A Partial Listing of Religious, Ethnic and Civic Observances

2016

*Quds Day (Islamic)  July 1
*Lailat al Kadr (Islamic)  July 2
Independence Day (U.S.)  July 4
*Rosh Chodesh Tammuz (Jewish)  July 6
*Eid al-Fitr (Islamic)  July 6
*Martyrdom of the Bab (Bahá’í)  July 9
*Fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz (Jewish)  July 24
Lammas (Pagan/Wiccan)  August 1
*Rosh Chodesh Av (Jewish)  August 5
*Tisha B’Av (Jewish)  August 14
Raksha Bandhan (Hindu, Jainism) August 17
*Rosh Chodesh Elul (Jewish)  September 3
Ganesh Chaturdhi (Hindu)  September 5
Labor Day (U.S.)  September 5
*Waqf al Arafa (Islamic)  September 10
*Eid al-Adha (Islamic)  September 11
Devi Navaratri (Hindu)  Oct. 1 - Oct. 9
Muharram/Islamic New Year  October 2
*Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year Oct. 3 - Oct. 4
*Tzom Gedaliah (Jewish)  October 5
Cirio de Nazare (Brazil)  October 8
Chong Yang (China)  October 9
Columbus Day (U.S.)  October 10
Vijayadashmi (Hindu) October 10
Dassehra/Dussehra (Hindu)  October 11
*Ashura (Islamic)  October 11
*Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement (Jewish) October 12
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) (Jewish) Oct. 17 - Oct. 23
Karva Chauth (Buddhist, Hindu) October 19
*Hosha’anah Rabah (Jewish)  October 23
*Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)  October 24
*Simchat Torah (Jewish)  October 25
Diwali (Buddhist, Hindu, Sikhism, Jainism) Oct. 30 - Nov. 3
All Hallows Eve/Halloween  October 31
*Birth of the Bab (Bahá’í)  November 1
*Samhain (Pagan/Wiccan)  November 1
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
Veterans’ Day (U.S.)  November 11
*Birth of the Baha'u'llah (Bahá’í)  November 12
Shichigosan Matsuri (Shinto)  November 15
Thanksgiving (U.S.)  November 24
Day of the Covenant (Bahá’í)  November 25
Sundays of Advent (Christian)  November 27
Bodhi Day (Buddhist, Hindu) December 8
Feast Day — Our Lady of Guadalupe (Latin America) December 12
*Mawlid al-Nabi (Islamic)  December 12
Las Posadas (Mexico)  Dec. 16  - Dec. 25
Winter Solstice/Yule (Pagan, International) December 22
Christmas (Christian)  December 25
*Chanukah/Hanukkah (Jewish) Dec. 25 - Jan. 1
Kwanzaa (African American)  Dec. 26 - Jan. 1
*Rosh Chodesh Tevet (Jewish)  December 30

2017

Japanese New Year  January 1
New Year’s Day (U.S., International) January 1
Shogatsu (Shinto New Year)  Jan. 1 - Jan. 3
Dia de los Santos Reyes/Three Kings Day (Latin America)  January 6
Epiphany (Christian)  January 6
*Asarah B’Tevet (Jewish)  January 8
Makar Sankranti (Hindu)  January 14
Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (U.S.)  January 16
Chinese New Year  January 28
Imbolc/Imbolg (Pagan, Wiccan) February 1
*Tu B’Shevat (Jewish)  February 11
National Foundation Day (Shinto)  February 11
Presidents’ Day (U.S.)  February 20
International Mother Language Day (International)  February 21
Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)  February 24
Clean Monday/Lent begins (Orthodox Christian)  February 27
Ash Wednesday/Lent begins (Christian)  March 1
Hinamatsuri (Japan)  March 3
Ta'anit Esther (Jewish)  March 9
*Purim (Jewish)  March 12
Holi (Hindu)  March 13
*Shushan Purim (Jewish)  March 13
St. Patrick’s Day (Christian)  March 17
Nowruz (Iranian New Year)  March 21
*Rosh Chodesh Nisan (Jewish)  March 28
Mahavir Jayanti (Jainism)  April 8
Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)  April 9
Palm Sunday (Christian)  April 9
*Passover/Pesach (Jewish)  April 11-18
Great Friday (Orthodox Christian)  April 14
Good Friday (Christian)  April 14
Holy Saturday (Orthodox Christian)  April 15
Easter (Christian)  April 16
Great and Holy Pascha (Orthodox Christian)  April 16
*Lailat al Miraj/Shab-E-Miraj (Islamic)  April 23
*Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) (Jewish)  April 24
Beltane (Pagan/Wiccan)  May 1
*Yom Ha’atzmaut (Jewish)  May 2
Cinco de Mayo (Mexican/Mexican-American)  May 5
Tango no Sekku (Shinto)  May 5
Lailat al Bara’a/ Shab-E-Barat (Islamic)  May 11
*Lag B'Omer (Jewish)  May 14
*Declaration of the Bab (Bahá’í)  May 23
*Yom Yerushalayim (Jewish)  May 24
*Rosh Chodesh Sivan (Jewish)  May 26
*Ramadan (Islamic)  May 27 - July 25
*Ascension of the Baha’u’llah (Bahá’í)  May 28
Memorial Day (U.S.)  May 29
*Shavuot (Jewish)  May 31 - June 1
Pentecost (Christian)  June 4
Summer Solstice/Litha/Midsummer (Pagan, Wiccan) June 21
*Rosh Chodesh Tammuz (Jewish)  June 24

*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.