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2018 - Religious, Ethnic and Civic Observances

January

January 1 - New Year’s Day (U.S., International)

January 1 - Japanese New Year

January 1 - 3 - Shogatsu (Shinto New Year)

January 6 - Dia de los Santos Reyes/Three Kings Day (Latin America)

January 6 - Epiphany (Christian)

January 14 - Makar Sankranti (Hindu)

January 15 - Birthday of Dr. Luther King Jr. (U.S.)

January 31 - *Tu B’Shevat (Jewish)

February

February 2 - Imbolc/Imbolg (Pagan, Wiccan)

February 11 - National Foundation Day (Shinto)

February 13 - Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

February 14 - Ash Wednesday/Lent begins (Christian)

February 16 - Chinese New Year

February 19 - Presidents’ Day (U.S.)

February 19 - Clean Monday/Lent begins (Orthodox Christian)

February 21 - International Mother Language Day (International)

February 28 - Ta’anit Esther (Jewish)

March

March 1 - *Purim (Jewish)

March 2 - Holi (Hindu)

March 2 - *Shushan Purim (Jewish)

March 3 - Hinamatsuri (Japan)

March 17 - St. Patrick’s Day (Christian)

March 17 - *Rosh Chodesh Nisan (Jewish)

March 21 - Nowruz (Iranian New Year)

March 25 - Palm Sunday (Christian)

March 29 - Mahavir Jayanti (Jainism)

March 30 - Good Friday (Christian)

March 31 - April 7 - *Passover/Pesach (Jewish)

April

April 1 - Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

April 1 - Easter (Christian)

April 6 - Great Friday (Orthodox Christian)

April 7 - Holy Saturday (Orthodox Christian)

April 8 - Great and Holy Pascha (Orthodox Christian)

April 22 - *Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)(Jewish)

April 13 - *Lailat al Miraj/Shab-E-Miraj (Islamic)

April 19 - *Yom Ha’atzmaut (Jewish)

May

May 1 - Lailat al Bara’a/Shab-E-Barat (Islamic)         

May 1 - Beltane (Pagan/Wiccan)

May 3 - *Lag B’Omer (Jewish)

May 5 - Cinco de Mayo (Mexican/Mexican-American)

May 5 - Tango no Sekku/Kodomo No Hi (Shinto)

May 13 - *Yom Yerushalayim (Jewish)

May 15 - *Rosh Chodesh Sivan (Jewish)

May 16 - June 14  - *Ramadan (Islamic)

May 20 - Pentecost (Christian)

May 20 - 21 - *Shavuot (Jewish)

May 23 - *Declaration of the Bab (Bahá’í)

May 28 - Memorial Day (U.S.)

May 29 - *Ascension of the Baha’u’llah (Bahá’í)

June

June 8 - *Quds Day (Islamic)

June 11 - *Lailat al Kadr (Islamic)

June 13 - 14 - *Rosh Chodesh Tammuz (Jewish)

June 15 -  *Eid al-Fitr (Islamic)

June 21 - Summer Solstice/Litha/Midsummer (Pagan, Wiccan)

July

July 1 - *Fast of Shiva Asar B’Tammuz (Jewish)

July 4 - Independence Day (U.S.)

July 9 - *Martyrdom of the Bab (Bahá’í) - July 9

July 13 - *Rosh Chodesh Av (Jewish)

July 22 - *Tisha B’Av (Jewish)

August

August 1 - Lammas (Pagan/Wiccan)

August 11 - 12 - *Rosh Chodesh Elul (Jewish)

August 20 - *Waqf al Arafa (Islamic)

August 22 - *Eid al-Adha (Islamic)

August 25 - Raksha Bandhan (Hindu, Jainism)

September

September 3 - Labor Day (U.S.)

September 10 - 11 - *Rosh Hashanah/Jewish New Year

September 11 - Muharram/Islamic New Year

September 12 - Ganesh Chaturdhi (Hindu)

September 12 - *Tzom Gedaliah (Jewish)

September 19 - *Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement (Jewish)

September 20 - *Ashura (Islamic)

September 24 - Mid-Autumn Festival (China)

September 24 - 25 - *Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) (Jewish)

September 30 - *Hosha’anah Rabah (Jewish)

October

October 1 - *Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)

October 2 - *Simchat Torah (Jewish)

October 8 - Columbus Day (U.S.)

October 9 - 17 - Devi Navaratri (Hindu)

October 14 - Cirio de Nazare (Brazil)

October 17 - Chong Yang (China)

October 18 - Vijayadashmi/Dussehra (Hindu)

October 27 - Karva Chauth (Buddhist, Hindu)

October 31 - All Hallows Eve/Halloween

October 31 - *Samhain (Pagan/Wiccan)

November

November 1 - All Saint’s Day (Christian)

November 1 - Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) (Latin America)

November 2 - All Soul’s Day (Roman Catholic)

November 3 - Bunka No Hi (Japan)

November 7 - Diwali (Buddhist, Hindu, Sikhism, Jainism)

November 9 - *Birth of the Bab (Bahá’í)

November 10 - *Birth of the Baha’u’llah (Bahá’í)

November 11 - Veteran’s Day (U.S.)

November 15 - Shichigosan Matsuri (Shinto)

November 20 - *Mawlid al-Nabi (Islamic)

November 22 - Thanksgiving (U.S.)

November 26 - Day of the Covenant (Bahá’í)

December

December 2 - Sundays of Advent (Christian)

December 3 - 10 - *Chanukah/Hanukkah (Jewish)

December 8 - Bodhi Day (Buddhist, Hindu)

December 8 - *Rosh Chodesh Tevet (Jewish)

December 12 - Feast Day – Our Lady of Guadalupe (Latin America)

December 16 - 24  - Las Posadas (Mexico)

December 18 - *Asarah B’Tevet (Jewish)

December 21 - Winter Solstice/Yule (Pagan, International)

December 25 - Christmas (Christian)

December 26 - January 1, 2019 - Kwanzaa (African American)

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