Cultural Calendar: World Religion Day

Posted on
18 December 2020

World Religion Day is on 17th January and it began in America in the 1950s. It was started by the Baháʼí religion as a way to promote openness with all faiths. Through knowledge we can extinguish fear and misunderstanding. And through knowledge comes acceptance.


Just because I don't believe what you believe, doesn't mean either of us are wrong.


By being living the value of being respectful to others, this can lead to harmony.

World Religion Day promotes the spiritual principles underlying the world's religions and their role in unifying humanity. There is an estimated 10,000 religions world wide, so we can't highlight them all here. But here is a little look at the 3 major world religions.



Christianity is a religion based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Christians, believe that Jesus is the Christ, whose coming as the Messiah was prophesied in the Hebrew Bible, called the Old Testament in Christianity, and chronicled in the New Testament. Important celebrations fall on Easter (4th April 2021) and Christmas.



Muslims follow five basic pillars that are essential to their faith. These include:

Shahada: to declare one’s faith in God and belief in Muhammad.

Salat: to pray five times a day (at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and evening).

Zakat: to give to those in need.

Sawm: to fast during Ramadan (which is from 12th April- 11th May 2021)

Hajj: to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once during a person’s lifetime if the person is able.



Hinduism prescribes the eternal duties, such as honesty, refraining from injuring living beings (Ahiṃsā), patience, forbearance, self-restraint, virtue, and compassion, among others. Diwali is the festival of lights and a very important festival for Hindus. It signifies good triumphing over evil, new beginnings and light over darkness, and in 2021 it falls on November 4th.


Having a religion can be part of your wellbeing, by getting a feeling of being Connected, and that should be respected. But if you don't have a religion, you shouldn't feel left out. You have your beliefs and ways of living. These too should be respected.


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