Some July Interfaith Inspirations:
For Native Americans, July marks the season of the Mountain Spirit Dances for the Mescalero Apache people of New Mexico; the Hopi Snake Dances, marking a sixteen-day ritual of purification; the Green Corn Ceremony or Stomp Dance, performed by Seminole and other Oklahoma tribes as a time of renewal and purification; and the Sun Dance, observed by Plains peoples (Arapaho, Cheyenne, Shoshone, Arikara, Crow, Sioux, and others) as a time of penitence and sacrifice. It is also known as Xmaay, the season of big berries when summer fruit is ripe for harvesting.
Zoroastrianism Ghambar Maidyoshem begins ~ June 29 ~July 3
A celebration of the creation of water, the sowing of the summer crops, and the harvesting of grain. This festival continues through Monday, July 3rd.
Zoroastrianism Jashn-e Tirgan ~ July 1
The festival of water
Hinduism and Jainism Chaturmas ~ July 4
This day marks the beginning of a four-month period (ending in November) during which time devotees observe some form of vow. Penance, fasting, and other religious observances mark this period. It is considered an inauspicious time for weddings or thread ceremonies.
Tibetan Buddhism Happy Birthday Dali Lama! ~ July 6 ~
Celebrating the 82nd birthday of His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, born in 1935 C.E. in northeastern Tibet. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan government in exile and is revered as the fourteenth in a succession of manifestations of Avalokiteśvara, the enlightened being (bodhisattva) who embodies compassion in Buddhist practice.
Buddhist Asalhka Puja Day ~ July 8 ~
Asala ~ turning of the wheel. Buddhist observance of the day when Gautama Buddha made his first public proclamation to five ascetics at Deer Park, Banares. He taught the middle way, the noble eight-fold path and the four noble truths.
Baha'i Martyrdom of the Baba ~ July 9
The Bab, Ali Mohammed was executed in 1850 by Persian political and religious powers.
Observed by abstaining from commerce and work.
Shinto Buddhist Obon ~ July 13
Japanese Buddhist festival to honor deceased ancestors. Involves lighting of bonfires,
traditional meals, paper lanterns, folk dances.
Baha'i TKalimát ~ July 13
The beginning of the seventh month of the Bahá’í year, meaning “words.”
NativeChristianityFeast Day of St. Kateri Tekakwitha ~ July 14 ~
~ Catholic Christianity and Native American spirituality ~
Celebrating the life and ministry of Kateri Tekakwitha (1656 – April 17, 1680), a Mohawk-Algonquin woman who is the first Native American to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. She was so recognized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, over three hundred years after her death.
Zoroastrianism Khordad Sal ~ July 23
Zoroastrian remembrance of the birth of Prophet Zarathushtra
Mormon ChristianityPioneer Days ~ July 24 ~
Mormon observation of arrival of first settlers at Great Salt Lake, USA, on July 24, 1847.
ChristianitySt. James the Great Day ~ July 25 ~
Christian recognition of the martyrdom of the Apostle James the Great in 44 c.e
Brief definitions and dates from the Interfaith Calendar by Delton Krueger, Win Calendar,
& ACPE's Religious Holy Days ~ many, many thanks!