Can You Match the Holiday to the Religion?

Mark Lichtenstein

Christmas

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Many Christians observe this holiday.

Passover

Passover celebrates the liberation of the Israelites from bondage in ancient Egypt.

Pentecost

Sometimes called White Sunday, Pentecost celebrates the birth of The Church as such.

Ashura

For Muslims, this is the day of remembrance, when people look back on the sins they have committed in the last year and try to make amends.

Krishna Janmashtami

Krishna Janmashtami is the celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna

Carnivale

Carnivale is a celebration of vice in preparation for the days of Lent, when Catholics cannot indulge in vices.

Akshaya Tritiya

Akshaya Tritiya is the day of fasting and pilgrimage in Jainism.

Easter

Christians celebrate Christ and his resurrection on Easter. The date varies each year, according to a complicated formula.

Oxóssi

Oxóssi is both the name of the spirit associated with the hunt, forests, animals and wealth, and the holiday celebrating the same.

All Souls Day

Fet Gede is the term used in Voodoo for All Souls Day, and is celebrated as a national holiday in Haiti.

Grand Bois

The Grand Bois is a celebration of the healing power of plants, in Voodoo. It is analogous but not identical to the Feast of Saint Sebastian.

Purim, one month early

The Karaite movement never embraced the Rabbinical movement's use of documents other than the Torah, including the Talmud. As a result, some of their holidays and customs are a bit different.

Yom Teruah

This day is named for shouting praise of God.

Dhamma Day

This Zen holiday honors the first public teachings of Buddha.

Festival of Ridván

This twelve-day holiday celebrates Bahá'u'lláh's announcement that he was the manifestation of God on Earth.

Day of Recognition

The modern Jedi religion (yes, it is a real religion) celebrates the "bonds between us all" on this day.

The Birth of the Báb

This holiday celebrates the birth of The Báb, born Sayyed ʿAli Muhammad Shirāzi, who founded Bábism.

Jnan Panchami

Celebrating the worship of knowledge, this holiday reveres the Jain scriptures.

Raksha Bandhan

This Hindu holiday celebrates the bond of brotherhood and love.

March 19–20, 1997

Marshall Applewhite commanded his followers to "evacuate the Earth" by committing suicide to board the space ship he claimed was trailing the Hale–Bopp comet.

Freyfest

On this holiday, figures of the goddess Freyr are baked and eaten.

Eponalia

Eponalia celebrates Epona, protector of horses.

Yule

Yule is the Norse midwinter festival.

Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (December 25)

While the celebration of the birth of the sun (Sol Invictus) is still celebrated by some neopagans, it has been folded into Christianity as the adjusted date of Christmas.

Nagar Kirtan

This Sikh holiday involves processional singing of hymns.

Walpurgis Night

This night commemorates the founding of the Church of Satan.

"Maitreya Rael’s first encounter with an extraterrestrial human being named Yahweh"

This holiday celebrates the religion's founder (a former race car driver) meeting God.

Vaisakhi

This Sikh holiday celebrates the births and lives of Sikh martyrs.

Christmas

While they identify as "Israelites," this group adheres to the King James Bible.

Crown of Peace Ceremony

This holiday commemorates a blessing given by Reverend Moon of the Unification Church.

Kwanzaa

Created in the 1960s to give African Americans an alternative to Christmas, Kwanzaa has since become more mainstream, less about rejection of Christianity and more about embracing identity.

Juneteenth

Juneteenth isn't a religious holiday per se, as it celebrates the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation

Saviours' Day

Saviours' Day celebrates the birth of founder of The Nation of Islam, Wallace Fard Muhammad .

Umrah

Umrah is a "holiday" determined by the practitioner, when they make a pilgrimage to Mecca outside of the Hajj

Selichot

Selichot is a month of repentance, preceding Rosh Hashanah, in the month of Elul.

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About This Quiz

Christmas, Passover, and Eid, oh my! Religious holidays aren't just dates where you potentially get a day off from school or work. They are the basis for the faiths and practices all over the world. From Christianity to Islam, can you match the holiday to its religion?

While there are hundreds of different religions, there are a few that are more widely known than others. Christianity is the most practiced religion in the world with over 2.2 billion followers. Even this branch of religion breaks down further. The Catholic Church is the largest Christian denomination with over 1.2 billion, while Protestantism follows next with 920 million.

The second most followed religion is Islam with over 1.6 billion followers. The list of top 10 most practiced faiths is rounded out with Hinduism (#3), Buddhism (#4), and Judaism (#8). 

When it comes to the holidays of these religions, it might be hard to recognize them all, but if you had a calendar, you'd probably see most of them. How many of them could you recognize?

Every December 25, you'll always find Christmas Day listed on your calendar. Which denomination does it go with? In September or October, you'll always see Yom Kippur on your calendar. Which religion celebrates this holiday? Sometime near the start of summer, you'll always see Ramadan written on your calendar. Which faith is celebrating this holiday? 

There are tons of religious holidays, and while some of them mean a day off from school or work, they play a significant role in their respective religion.

Can you match all these holidays to their religion? Let's find out!

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