JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY JANUARY                    
Date Holiday Religious Group Additional Info                    
January 1 - Sunday New Year's Day                        
January 1 - Sunday Mary, Mother of God Catholic Christian Catholic Christian - a celebration of the mother of Jesus.                    
January 1 - Sunday Feast of St Basil Orthodox Christian Orthodox Christian commemoration of St Basil t he Great, who wrote a Eucharist Liturgy which bears his name.                     
January 1 - Sunday Gantan-sai (New Years) Shinto Shinto New Year festival observed with prayers for inner renewal, prosperity and health.                    
January 1 - Sunday Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus  Orthodox Christian A Roman Catholic homily for the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus                    
January 2 - Monday New Year's Day, Observed - US National Holiday                        
January 5 - Thursday Birth of Guru Gobind Singh Sikh Sikh honoring of the birth of the founder of the Khalsa who lived from 1469 -1539 c.e.                    
January 5 - Thursday Twelfth Night Christian Christian observance of the close of Christmastide and prelude to Epiphany which begins the next day.                    
January 6 - Friday Epiphany/Dia de Los Reyes Christian Christian commemoration of the manifestations of the divine nature of Jesus Christ. The homage of the magi to the infant Jesus is honored by some. For others the Baptism of Jesus is the remembered event. A season of the Christian year from the close of Christmas to the beginning of Lent.                    
January 7 - Saturday Feast of the Nativity Orthodox Christian The Feast of the Birth of Jesus is also known as the "Incarnation of Christ." This means that Jesus became a man and came into the world.                    
January 8 - Sunday Baptism of Jesus Christian Christian commemoration of the beginning of the public ministry of Jesus.                    
January 9 - Monday Mahayana New Year    1/9 - 1/12 Buddhist In Mahayana countries the new year starts on the first full moon day in January.                    
January 13 - Friday Maghi Sikh Sikh commemoration of a battle in which forty Sikhs died for Guru Gobindh Singh Ji.                    
January 14 - Saturday Makar Sankrant/Thai Pongal Hindu The festival of Makar Sankrant traditionally coincides with the beginning of the Sun's northward journey (the Uttarayan) when it enters the sign of Makar (the Capricorn).  Pongal festival is celebrated for four continuous days beginning from the last day of Tamil month of Maargazhi (December-January).                    
January 15 - Sunday World Religion Day Baha'i Baha'i sponsored day dedicated to the unity and oneness of all world religions.                    
January 16 - Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - US National Holiday                        
January 17 - Tuesday Blessing of the Animals Hispanic Catholic Christian Christian observance of showing respect for the domestic animals that mean much to people. Observed on various dates - especially related to St. Francis.                    
January 18 - Wednesday Week of Prayer for Christian Unity   1/18 - 1/25 Christian Christian observance with prayer for the restoration of unity between the churches of the faith.                    
January 20 - Friday Timkat Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Epiphany celebration of the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.                    
January 23 - Monday Chinese New Year - Year of the Dragon Confucian,Daoist,Buddhist Begins a fifteen Day Festival for Chinese people of all religions. Family reunions with thanksgiving and remembrance of departed relatives take place. Traditionally a religious ceremony honors Heaven and Earth.                    
January 25 - Wednesday Conversion of Saint Paul Christian Christian observance of the experience of the Paul when he was confronted by a vision of Jesus while on his way to persecute Christians and became a leading presenter of Jesus. Observed at worship services.                    
January 28 - Saturday Vasant Panchami Hindu Hindu celebration dedicated to Saraswati, goddess of learning.                    
FEBRUARY FEBRUARY FEBRUARY FEBRUARY                    
Date Holiday Religious Group Additional Info                    
February 2 - Thursday Groundhog Day                        
February 2 - Thursday Candlemas Christian Christian celebration of the presentation of young Jesus in the temple to the aged Simeon. New beginnings are recognized. Candles are lighted.                    
February 3 - Friday Maha Shavartri - Hindu Festival of Shiva Hindu A Hindu festival in honor of Lord Shiva and his marriage to Goddess Parvati. Ceremonies involving prayers and hymns take place mostly at night. Special foods are not used.                    
February 4 - Saturday Prophet's Birthday - Mawlid an-Nabi Islam Mawlid el-Nabi  (Milad un Nabi)   Islamic commemoration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, in about 570 c.e. Not universally observed. The prophet's teachings are read and religious meetings are held. Shia and Sunni on separate days.                    
