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Major Religious Holy Days

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Major Religious Holy days September 2019 – May 2020

1st Semester – September 2019-December 2019

Eid al Ghadeer Muslim
Eid al Adha Muslim
Rosh Hashanah [New Year] Jewish Sept 29-Oct 1* Sun-Tues
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] Jewish Oct 8-9* Tues-Wed
Day of Aushura Muslim
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] Jewish Oct 13-20* Sun-Sun
Simchat Torah/ Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct 20-22* Sun-Tues
Arba’een Muslim *# Wednesday
All Saints Day Christian Nov 1 Friday
Diwali Jain/Sikh/Hindu Oct 27 Sunday
Birth of the Bab Bahai’i Oct 28-29 Mon-Tues
Eid al-Mawlid an-Nabawī Muslim *# Friday
Chanukah- [8-day Festival] Jewish Dec 22-30* Sun-Mon
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian
Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian
Christmas Christian Dec 25 Wednesday
Kwanzaa African-American Dec 26 – Jan 1 Thur-Wed
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist Jan. 2 Thursday

2nd Semester – January 2020-June 2020 

Christmas Eastern Orthodox Jan 7 Tuesday
Asian Lunar New Year Confucian/Taoist /Buddhist
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb 26 Wednesday
Holi Hindu March 9-10* Mon-Tues
Purim Jewish March 9-10* Mon-Tues
Navroz (Persian New Year) Muslim/ Bahai’i /Secular March 20 Friday
Palm Sunday Christian April 5 Sunday
Vaisakhi Hindu April 13 Monday
Passover Jewish April 8-16* Wed-Thur
Maundy Thursday Christian April 9 Thursday
Good Friday Christian April 10 Friday
Easter Vigil Christian April 11 Saturday
Ridvan Baha’i Apr 19– May 1 Sun-Fri
Easter Christian April 12 Sunday
Pascha Orthodox Easter April 19 Sunday
Ramadan Begins Muslim April 23 -May 23 Thur-Sat
Vesak (Buddha Day) Buddhist
Declaration of the Báb Bahá’i May 22-23* Fri-Sat
Shavuot Jewish May 28- 30 Thur-Sat

#some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.

*holy days start at sundown of beginning date and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date