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Holidays and Ceremonies

Unitarian Universalists honor and celebrate a wide range of holidays and occasions over the course of a year. Unlike other faith traditions that use a single lectionary (a collection of scripture readings appointed for a given day or occasion), the topics and themes for Unitarian Universalist worship services are usually chosen independently by worship leaders in congregations. These include unique UU traditions, like the Flower Ceremony, as well as holidays from other faith traditions, such as Christmas or Beltane.

View and download the 2016-17 UUA Worship Calendar, which includes faith-based and secular holidays that UU congregations often celebrate. The calendar also includes monthly worship themes used in popular theme-based ministry programs. To download or print, follow the link and use the File menu, then select the Portrait layout option with No Gridlines.

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View and download the 2016-17 UUA Worship Calendar, which includes faith-based and secular holidays that UU congregations often celebrate. The calendar also includes monthly worship themes used in popular theme-based ministry programs. To download or print, follow the link and use the File menu, then select the Portrait layout option with No Gridlines.

Below, this page lists occasions and holy days that many UU congregations try to honor. This list includes secular or public holidays in the United States, and religious holidays from Unitarian Universalist, Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Pagan and other faith traditions. It also includes some occasions, such as the Blessing of the Animals, that can be celebrated at any time of year but which are listed at the time of year when they are typically honored.  

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