Major Religious Holy Days

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Major Religious Holy Days July 2016–June 2017

1st Semester — July 2016–December 2016

Holy Day

Religion

Date

Day(s)

Beginning of Ramadan

Islamic

June 6*#

Mon.

Eid al-Fitr

Islamic

Jul. 6–9*#

Wed.–Fri.

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hindu

Aug. 5

Fri.

Paryushana Parva

Jain

Sept. 6–15

Tue.

Eid al-Adha

Islamic

Sept. 11–12*#

Sun.–Mon.

Rosh Hashanah
(New Year)

Jewish

Oct. 3–4*

Mon.–Tue.

Yom Kippur
(Day of Atonement)

Jewish

Oct. 11–12*

Tue.–Wed.

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)

Jewish

Oct. 16–24*

Sun.–Mon.

Simchat Torah

Jewish

Oct. 25*

Tue.

Birth of the Bab

Bahá’i

Oct. 20

Thu.

Diwali

Jain/Sikh/Hindu

Oct. 30

Sun.

All Saints Day

Christian

Nov. 1

Tue.

Samhain/Beltane

Wicca/Pagan

Nov. 1

Tue.

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)

Buddhist

Dec. 8

Thu.

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Catholic Christian

Dec. 8

Thu.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Catholic Christian

Dec. 12

Mon.

Chanukah (8-day Festival)

Jewish

Dec. 24–Jan 1*

Sun.–Mon.

Christmas

Christian

Dec. 25

Sun.

Kwanzaa

African-American

Dec. 26–Jan. 1

Mon.–Sun.

 

* 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.

 

2nd Semester — January 2017–June 2017

Holy Day

Religion

Date

Day(s)

Christmas

Eastern Orthodox

Jan. 7

Sat.

Asian Lunar New Year

Confucian/Taoist/Buddhist

Jan. 28

Wed.

Ash Wednesday

Christian

Mar. 1

Wed.

Holi

Hindu

Mar. 13

Mon.

Purim

Jewish

Mar. 11–12*

Sun.–Mon.

Palm Sunday

Christian

Apr. 9

Sun.

Mahavir Jayanti

Jain

Apr. 10

Mon.

Passover (Pesach – 8 days)

Jewish

Apr. 11–12*

Tues.–Wed.

Passover (Pesach), concluding days

Jewish

Apr. 17–18

Mon.–Tue.

Vaisakhi

Sikh/Hindu

Apr. 13

Thu.

Good Friday

Christian

Apr. 14

Fri.

Easter Vigil

Christian

Apr. 15

Sat.

Easter

Christian

Apr. 16

Sun.

Pascha

Eastern Orthodox

Apr. 16

Sun.

Ridvan

Bahá’i

Apr. 21

Fri.

Vesak (Buddha Day)

Buddhist

May 10

Wed.

Declaration of the Báb

Bahá’i

May 23*

Tue.

Ramadan Begins

Islamic

May 27*

Sat.

Shavuot

Jewish

May 31–June 1

Wed.–Thu.

 

* 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.