February 5 - Sunday Super Bowl Sunday - Indianapolis, Indiana                        
February 5 - Sunday Four Chaplains Sunday Interfaith Commemoration of the event in World War II when four Chaplains of Jewish and Christian traditions (Catholic and Protestant) gave their life jackets to others as a troop ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean.                     
February 7 - Tuesday Tu B'Shevat Judaism Tu B'shevat -Jewish celebration of the coming of spring by preparation of foods native to Israel. It is also known as "New Year for Trees" - a method for determining the age of trees for tithing purposes.                    
February 8 - Wednesday Boy Scout Day - 102nd Anniversary   Tu B'shevat -Jewish celebration of the coming of spring by preparation of foods native to Israel. It is also known as "New Year for Trees" - a method for determining the age of trees for tithing purposes.                    
February 13 - Monday Lincoln's Birthday                        
February 14 - Tuesday Valentine's Day/Saint Valentines Day Christian Christian celebration of the love of God presented in Jesus and in the lives of Christian believers. St Valentine was a 3rd century martyr. This day is widely observed in the USA as a secular celebration of love.                    
February 15 - Wednesday Susan B. Anthony Day - Women's Rights Movement                        
February 15 - Wednesday Nirvana Day Buddhist,Jain Buddhist - a regional observance of the death of the Buddha.                    
February 19 - Sunday Meatfare Sunday Orthodox Christian Orthodox Christian observance, two weeks before the start of the Great Lent, preparing the faithful for the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. This is the last day for eating of meat before the Great Lent.                    
February 19 - Sunday Transfiguration Christian Christian commemoration of the experience on Mt Tabor when Jesus' physical appearance became brilliant as his connection with traditional Jewish holy figures became evident to the disciples.                    
February 20 - Monday Presidents' Day, Observed - US National Holiday                        
February 21 - Tuesday Mardi Gras - a.k.a. Fat Tuesday Christian Shrove Tuesday - Christian carnival day on the eve of Ash Wednesday which begins Lent, a time of fasting and devotions. Pancakes are often served. It is also known as Fat Tuesday in some places.                     
February 22 - Wednesday Ash Wednesday - First Day of Lent Christian Christian observance to begin the 40 day season of Lent. Ashes are marked on worshippers as a sign of penitence.                    
February 26 - Sunday Intercalary Days    2/26 - 3/1  Baha'I Baha'i insertion of days into the calendar in order to maintain their solar calendar.                    
February 26 - Sunday Cheesefare Sunday Orthodox Christian For those observing the Lenten Fast, Cheese-Fare Sunday is the last day on which eggs and dairy are eaten before Pascha.                    
February 27 - Monday Clean Monday - Great Lent begins Orthodox Christian Orthodox Christian first day of Lent                    
February 29 - Wednesday Leap Day                        
MARCH MARCH MARCH MARCH                    
Date Holiday Religious Group Additional Info                    
March 1 - Thursday Saint David of Wales Day Christian Celtic Christian saint known for his wisdom and missionary work.                    
March 2 - Friday Read Across America Day - Dr. Seuss's Birthday                        
March 4 - Sunday Orthodox Sunday Orthodox Christian Orthodox Christian first Sunday of Lent. Restoration of icons to the church is celebrated.                    
March 8 - Thursday International Women's Day                        
March 8 - Thursday Purim  Judaism Jewish celebration of the deliverance of the Jewish minority in Persia from genocide. Charity to the poor, sharing food with friends, and vigorous merrymaking mark the observance.                    
March 9 - Friday Hola Mohalla - Spring Festival Sikh A Sikh day when mock battles are fought and martial arts are displayed.                    
March 11 - Sunday US Daylight Savings Time Begins                        
March 13 - Tuesday L Ron Hubbard Birthday Scientology Scientology honors the birth of its founder, L. Ron Hubbard, every year with a holiday.                    
March 17 - Saturday St. Patrick's Day Christian Christian celebration of Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland in early days of the faith.                    
March 18 - Sunday UK Mothering Sunday                        
March 19 - Monday Saint Joseph's Day Christian Christian remembrance of Joseph, husband of Mary the mother of Jesus.                    
March 20 - Tuesday Vernal Equinox - 1st Day of Spring   The time when the sun is directly above a point on the equator. The equinox will be either Vernal or Autumnal depending on the hemisphere.  Wicca observance of the change of seasons.                    
March 21 - Wednesday Naw Ruz (New Year) Baha'i Baha'i observance of the vernal equinox symbolizing spiritual growth and renewal.                    
