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The NZ Interfaith Group welcomes you in the spirit of understanding and cooperation between all of the faiths in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The NZ Interfaith Group is an affiliation of a variety of interfaith groups that have been active in different parts of New Zealand over the past 20 years. Members of many faiths are represented in these various groups that operate independently but often gather for national forums.

For more information about this site, please contact Paddy Payne: info@interfaith.org.nz or 021-505-215.


Participants at the 2016 National Interfaith Forum in Auckland

  
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Rev Victor Kazanjian's keynote speech from the National Interfaith Forum, Auckland 2016

Rev Victor Kazanjian's keynote speech from the National Interfaith Forum

Rev Victor Kazanjian’s entire keynote speech from Saturday 27 Febuary 2016 at the National Interfaith Forum in Auckland, plus Q&A, is now available on Youtube.

Also, over 60 pictures of the Forum are available here.

Dr Pushpa Wood appointed Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) for services to financial literacy and interfaith relations

​Dr Pushpa Wood appointed ONZM in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Congratulations to Dr Pushpa Wood, co-founder and life member of the Wellington Inter-faith Council and Chair of the New Zealand Chapter of the World Council of Religion and Peace, who was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced by the government on 6 June 6 2016. Here is a quote from Pushpa reported on Indian Newslink: "It is an honour and a privilege to receive this Award. Although my name is on the list, the honour truly belongs to the whole community and people who have supported me throughout my life. I am grateful to my parents who gave me opportunities to dream big, my husband Jack and my daughter Gayatri for their encouragement and support. I regard myself very lucky to be awarded for doing something that is very dear to my heart. This Award recognises the positive contribution that ethnic people are making in almost every field."

WIFCO News - Autumn 2016

​WIFCO News - Autumn 2016

The Waikato Interfiath Council have published their autumn newsletter which is packed full of interesting news about events and activities happening around the country (not just in the Waikato) and an excellent article on the launch of the Religious Diverstiy Centre at Parliament in Wellington. Click here to read the autumn newsletter.

Religious Diversity Centre launched at Parliament

​Religious Diversity Centre launched at Parliament

New Zealand provided a model of religious tolerance for the rest of the world, Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister and head of the United Nations Development Programme, said at the launch of the Religious Diversity Centre at Parlimament on 31 May.

"Our world badly needs such models. On so many days now when I see the news headlines I often think how fortunate we are," she said in Wellington.

"To see societies ripped apart by violent extremists with the extremists claiming so often to act in the name of the faith and yet prepared to violate every single principle of those faiths."

Ms Clark was opening the new Religious Diversity Centre, for which she has agreed to be patron.

"The world badly needs voices of reason and tolerance and those who will work to build dialogue and respect across faiths and beliefs. I do believe that New Zealand can show the way."

More information on the Religious Diversity Centre is available here.

Coverage of the launch included articles in the NZ Herald, Anglican Taonga and the LDS Newsroom.

​The 11th National Interfaith Forum (26-28 Feb. 2016) was a great success!

The 11th National Interfaith Forum (26-28 Feb. 2016) was a great success!

Over 130 people from all over the country enjoyed an inspiring weekend in Auckland, meeting old friends and making new ones. The keynote speaker, Rev Victor Kazanjian from United Religions Initiative based in San Francisco, brought fresh insights from his global interfaith work.

Dame Susan Devoy, Prof. Edwina Pio, and Dr Anwar Ghani were among the other speakers, each bringing something interesting and important to the table.  Reports about interfaith initiatives showed that more and more councils and groups are forming nationwide, to help meet the needs as NZ becomes ever more religiously diverse.

The event opened Friday night with a vegetarian banquet at the historic Selwyn Library, courtesy of the Anglican Church. Bishop Ross Bay and Bishop Kito Pikaahu were both on hand to offer greetings, and soul-soothing music was provided by Monk Party, a father-son duo of sacred music from the Sri Chinmoy faith. All food was generously prepared and served by the Sikh community from the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar in Papatoetoe, and it was delicious.

Saturday was a full day of talks and group meetings at the Quality Hotel in Parnell. A planned prayer walk to the Trinity Cathedral had to be cancelled due to bad weather and schedule over-run; otherwise everything went smoothly. From their evaluations, it is clear that participants really enjoyed both the content of material presented as well as the opportunities for networking and developing relationships.
On Sunday we were hosted by The Community of St Luke, and participated in an interfaith worship service with readings done by Forum participants. Following a morning tea provided by the host community, we had a wrap up session and lunch.

