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Holidays and Observances

This guide provides information about diverse cultural celebrations and religious holidays. It includes calendars and brief descriptions of the events. This resource can assist in event planning and classroom activities.

August 2019

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 National Day   Switzerland
12 Queen's Birthday/Mother's Day   Thailand
15 Assumption Day Christian  
15 Raksha Bandhan Hindu  
24 Krishna Janmashtami    Hindu  
27-3 Paryushana Jain  

September 2019

Day Event Religion Cultural
2 Ganesha Chaturthi Hindi  
2 Labor Day   United States
5 Jeune Genevois (Geneva Only)   Switzerland
8-9 Kol Nidre (Eve of Day of Atonement) Jewish  
10-11 Eid ul-Adha Muslim  
11 Patriot Day   United States
13 Mid-Autumn Festival   China
19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day   Worldwide
21 Founder's Day   Ghana
28-29 Erev Rosh Hashanah Jewish  
29-7 Navratri (Begins) Hindu  
23 Mabon Pagan  
30-1 Rosh Hashanah Jewish  
31-1 Al-Hijra Muslim  

October 2019

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 National Day   China
8 Dussera Hindu  
8-9 Yom Kippur  Jewish  
13 Passing of King Bhumibol   Thailand
13 Sukkot (begins) Jewish  
14 Columbus Day   United States
20 Sukkot (ends) Jewish  
20-22 Shemini Atzeret Jewish  
21-22 Simchat Torah Jewish  
23 Chulalongkorn Day   Thailand
26 National Day   Austria
27 Diwali HIndu  
28-29 Birth of Báb Bahá'í  
28 Ochi Day    Greek
31 Halloween   United States

November 2019

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 All Saints' Day (Hallowmas, All Hallows') Christian  
1 Samhain Pagan  
2 All Souls' Day Christian  
3 Daylight Savings Time (Ends)   United States
11 Veterans Day   United States
17 Polytechneio   Greece
28 Thanksgiving   United States
28 Christmas Fast (begins) Christian  
29 Black Friday   United States
27-28 Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá Bahá'í  

December 2019

Day Event Religion Cultural
2 Advent (Begins) Christian  
2 Cyber Monday   United States
5 King Bhumibol's Birthday   Thailand
6 Farmer's Day   Ghana
7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day   United States
 8 Bodhi Day Buddhist  
10 Constitution Day   Thailand
12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day) Christian  
13  (begins) Jewish  
16 Las Posadas (begins) Christian Mexico
21 Yule Pagan  
23-30 Hanukkah Jewish  
24 Christmas Fast (ends) Christian  
25 Christmas Christian  
26-1 Kwanzaa (begins)   United States
31 Restoration Day (Geneva Only)   Switzerland

January 2020

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 New Year's Day   International
1 Kwaanza (ends)   Pan-African
6 Epiphany Christian  
7 Orthodox Christmas Day Orthodox  
8 Mahayana New Year   Buddhist  
14 Orthodox New Year       Orthodox  
18 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (begins)   Christian
19 World Religion Day Bahá'í  
20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day   United Sat
25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (ends) Christian  
25 Lunar New Year   China etc.
27 Australia Day   Australia

February 2020

Day Event Religion Cultural
2 Groundhog's Day   United States
10 Macha Bucha Day (obs) Buddhist Thailand
10 Tu B'Shvat Jewish  
12 Lincoln's birthday   United States
14 Valentine's Day   United States
17 President's Day   United States
21 Maha  Shivratri Hindi  
24-26 Losar New Year Buddhism  
25 Shrove Tuesday Christian  
25 Mardi Gras   United States

March 2020

Day Event Religion Cultural
6 Independence Day   Ghana
8 International Women's Day    
8 Day Light Savings Time (begins)   United States
9-10 Holi Hindu  
17 St. Patrick's Day   United States
20 Vernal Equinox    
25 Greek Independence Day   Greece


April 2020

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 April Fool's Day   USA
5 Palm Sunday Christian  
5 Ching Ming Day   China
6 Chakri Day   Thailand
7 Theravadin New Year Buddhist  
9-16 Passover Jewish  
8 Wesak (Buddha Day) Buddhist  
9 Holy Thursday Christian  
10 Good Friday Christian  
12 Easter Christian  


13-15 Songkran Festival (Thai New Year)   Thailand
15 Tax Day   USA
16 Passover (ends) Jewish  
20-21 Yom Hashoah Jewish  
22 Earth Day   USA
Ramadan (Begins)
27 King's Day   Netherlands


May 2020

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 May Day/ Labor Day   International
1 Beltane Pagan  
6 Coronation Day   Thailand
7 Visakha Bucha Day Buddhist Thailand
7 National Day of Prayer   Interfaith USA
10 Mother's Day   United States
23-24 Eid ul Fitr (end of Ramadan) Muslim  
25 Africa Day   Africa
25 Memorial Day   United States
28 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í  
29-30 Shavout  Jewish  

June 2020

Day Event Religion Cultural
14 Flag Day   United States
21 Father's Day   United States
24 Litha   Pagan  
25 Dragon Boat Festival   China

July 2020

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 Republic Day   Ghana
4 Independence Day   United States
5 Asahna Bucha Day Buddhist Thailand
28 King's Birthday   Thailand