March 21 - Wednesday Norouz (New Year) Persian/Zoroastrian Norooz (The New Day)  - Zoroastrian New Year. Iranian New Year Norouz. No Ruz, new day or New Year as the Iranians call it, is a celebration of spring Equinox.                    
March 23 - Friday New Year Hindu Hindu New Year is celebrated according to the Hindu Lunar Calendar- Panchanga.                    
March 23 - Friday Ramayana   3/23 - 4/1 Hindu Rama, the hero of the Ramayana, is a popular deity worshipped in the Hindu religion. Each year, many devout pilgrims trace his journey through India, halting at each of the holy sites along the way.  According to Hindu (particularly the Vaishnava) tradition, Rama is an incarnation (Avatar) of the God Vishnu.                    
March 25 - Sunday Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian Christian celebration of Gabriel announcing to the Virgin Mary the coming birth of Jesus as the Incarnation of Creator God.                    
March 28  - Wednesday Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranhushtra) Zoroastrian Zoroastrian remembrance of the birth of Prophet Zarathushtra. His birthday is celebrated as part of the Persian New Year Festival. Zoroaster was a priest and a prophet. Linked to the Magi, he was considered a magician. His spiritual influences have always affected human thought and reasoning; his goal, to show humans their connection to one source of light and consciousness.                    
March 30 - Friday Doctor's Day                        
March 31 - Saturday Cesar Chavez Day - Labor, Justice                        
APRIL APRIL APRIL APRIL                    
Date Holiday Religious Group Additional Info                    
April 1 - Sunday Palm Sunday Christian Christian celebration of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The day begins Holy Week. It is observed by worship celebrations and parades using palm branches.                    
April 1 - Sunday Ramanavami Hindu Hindu celebration of the birth of Lord Rama, hero of the religious epic poem, The Ramayana. The day involves telling of stories and going to the temple.                    
April 5 - Thursday Maundy Thursday  Christian Christian observance of the first Lord's Supper during Holy Week.                    
April 6 - Friday Good Friday Christian Christian remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus and related events.                    
April 6 - Friday Theravadin New Year    4/6 - 4/9 Buddhist In Theravadin countries, Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao, the new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April.                    
April 7 - Saturday Pesach (Passover Begins)   4/7 - 4/14 Judaism Jewish 8 day pilgrimage festival celebrating the Exodus from slavery to freedom. Also known as Passover.                    
April 8 - Sunday Easter Christian The most holy of Christian sacred days. The day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death by crucifixion. Observances include worship services beginning at sunrise, special music, feasting, and parades.                    
April 9 - Monday Easter Monday    Christian Easter Monday is the day after Easter Sunday and is celebrated as a holiday in some largely Christian cultures, especially Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox cultures.                    
April 13 - Friday Holy Friday Orthodox Christian Christian remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus and related events.                    
April 14 - Saturday Baisakhi - Birthday of Khalsa - Sikh New Year Sikh Baisakhi (Vaisakhi)  Hindu start of the New Years. Greetings that wish good life in coming days are exchanged. In Sikhi the day commemorates the founding of the Khalsa, a distinctive Sikh brotherhood.                     
April 15 - Sunday Easter/Pascha Orthodox Christian The most holy of Christian sacred days. The day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death by crucifixion. Observances include worship services beginning at sunrise, special music, feasting, and parades.                    
April 16 - Monday US Income Tax Day                        
April 19 - Thursday Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Jewish Jewish Holocaust Day. The day has been established to remember the six million Jews killed by the Nazis in 1933-45. It is observed by many non-Jews as well.                    
April 21 - Saturday First Day of Ridvan   4/21 - 5/2 Baha'I Baha'i commemoration of the twelve day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he was God's messenger for this age. Work is to be suspended on days 1, 9, and 12 of the festival.                    
April 22 - Sunday Earth Day                        
April 23 - Monday St. George Day Christian Christian remembrance of a person who, in the 4th century, was a martyr and became an ideal of martial valor and selflessness. Legend of killing a dragon is connected with this patron saint of England.                    
April 24 - Tuesday Yom HaZikaron Israel Memorial Day    4/24 - 4/25 Judaism                      
April 25 - Wednesday Yom Ha'atzmaut Israel Independence Judaism Yom Ha'atzmaut -  Israel Independence Day is celebrated annually. The anniversary of the establishment of the State of Israel                    
April 27 - Friday Arbor Day                        
April 30 - Monday Saint James the Great Day Orthodox Christian Christian recognition of the martyrdom of the Apostle James the Great in 44 c.e.                    