Photos of the Forum can be found on the Auckland Interfaith Council facebook page here. The next national-level forum will be in 2018, hosted by Christchurch.

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Week of Prayer for World Peace - NationalNational9/10/2016 12:00 a.m.16/10/2016 11:59 p.m.
The Week of Prayer for World Peace is an opportunity for people of all faiths to pray in their own gatherings or with people of other faiths for world peace. The Week will be observed in New Zealand from 9-16 October. A leaflet has been produced with prayers, readings and affirmations from many faiths to use each day. The theme of the leaflet is developed for worldwide distribution by the Week of Prayer for World Peace multi-faith committee based in Great Britain. Religious communities throughout New Zealand are encouraged to celebrate the week both in their observances and together with people of different faiths. For further information or to order leaflets please see the News item on this site for contact details.
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Aotearoa New Zealand Interfaith Network
The Aotearoa New Zealand Interfaith Network is part of the New Zealand Diversity Action Programme and is a mailing list that brings together faith communities, interfaith groups, government agencies, academics and individuals interested in interfaith cooperation for peace and human rights.  It is facilitated by the Race Relations Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission.  To add your name or that of your organisation to the network email nzdiversity@hrc.co.nz
BBC Interfaith Calendar
BBC Religion & Ethics
BeliefNet
We are a multi-faith e-community designed to help you meet your own religious and spiritual needs -- in an interesting, captivating and engaging way.
 
We are independent. We are not affiliated with a particular religion or spiritual movement. We are not out to convert you to a particular approach, but rather to help you find your own. Fundamental to our mission is a deep respect for a wide variety of faiths and traditions.
 
We try to achieve our mission by providing information and inspiration. Our site has an extraordinary collection of experts and scholars. We give you spiritual tools such as prayer circles, kits to help you celebrate births, weddings, and other life milestones, as well as commemorate deaths. Most important, we help you to learn from each other through a breathtaking array of discussions and dialogue groups.
 
That's what makes Beliefnet unique. We're all about helping you find your way.
 
Beliefnet, Inc. is a privately held company funded by employees, individual investors and Blue Chip Venture Company.
Center for Interreligious Understanding
With more than 30 years of experience in interreligious affairs, the CIU is a trusted resource for insight, analysis and positive action.
Through educational programs and policy leadership, the CIU brings people of all faiths together to learn about our history, our shared values and why we must live and work together toward a society of justice and peace.
 
By exploring the theological foundations and common goals of the world's religions, the CIU fights religious stereotypes and intolerance to foster genuine understanding.
Centre for Faith and the Media
The Centre provides non-partisan resources to journalists and the public to enable a more accurate and fair portrayal of faith in our midst. It conducts research, creates guides and other reference works, and operates an online site to enable broad access to information.
 
The Centre is based in Calgary but has a national board of directors from academia, media and business. Its initial financing has been provided by Canadian Heritage, Department of Multiculturalism.
Christchurch Interfaith Society and Council
Officially formed in 2008, the Christchurch Interfaith Society are a voluntary non-profit association of people representing diverse religious communities in Christchurch. Our purpose is to foster understanding and good relations, to co-ordinate action, and to liaise with other organisations. We aim to inform, explain and support the diverse religious and spiritual groups and communities in our city. We organise community meetings, bring speakers to the city and support each others ceremonies and traditions. Through this, we bring understanding, contributing to peace locally and worldwide.
Council of Christians and Jews

Welcome to the Wellington Council of Christians and Jews.  Our council brings together Christian and Jewish Communities in a common effort to overcome the evils of prejudice, intolerance and discrimination between people of different of religions and ethnicity.  We are affiliated to the New Zealand Council of Christians and Jews, and the International Council of Christians and Jews http://www.iccj.org/.

Here on our web site, you can find out more about the council, join the CCJ, download publications, listen to recordings of our past public meetings, or contact us.

Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group
Our group was formed here in Dunedin in the aftermath of the events of September 11th 2001 out of spontaneous expressions of solidarity and goodwill between leaders of our three faiths, the police and the Dunedin City Council. We exist to express a common heritage and concern, as people of faith in Dunedin.
 
Judaism, Christianity and Islam are all Abrahamic faiths. All three can trace their faith back to Abraham. Ordinary people from al three faiths share a deep desire for peace and justice. We seek to encourage and model friendship and respect for each other.
 
