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World Religion Day

Quick Facts

World Religion Day fosters interfaith dialogue and understanding of all religions.

Local names

World Religion DayEnglish
Día Mundial de la ReligiónSpanish
עולם יום הדתHebrew
يوم الدين العالمArabic
세계 종교의 날Korean
Welttag der ReligionGerman

World Religion Day 2014

Sunday, January 19, 2014

World Religion Day 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015
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The third Sunday in January is annually celebrated as World Religion Day. It was established by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States in 1950 as a way to encourage interfaith understanding.

Religions around the world, including Christianity, are celebrated on the third Sunday in February.

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Celebrate World Religion Day

Many organizations celebrate the day by holding interfaith events where faith leaders get together to give talks and lectures. People are encouraged to talk to and listen to people from faiths different than their own and to understand the basic tenets of other religions.

What's Open or Closed?

World Religion Day is not an official holiday so businesses, schools and government offices are open.

About World Religion Day

Baha’i is a form of faith that emerged in 19th century Persia and follows three core principles: unity of God, religion and humankind. The Baha’is believe that there is a single God and the spirituality of all religions in the world stem from this single god. They also believe that all humans are born equal and have the same rights and duties irrespective.

Keeping in line with this philosophy, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States announced the institution of World Religion Day in 1949. The first such day was observed in 1950.

The day calls for members of all religions in the world to recognize that all religions have common spiritual goals.

World Religion Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
SunJan 202013World Religion DayWorldwide observance 
SunJan 192014World Religion DayWorldwide observance 
SunJan 182015World Religion DayWorldwide observance 
SunJan 172016World Religion DayWorldwide observance 
SunJan 152017World Religion DayWorldwide observance 
SunJan 212018World Religion DayWorldwide observance 
SunJan 202019World Religion DayWorldwide observance 
SunJan 192020World Religion DayWorldwide observance 

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