April 30 - Monday Lazarus Saturday Orthodox Christian Orthodox Christian celebration of the resurrection of Lazarus by Jesus, celebrated on the eve of Palm Sunday; revealing that Jesus in "the resurrection and life" of all mankind..                    
MAY MAY MAY MAY                    
Date Holiday Religious Group Additional Info                    
May 1 - Tuesday Palm Sunday Orthodox Christian Christian celebration of the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. The day begins Holy Week. It is observed by worship celebrations and parades using palm branches.                    
May 1 - Tuesday Beltane - Samhain -  Northern and Southern hemispheres Wicca,Pagan Beltane-Wicca celebration of the conjoining of the goddess with the energy of the god in the sacred marriage which is the basis of all creation.  Samhain-Wicca celebration of endings and beginnings and of remembering the dead.. Revering of elders is also observed.                    
May 2 - Friday Twelfth Day of Ridvan Baha'i Baha'i commemoration of the twelve day period in 1863 when Baha'u'llah declared that he was God's messenger for this age. Work is to be suspended on days 1, 9, and 12 of the festival.                    
May 3 - Thursday World Press Freedom Day                        
May 3 - Thursday National Day of Prayer -  USA Interfaith The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and meditation". Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.                    
May 5 - Saturday Cinco de Mayo - Mexico                        
May 6 - Sunday Nurse's Week    5/6 - 5/12                        
May 6 - Sunday Visakha Puja - Buddha Day Buddhist Buddhist marking of the birth, enlightenment and death (attainment of Nirvana) of Lord Buddha.                    
May 8 - Tuesday Teacher's Day                        
May 10 - Thursday Lag Ba'Omer Judaism Jewish observation of the counting of the day - the link - between Pesach and Shavout.                    
May 12 - Saturday Nurse's Day                        
May 13 - Sunday Mother's Day                        
May 17 - Thursday Ascension Day Christian Ascension of Jesus-Christian recognition of the departure of Jesus from earth after the resurrection. It is perhaps the earliest observed celebration in Christianity. It is observed with worship including prayers and music.                    
May 19 - Saturday Armed Forces Day                        
May 21 - Monday Victoria Day - Canada                        
May 23 - Wednesday Declaration of the Bab Baha'i Baha'i recognition of the declaration in 1844 by Ali Muhammed that he is the anticipated "Coming One" of all religions. Work is suspended.                    
May 24 - Thursday All Ascension of Jesus Orthodox Christian Ascension of Jesus-Christian recognition of the departure of Jesus from earth after the resurrection. It is perhaps the earliest observed celebration in Christianity. It is observed with worship including prayers and music.                    
May 27 - Sunday Shavouth Judaism Jewish celebration of Moses' descent from Mt Sinai with the ten commandments. Plants and flowers are used in decorations.                    
May 27 - Sunday Pentecost Christian Christian observation of the day when the God the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in the forms of tongues of fire and rushing wind. It is a traditional day for baptism and confirmation of new Christians.                    
May 28 - Monday Memorial Day, Observed - US National Holiday                        
May 29 - Tuesday Ascension of Baha'u'llah Baha'i Baha'i recollection of the death of Baha'u'llah, the founder. Observed by prayers and readings. Work is suspended.                    
JUNE JUNE JUNE JUNE                    
Date Holiday Religious Group Additional Info                    
June 3 - Sunday Trinity Sunday Christian Christians honor the belief in one God with a threefold nature.                    
June 3 - Sunday Pentecost Orthodox Christian Christian observation of the day when the God the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in the forms of tongues of fire and rushing wind. It is a traditional day for baptism and confirmation of new Christians.                    
June 5 - Tuesday World Environment Day                        
June 7 - Thursday Corpus Christi Catholic Christian Christian (Roman Catholic) celebration in recognition of the Eucharist - the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. The real presence of the body and blood of Jesus is honored.                    
June 9 - Saturday Worldwide Knit in Public Day                        
June 9 - Saturday Saint Columba of Iona Christian Christian recognition of Columba who began the famous community of Iona off the coast of Scotland in 563.                    
June 10 - Sunday All Saints Orthodox Christian Christian day for honoring saints, known and unknown.  In general, saints are persons with reputation for unusual lives of holiness and devotion to God or who were martyred for their faith.  A Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church where saints have special formal status.                    
