Sanghamitta Day (Buddhism)
Sanghamitta Day celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of Sanghamitta, daughter of King Asoka, who started the Order of Nuns in Sri Lanka and brought a branch of the Bodhi Tree (which still survives in the ancient capital of Anuradhapura). It occurs on the Full Moon day of December. (Sri Lanka)
Maunajiyaras is a day of fasting, silence and meditation on the five holy beings: monks, teachers, religious leaders, Arihants (Jinas, enlightened masters) and Siddhas (liberated souls). This day is also regarded as the anniversary of the birth of many of the Tirthankaras or Pathfinders.
Awakening Day (Buddhism)
Anniversary of the historical Buddha’s awakening. (Japan, North America)
First Sunday of Advent–a time of preparation for Christmas. (Western Churches)
Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights (and the Feast of Dedication), commemorates the victory of Judah the Maccabee and religous freedom, and the rededication of the Temple in 165 BCE. It also celebrates teh power of God and faithfulness of Israel. Suspension of work is not required.
The Ascension of Abdul-Baha (Baha’i)
The Ascension of Abdul-Baha commemorates his death.
Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)
Day of the Covenant celebrates the anniversary of the appointmen of ‘Abdul-Baha, the son of Baha’u'llah, as the Centre of the Covenant. Baha’is do not suspend work on this day.
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (Sikhism)
This day commemorates the martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (1621-1675), the ninth of the Ten Sikh Gurus. He is remembered not only for his defence of the Sikh Faith, but also for willingly giving up his life for religious liberty for all faiths.
Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhism)
Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji is honored on this day. Guru Nanak Dev Ji is the founder of the Sikh faith and the first of Ten Gurus. Guru Nanak Dev J was born in 1469 CE. He was an accomplished poet. Nine hundred, seventy-four of his hymns are contained in the Sikh Scriptures, the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.
Lokashah Jayanti (Jainism)
Lokashah Jayanti: the full moon of the calendar’s first month is a time to celebrate the births of revered and scholarly person. The most famous of these is the 15th century reformer Lonka Saha whose oposition to temple worship and the use of images led to the founding of the Sthanakavasi sect, which emphasizes scholarship.