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Religious, Ethnic and Civic Observances


New Year’s Day (U.S., International) January 1
Japanese New Year  January 1
Shogatsu (Shinto New Year)  January 1-3
Dia de los Santos Reyes/Three Kings Day (Latin America)  January 6
Epiphany (Christian)  January 6
Makar Sankranti (Hindu)  January 14
Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (U.S.)  January 15
*Tu B’Shevat (Jewish)  January 31
Imbolc/Imbolg (Pagan, Wiccan) February 2
National Foundation Day (Shinto)  February 11
Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)  February 13
Ash Wednesday/Lent begins (Christian)  February 14
Chinese New Year  February 16
Presidents’ Day (U.S.)  February 19
Clean Monday/Lent begins (Orthodox Christian)  February 19
International Mother Language Day (International)  February 21
Ta'anit Esther (Jewish)  February 28
*Purim (Jewish)  March 1
Holi (Hindu)  March 2
*Shushan Purim (Jewish)  March 2
Hinamatsuri (Japan)  March 3
St. Patrick’s Day (Christian)  March 17
*Rosh Chodesh Nisan (Jewish)  March 17
Nowruz (Iranian New Year)  March 21
Palm Sunday (Christian)  March 25
Mahavir Jayanti (Jainism)  March 29
Good Friday (Christian)  March 30
*Passover/Pesach (Jewish)  March 31 - April 7
Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)  April 1
Easter (Christian)  April 1
Great Friday (Orthodox Christian)  April 6
Holy Saturday (Orthodox Christian)  April 7
Great and Holy Pascha (Orthodox Christian)  April 8
*Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) (Jewish)  April 12
*Lailat al Miraj/Shab-E-Miraj (Islamic)  April 13
*Yom Ha’atzmaut (Jewish)  April 19
Lailat al Bara’a/ Shab-E-Barat (Islamic)  May 1
Beltane (Pagan/Wiccan)  May 1
*Lag B'Omer (Jewish)  May 3
Cinco de Mayo (Mexican/Mexican-American)  May 5
Tango no Sekku/Kodomo No Hi (Shinto)  May 5
*Yom Yerushalayim (Jewish)  May 13
*Rosh Chodesh Sivan (Jewish)  May 15
*Ramadan (Islamic)  May 16 - June 14
Pentecost (Christian)  May 20
*Shavuot (Jewish)  May 20 - 21
*Declaration of the Bab (Bahá’í)  May 23
*Ascension of the Baha’u’llah (Bahá’í)  May 29
Memorial Day (U.S.)  May 28
*Quds Day (Islamic)  June 8
*Lailat al Kadr (Islamic)  June 11
*Rosh Chodesh Tammuz (Jewish)  June 13-14
*Eid al-Fitr (Islamic)  June 15
Summer Solstice/Litha/Midsummer (Pagan, Wiccan) June 21
*Fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz (Jewish)  July 1
Independence Day (U.S.)  July 4
*Martyrdom of the Bab (Bahá’í)  July 9
*Rosh Chodesh Av (Jewish)  July 13
*Tisha B’Av (Jewish)  July 22
Lammas (Pagan/Wiccan)  August 1
*Rosh Chodesh Elul (Jewish)  August 11-12
*Waqf al Arafa (Islamic)  August 20
*Eid al-Adha (Islamic)  August 22
Raksha Bandhan (Hindu, Jainism) August 25
Labor Day (U.S.)  September 3
*Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year September 10 - 11
Muharram/Islamic New Year  September 11
Ganesh Chaturdhi (Hindu)  September 12
*Tzom Gedaliah (Jewish)  September 12
*Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement (Jewish) September 19
*Ashura (Islamic)  September 20
Mid-Autumn Festival (China) September 24
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) (Jewish) September 24-25
*Hosha’anah Rabah (Jewish)  September 30
*Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)  October 1
*Simchat Torah (Jewish)  October 2
Columbus Day (U.S.)  October 8
Devi Navaratri (Hindu)  October 9 - 17
Cirio de Nazare (Brazil)  October 14
Chong Yang (China)  October 17
Vijayadashmi/Dussehra (Hindu) October 18
Karva Chauth (Buddhist, Hindu) October 27
All Hallows Eve/Halloween  October 31
*Samhain (Pagan/Wiccan)  October 31
All Saints’ Day (Christian)  November 1
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) (Latin America)  November 1
All Souls’ Day (Roman Catholic)  November 2
Bunka No Hi (Japan)  November 3
Diwali (Buddhist, Hindu, Sikhism, Jainism) November 7
*Birth of the Bab (Bahá’í)  November 9
*Birth of the Baha'u'llah (Bahá’í)  November 10
Veterans’ Day (U.S.)  November 11
Shichigosan Matsuri (Shinto)  November 15
*Mawlid al-Nabi (Islamic)  November 20
Thanksgiving (U.S.)  November 22
Day of the Covenant (Bahá’í)  November 26
Sundays of Advent (Christian)  December 2
*Chanukah/Hanukkah (Jewish) December 3-10
Bodhi Day (Buddhist, Hindu) December 8
*Rosh Chodesh Tevet (Jewish)  December 8
Feast Day — Our Lady of Guadalupe (Latin America) December 12
Las Posadas (Mexico)  December 16 - 24
*Asarah B’Tevet (Jewish)  December 18
Winter Solstice/Yule (Pagan, International) December 21
Christmas (Christian)  December 25
Kwanzaa (African American)  December 26, 2018  - January 1, 2019

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