June 14 - Thursday Flag Day                        
June 15  - Friday Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Christian Christian (Roman Catholic) occasion to pay homage to Christ's all encompassing love for humanity. Solemn worship is observed.                    
June 16 - Saturday Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev  Sikh                      
June 16 - Saturday Lailat al Miraj Islam Lailat al-Miraj & Israa'-Islamic observance of Mohammed's night journey from Mecca to Jerusalem and his ascension to heaven.                    
June 17 - Sunday Father's Day                        
June 19 - Tuesday Juneteenth - African American Freedom & Achievement                        
June 19 - Tuesday New Church Day Swedenborgian Christian Swedenborgian Christian (Church of the New Jerusalem) annual commemoration of the vision document, "The True Christian Religion", by Emanuel Swedenborg in 1770.                    
June 20 - Wednesday World Refugee Day - Universal Refugee Awareness                        
June 20 - Wednesday Litha  - northern hemisphere Wicca,Pagan Wicca celebration of the sacred marriage in which energy of the gods is poured into the service of life.                    
June 22 - Friday Take Your Dog to Work Day                        
June 24 - Sunday St. John Baptiste Day - Canada                        
June 28 - Thursday Meskel  Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Christian commemoration of the discovery of the True Cross by Queen Eleni (St. Helenea) in the 4th century a.d.                    
June 29 - Friday Saints Peter and Paul Christian Feast of the Holy Apostles - Christian - The martyrdom of Saint Peter and Saint Paul recognized.                    
JULY JULY JULY JULY                    
Date Holiday Religious Group Additional Info                    
July 2 - Monday Canada Day, Observed                        
July 3 - Tuesday Asalha Puja (Dharma Day)  Buddhist Asalha Puja means to pay homage to the Buddha on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month.  It commemorates the Buddha's first teaching: the turning of the wheel of the Dhamma to the five ascetics.                    
July 4 - Wednesday Independence Day or 4th of July - US National Holiday                        
July 4 - Wednesday Lailat at Bara'ah  Islam Lailat al Bara'ah (Shab-Barat)-Islamic Night of Forgiveness. A night of prayer to Allah for forgiveness of the dead. Preparation for Ramadan through intense prayer.                    
July 9 - Monday Martyrdom of the Bab Baha'i Baha'i - Ali Mohammed was executed in 1850 by Persian political and religious powers. Observed by abstaining from commerce and work.                    
July 12 - Thursday Orangeman's Day - Ireland                        
July 13 - Friday Obon Festival - Japan   7/13 - 7/16 Buddhist,Shinto Japanese Buddhist festival to honor deceased ancestors. Involves lighting of bonfires, traditional meals, paper lanterns, folk dances.                    
July 14 - Saturday Bastille Day - France                        
July 15 - Sunday Saint Vladimir Day Chrsitian The Feast of St Vladimir is celebrated in the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches on 15th July each year.                    
July 20 - Friday Ramadan Begins   7/20 - 8/19 Islamic 9th month on Islamic calendar, devoted to the commemoration of Muhammad's reception of the divine revelation recorded in the Qur'an. The event begins when authorities in Saudi Arabia sight the new moon of the 9th month. It is the holiest period of the Islamic Year. There is strict fasting from sunrise to sunset.                    
July 22 - Sunday Parent's Day - US                        
July 23 - Monday Emperor Haile Selassi I birthday Rastafari The Rastafari movement or Rasta is a new religious movement that arose in the 1930s in Jamaica.   Its adherents worship Haile Selassie I, Emperor of Ethiopia (ruled 1930–1974), as God incarnate, the Second Advent, or the reincarnation of Jesus.                    
July 24 - Tuesday Pioneer Day Mormon Christian Mormon observation of arrival of first settlers at Great Salt Lake, USA, on July 24, 1847.                    
July 25 - Wednesday Saint James the Great Day Chrsitian Christian recognition of the martyrdom of the Apostle James the Great in 44 c.e                    
July 29 - Sunday Tisha B'av Judaism A Jewish day of fasting in remembrance of the destruction of the Temple in 586 b.c.e. and 70 c.e.                    
AUGUST AUGUST AUGUST AUGUST                    
Date Holiday Religious Group Additional Info                    
August 1 - Wednesday Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus Orthodox Christian Orthodox Christian 14 day fasting period in preparation for the celebration of the Great Feast of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary..                    
August 1 - Wednesday Lammas  Christian Christian first fruits celebration observed by placing bread baked from first harvest on the altar. From the Celtic Christian tradition. September 1 in northern hemisphere; February 1 in southern hemisphere.                    