Interfaith Encounter Association
The Interfaith Encounter Association is dedicated to promoting peace in the Middle East through interfaith dialogue and cross-cultural study.  We believe that, rather than being a cause of the problem, religion can and should be a source of the solution for conflicts that exist in the region and beyond.
Interfaith Youth Core
IFYC was incorporated in 2002 with one staff person. Our organization has outgrown a few offices since then, but our goal is the same: build an interfaith youth movement using service as the bridge.
Interfaithnet Asia Pacific
Interfaithnet is a group of Interfaith Ministers who graduated from interfaith seminaries in the USA, UK and Canada and who are practising as congregational ministers, chaplains, celebrants, spiritual counsellors and healers, pastoral carers, social and sacred activists and educators in the Asia Pacific Region.
 
Interfaith is not only a form of deeply respectful dialogue between different faith traditions, it is a faith path in its own right for those who experience that the attributes religious and faith traditions share are more common than those which divide them.
 
Our intention is to create two organisations in the Asia Pacific Region, a religious organisation and a professional association. The benefits of creating an ecclesiastic order or religious organisation are many – consistency of belief, practice, image, public relations, ethical standards, approach to ecclesiastic matters, religious policy and consistency of education as a minister are some of these. There is also the ability to lobby governments on important ecclesiastic matters.
International Association for Religious Freedom
The International Association for Religious Freedom is a registered charity based in the United Kingdom which has the aim of working for freedom of religion and belief at a global level. Encouraging interfaith dialogue and tolerance is part of this agenda and we are proud of an over 100-year history in this work. We have over 90 affiliated member groups in approximately 25 countries from a wide range of faith traditions, including Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Shintoism, Hinduism, and Sikhism, among others. With member organisations, regional co-ordinators, and national chapters around the world, the International Association for Religious Freedom is well placed to obtain local perspectives on religious freedom concerns and issues.
International Council of Christians and Jews
The ICCJ serves as the umbrella organisation of 38 national Jewish-Christian dialogue organisations world-wide.
 
The ICCJ member organisations world-wide over the past five decades have been successfully engaged in the historic renewal of Jewish-Christian relations. Founded as a reaction to the Holocaust, the Shoah, in the awareness that ways must be found to examine the deeply engrained roots of mistrust, hatred and fear that culminated in one of the worst evils in human history, theologians, historians and educators included the still fragile structure of enlightenment and the human rights movements of the inter-war period.
 
In more recent years the ICCJ and its members increasingly engaged in the Abrahamic dialogue: the encounter between Jews, Christians and Muslims. The ICCJ's efforts to promote Jewish-Christian dialogue provide models for wider interfaith relations, particularly dialogue among Jews, Christians, and Muslims.
Internationally recognised Values Education Program
Living Values Education Programme is coordinated by the Association for Living Values Education International, a non-profit association of educators from around the world.  It is supported by UNESCO, sponsored by a wide variety of organizations, institutions and individuals, and being implemented in all continents of the world.  LVEP is part of the global movement for a culture of peace in the framework of the United Nations Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.
The Association for Living Values Education International (ALIVE) is an association formed under the Civil Code of Switzerland and registered at the Registre du Commerce, Geneva.  Its registered office is in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
Created in 2004, ALIVE porvides a formal home for the international community of educators who have been working with Living Values Education Programme since it was developed in 1997.  In a number of countries, national associations for Living Values Education coordinate the local implementation of LVEP.  Such grass-roots associations are themselves the members of ALIVE and comprise its General Assembly, which is the Associations's supreme power and decieion-making body.
Multifaith Action Society of B.C.
The Multifaith Action Society, a registered charity under the society's act, was founded in 1972 as an ecumenical society and has become fully interfaith in nature and purpose.
 
From the outset the Society has sought ways to bring together the many faith groups which characterize Vancouver and to sponsor socially responsible and relevant initiatives relating to the common good. It founded the first food bank program of Vancouver, for instance, and has sponsored, planned and carried out conferences dealing with such issues as public sector alternatives dispute resolution (bus strikes), ethical dimensions of clean water distribution and ways of supporting Vancouver's 4-pillar drug treatment program.
 
It has promoted interfaith dialogue by bringing together members of different faith communities. Our first Christian-Sikh dialogue was held in 2000 and currently we are involved in a substantial Christian-Jewish dialogue, both of which were designed to achieve a significant level of mutual understanding.
 
