Christianity was founded in the early 1st century AD and it abides by the life and teachings of Jesus. This is why most Christian festivals revolve round the life of Jesus.

Some occasions (like Christmas) have a fixed date even according to the Gregorian calendar, while others vary within a date range from one year to the next. Some are public holidays in certain countries, while others are working days or restricted holidays when intimate celebration happens amongst the followers.

Here we provide you with a list of Christian Festival dates in the year 2015 along with a compact description for easy comprehension of the traditions –

    • January 06, 2015 (Tuesday) Epiphany – This day is celebrated on the twelfth day after Christmas. It is believed that on this day the three wise men (Magi) visited baby Jesus after his birth bringing Him gifts. This day also goes by the names of “Three Kings’ Day” or the “Twelfth Day”. Feasting and merriment are integral part of the celebrations that honor the manifestation of God in human form.


    • January 11, 2015 (Sunday) Baptism of the Jesus – This is the day that commemorates the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist. It is the day when Jesus revealed Himself to be the Son of God. This Baptism is one of the five milestones that are most significant in Jesus’ life. According to the Gospel, this is the founding stone on which was introduced the Christian rite of Baptism.


    • February 02, 2015 (Monday) Candlemas – People who followed the Law of the Moses were required to present their firstborn male in the Temple in Jerusalem for redemption and the mother’s ritual purification. It is believed that Mary and Joseph too followed this ritual, and this is mentioned in the Gospel of Luke. Since Jesus is known to show Light to the World, candles are lit on this day. People often go for candlelit processions to mark the event.


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    • February 14, 2015 (Saturday) St. Valentine’s Day – Traditionally, this day was known by the name of the Feast of Saint Valentine. There are many stories and beliefs that revolve around the origin and customs of this day. As per the Catholic Church there are three Saints who go by the name of Valentine or Valentinus, and all three of the saints were martyred. However, it is widely considered that the Valentine’s Day celebrations revolve around the one who violated the mandates put forward by Emperor Claudius II that stated that soldiers should not be married off for the Emperor believed that it is the single men that made better soldiers. When the actions of St. Valentine were discovered, he was first imprisoned and later put to death. In the modern connotation, this day is the one to uphold “Love”.



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    • March 17, 2015 (Tuesday) St. Patrick’s Day – Traditionally this was the day when it is believed that St. Patrick propagated Christianity in Ireland. This day finds mention since the seventeenth centuries. However, in the modern day world, this day has become associated more and more as the day to upload the traditions and customs of Ireland.


    • March 19, 2015 (Thursday) St. Joseph’s Day – This is observed as a day of abstinence by the Christians and the Feast organized is typically a meatless one. This is the day that honors St. Joseph who is believed to be the spouse of Virgin Mary and as such the step father of Jesus.


    • March 29, 2015 (Sunday) Palm Sunday – This is the Sunday before Easter. This day finds its mention in the Canonical Gospels. This is the day that commemorates Jesus triumphant entry to the city of Jerusalem which took place approximately about a week before His Resurrection.


    • April 02, 2015 (Thursday) Maundy (Holy) Thursday – This day falls on the Thursday before Easter. Basically, this day marks a Christian Feast to commemorate the Maundy and the Last Supper of Christ with the Apostles as is mentioned in the Canonical Gospels. It is the fifth day of the Holy week. It also goes by the names of Sheer Thursday, Thursday of Mysteries, Covenant Thursday, Holy Thursday etc.


    • April 03, 2015 (Friday) Good Friday – This observance is also known by the names of Black Friday, Holy Friday, Great Friday or Easter Friday. This is the day that marks the Crucifixion of Jesus and his death in Calvary, as per the beliefs of the Canonical Gospels. Many Christians observe a fast on this day. People attend special prayer services at the Churches.


    • April 05, 2015 (Sunday) Easter – According to the New Testament, Easter is the day that commemorates the Resurrection of Christ. Christians believe that the Resurrection of Christ happened on the third day after Christ was crucified at Calvary. To mark this holy occasion, special church services are organized for. This day also brings an end to the forty day period of Lent when Christians practice repentance and self discipline.


    • April 06, 2015 (Monday) Easter Monday – This is the Monday following the Easter Sunday. It is a joyous occasion when people meet and greet family and friends. Often it is a tradition to exchange sweet baskets amongst each other.


    • May 14, 2015 (Thursday) Ascension of Jesus – The Feast of Ascension is observed on the fortieth day after Easter. This Feast is considered to be one of the most Significant observances as per the Christian traditions. This is the day when the Christians believe that Jesus Christ made a bodily ascent to the Heaven in the presence of the eleven apostles.


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    • May 24, 2015 (Sunday) Pentecost – Pentecost is the fiftieth day after Easter as per Christian traditions. This is the day when the Christians believe that the Holy Spirit descended upon the eleven apostles and also the followers of Jesus Christ at the moment when the Law of Sinai was given to Moses (religious leader).


    • May 31, 2015 (Sunday) Trinity Sunday – On the first Sunday after Pentecost the Christians honor and uphold the Christian faith in the doctrine of Trinity which also goes by the name of the mystery of Christian faith. The doctrine basically teaches to find God in every person – the Father (God), the Son (Jesus, the son of God), and the Holy Spirit (the third divine person).


    • June 04, 2015 (Thursday) Corpus Christi – The Feast of Corpus Christi, also known by the name of Corpus Domini, is the Thursday after the Trinity Sunday. This day honors the Christian institution of Eucharist – the Christian belief that the body and blood of Jesus and his Real Presence was there in the Eucharist.