August 2 - Thursday Raksha Bandhan Hindu Hindu festival honoring the loving ties between brothers and sister in a family.                    
August 2 - Thursday Lugnassad - Imbolc - Northern and Southern hemispheres Wicca,Pagan Wicca/neo pagan observance of first harvest of the year involving agricultural festivals and prosperity magic. The Christian name of Lammas is sometimes used.                    
August 5 - Sunday Friendship Day                        
August 6 - Monday Transfiguration of the Lord Orthodox Christian Christian commemoration of the experience on Mt Tabor when Jesus' physical appearance became brilliant as his connection with traditional Jewish holy figures became evident to the disciples.                    
August 10 - Friday Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Krishna Jayanti (Sri Krishna Janmashtami) - Hindu commemoration of the birth of Krishna - the 8th incarnation of god Vishnu who took the form of Krishna to destroy the evil king Kansa.                    
August 14 - Tuesday Lailat al Qadr  Islam Lailat ul-Qadr - Islamic Night of Destiny. First revelation of Qur'an to Prophet Mohammed. Observed during the last ten days of Ramadan.  Prayers to Allah for a good destiny                    
August 15 - Wednesday Assumption Day   Assumption of Virgin Mary - Roman Catholic Christian observance commemorating the belief that the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven at the end of her earthly life.                    
August 19 - Sunday National Aviation Day                        
August 19 - Sunday Eid al Fitr   8/19 - 8/21 Islam Eid ul Fitr ('Id al-Fitr)  - Islamic event marking the close of Ramadan. It is a festival of thanksgiving to Allah for enjoying the month of Ramadan. It involves wearing finest clothing, saying prayers, and fostering understanding with other religions.                    
August 26 - Sunday Women's Equality Day                        
August 29 - Wednesday Beheading of John the Baptist Christian Christian remembrance of the death of John who is known for preparing the people so they would recognize Jesus as the Messiah.                    
SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER SEPTEMBER                    
Date Holiday Religious Group Additional Info                    
September 1 - Saturday Ecclesiastical Year begins Orthodox Christian The way a Christian Church arranges a calendar of time and sets dates of special importance.                    
September 3 - Monday Labor Day - US & Canadian National Holiday                        
September 8 - Saturday Nativity of Mary Christian Christian celebration of birth of the Virgin Mary.                    
September 9 - Sunday Grandparent's Day                        
September 11 - Tuesday Patriots' Day                        
September 14 - Friday Elevation of the Life Giving Cross - Holy Cross Day Christian A Christian Day of recognition for the Cross on which Jesus was crucified as a central symbol of the Christian religion.                    
September 15 - Saturday National Hispanic Heritage Month   9/15 - 10/15                        
September 16 - Sunday Stepfamily Day                        
September 16 - Sunday Independence Day - Mexico                        
September 17 - Monday Constitution Day - US                        
September 17 - Monday Rosh HaShanah  9/17 - 9/18 Judaism Jewish New Year. A time of introspection, abstinence, prayer and penitence. The story of Abraham is read, the ram's horn is sounded, and special foods are prepared and shared.                    
September 19 - Wednesday Ganesh Chaturthi - Hindu Hindu A Hindu festival honoring the god of prosperity, prudence and success. Images of Ganesha are worshipped.                    
September 20 - Thursday Paryushana Parva   9/20 - 9/29 Jain Jain 8 day festival signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement. Marked by recitations from Jain sacred writing and family exchange of cards and letters. Celebration of the natural qualities of the soul. The 8th day (Samvatsari) is most important and is focused on forgiveness.                    
September 21 - Friday International Day of Peace                        
September 22 - Saturday Equinox   The time when the sun is directly above a point on the equator. The equinox will be either Vernal or Autumnal depending on the hemisphere.  Wicca observance of the change of seasons.                    
September 22 - Saturday National Hunting and Fishing Day                        
September 26 - Wednesday Yom Kippur Judaism Jewish Day of Atonement. This holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with strict fasting and ceremonial repentance.                    
September 28 - Friday Native American Day                        
September 29 - Saturday Michael and All Angels Christian Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, and Saint Raphael - The Archangels Feast Day                    
OCTOBER OCTOBER OCTOBER OCTOBER                    
Date Holiday Religious Group Additional Info                    
October 1 - Monday Sukkot   10/1 - 10/7 (1-2 Primary Obligation Days) Judaism Jewish Feast of Tabernacles which celebrates the harvest and the protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness dwelling in tents. Temporary dwelling places have leaves for a roof so the sky can be seen. In temperate climates, night is spent in the Succoth.                    
