Religious Events January 2010The start of the Western calendar yearFriday 1 JanuaryChristian – New Year’s DayShinto - OshogatsuShinto New Year, one of the most popular occasionsfor shrine visits.
Religious Events January 2010The Catholic Church in England and Wales movesthis festival to the nearest Sunday if it falls on aSaturday or Monday.Sunday 3 JanuaryChristian – Epiphany
Religious Events January 2010Guru Gobind Singh (1666-1708) was thetenth and last of the Sikh Gurus. Heinstituted the Five Ks and established theOrder of the Khalsa.Tuesday 5 JanuarySikh – Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh
Religious Events January 2010Celebrates the visit of the wise men (the magi) to theinfant Jesus. In the East, the Epiphanycelebrates the baptism of Jesusby John the Baptist in the River Jordan.Wednesday 6 JanuaryChristian – EpiphanyChristian – Armenian Orthodox – Christmas DayArmenian Christians celebrate Christs birth atEpiphany, except for Armenians in theHoly Land, who celebrate Christmason January 19th. Orthodox churchesmark the baptism of Jesus on this day.
Religious Events January 2010Rastafarians believe Ethiopia to be their spiritualhomeland, and a place to which they want to return.Thursday 7 JanuaryRastafari – Christmas Day(Ethiopian)Christian – Christmas Day (Orthodox)Most Orthodox churches use the Julian rather than theGregorian version of the Western calendar. As a result,they celebrate Christmas 13 days later than otherChristian churches.
Religious Events January 2010Epiphany takes place on the 6th of January,but most Christians celebrate it on the firstSunday after that date.Sunday 10 JanuaryChristian – First Sunday afterEpiphanyChristian – Baptism of the LordCommemorates the baptism of Jesus in the RiverJordan by John the Baptist. Occurs on the firstSunday after Epiphany.
Religious Events January 2010According to tradition, "St. Hilarys is the coldest dayof the year." St. Hilary was a fourth century Bishop ofPoitiers.Wednesday 13 JanuaryChristian – St Hilary’s day
Religious Events January 2010Makar Sankrant is one of the most important festivalsof the Hindu calendar and celebrates the sunsjourney into the northern hemisphere.Thursday 14 JanuaryHindu – Makar Sankrant
Religious Events January 2010Japanese who have reached legal adulthood (20 inJapan) in the previous year attend a shrine to givethanks.Friday 15 JanuaryShinto – Seijin Shiki (Adults’ Day)
Religious Events January 2010First celebrated in 1908. The days of 18-25 January(regardless of the days of the week involved) wereoriginally chosen because they covered the days betweenthe feast of St Peter and the feast of St Paul.Monday 18 JanuaryChristian – Week of prayer forChristian Unity (start)
Religious Events January 2010Dedicated to Saraswati, the goddess of learning andBrahmas wife. The festival marks the beginning ofSpring.Wednesday 20 JanuaryHindu – Vasant Panchami
Religious Events January 2010Patron saint of girls, martyred at the ageof 13.Thursday 21 JanuaryChristian – St Agnes
Religious Events January 2010Anglicans and Catholics celebrate St Paulsconversion on the road to Damascus.Monday 25 JanuaryChristian – St Paul’s Day
Religious Events January 2010The UK Holocaust Memorial Day was first held inJanuary 2001. The date was chosen as theanniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.Wednesday 27 JanuaryJewish & Multifaith–National Holocaust Memorial Day
Religious Events January 2010Doctor of the Church and patron saint of studentsand theologians.Thursday 28 JanuaryChristian – St Thomas Aquinas
Religious Events January 2010The Jewish New Year for trees - For religiousaccounting purposes all trees have theiranniversaries on this festival, regardless of whenthey were planted.Saturday 30 JanuaryJewish – Tu B’Shevat
Religious Events January 2010Guru Har Rai (1630-1661) was the seventh of theSikh Gurus.Sunday 31 JanuarySikh – Birthday of Guru Har Rai