World Religion Day

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2021 Date17 January 2021
2022 Date16 January 2022
World Religion Day

World Religion Day History

World Religion Day promotes inter-faith understanding and harmony by encouraging believers from different faiths to acknowledge, understand and accept the differences and similarities between the world's many religions. The day also serves to celebrate religious oneness and the idea that the world is connected by all religions' common, shared beliefs.

World Religion Day was first proclaimed by the Baha'i faith in the US in 1950. It has since been celebrated annually on the third Sunday of January with events, concerts, celebrations and inter-faith dialogue aimed at peace and understanding.

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World Religion Day Facts & Quotes

  • According to a national survery in Britain, 57% of Brits list their religious beliefs as "it's complicated", while only 15% are deeply religious and the other 28% list non-religious.
  • Christianity (33%), Islam (20%) and Hiduism (14%) are the 3 most commonly practiced religions in the world.
  • Houses of worship differ from religion to religion. Christians go to a chapel or church, Muslims go to a mosque and jews go to a synagogue or temple.
  • Becoming muslim or converting to Islam requires three main things: a formal statement of faith, called a shahadah, in front of witnesses; proclaiming that there is only one God, that Muhammad is God's prophet; and converting freely, not by force.
  • Interfaith dialogue plays an important role in increasing understanding of our nation’s religious and cultural diversity and bringing Australians closer together. The Australian Government supports interfaith dialogue at the highest levels. - Laurie Ferguson, Australian parliamentary secretary for multicultural affairs and settlement services

World Religion Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Read a few pages from a different religion's principal texts such as the Qur'an, the New Testament and the Hebrew Bible. Try to identify some differences and similiarities between the teachings of the popular texts from different religions.
  • Watch a documentary about religion. Our favourites include: History of Islam (2015), Prophet Muhammad and Women (2007), Scientology: The X Files (2010) and Losing God (2013).
  • Create a comparison chart between the 5 most popular religons in the world. Compare religious texts, places of worship, holidays, weekly rest days, regions where most popular etc. to see what kinds of patterns and similarities you can find.
  • Attend an interfaith conference near you. Many places of worship and government authorities host conferences about interfaith dialogue and understanding. See what your local area has planned for the day and go interact with other open-minded individuals.

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