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Marian Feast Days


 Jewish, Christian and Muslim (*)

Religious Days of Note

For Calendar Year 2008


1st   Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

3rd   Most Holy Name of Jesus 

6th   Epiphany of The Lord

10th Al-Hijra/Muharram is the Muslim New Year (The beginning of the first lunar month.) (*)

19th  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.)

23rd  [Mary's Wedding] (**)

25th  Conversion of St. Paul 

31st  St. John Bosco 

(*) All Muslim religious Holy Days are dependent on Lunar cycles thus are different every year. For more details on Special Muslim Days find the link at end of this Document.
(**) [ ]  Denotes Feast Days which do not appear in the most current Vatican Roman Missal


 2nd   Presentation of The Lord (Candlemas)

  6th   Ash Wednesday

  11th  Our Lady of Lourdes  -  150 th Anniversary of the Apparitions

 20th  [Our Lady of Tears]

22nd Chair of Peter 

24th  Discovery of the Head of John the Baptizer (Celebrated by the Orthodox Church)


14th  Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary (Friday before Palm Sunday)

16th  Palm Sunday

19th  Feast of St. Joseph - Husband of Mary

20th  Last Supper and Mawlid al-Nabi Mawlid al-Nabi (A Muslim celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam in 570 CE. Sunni Muslims observed it on the 12th of the lunar month of Rabi'-ul-Awwal in the Islamic calendar. Shi'a Muslims celebrate it five days later.)

21st  Holy Friday and Feast of Purim (Defeat of plot to destroy the Jews of Persia)

22nd  Holy Saturday

23rd  Easter Sunday

25th  Annunciation to Mary by Gabriel the Archangel 

30th  Mercy Sunday


20th  Palm Sunday [Observed by Orthodox Catholic] and Begin Pesach  [Night of Passover]

24th  Last Supper [Observed by Orthodox Catholic]

25th  Holy Friday [Observed by Orthodox Catholic]

26th  Holy Saturday [Observed by Orthodox Catholic] and Mary, Mother of Good Counsel

27th  Easter Sunday [Observed by Orthodox Catholic] and End of Pesach


1st   Ascension of Our Lord plus St. Joseph, Worker

3rd   Mary, Queen of the Apostles (Saturday during the Octave following Ascension Day)

8th   [Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces]

11th  Feast of Pentecost

13th  [Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament + First Apparition of Our Lady at Fátima]

18th  Trinity Sunday

21st  [Mary, Mother of Light ]

24th  [Mary, Help of Christians + Mary of the Path Maria]

25th  Feast of Corpus Christi

30th  Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Friday after the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost)

31st  Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary [Saturday after Sacred Heart of Jesus] plus Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (used to be on July 2nd) + [Mary, Queen of all Saints + Our Lady of the Most Holy Mountain + Mary, Mother of Wonderful Love]


9th   [Mary, Mother of Grace] plus First day of Shavout - (Feast of Weeks)

13th  St. Anthony of Lisbon (Padua)

24th  Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist

27th  [Mary of Perpetual Help]

29th  Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

30th  First Martyrs of the Roman Church


3rd   St. Thomas - Apostle

4th   St. Elizabeth (Queen) of Portugal plus U.S. Celebration of Independence Day 

5th   [Feast of the Seven Joys of Mary]

9th   Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá (patroness of Colombia) plus [Mary, Miraculous Mother]

11th  St. Benedict - Patron of Europe

13th  [Mary, Mystical Rose (Rosa Mystica)]  plus  Revelation of the Secret of Fátima

16th  Our Lady of Mount Carmel + Scapular Feast Day

17th  [Feast of Mary's Humility]

22nd  St. Mary Magdalene

26th  Mary, Mother of Mercy (Saturday before 4th Sunday of July) plus Sts. Anne and Joachim - Grandparents of Jesus

28th  Mary, Queen of Peace


2nd   [Mary of the Angels]

5th   Feast of Our Lady of Snows - Dedication of St. Mary Major Basilica - Rome

6th   Transfiguration of Our Lord (and Anniversary of the Nuclear Devastation in Hiroshima, Japan)

13th  [Mary, Refuge of Sinners]

15th  Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

22nd  The Queenship of Mary

29th  Martyrdom of John the Baptist

30th  Mary, Health of the Sick (Saturday before last Sunday in August)

31st  Mary, Comfort of the Afflicted (Sunday after August 28th - Feast of St. Augustine)


2nd Ramadan (The holiest period in the Islamic year. This was the month in which the Qura'n was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.  It is a time at which almost all Muslims over the age of 12 are expected to fast from sunup to sundown.)

3rd   [Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd

8th   The Birthday of Our Lady

11th  Our Lady of Coromoto (patroness of Venezuela)

12th  [The Holy Name of Mary]

14th  The Triumph of the Cross (A date of even greater eschatological importance in the future.]

15th  Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

19th  Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette

23rd  Conception of John the Baptist (Celebrated by the Orthodox Church)

24th  Our Lady of Ransom

27th  [Mary, Protector of Orphans]

29th  Archangels Michael, Gabriel & Raphael

30th Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year 5769)


1st   Feast of the Veil of Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos (Celebrated by the Orthodox Church) and Id al-Fitr  (The day after the end of Ramadan. A time of rejoicing. Houses are decorated; Muslims buy gifts for relatives.)

2nd   Guardian Angels

5th   Traditional Catholic Church Day of Thanksgiving 

7th   Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

9th   Yom Kippur  (Jewish Day of Atonement)

10th  Traditional Catholic Church Day of Penance (Friday following Traditional Day of Thanksgiving)

11th  [Feast of the Motherhood of Mary]

12th  Our Lady of the Pilar (Saragossa)

13th  Miracle at Fátima 

14th  First Day of Sokkot - (Feast of Tabernacles)

15th  St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) 

16th  [Feast of Mary's Purity]

20th  [Mary, Wonderful Mother]

21st  Shemini Atzeret -(Jewish Eighth Day of Solemn Assembly)

22nd  Simchat Torah - (Jewish Rejoicing of the Law)

26th  [Mary, Mother of the Dying] (4th Sunday in October)

28th  Sts. Simon and Jude, Apostles



1st   All Saints Day

2nd   All Souls Day

8th   [Our Lady of All Graces] (1st Saturday after All Saints Day) plus [Feast of Mary, Our Shelter]

9th   Dedication of Basilica of St. John of Lateran

15th  [Mary, Mother of Divine Providence] (Saturday before 3rd Sunday in November)

18th  Consecration of the two Basilicas honoring St. Peter and St. Paul

21st  Mary's Presentation

23rd  Christ the King

27th  [Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Paris)] plus Thanksgiving Day in the U.S

30th  First Sunday of Advent


8th   Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady and  Id al-Adha - Feast of Sacrifice or Day of Sacrifice. (It recalls the day when Abraham intended to follow the instructions of God, and sacrifice his son Ishmael.)

10th  [Our Lady of Loretto]

12th  Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas)

18th  [Mary's Expectation]

22nd  First Day of Chanukah - (Beginning of Festival of Lights)

25th  Christmas Day 

26th  St. Stephen - First Martyr

27th  St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

28th  Feast of the Holy Family plus Holy Innocents

29th  Feast of Chanukah - (End of Festival of Lights) and Al-Hijra/Muharram (The next Muslim New Year)

31st  Last Day of the Year 2008 plus Silvester I, Pope (1st Pope after the deliverance of Catholic Church to Emperor Constantine)


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