November/December Religion Calendar

Note: Holidays that begin at sundown continue through sundown the next day, unless otherwise noted. This calendar will be updated in two-month increments throughout 2013.

Oct. 30-Nov. 8
World Council of Churches: General Assembly, Busan, Korea. Email: [email protected]; website:

Nov. 1
All Saints' Day (Christian)

Nov. 2
All Souls' Day (Christian)

Nov. 3
Al-Hijra (Muslim New Year, celebrated on the first day of the Islamic month of Muharram; begins at sundown. Actual start date may vary depending on the sighting of the moon.)

Diwali (Hindu celebration of light and, for some Hindus, the Hindu New Year. Actual start time and duration may vary according to lunar cycle.)

Nov. 4-12
Church of God in Christ: Holy Convocation, St. Louis. Contact: Robert Coleman at 901-235-2160; email: rcoleman(at); website:

Nov. 8-11
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: Church Council, Chicago. Contact: Jodi Slattery at 773-380-2599; email: jodi.slattery(at); website:

Nov. 10-15
United Methodist Church: Council of Bishops, Lake Junaluska, N.C. Contact: Jo Ann McClain at 202-547-6270; email: jmcclain(at); website:

Nov. 11
Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i celebration of the birth of the founder of the faith; begins at sundown)

Nov. 11-14
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: fall meeting, Baltimore. Contact: Sister Mary Ann Walsh at 202-541-3201; email: mwalsh(at); website:

Nov. 12
Ashura (Optional feast day for Muslims, marking the creation of the world, Noah's departure from the ark and Moses' flight from Egypt. Shi'a Muslims mark this as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson; begins at sundown. Start date may vary depending on sighting of the moon.)

Nov. 19-21
Evangelical Theological Society: annual meeting, Baltimore. Contact: Michael Thigpen at 502-897-4387; email: director(at); website:

Nov. 23-26
American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Baltimore. Contact: Aislinn Jones at 404-727-8132; email: ajones(at); website:

Society of Biblical Literature: annual meeting, Baltimore. Contact: Charles Haws at 404-727-3095; email: charles.haws(at); website:

Nov. 27
Hanukkah (Eight-day Jewish festival of lights; begins at sundown)

Dec. 1
First Sunday of Advent (Christian; four consecutive Sundays)

Dec. 8
Bodhi Day (Buddhist celebration of the Buddha's attainment of enlightenment)

Dec. 23
HumanLight, annual holiday celebrating Humanism's secular vision. Contact:
Patrick Colucci at 973-592-7935; email: info(at); website:

Dec. 25
Christmas (Christian)