RE Special Days and Events
What is World Religion Day 2023?
World Religion Day 2023 is a time to celebrate the culture and diversity of all world religions. World Religion Day occurs annually on the third Sunday of January, and was first established by members of the Bahá’í faith. The Baháʼí Faith emerged in 19th century Persia (now Iran), and believes all religions have value and that there are common features and similarities between them. They believe in the oneness of religion and humanity, and that no one should be treated differently because of their race, age, gender, colour, or whether they believe in religion or not.
Based on their core principles, World Religion Day exists to promote interfaith understanding and harmony. When celebrating World Religion Day, remember that it is a time of awareness and peace.
When is World Religion Day 2023?
World Religion Day is commemorated every January on the third Sunday of the month. World Religion Day 2023 falls on Sunday, January 16. Keep an eye on subsequent calendars, because the next year over it won't be on the 16th!
History of World Religion Day
World Religion Day was initially started by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baháʼís of the United States in Wilmette, Illinois. The first day was observed in 1950! Since then, the event has now taken on a life of its own, as it’s no longer just followers of the Baháʼí faith that celebrate this day. People from all religions across the globe come together to mark this special day.
How can we celebrate World Religion Day 2023?
There are a lot of awesome traditions you can observe during World Religion Day! Spend some time going through different religions that exist throughout the world, like Christianity, Buddhism, and more. Children will be happy to engage with other religious conversations if they are knowledgeable about them, so learning new things during World Religion Day is an awesome way to observe this event!
There's even more you can do in and out of school, though, so why not try these recommendations:
- Take the time to study different faiths from around the world.
- Attend an interfaith service.
- Speak to others about their beliefs, and spend time speaking to others about yours.