World Religion Day

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2023 Date15 January 2023
2024 Date21 January 2024
World Religion Day

World Religion Day History

World Religion Day seeks to promote inter-faith understanding and harmony. This day aims to encourage believers of all faiths to acknowledge, understand, and accept the differences and similarities between the world's many religions. It serves to celebrate religious oneness and the idea that the world is connected by all religions' common, shared beliefs. This day typically consists of events, concerts, and dialogues aimed at peace and understanding.

World Religion Day was first proclaimed by the Baha'i faith in the US in 1950. It is observed annually on the third Sunday of January.

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World Religion Day Facts & Quotes

  • According to a national survey in Britain, 57% of Brits list their religious beliefs as it's complicated while only 15% are deeply religious. The other 28% list non-religious.
  • Christianity (33%), Islam (20%) and Hinduism (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, or the Hebrew Bible. Try to identify some differences and similarities 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 religions in the world. Compare religious texts, places of worship, holidays, and weekly rest days to see what similarities and differences 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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