Year 2008
By Month...  JAN ~ FEB ~ MAR ~ APR ~ MAY ~ JUN ~ JUL ~ AUG ~ SEP ~ OCT ~ NOV ~ DEC
Year 2008
By Tradition...
Jewish - Kabbalah
Holidays - 2008
Christian -
Ecumenical Mysticism /
Wisdom Tradition

Holidays - 2008
Unitarian Universalist
Holidays - 2008
Muslim - Sufi
Holidays - 2008
Baha'i Holidays - 2008
Hindu Holidays - 2008
Jain & Sikh
Holidays - 2008
Buddhist Holidays - 2008
Taoist & Shinto
Holidays - 2008
African &
Ancient Egyptian,
Santeria, Zoroastrian - 2008
Native American
(Iroquois, Navajo
& Pueblo)
& Meso American
(Inca, Mayan & Aztec)
Holidays - 2008
Pagan Holidays:
Old Religions of Europe
(Greek, Roman, Slavic,
Celtic, Anglo-Teutonic
& Norse) - 2008
Deep Ecology /
Dates - 2008
Social Justice /
Human Rights /
Dates - 2008
Peace /
Dates - 2008
Solar & Lunar Cycles,
Eclipse & Helions - 2008
Meteor Showers - 2008
Visible Planets - 2008
Astrological Periods - 2008
Experiential Meditations
(for lunar cycles

throughout the year)
Empowering Meditations
Action Offerings
(to help the environment 
& further social justice)
Art as Meditation

May 2008...

