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Major Religious Holy Days

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Major Religious Holidays May 2017 – June 2018

2nd Semester – January 2018-June 2018 

Holiday Religion Date
Christmas Eastern Orthodox Jan. 7 Sunday
Asian Lunar New Year Confucian/Taoist /Buddhist Feb. 16 Friday
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 14 Wednesday
Holi Hindu March 1 -2* Thus-Fri
Purim Jewish Feb 28 –March 1* Wed-Thurs
Navroz (Persian New Year) Muslim/ Bahai’i /Secular March 21st Tuesday
Palm Sunday Christian March 25 Sunday
Mahavir Jayanti Jain March 29 Thursday
Passover Jewish March 30-April7* Fri-Sat
Good Friday Christian March 30 Friday
Easter Vigil Christian March 31 Saturday
Easter Christian April 1 Sunday
Pascha Orthodox Easter April 8 Sunday
Vaisakhi Hindu April 14 Saturday
Ramadan Begins Muslim May 16*# Wednesday
Shavuot Jewish May 19- May 21 Shavuot
Ridvan Baha’i April 20-May 2 Friday – Wed
Vesak (Buddha Day) Buddhist May 29 Tuesday
Declaration of the Báb Bahá’i May 23* Tuesday

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

#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.

Update 1/31/18

Preview of Next Year – Dates are being reviewed and finalized. Please check back soon. 

Summer – May 2018- August 2018

Holiday Religion Date
Beginning of Ramadan Muslim *#
Eid al-Fitr Muslim *#
Tisha B’Av Jewish July 21-22* Sat-Sun
Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu Sept. 12-23 Wed-Sun
Paryushana Parva Jain

1st Semester – September 2018-December 2018

Holiday Religion Date
Eid al Adha Muslim *#
Eid al Ghadeer Muslim
Rosh Hashanah [New Year] Jewish Sept. 9-11* Sun-Tues
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] Jewish Sept 18-19* Tues-Wed
Day of Aushura Muslim
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] Jewish Sept. 23-30* Sun-Sun
Simchat Torah/ Shmini Atzeret Jewish Sept. 30-Oct 2* Sun-Tues
Birth of the Bab Bahai’i Nov. 9 Friday
Diwali Jain/Sikh/Hindu Nov. 7 Wed
Samhain/Beltane Wicca/Pagan
All Saints Day Christian Nov. 1
Arba’een Muslim *#
Eid al-Mawlid an-Nabawī Muslim *#
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian Dec. 8
Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian Dec. 12
Chanukah- [8-day Festival] Jewish Dec. 2-10* Sun-Mon
Christmas Christian Dec. 25
Kwanzaa African-American Dec. 26–Jan. 1
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist Jan. 24

 

2nd Semester – January 2019-June 2019 

Holiday Religion Date
Christmas Eastern Orthodox Jan. 7
Asian Lunar New Year Confucian/Taoist /Buddhist
Ash Wednesday Christian
Holi Hindu March 20 -21* Wed-Thur
Purim Jewish March 20-21* Wed-Thurs
Navroz (Persian New Year) Muslim/ Bahai’i /Secular
Palm Sunday Christian Sunday
Mahavir Jayanti Jain
Passover Jewish April 19-27* Fri-Sat
Good Friday Christian Friday
Easter Vigil Christian Saturday
Easter Christian Sunday
Pascha Orthodox Easter Sunday
Vaisakhi Hindu April 14 Saturday
Ramadan Begins Muslim *#
Shavuot Jewish June 8- 10 Sat – Mon
Ridvan Baha’i
Vesak (Buddha Day) Buddhist
Declaration of the Báb Bahá’i *

 

#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