We recognize and respect our differences across our faith communities, while at the same time seeking to celebrate the values we hold in common. We expect to learn from each other and assume from our experience that the faith we each espouse will be enriched by interaction with those of other beliefs and traditions.
PBS Religion and Ethics
Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy and produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, the acclaimed one-of-a-kind TV show examines religion's role -- and the ethical dimensions -- behind top news headlines.
 
Correspondents Saul Gonzalez, Fred de Sam Lazaro, Tim O'Brien, Deborah Potter, Betty Rollin, Lucky Severson and Judy Valente, along with managing editor Kim Lawton, travel around the nation and the globe to explore how issues of faith, religion and ethics shape both national and international events. Newsmakers, scholars and policy analysts also provide insightful perspectives in roundtable discussions from the show's studio in Washington, DC.
 
Winner of more than 115 industry awards -- including the Sigma Delta Chi, the Gracie Allen, the Chicago TV Fest, New York Festival and CINE Golden Eagle -- the program has been hailed by the Religion Newswriters' Association for setting "a national standard for balanced and fair coverage of religious topics." Phil Mushnick with The New York Post says, "Week after week, R & E similarly delivers, helping restore one's faith in, of all things, television." And Charles Honey of The Grand Rapids Press writes, "As far as news stories go, there are none better."
 
To complement the program's weekly broadcast, RELIGION & ETHICS NEWSWEEKLY offers a Web site, pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics, and a companion viewers' guide. The Web site features individual show transcripts, streaming video of weekly reports, full transcripts of interviews with notable guests, related articles dealing with significant issues in religion and ethics news, a list of related resources and an online pressroom featuring downloadable versions of the program press kit and quarterly newsletter, as well as detailed summaries of individual stories. Audio and video podcasts of the program are also available. The Viewers' Guide, which includes essays, discussion questions and resources, may be downloaded from the Web site or ordered free of charge by writing to "Religion & Ethics Guide," P.O. Box 245, Little Falls, NJ 07424-0245.
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Pluralism Project - On Common Ground
The Pluralism Project's fantastic resource, "On Common Ground" has recently been turned into an on-line resource, and is well worth a visit if you've some time to explore. Although mostly geared towards American pluralism, there's an excellent selection of resources available on the world's religions. It's a great reference. The Pluralism Project was begun by Diana Eck at Harvard University.
Regional Interfaith Network (RIN)
Religions for Peace
Respecting religious differences while celebrating our common humanity, Religions for Peace is active on every continent and in some of the most troubled areas of the world, creating multi-religious partnerships to confront our most dire issues: stopping war, ending poverty, and protecting the earth.
 
Religious communities are the largest and best-organized civil institutions in the world, claiming the allegiance of billions across race, class, and national divides. These communities have particular cultural understandings, infrastructures, and resources to get help where it is needed most.
Founded in 1970, Religions for Peace enables these communities to unleash their enormous potential for common action. Some of Religions for Peace’s recent successes include building a new climate of reconciliation in Iraq; mediating dialogue among warring factions in Sierra Leone; organizing an international network of religious women’s organizations; and establishing an extraordinary program to assist the millions of children affected by Africa’s AIDS pandemic, the Hope for African Children Initiative".
REonline
REonline is a new initiative, which has incorporated theREsite, and will grow to become a complete Virtual RE Resources Centre. The latest developments and additions to REonline are listed on the 'New on the site' page.
The project is supported by a number of educational trusts and charities, and a team of specialist contributors and technical developers maintain the site.
Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department
In recent years, the Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department in Toronto, Canada has committed itself to building a website featuring curriculum and useful educational resources for interfaith work. These resources include do-it-yourself workshops, toolkits, best practices, games, activities, online courses, multifaith prayer services, guidelines, meditations, Powerpoint, etc.
Spiritual "non-secular" Discussion Forum
Spiritual / Gnostic / Mystic Discussion Forum for all sincere seekers of Ultimate Truth
The Interfaith Alliance
The Interfaith Alliance and The Interfaith Alliance Foundation - the national non-partisan advocacy voice of the interfaith movement. Our 150,000 members are from more than 70 faith traditions and people of good will united to: Promote democratic values, Defend religious liberty, Challenge hatred and religious bigotry and Reinvigorate informed civic participation.
 