    • August 01, 2015  (Saturday) Lammas – Traditionally a harvest festival, this day is also known by the name of Loaf Mass. It is the day when the Christians take a loaf of bread to the Church as a mark of offering to the Lord for they believe that it is God who has the first right to the fruits of the harvest.


    • August 15, 2015 (Saturday) The Assumption of Mary – The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the date when the Christians observe the event of Virgin Mary’s passing to the “Eternal Life”. In other words, this is the day when Virgin Mary died and ascended bodily to Heaven without her body getting decomposed.


    • September 14, 2015 (Monday) Holy Cross Day – This is to commemorate the day when the Christians believe that St. Helena, the mother of the Great Roman Emperor Constantinople, discovered the True Cross. St. Helena was on a religious trip to Jerusalem when she made the discovery. She then had a Church built at the site of her discovery which is now known as the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Holy Cross Day is observed for two days, the first being the day when the church was dedicated to the Lord, and the second day being the day when the True Cross was brought outside the church so that the devotees and the clergy could show their respect.


    • September 29, 2015 (Tuesday) Michael and All Angels – It is a Christian belief that all human beings are always being protected from all that is dark and unholy by Archangels. They also remind us to hold on to all that is virtuous. As such is it but obvious that there would be a day to honor the Archangels for all that they do for us, especially Michael. This is also the day of Autumn Equinox when  it is time for shortening of days and lengthening of nights.


    • October 31, 2019, 2015 (Saturday) All Hallows Eve (Halloween) – Originally this festival finds its origin from the Celtic celebration of Harvest. Later this day came to be one when people paid tribute to the departed souls. Furthermore, the martyrs and deceased Saints too were remembered on that day. Modern day Halloween is more of feasting, trick-o-treat, pumpkin carving, costume parties, bonfires etc. The theme is haunted and spooky and it is often a custom to watch horror movies or read frightening stories.


    • November 01, 2015 (Sunday) All Saints’ Day – This day aims at uniting all those who have been received in the Heaven and those who are still serving their tenure on Earth. This day pays tribute to all Saints, known or unknown, especially those to whom a special Feast Day has not been dedicated.


    • November 02, 2015 (Monday) All Souls’ Day – This is solemn Christian feast. This is to honor all souls that have departed but are yet to get full entry into Heaven. It commemorates those souls who are in Purgatory being cleansed of all the sins that they committed during their stay on Earth. They receive temporal punishments to relieve them of all the sins.


    • November 26, 2015 (Thursday) Thanksgiving – Predominantly a harvest festival, on this day people gather to be thankful for what they have. In ancient times, with the society depending upon agriculture, this was the time to thank the Lord for the harvest that He blessed with in the previous season. In modern times, it is an opportunity to connect with friends and family and to be thankful for all that one has been blessed with.


    • November 29, 2015 (Sunday) Advent – First Sunday – According to many Christian liturgy, this is the day that is believed to be the beginning of the Christian New Year. This is the time to start gearing up for Christmas. A common custom on this day is to wear purple vestments. This is because purple is considered to be the color of both penance and royalty, and it is thus chosen to welcome Jesus, who according to the Christians, is the King of the World.


    • November 30, 2015 (Monday) St. Andrew’s Day – The patron Saint of Scotland  is St. Andrew, and there is a day in his honor that makes people remember his life and services.


    • December 06, 2015 (Sunday) St. Nicholas Day – Christmas seems incomplete without Santa Claus who is believed to bring gifts for children during the occasion. It is also believed that children who are well behaved all through the year receive these gifts, while the naughty ones are given chunks of coal. Santa Claus has its founding model in Saint Nicholas of Myra. This day honors this noble Saint.


    • December 24, 2015 (Thursday) Christmas Eve – This day is not only of religious significance, but also has a huge socio cultural impact. This is the evening before Christmas, and this is celebrated worldwide by people of all religions and races although it is typically a Christian observance by origin. As per Christian liturgy, a day is supposed to begin at sunset, and also because Jesus was born at night, on this day Masses are held in Churches to commemorate the Birth of Christ.


    • December 25, 2015 (Friday) Christmas – By its nature of origin, this is a Christian holiday which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, who is considered the Son of God by the Christians. But over the time this day has surpassed all boundaries and is now celebrated by billions of people all across the globe. In fact, this day is a public holiday in most countries across the world. Apart from Masses at Churches, modern Christmas traditions include decorating and displaying Christmas tree; putting up holiday decorations like lights, wreaths, candles, garlands etc; exchanging greeting cards or notes; meeting and feasting with friends and family; and exchanging gifts. In fact it is also believed that Father Christmas (Santa Claus) brings gifts to children to commemorate this occasion. This is also a season when retailers experience high turnovers in the cash register as people in festive mood do not mind splurging, whether for self or for gifting purposes.


    • December 28, 2015 (Monday) Holy Innocents – In his attempt to kill Baby Jesus tyrant King Herod had committed a massacre in which many Innocent Infants were killed. These Infants are considered to be the earliest of the Christian martyrs, and this day pays a tribute to them.


    • December 31, 2015 (Wednesday) Watch Night – This is an auspicious way to begin the upcoming New Year. People attend the Church for a late night Service which typically continues till after the clock strikes twelve. People review the year gone buy and also make resolutions for the coming year.