Center for the Public Understanding of Religion

California Religious Events

There are many annual festivals in California dedicated to the traditional religious and cultural heritage of a diverse array of communities. Consult the chart below to learn more about festivals in your area, including their purpose and when they occur.

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Columns left to right: Event name, location, religion or culture, time, and purpose
Event NameLocationReligion/CultureTimePurpose
Bok KaiMarysvilleTraditional ChineseWeekend closest to the 2 nd day of the 2 nd month of the Chinese lunar calendarHonoring Bok Eye, traditional Chinese Water God
Nagar KirtanYuba CitySikh___Commemorating the inauguration of the Guru Granth Sahib
Kwanzaa Block ParadeLos AngelesPan-African____Celebrating the beginning of the weeklong festival of Kwanzaa
Cambodian New YearLong BeachCambodianAprilCelebrates the beginning of the new year of the Cambodian traditional lunar calendar
CarnevaleLong BeachCatholicFebruaryCelebration that runs the week before Lent


Long BeachPacific IslanderJulyCultural assembly
Los Angeles Korean FestivalLos AngelesKoreanSeptemberEducation and promotion of traditional Korean culture
OC Lebanese FestivalOrange CountyCatholicJuneCultural celebration and fundraising drive
L.A.Med.Fest(opens in new window)Los AngelesChristian OrthodoxOctoberCultural Celebration and fundraising drive
Festival GuelaguetzaLos AngelesOaxacanAugustCelebration of indigenous Oaxacan culture
Three Kings DayAnaheimCatholicJanuaryCelebration of the Epiphany
SongkranLos AngelesThaiAprilThai New Year