We are The Interfaith Alliance and The Interfaith Alliance Foundation. Founded in 1994 by an interfaith group of religious leaders, we work to promote interfaith cooperation around shared religious values to strengthen the public’s commitment to the American values of civic participation, freedom of religion, diversity, and civility in public discourse and to encourage the active involvement of people of faith in the nation’s political life. We are local religious leaders and activists, some with years of political experience, some just starting out. We work in our communities, in state capitals, in Washington, DC and wherever else our voice is needed.
 
Our 150,000 members across the nation represent diverse religious and spiritual traditions – Jews, Christians,Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs – 70 faith traditions in all, as well as many Agnostics and Atheists. In Washington, DC, our national office works on Capitol Hill and with the White House, in coalition with denominational bodies and other activist organizations to make sure our unique message is communicated when and where it matters most. Our 47 local Alliances are active in their communities on local issues, carrying The Interfaith Alliance message to decision-makers, the media, and the public at large.
The Revealer
A daily review of Religion and the Press.
The Sacred Site
Radha Sahar's site that has information on many of the world's faiths. Also has useful links to information on many faiths: http://www.thesacredsite.com/links.htm
United Religions Initiative
URI (United Religions Initiative) is an internationally recognized interfaith network active in 78 countries with its global office in San Francisco, California. We cultivate and connect grassroots change-makers across religious, cultural and geographic boundaries, harnessing their collective power to take on religiously motivated violence and social, economic and environmental crises that destabilize regions and contribute to poverty.
Universal Peace Federation (UPF)
The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) was founded in the hope of building a world in which peoples, cultures, races, religions, and nationalities could live together in harmony, mutual respect, cooperation, and universal prosperity.
 
This vision of world peace underlies all the programs and activities of UPF. Specific initiatives may pursue this quest from distinctive vantage points or in relation to a particular constituency, for example, youth, academia, religion, diplomacy, politics, community activism or the arts.
 
UPF recognizes that the task of achieving genuine peace requires an integrated, cross-disciplinary, and collaborative approach among all disciplines, various organizations, cultures and peoples.
 
That is, peace cannot be established merely by academics, by politicians, or by religious leaders alone. Therefore the tendency for peace efforts to be fragmented and disunified has to be overcome.
 
A unique feature of UPF's vision is the inclusion of the world's religious leaders, who bear the wisdom of their respective traditions, in the pursuit of peace. This affirmation of religion's contribution is fully interreligious in spirit, welcoming the participation of all the world's great religious traditions.
Waikato Interfaith Council
The Waikato Interfaith Council is a voluntary non-profit association of persons who collectively represent the diversity of religious traditions and faith communities which exist within our wider society. The Council aims to: • foster mutual appreciation and good relations between these traditions and communities; • coordinate action, and/or to act on behalf of any or all of these commnities in respect of religious issues and relationships to society at large; • act in an advisory and consultative capacity to the community. The Waikato Interfaith Council is based in Hamilton, New Zealand. For more information on WIFCO, our meetings and activities, please contact the Secretary at: . For more information on WIFCO public events, please contact: .
Wellington Abrahamic Council of Jews, Christians and Muslims
World Congress of Faiths
What does it do?
 
The World Congress of Faiths publishes the leading journal on interfaith matters Interreligious Insight. It arranges a variety of conferences, meetings, retreats, visits and group travel. All these provide occasions to learn what others believe, what they think about life today and how they pray, meditate and worship. Some meetings are of special interest to teachers or to health and social workers. WCF also provides a chance for members of local interfaith groups to meet people from different parts of the country and the world who share their concern.
 
What are its beliefs?
 
The World Congress of Faiths believes that understanding between people of different religions is important for good community relations, for moral and spiritual renewal and for world peace. A principle is respect for those of differing faith.  WCF by its educational work encourages interfaith understanding and co-operation at all levels of society.
 
Who else does it work with?
 
WCF is a member of the Inter Faith Network (UK) and works with other interfaith organizations in Britain and across the world. WCF has helped to establish the International Interfaith Centre at Oxford and works closely with the  London Interfaith Centre. It has good relations with many faith communities.
World Interfaith Harmony Week
The Official Site of the UN Sponsored Observance week in February. The World Interfaith Harmony Week is a UN resolution for a worldwide week of interfaith harmony. The World Interfaith Harmony Week will fall on the first week of February of every year and aims to promote harmony between all people regardless of their faith.
 
