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There are so many celebrations in the religions of the world. Many are baseless while others have their celebrations anchored on to one religious belief or the other. Below are the major celebrations in the three Abrahamic religions of the world:

Christian seasonal days of celebration

 Below, in a nut shell, are the festivals celebrated by the Christian world in the year:

Easter Sunday: There are a number of holy days that are linked to Easter Sunday:

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Lent, a period of fasting and prayer, begins on Ash Wednesday, 46 days before Easter Sunday.

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Palm Sunday is recognized 7 days before Easter Sunday; it is the beginning of Holy Week.

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Holy Thursday, (also called Maundy Thursday), remembers the Last Supper. The term "Maundy" was derived from the old Latin name for the day, "Dies Mandatum," -- "the day of the new commandment."

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Good Friday, (also called Holy Friday), commemorates the execution of Jesus by the Roman army of occupation.

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Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.

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Ascension Thursday, (also called Ascension Day), occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday; it commemorates the ascension of Jesus into heaven.

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Pentecost, (also known as Whit Sunday), is the 7th Sunday after Easter, the day when the Holy Spirit is reported as having descended upon the Apostles. 

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The first day of Advent is the Sunday which is closest to November 30; it foretells the coming of Christmas.

Other Fixed days:

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Epiphany, on Jan-6 celebrates the visitation of the 3 wise men to Jesus after his birth.

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Christmas is the day associated with Jesus' birth. It is celebrated on Dec-25 by Western churches and on Jan-7 the following year by Eastern Orthodox churches.


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Advent Sunday (also called the First Sunday of Advent) is the Sunday closest to November 30. It is the first day of an approximately 28 day (4 week) period of preparation for Christmas.


Conservative Jews and Christians generally agree that the main seasonal days of celebration that are mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) were established by God and recorded by Moses. Religious liberals and many historians believe that the ancient Israelites took the three ancient harvest festivals of the Pagan Canaanites (Creation, Revelation and Redemption) and reworked them into the Jewish festivals of Tabernacles, Shavout and Passover. 1

In modern times, Jews refer to the weekly Sabbath as the Shabbat; other holy days are now called festivals, feasts, holy days or holidays.

Description of the seven holy days:



Alternative name and meaning

1st of Tishri

Rosh Hashanah; "Head of the Year"

The Jewish New Year, and the anniversary of the completion of creation. 

10th of Tishri

Yom Kippur; "Day of Atonement"

A day of fasting and praying which occurs 10 days after the first day of Rosh Hashanah. The holiest day in the year. 

15th of Tishri

Sukkot; "Season of our rejoicing; Feast of Tabernacles"

The Feast of Booths is an 8 day harvest festival; a time of thanksgiving. This was considered the most important Jewish festival in 1st cent. CE

25th of Kislev

Hanukkah, Chanukah; "Feast of Dedication"

The Feast of Lights is an 8 day Feast of Dedication. It recalls the war fought by the Maccabees in the cause of religious freedom. 

14th of Adar

Purim; "Feast of Lots"

The Feast of Lots recalls the defeat by Queen Esther of the plan to slaughter all of the Persian Jews, circa 400 BCE. 

15th Nissan

Pesach; "Passover

The 8 day festival recalls the exodus of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt circa 1300 BCE. A holiday meal, the Seder, is held at home.

6th of Sivan; 50 days after Pesach

Shavouth; "Festival of Weeks"

Pentacost (a.k.a. Feast of Weeks) recalls God's revelation of the Torah to the Jewish people.


Islamic seasonal days of

Descriptions of celebrated festivals by Muslims worldwide:


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Al-Hijra/Muharram is the Muslim New Year, the beginning of the first lunar month.

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For Sunni Muslims, Ashura is a day of fasting that was originally observed by Jews to recall when God saved the Children of Israel from the Pharoah in Egypt. Muhammad made it compulsory for Muslims as well.

For Shiite Muslims, Ashura recalls an event circa 680-OCT-20
CE in Iraq when an army of the Umayyad regime martyred a group of 70 individuals who refused to submit to the Caliph. One of the martyrs was Imam Husain, the youngest grandson of Prophet Muhammad. 

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Mawlid al-Nabi is a celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the prophet of Islam in 570 CE. Some Muslim sufists observe it on the 12th of the lunar month of Rabi'-ul-Awwal in the Islamic calendar. Shi'a Muslims celebrate it five days later. "The Mawlid al-Nabi was first observed around the thirteenth century and was preceded by a month of celebration. The actual day of Muhammad's birthday included a sermon, recitation of litanies, honoring of religious dignitaries, gift giving, and a feast. The festival spread throughout the Muslim world and is celebrated in many countries today. However, some conservative sects (e.g., the Wahhabiyah) consider the celebration to be idolatrous." 2,3

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Id al-Fitr (a.k.a. "'Id" and "Eid") is the first day of the 10th month -- i.e. the day after the end of Ramadan. It is a time of rejoicing. Houses are decorated; Muslims buy gifts for relatives. The words " 'Id" and "Eid" mean fesival.

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Id al-Adhaa (a.k.a. the Feast of Sacrifice or Day of Sacrifice) occurs during the 12th month of the Islamic year. This immediately follows the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).  It recalls the day when Abraham intended to follow the instructions of God, and sacrifice his son Ishmael.

None the less, it is necessary to note that only the two eid stated here are the actual festivals of the Muslims as established by the prophet (PBUH). But all the others are celebrations that crept into the Islamic world later in centuries after the prophet and his companions.


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