Year 2016
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Year 2016
Calendar
By Tradition...
Jewish - Kabbalah
Holidays - 2016
Christian -
Ecumenical Mysticism /
Wisdom Tradition

Holidays - 2016
Unitarian Universalist
Holidays - 2016
Muslim - Sufi
Holidays - 2016
Baha'i Holidays - 2016
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Hindu Holidays - 2016
Jain & Sikh
Holidays - 2016
Buddhist Holidays - 2016
Taoist & Shinto
Holidays - 2016
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African &
Middle-Eastern
Holidays:
Ancient Egyptian,
Santeria, Zoroastrian - 2016
Native American
(Iroquois, Navajo

& Pueblo)
& Meso American
(Inca, Mayan & Aztec)
Holidays
- 2016
Pagan Holidays:
Old Religions of Europe

(Greek, Roman, Slavic,
Celtic, Anglo-Teutonic
& Norse) - 2016
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Deep Ecology /
Environmentalist
Dates
- 2016
Social Justice /
Human Rights /

Feminist
Dates
- 2016
Peace /
Disarmament
Dates
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Solar & Lunar Cycles,
Eclipse & Helions
- 2016
Meteor Showers - 2016
Visible Planets - 2016
Astrological Periods - 2016
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Experiential Meditations
(for lunar cycles

throughout the year)
Empowering Meditations
Action Offerings
(to help the environment 
& further social justice)
Art as Meditation
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May 2016...

* 4/21 to 5/2: Ridvan. * 4/26 to 5/3: Mayan Rain Festival--honoring Rain God Chac and His attendant Chacmool, and welcoming the fructifying rains. * 4/28 eve to 5/3 eve: Floralia--Old Roman festival devoted to Flora, Goddess of Flowers. * 4/30 eve to 5/2 eve: Beltaine--Old Celtic/Welsh feast of Blodeuwedd (Goddess of Flowers) and Llew (the Oak King - God of the waxing Sun). * 4/30 to 5/4: Zoroastrian celebration of Divine Spirit Khshathra Vairya, creator and protector of the Sky. Zoroastrians worship the one transcendent and immanent Deity Ahura Mazda, who is symbolized by a sacred fire. * 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: 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 rule by force). * 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 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: 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. * 5/2 to 5/4: Rogation Days--Christian days of prayer for bountiful crops, sustainable development, and healing of environmental abuses. * 5/2 eve to 5/6 eve (5/4 peak): Eta Aquarid Meteor Showers. * 5/3: Taue Matsuri--Shinto rice-planting festival. * 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: Laylat al-Mi’raj--Commemorates the night journey of Muslim Prophet Muhammad to heaven. * 5/4: Birthday of Horace Mann (1796), advocate for universal nonsectarian education. * 5/5 (OC 6/9): Ascension Day--Christian feast marking Lord Jesus’ ascension into Heaven. * 5/5: Holocaust Remembrance Day--Day to mourn Jewish victims of genocide and anti-Semitism, make peace, and celebrate empowerment of Jewish Americans ‑‑ and Jews everywhere. * 5/5: National Day of Prayer--Day to pray for freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and separation of religion and government throughout the world. * 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. * 5/6 (3:30 p.m. EDT): New Moon. * 5/6: Shepherd’s Day--Day to meditate on Deity as Lord of Animals. * 5/6 to 5/9: Iroquois Corn-Planting Ceremony--in thanksgiving for the corn seed. * 5/7: Mindfulness Day--Zen Buddhist day for being mindful that everything you do, or fail to do, affects all sentient beings. * 5/7 eve: Vigil for lost mothers; night of mourning and healing. * 5/8: 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. * 5/8: Christian feast of St. Julian of Norwich (d. 1419), mystic who believed Deity to be Father and Mother, everywhere in everything. * 5/9: Akshay Tritiya--Final day of Jain fast; day of Jain pilgrimage. * 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: Death day of Theodore Parker (1860), Unitarian slavery abolitionist and social justice activist. * 5/10 eve to 5/11 eve: Feast of Old Greek Deities Aphrodite and Eros--Day to honor love and passion. * 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: Spring Migratory Bird Day. * 5/14 (Obs. 5/12): 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 (OC 6/19): 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. * 5/15: Family Day. * 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: Feast of Old Greek God Pan, who represents the masculine in Nature and protects men throughout their lives. * 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. * 5/19: Day the first woman was ordained a rabbi in Reconstructionist Judaism (1974). * 5/20: Endangered Species Day--Day to advocate for preservation of endangered species and their habitats. * 5/20: Day the Supreme Court concluded that, under 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 and health (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 (5:15 p.m. EDT): Full Moon (Rose Moon) (Seasonal Blue Moon). * 5/21: Saga Dawa Duchen--Tibetan Buddhist festival celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Buddha Siddhartha Gautama (563-483 BCE). * 5/21: Cultural Diversity Day--Day to celebrate cultural differences. * 5/21: Death day of Jane Addams (1935), social worker, feminist, and peace advocate. * 5/21 eve: Nisfu Sha’ban--Muslim night of repentance for all harm done. * 5/22: Trinity Sunday--Christian celebration of the one universal Deity as Holy Heavenly Father, Holy Spirit Mother, and Holy Christ Child. * 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. * 5/22: Vigil for peace, justice, and respect for the human rights of all in Yemen. * 5/23: Birthday of Margaret Fuller (1810), Transcendentalist and feminist who argued that women, as well as men, have immortal souls. * 5/25: Day Pope John Paul II reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s commitment to ecumenism (1995). * 5/26 (or 5/29): Corpus Christi--Christian day for veneration of Christ Immanuel in the Host - divine immanence in the grain. * 5/27: Birthday of Rachel Carson (1907), biologist who began the environmental movement. * 5/29: Vigil for peace, freedom of religion, and respect for the human rights of all in Nigeria. * 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: 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. * 5/31: 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
THE MYSTIC'S WHEEL OF THE YEAR 2016
A Multifaith Calendar Reflecting Eco-Egalitarian Spirituality
© 2015 Marija Miovski
www.WheeloftheYear.com