October 4 - Thursday Saint Francis Day Christian Catholic Christian recognition of service to people and appreciation of the natural world, as practiced by St Francis and the Franciscan Monastic Order which he founded.                    
October 8 - Monday Shemini Atzeret Judaism Jewish completion of the annual cycle of reading of the Torah.                    
October 8 - Monday Columbus Day, Observed - Traditional on 12th                        
October 9 - Tuesday Simhat Torah Judaism Simchat Torah - Jewish day to celebrate the reading of the Law. Synagogue services involve readings, processions and blessing of the children.                    
October 16 - Tuesday Navarati - Festival of Good Over Evil Hindu Navaratri Dusserha  - Hindu Festival of the divine mother honoring Durga, wife of Shiva, and seeking her blessings. Also observed as a celebration recalling the days of Lord Krishna.                    
October 18 - Thursday Saint Luke - Apostle and Evangelist Christian Christian remembrance of Luke, disciple of Jesus.                    
October 20 - Saturday Sweetest Day Baha'i Birth of the Báb - Baha'i honoring of the founder of the Babi religion, forerunner to Baha'u'llah and the Baha'i faith.                     
October 24 - Wednesday Dasera Hindu Dassera - Hindu celebration of victory and valor. Lord Rama is remembered as winning a victory over evil.                    
October 25 - Thursday Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day Islam Islamic observance day during Hajj when pilgrims pray for forgiveness and mercy.                    
October 26 - Friday Eid-al-Adha  10/26 - 10/29 Islam Islamic Festival of Sacrifice. The day after Arafat, the most important day in Hajj ritural.  A three-day festival recalling Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.                    
October 28 - Sunday Mother-In-Law Day                        
October 28 - Sunday Milvian Bridge Day Christian Christian day of solemn reflection on the relationship of the spiritual community and the powers of civil government. On Oct 28, 312 c.e., Emperor Constantine prevailed in a battle and proceeded to make Christianity the legal religion of the Roman Empire. For further information go to Milvian Bridge event.                    
October 31 - Wednesday Halloween Christian All Hallows Eve - Christian celebration of mystery combining prayers and merriment involving children and families. It is a prelude to All Saint's Day.                    
NOVEMBER NOVEMBER NOVEMBER NOVEMBER                    
Date Holiday Religious Group Additional Info                    
November 1 - Thursday All Saint's Day - Christian Christian Christian day for honoring saints, known and unknown.  In general, saints are persons with reputation for unusual lives of holiness and devotion to God or who were martyred for their faith.  A Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church where saints have special formal status.                     
November 1 - Thursday Samhain - Beltane  Northern and Southern hemispheres Wicca,Pagan Beltane-Wicca celebration of the conjoining of the goddess with the energy of the god in the sacred marriage which is the basis of all creation.  Samhain-Wicca celebration of endings and beginnings and of remembering the dead.. Revering of elders is also observed.                    
November 2 - Friday All Soul's Day Christian Catholic Christian day of prayers of remembrance and intercession for the dead. Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls for the beatific vision of God in heaven.                    
November 4 - Sunday End of US Daylight Savings - "Fall Back"                        
November 6 - Tuesday Election Day - US                        
November 11 - Sunday Veterans Day - US National Holiday  Observed Nov. 12                        
November 11 - Sunday Jain New Year Jain The New Year begins the next day of Dipawali (Diwali) and is the occasion for joyful gatherings of Jains, with everybody wishing each other a Happy New Year.                    
November 12 - Monday Birth of Baha'u'llah Bahai Baha'i celebration of the birth of their founder and teacher. Refrain from work.                    
November 13 - Tuesday Diwali Festival of Lights Hindu,Sikh,Jain Diwali - Deepavali - Hindu Festival of Lights symbolizing the human urge to move toward the light. Gift exchanges, fireworks and festive meals. Jain celebration of Lord Mahavira's day of final liberation.                     
November 14 - Wednesday Muharram - New Year  11/14 - 11/15 Islamic                      
November 15 - Thursday Hijra - New Year  Islam The emigration of Muhammad and his followers to Medina in 615 c.e.                    
