Religious holidays are some of the very first holidays that we remember celebrating. They warrant decoration and festive dress and often come with a set of rules that we abide by for the sake of the day and our faith. From Judaism’s Purim on March 9 to Islam’s Eid al-Adha on July 31 and Christianity’s Three King’s Day on January 6, it’s important to take time each year to connect with your spirituality, no matter the religious beliefs you hold. That’s why we’re so excited to celebrate 31 religious holidays.
Where did religious holidays come from?
Can you guess what the oldest religion was? If you said Christianity, you're a couple of thousand years too late! Religion has existed longer than history has been recorded, but it didn't always take the form we recognize today. In ancient Greece and Egypt, religion consisted of organized rituals dedicated to certain higher powers. Remember the many gods and goddesses of Ancient Greece?
In even earlier civilizations, people would worship the elements as well as a physical idol that they might have carved from wood, stone, woven together. They would hold ceremonies to worship their gods and prepare foods and festivities in their deities' honor. In other words, ancient religion was also organized around a series of holidays. And we've continued this tradition today, whether you celebrate Easter or Hanukkah, religion brings us together to put on a festive celebration.
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Are there any religious holidays that we're missing? If so, click the "Submit A Holiday" button below and fill us in on the details. All we need from you is the name of the holiday, which religion it belongs to, and a bit of background, then we'll work fast to take care of the rest.