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Major Religious Holy Days

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Major Religious Holy days September 2018 – May 2019

1st Semester – September 2018-December 2018

Eid al Ghadeer Muslim Aug 30 Thursday
Eid al Adha Muslim Sept 2-3*# Sun-Mon
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 Sept 21 Friday
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] Jewish Sept 23-30* Sun-Sun
Simchat Torah/ Shmini Atzeret Jewish Sept 30-Oct 2* Sun-Tues
Arba’een Muslim Oct 31*# Wednesday
All Saints Day Christian Nov 1 Thursday
Diwali Jain/Sikh/Hindu Nov 7 Wednesday
Birth of the Bab Bahai’i November 8-9 Thurs-Fri
Eid al-Mawlid an-Nabawī Muslim Nov 30*# Friday
Chanukah- [8-day Festival] Jewish Dec 2-10* Sun-Mon
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian Dec 8 Saturday
Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian Dec 12 Wednesday
Christmas Christian Dec 25 Tuesday
Kwanzaa African-American Dec 26 – Jan 1 Wed-Tues
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist Jan. 13 Sunday

2nd Semester – January 2019-June 2019 

Christmas Eastern Orthodox Jan 7 Monday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist Jan 13 Sunday
Asian Lunar New Year Confucian/Taoist /Buddhist Feb 5 Tuesday
Ash Wednesday Christian March 6 Wednesday
Holi Hindu March 20-21* Wed-Thurs
Purim Jewish March 20-21* Wed-Thurs
Navroz (Persian New Year) Muslim/ Bahai’i /Secular March 21 Thursday
Palm Sunday Christian April 14 Sunday
Vaisakhi Hindu April 14 Saturday
Passover Jewish April 19-27* Fri-Sat
Maundy Thursday Christian April 18 Thursday
Good Friday Christian April 19 Friday
Easter Vigil Christian April 20 Saturday
Ridvan Baha’i Apr 20–May 2 Sat-Thurs
Easter Christian April 21 Sunday
Pascha Orthodox Easter April 28 Sunday
Ramadan Begins Muslim May 5 Sunday
Vesak (Buddha Day) Buddhist May 19 Sunday
Declaration of the Báb Bahá’i May 23-24* Thurs-Fri
Shavuot Jewish June 8-10 Sat-Mon

#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