See here for a list of faith festivals for major religions in July 2015.
Sikh – Birthday of Guru Hargobind (1595 – 1644) the sixth of the Sikh Gurus.
Japanese – Tanabata – Star Festival – celebrating the time when the stars Vega and Altair meet across the Milky Way.
Baha’i – Martyrdom of the Bab – this day, on which the Bab was executed in 1850, is kept with prayer.
Muslim – Lailat-Ul Qadr – the twenty-seventh night of Ramadan commemorates the first revelation to the Prophet of the Qur’an, the holy words of Allah.
Rastafarian – Ethiopian Constitution Day – commemorating the granting in 1931 of Ethiopia’s first constitution.
Muslim – Eid-Ul-Fitr – a joyous festival marking the end of Ramadan. This festival begins with the sighting of the new moon. People rise early to bathe, put on new clothes and attend the mosque. There is sharing of meals later and the distributing of gifts.
Rastafarian – Birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie I – a holy day celebrating the day on which the Emperor was born.
Sikh – Birthday of Guru Har Krishen (1656 – 1664) the eighth of the Sikh Gurus.
Christian – St James’ day – James, brother of John was one of the first to be called as a disciple by Jesus.
Jewish – Tishah B’av – a solemn day of fasting and mourning, which commemorates the historical destruction of the First and Second Temples.
Buddhist – Rains Retreat – Theravadin calendar – a three month retreat for monks and nuns giving an opportunity for reflection, self-examination, penitence and forgiveness.