 
 
 
 

 Regional Interfaith contacts

Auckland Inter-faith Council
Pres: Mrs Ruth Cleaver, mcleaver@xtra.co.nz
Vice Pres: Jocelyn Armstrong, jocelyn.anne.armstrong@gmail.com
General Inquiries: nzaifc@gmail.com
Facebook: Auckland Interfaith Council   

Waikato Interfaith Council
Sec: Mr Todd Nachowitz, wifconz@gmail.com
http://wifco.wikispaces.com/

Tauranga Interfaith Council
Rev John Hebenton TSSF, John.HebentonTSSF@gmail.com, 021-679-202
Facebook: Tauranga Interfaith Council  

Palmerston North Interfaith Council
Mary Eastham, maeastham23@gmail.com

Wellington Inter-Faith Council
Pres: Dr Khalid R Sandhu QSO, khalidsandhu42@gmail.com, 021-384-747
Vice Pres: Anne Haynes
Secs: Vanessa Borg and Simonette Ferreira
Treasurer: Dr Pushpa Wood ONZM

Christchurch Interfaith Council
Dianne Downward  stepdown@slingshot.co.nz
http://www.christchurchinterfaith.org.nz/
https://facebook.com/christchurchinterfaith/

Dunedin Interfaith Council
Chair: David Stiles
Sec: David Kitchingman, dunedininterfaith@gmail.com

Dunedin Abrahamic Interfaith Group
Chair: Colin McLeod, cmacleod@kavanagh.school.nz
Sec: Ken Baker, bakers5@live.co.uk http://www.dunedininterfaith.net.nz/

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Buddhism - Vassa marks the beginning of the three-month 'Rains Retreat' for monks and nuns.
30 Jul
  
30 Jul
  
Shinto - Oh-harai-taisai, the Grand Purification Ceremony, has been held since ancient times to obtain purification from sins and offences committed during the first half of the lunar year. In earlier times, the Imperial Japanese Court led the ceremonies.
21 Jul
  
Bahá'í Faith - Kamál (Perfection), the 8th month of the Bahá'í year.
1 Aug
  
Wicca - This is a call to venture forth from your winter 'cave' and celebrate Imbolc or Imbolg (pronounced without the 'b'), "ewe's milk", represents the time of the quickening of the year, the first foetal stirrings of Spring in the womb of Mother Earth,
6 Aug
  
Christianity (Western, Eastern New Calendar) - Transfiguration celebrates the appearance of Jesus in a transfigured state during his earthly life to three of his disciples, as narrated in the Gospels.
7 Aug
  
8-17 Aug
  
Zoroastrianism - Fravardeghan Days, also know as Muktad (memorialising ancestors), are ten days in preparation for Nowruz (the start of the New Year), observed by Zoroastrians who follow the Shenshai calendar.
9 Aug
  
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14 Aug
  
Judaism - Tisha B'Av, or the Ninth of the month of Av, is a major fast day commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in ancient times.
18 Aug
  
Zoroastrianism - Nowruz (the start of the New Year) for Zoroastrians who follow the Shenshai calendar, and the beginning of 1384 AY (after Yazdegird III, the last of the Zoroastrian kings of Persia).
18 Aug
  
Hinduism - Raksha Bandhan (tying on protection) is a festival in which unmarried girls and women tie amulets on the wrists of their brothers for protection against evil.
19 Aug
  
Bahá'í Faith - Asmá (Names), the 9th month of the Bahá'í year.
19 Aug
  
Christianity (Eastern - Old Calendar) - Transfiguration celebrates the appearance of Jesus in a transfigured state during his earthly life to three of his disciples, as narrated in the Gospels.
19 Aug
  
25 Aug
  
Hinduism - Sri Krishna Jayanti (or Janmashtami) celebrates the birthday of Krishna. According to the Hindu epics, Krishna was the eighth incarnation of the God Vishnu. His purpose was to destroy the demon Kansa who was responsible for the increase of evil
30 Aug - 6 Sep
  
Jainism - Paryushana-parva is the holiest period of the year for the ascetic Shvetambara sect. Celebrated for eight days concluding on Samvatsari, it is a time of dedication to Jain ideals through fasting, worship of the Jina, and reading the life-story o
1 Sep
  
Sikhism - First Parkash commemorates the installation of Adi Granth, the Sikh Scriptures' first edition, in the Golden Temple by the fifth Guru, Arjan Dev, in 1604 CE.
5 Sep
  
Hinduism - Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birthday of Ganesh, God of Success. He is invoked at the beginning of new undertakings.
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