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Major Religious Holy Days

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Major Religious Holidays May 2017 – June 2018

Summer – May 2017- August 2017

Holiday Religion Date
Beginning of Ramadan Muslim May 27*# Sat
Eid al-Fitr Muslim June 26-28*# Mon-Wed
Tisha B’Av Jewish July 31-Aug 1* Mon-Tues
Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu Aug. 25 Fri
Paryushana Parva Jain Aug 18 -25 Fri -Fri

1st Semester – September 2017-December 2017

Holiday Religion Date
Eid al Adha Muslim Sept 2-3*# Sat-Sun
Eid al Ghadeer Muslim Sept. 10 Sun
Rosh Hashanah [New Year] Jewish Sept. 20-22* Wed-Fri
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] Jewish Sept 29-30* Fri-Sat
Day of Aushura Muslim Oct. 1 Sun
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] Jewish Oct. 4-11* Wed-Wed
Simchat Torah/ Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 11-13* Wed-Fri
Birth of the Bab Bahai’i Oct. 20 Friday
Diwali Jain/Sikh/Hindu Oct. 19 Thursday
Samhain/Beltane Wicca/Pagan October 31 Tuesday
All Saints Day Christian Nov. 1 Wednesday
Arba’een Muslim Nov. 10*# Friday
Eid al-Mawlid an-Nabawī Muslim Nov. 30*# Thursday
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian Dec. 8 Friday
Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian Dec. 12 Tuesday
Chanukah- [8-day Festival] Jewish Dec. 12-20* Tues-Wed
Christmas Christian Dec. 25 Monday
Kwanzaa African-American Dec. 26–Jan. 1 Tues-Mon
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist Jan. 24 Wednesday

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 8/6/17