* 4/21 to 5/2: Ridvan. * 4/26 to 5/3: Mayan Rain Festival. * 4/28 eve to 5/3 eve: Floralia. * 4/30 eve to 5/2 eve: Beltaine. * 4/30 to 5/4: Zoroastrian celebration. * 4/30 eve to 5/4 eve: Mid-Spring/May Day/Walpurgis--Celebrates sacred love and the flowering vegetation by gathering flowers and dancing around a Maypole. * 5/1 (OC 6/5): Ascension Day--Christian feast marking Lord Jesus' ascension into Heaven. * 5/1: Christian feast celebrating the sacred marriage of Blessed Mary and St. Joseph. * 5/1: Law Day--Day to celebrate rule of law and freedom from authoritarian rule (rule of man - rule by force). Where there is rule of law, the military, the police, civilian government officials, and the people are all subject to the law, and enforcement of the law is uniform. * 5/1: Birthday of Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881), Catholic mystic and evolutionary who experienced the union of consciousness with all Nature. * 5/1: Day Pope John Paul II affirmed that capitalism must be tempered by social justice and restrained by human rights and environmental laws (1991). * 5/1: National Day of Prayer--Day to pray for freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and separation of religion and government throughout the world. * 5/1 to 5/4: Zuni Green Corn Dance--welcoming back the Corn Maidens, who flee the land during the Winter. * 5/1 to 5/31: May originally dedicated to Old Roman Goddess Maia; later dedicated to Christian Lady Mary - Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix, and Advocate. * 5/2: Holocaust Remembrance Day Day to mourn Jewish victims of genocide and anti-Semitism, make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Jewish Americans - and Jews everywhere. * 5/2 eve to 5/6 eve (5/4 peak): Eta Aquarid Meteor Showers. * 5/3: Taue Matsuri--Shinto rice-planting festival. * 5/3: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that everything you do, or fail to do, affects all sentient beings. * 5/3: World Press Freedom Day--Day to recognize the importance of a free, independent, pluralistic media world-wide, as a fundamental human right and essential to democracy. * 5/3 eve to 5/4 eve: Celebration day for Muhyi ad-Din Ibn El-Arabi (d. 1240), Sufi saint who honored Deity as a unity manifested in all Nature, both genders, and countless forms. * 5/4: Birthday of Horace Mann (1796), advocate for universal nonsectarian education. * 5/4 to 5/10: Week honoring our federal, state, and local government employees, who make our constitutional democracy work - free of corruption, partisanship, nepotism, and discrimination. * 5/5 (8:18 a.m. EDT): New Moon. * 5/5: Cinco de Mayo--Day celebrating Mexico's victory over occupying French forces; day to mourn Hispanic victims of exploitation (past and present), make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Hispanic Americans. * 5/5 to 5/8: Iroquois Corn-Planting Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the corn seed. Iroquois believe Awenhai/Sky Woman descended from the Sky and created Earth. * 5/6: Shepherd's Day--Day to meditate on Deity as Lord of Animals - God as Dumuzi (Old Sumerian), Osiris (Old Egyptian), Pan (Old Greek), Veles (Old Slavic) & Shiva Pasupati (Hindu). * 5/8: Akshay Tritiya--Final day of Jain fast; day of Jain pilgrimage. * 5/8: Christian feast of St. Julian of Norwich (d. 1419), mystic who believed Deity to be Father and Mother, everywhere in everything. * 5/8 eve to 5/9 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Eros--Day to honor love and passion. * 5/9: Day the world's nations committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which are causing climate change (1992); day to mourn the failure to reduce these emissions. * 5/10: Spring Migratory Bird Day--Day to celebrate the migration of nearly 350 species of birds between nesting grounds in North America and playgrounds in Latin America, Mexico, and the Caribbean; day to watch for migrating birds and to advocate for preservation of migratory birds and their habitat. * 5/10: Death day of Theodore Parker (1860), Unitarian slavery abolitionist and social justice activist. * 5/10 eve: Vigil for lost mothers; night of mourning and healing. * 5/11: Mothers' Day--Day to give love and thanks to all mothers; day for all mothers to celebrate motherhood and contemplate their sacred duty to provide for the physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs of their children. * 5/11 (OC 6/15): Pentecost/Whitsunday--Christian feast celebrating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the male and female disciples of Lord Jesus; honors Her as the Paraclete, Grace, Wisdom, Justice, and Providence. * 5/12: Chinese Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Fo Shihchiamouni (Buddha Shakyamuni/Siddhartha Gautama) (563-483 BCE). * 5/12 (OC 6/16): Day of the Holy Spirit--Christian celebration of the Holy Spirit. * 5/12: Day the first woman was ordained a rabbi in Conservative Judaism (1985). * 5/13: Day the Humanist Manifesto was published (1933). It exhorts people to affirm life, not deny it; engage life, not flee from it; and work towards the happiness of self and all. * 5/14 (Obs. 5/8): Israel's Independence Day (1948). Israel's founding document promises ethnic, religious, and gender equality. * 5/15: Yoruba/Santeria feast of Ochossi, Orisha of Animals. Yorubas/Santeros celebrate with drumming, ecstatic dancing, and possession trance. * 5/15: Family Day--Day to celebrate family and reach out to estranged family members. * 5/15: Peace Officers Memorial Day--Day to honor all police officers who served honorably and died in the line of duty, enforcing the law and protecting the people from criminals. * 5/16: Endangered Species Day--Day to advocate for preservation of endangered species and their habitats. * 5/17: Baha'i feast honoring the one Deity as Azamat--Grandeur. Baha'is believe in the oneness of all religions. * 5/17: Day the Supreme Court concluded that ethnic-based segregation of schools violates the U.S. Constitution (1954). * 5/18: Trinity Sunday--Christian celebration of the one universal Deity as Holy Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit Mother, and Holy Christ Child. * 5/18: Feast of Old Greek God Pan, who represents the masculine in Nature and protects men throughout their lives. Men recognized the transitions in their lives and honored male fertility. * 5/18: Day Fr. Matthew Fox nailed his own 95 Theses to the door of the church where Martin Luther nailed his theses, to spur an eco-egalitarian Christian reformation (2005). * 5/19 (10:11 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Flower Moon). * 5/19: Old Celtic/Irish feast in which sacred healing wells and springs were adorned with flowers in honor of Goddess Brigid, daughter of Mother Goddess Danu and Father God Dagda. The Celts also threw offerings into the wells and springs. * 5/19: Saga Dawa Duchen--Tibetan Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Buddha Siddhartha Gautama (563-483 BCE). * 5/19: Day the first woman was ordained a rabbi in Reconstructionist Judaism (1974). * 5/20: Day the Supreme Court concluded that, under the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, freedom of religious belief is absolute, but the freedom to act on that belief is subject to nondiscriminatory laws intended to promote public safety, health, or general welfare of the community (1940). * 5/20: Day the Supreme Court recognized that discrimination against lesbians and gays violates the U.S. Constitution (1996). * 5/21: Beginning of Gemini (the Twins/Lovers/Partners). * 5/21: Cultural Diversity Day--Day to celebrate cultural differences (including positive traditions, language, art, song, dance, food, and clothing) of African, Asian, Oceanic, Middle Eastern, European, Hispanic, and Native American peoples. * 5/21: Death day of Jane Addams (1935), social worker, feminist, and peace advocate. * 5/22 (some transfer to 5/25): Corpus Christi--Christian day for veneration of Christ Immanuel in the Host - divine immanence in the grain. * 5/22: Biological Diversity Day--Day to recognize that the survival of humanity is dependent on the survival of the many diverse species on the Earth: The extinction of other species will bring about our own extinction. * 5/22: Day to mourn Pope John Paul II's edict barring women from the priesthood in the Catholic Church (2004). * 5/23: Birthday of Margaret Fuller (1810), Transcendentalist and feminist who argued that women, as well as men, have immortal souls. * 5/26: Memorial Day--Day to honor all soldiers who fought honorably and died in war, to mourn all of war's victims, and to contemplate all the horrors of war. * 5/27: Birthday of Rachel Carson (1907), biologist who began the environmental movement. * 5/29: Death day of Baha'i Prophet Baha'u'llah (1892). Baha'u'llah believed Deity to be male, female, and beyond gender. * 5/30: Dakinis' Day--Day Tantric Buddhists make offerings to the Dakinis and Mother Tantra; day to unite will and power to manifest positive social change and environmental healing. * 5/31: Christian feast of Our Lady, Queen of Heaven. * 5/31 eve: Vigil for lost spouses/partners; night of mourning and healing.

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Excerpted from
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2007 Marija Miovski