ascension of Jesus - Christian

May 23

Declaration of the Bab - Baha’i

May 29

 

Ascension of Baha’u’llah - Baha’i

Ascension of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

May 29-30

Shavuot - Jewish

May 31

Pentecost - Christian

June 2020

Jun 5-7

Eid al Fitr - Islam

Jun 7

 

Pentecost - Orthodox Christian

Trinity Sunday - Christian

Jun 9

 St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian

Jun 21

 

Solstice

Litha - Yule - Wicca/Pagan

Jun 22

First Nations Day - Canadian Native People