A Partial Listing of Religious, Ethnic and Civic Observances

2015

*Asarah B’Tevet (Jewish) January 1
Japanese New Year January 1
New Year’s Day (U.S., International) January 1
Shogatsu (Shinto New Year) January 1
*Mawlid al-Nabi (Islamic) January 3
Dia de los Santos Reyes/Three Kings Day (Latin America) January 6
Epiphany (Christian) January 6
Makar Sankranti (Hindu) January 14
Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (U.S.) January 19
Imbolc/Imbolg (Pagan, Wiccan) February 2
*Tu B’Shevat (Jewish) February 4
National Founding Day (Shinto) February 11
Presidents’ Day (U.S.) February 16
Maha Shivaratri (Hindu) February 17
Ash Wednesday/Lent begins (Christian) February 18
Chinese New Year February 19
International Mother Language Day (International) February 21
Clean Monday/Lent begins (Orthodox Christian) February 23
Hinamatsuri (Japan) March 3
*Fast of Esther (Jewish) March 4
*Purim (Jewish) March 5
Holi (Hindu) March 6
*Shushan Purim (Jewish) March 6
St. Patrick’s Day (Christian) March 17
*Rosh Chodesh Nisan (Jewish) March 21
Nowruz (Iranian New Year) March 21
Palm Sunday (Christian) March 29
Mahavir Jayanti (Jainism) April 2
Good Friday (Christian) April 3
Holy Saturday (Orthodox Christian) April 4
*Passover/Pesach (Jewish) April 4-11
Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian) April 5
Easter (Christian) April 5
Great Friday (Orthodox Christian) April 10
Great and Holy Pascha (Orthodox Christian) April 12
*Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) (Jewish) April 16
*Yom Ha’atzmaut (Jewish) April 23
Beltane (Pagan/Wiccan) May 1
Cinco de Mayo (Mexican/Mexican-American) May 5
Tango no Sekku (Shinto) May 5
*Lag B’Omer (Jewish) May 7
*Lailat al Miraj/Shab-E-Miraj (Islamic) May 15
*Yom Yerushalayim (Jewish) May 17
*Rosh Chodesh Sivan (Jewish) May 19
*Declaration of the Bab (Bahá’í) May 23
Pentecost (Christian) May 24
*Shavuot (Jewish) May 24-25
Memorial Day (U.S.) May 25
*Ascension of the Baha’u’llah (Bahá’í) May 29
Lailat al Bara’a/Shab-E-Barat (Islamic) June 1
*Rosh Chodesh Tammuz (Jewish) June 16
*Ramadan (Islamic) June 18
Summer Solstice/Litha/Midsummer (Pagan, Wiccan) June 21
Independence Day (U.S.) July 4
*Fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz (Jewish) July 5
*Martyrdom of the Bab (Bahá’í) July 9
*Lailat al Kadr (Islamic) July 13
*Rosh Chodesh Av (Jewish) July 17
*Quds Day (Islamic) July 17
*Eid al-Fitr (Islamic) July 18
*Tisha B’Av (Jewish) July 26
Lammas (Pagan/Wiccan) August 1
*Rosh Chodesh Elul (Jewish) August 15
Raksha Bandhan (Hindu, Jainism) August 29

*Many Islamic and Jewish observances begin at sundown/sunset on the evening preceding the noted date. Work and school are prohibited during Jewish High Holy Days. These days begin at sundown of the evening preceding the first day and conclude at sundown on the days noted.

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