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Marian Feast Days


Jewish, Christian and Muslim (*)

Religious Days of Note

For Calendar Year 2008


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


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)


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


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


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]


[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


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


[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)


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)


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


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


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)

For more details on Jewish Religious Dates Click Here
For more details on Muslim Religious Dates Click Here

PLEASE NOTE: We will welcome any corrections as well as suggestions for inclusion of any key Religious date that we may have overlooked - Contact The M+G+R Foundation, please Click Here and follow the instructions.

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