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Religious Observances

The following are some of the main religious holidays observed around the world. Some of them begin at sundown the night before and many move from year to year, but for the people who observe them, they are deeply important. Being aware of the dates can keep you from making scheduling mistakes, but being aware of the rituals surrounding them, and even participating in them when you can, is often a valuable cultural and relationship-building experience. We apologize for the many religions we have not been able to list.


      Jan 6 Epiphany

       Mar 1 Ash Wednesday

       Apr 14 Good Friday (Catholic/Protestant)

       Apr 15 - 16 Easter (Catholic/Protestant)

       Apr 17 Easter Monday

       April 16 Easter (Coptic/Orthodox)

       May 25 Ascension

       Jun 4  Whit Sunday (Pentecost)

       Jun 5 Whit Monday (Pentecost)

       Jun 15 Corpus Christi

       Aug 15 Assumption of the Blessed Mary

       Nov 1 All Saints' Day

       Dec 24 Christmas Eve

       Dec 25 Christmas Day

       Dec 26 Boxing Day/St. Stephen's Day


       Jan 2 Prophet Muhammad's Birthday Mawlid al Nabi at sundown

       May 26 Ramadan starts at sundown 

       Jun21 Night of Power/ Lailat al Qadr at sundown

       Jul 18 End of Ramadan (Feast of the Fast Breaking) Eid Al Fitr at sundown

       Sep 1 Feast of Sacrifice Eid Al Adha at sundown

       Sep 21 - 22 Islamic/Hijra New Year (Muharram) at sundown

       Sep 21 Time for Reflection, Fasting and Meditation Ashura at sundown

       Nov 30 Prophet Muhammad's Birthday Mawlid al Nabi at sundown


       Mar 12 Festival of Colors Holi at sundown

       Aug 15 Birth of Lord Krishna /Krishna Janmashtami

      Oct 19 Festival of Lights Diwali


       Mar 11 Purim at sundown

       Apr 10-18 Passover at sundown

       Sept 20-22 Rosh Hashana #1 | Rosh Hashana #2 at sundown

       Sept 29-30 Yom Kippur at sundown

       Oct 4-11 Sukkot at sundown

       Dec 12-20 Chanukah/Hannukah #1 Chanukkah #2 at sundown


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