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World Religion Day

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.
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 Type
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

Quick Facts

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

World Religion Day 2018

Sunday, January 21, 2018

World Religion Day 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Name in other languages

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

List of dates for other years

Fun Holiday on January 21, 2019

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