November 15 - Thursday Nativity Fast  Orthodox Christian November 15 is the beginning of the Nativity Fast. The Nativity Fast is one of the four Canonical Fasting Seasons in the Church year. This is a joyous fast in anticipation of the Nativity of Christ. In the weeks between now and December 25. Orthodox Christians prepare themselves to celebrate to birth in the flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ.                    
November 20 - Tuesday National Child Day - Canada                        
November 22 - Thursday Thanksgiving Day - US National Holiday   Interfaith celebration of the created earth. Celebrated in the USA.                    
November 24 - Saturday Ashura Islam An Islamic optional one day fast. The Shia observance is based on the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's Grandson, Hussein,  martyred on this date in 683/684 AD at the battle of Kerbala.  Sunni observance is a recognition of Moses fasting in gratitude to Allah/God for liberation from oppression.                    
November 24 - Saturday Martyrdom of Guru Teg Bahadur Sikh                      
November 25 - Sunday Christ the King Christian Christian celebration of the preeminence of Jesus over all earthly authorities.                    
November 26 - Monday Day of the Covenant  Baha'i Baha'i celebration of the covenant given in the last will and testament of Baha'u'llah .                    
November 28 - Wednesday Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha Baha'i Baha'i celebration of the rising of the spirit of Abdu'l-Baha to the heavenly dwelling.                    
November 28 - Wednesday Birth of Guru Nanak - Founder of Sikhism Sikh                      
November 30 - Friday Saint Andrew's Day Christian Christian observance of the coming of Christianity to the area now know as Scotland. The martyrdom of St Andrew is remembered as the season of Advent is about to begin.                    
DECEMBER DECEMBER DECEMBER DECEMBER                    
Date Holiday Religious Group Additional Info                    
December 2 - Sunday First Sunday of Advent Christian Christian time of preparation for observing the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest November 30 and is the beginning of the Christian worship year.  Advent is observed with the lighting of advent candles, display of wreaths, and special ceremonies. Advent also anticipates the coming again to earth of Jesus Christ. The season continues through December 24.                    
December 6 - Thursday Saint Nicholas Day Christian Christian celebration of the birth of Saint Nicolas, patron saint of children and role model for gift giving. Many churches named for this saint who is also the Dutch version of Santa Claus.                    
December 8 - Saturday Bodhi Day Buddhist Rohatsu (Bodhi Day) - Buddhist celebration of the enlightenment of Buddha.                    
December 9 - Sunday Hanukkah Judaism Jewish Festival of Lights. It commemorates the Maccabean recapture and rededication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165-164 b.c.e. Special readings and praise songs focus on liberty and freedom. The eight candle Menorah is lighted                    
December 10 - Monday Human Rights Day - United Nations                        
December 12 - Wednesday Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe Hispanic Christian Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian honoring of a legendary appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531 c.e.                    
December 16 - Sunday Posadas Navidenas  12/16 -12/25 Hispanic Christian Posadas Perpetual (Navideñas)  - Hispanic Christian feast of The Lodgings commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem in preparation for the birth of Jesus.                    
December 17 - Monday Wright Brothers Day                        
December 21 - Saturday Litha  Southern hemisphere Wicca,Pagan Wicca celebration of the sacred marriage in which energy of the gods is poured into the service of life.                    
December 21 - Saturday Yule Christian,Wicca,Pagan A Christian celebration of the light dawning in Jesus. Also a Norse pagan celebration of the winter-born king, symbolized by the rebirth of the sun.  A present day Wicca event.                    
December 22 - Saturday Winter Solstice - 1st Day of Winter, Shortest Day of the Year   That time when the earth is most inclined away from the sun. It is the most southern or northern point depending on the hemisphere.                    
December 23 - Sunday Festivus                        
December 24 - Monday Christmas Eve                        
December 25 - Tuesday Christmas - US National Holiday Christian Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Observed by prayers, exchanging of gifts, and family parties.                    
December 26 - Wednesday Kwanzaa - 12/26 - Jan. 1 Interfaith,African-American Zoroastrian anniversary of the death of Prophet Zarathushtra.                    
December 28 - Friday Holy Innocents Christian Christian day of solemn memory of male children killed by King Herod in the attempt to destroy Jesus.                    
December 30 - Sunday Feast of the Holy Family Catholic Christian Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, Joseph - Catholic Christian celebration of the love between the family of Jesus.                    
December 31 - Monday New Year's Eve   Christian occasion to thank God for bringing people safely through another year. Controversial history. Protestant European Christian history dating from 1733 and in US 1770. Some sources link the observance to Black Christian celebration of Emancipation in 1862.