Masonic Holidays

Collected here are dates of Masonic importance, dates notable to those in the history of Freemasonry, and founding dates of particular aspects of the craft.

If you know of a particular date that’s not on the list, drop it in the comments, and it will be added to the roll.

Unlike national holidays or religious observance holidays, these may (or may not) be widely celebrated, but should perhaps be considered as special days of note in the Masonic calendar and days to give pause for a few moments to reflect on their significance to the wider craft.

This post is intended to be a living post in that it will be open to additions in the future.

Masonic Holiday Calendar.

January
January 17, 1706 – Ben Franklin born.  Statesman, Diplomat, Past Grand Master
January 12th, 1886 – Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076 Consecrated in London.

February
February 22, 1732 – George Washington born, first President of the United States.

March
March 6, 1775 – Prince Hall, founding father of Prince Hall Freemasonry, was made a Master Mason in Irish Constitution Military Lodge No. 441
March 12, 1807 – Albert Gallatin Mackey – d. June 20, 1881 – Masonic Author, notably of the Masonic Dictionary.
March 18, 1919 – Order of DeMolay founded in Kansas City, Missouri, later to become DeMolay International.

Maundy Thursday – Feast Day that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles.  Dates move between March 19th and April 22nd with the Easter holiday.  Celebration is held on the Thursday before Easter.

April
April 6, 1922 – International Order of the Rainbow for Girls founded in McAlester, Oklahoma.
April 20, 1884 – Pope Leo XIII published an encyclical, Humanum Genus against Freemasonry based upon the hoax by Leo Taxil.

May
May 31, 1801 – Ordo ab Chao, Founding of the The Supreme Council, Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction, USA

June
June 20th/21st – Saint John the Baptist Day / Summer Solstice
June 24th, 1717 – Founding of the United Grand Lodge of England.

July

August
August 5th, 1813 – Northern Masonic Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite founded.
August 7, 1742 – William Preston born – d. April 1, 1818.  Author of the revised Masonic Ritual.

September
September 11, 1826, the beginning of the Morgan Affair and the rise of the Anti Masonic Party.
September 26, 1872 – founding of the Ancient Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

Feast of Tishiri – 15th day of the 7th month – though the date moves with the Jewish Calendar (7th Month of the Jewish calendar somewhere between September and October).

October
October 18, 1911 – Corner Stone laid in the Construction of the Scottish Rite SJ house of the Temple in Washington.
October 20, 1920 – The Order of Job’s Daughters, founded in Omaha, Nebraska.
October 30, 1771 – Thomas Smith Webb,  d. July 6, 1819 author of Freemason’s Monitor or Illustrations of Masonry, the foundational text of the York Rite American system of Freemasonry and the Founding Father of the York or American Rite.

November
November 6, 1876 – Order of the Eastern Star first General Grand Chapter formed in Indianapolis, Indiana.
November 30, 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, aka Mark Twain,  - d.April 21, 1910.  Author, humorist lecturer, and father of American literature.

December
December 29, 1809 – Albert Pike, author of Morals and Dogma born,  d. April 2, 1891 (aged 81).
December 21st/22nd – Saint John the Evangelist Day / Winter Solstice.

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Comments

  1. Two corrections: as any Quebecois or Newfie can tell you, The Feast of St. John the Baptist is June 24. Furthermore, the Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist is December 27. Both are near the solstices, but not quite on them.

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