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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 2020

August 2020

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 National Day   Switzerland
3 Raksha Bandhan Hindu  
11 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu  
12 Queen's Birthday/Mother's Day   Thailand
15 Assumption Day Christian  
16-23 Paryushana Jain  
19-20 Al-Hijra Islam  
21-22 Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu  
 
   
   

 

 

September 2020

Day Event Religion Cultural
2 Labor Day   United States
5 Jeune Genevois (Geneva Only)   Switzerland
11 Patriot Day   United States
19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day   Worldwide
19-20 Erev Rosh Hashanah Jewish  
21 Founder's Day   Ghana
21 Mabon Pagan  
27-28 Kol Nidre/Yom Kippur Jewish  

October 2020

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 National Day   China
1 Mid-Autumn Festival   China
3 Sukkot (begins) Jewish  
9 Sukkot (ends) Jewish  
9-11 Shemini Atzeret Jewish  
10-11 Simchat Torah Jewish  
12 Columbus Day   United States
13 Passing of King Bhumibol   Thailand
17 Birth of Báb Bahá'í  
17-26 Navaratri Hindu  
23 Chulalongkorn Day   Thailand
25 Dussehra Hindu  
26 National Day   Austria
28 Ochi Day    Greek
31 Halloween   United States

November 2020

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
26-27 Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá Bahá'í  
28 Thanksgiving   United States
28 Christmas Fast (begins) Christian  
29 Black Friday   United States

December 2020

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

January 2021

Day Event   Religion Cultural
1 New Year's Day     International
1 Kwaanza (ends)     Pan-African
6 Epiphany   Christian  
7 Orthodox Christmas Day   Orthodox  
8 Bodhi Day   Buddhist  
14 Orthodox New Year         Orthodox  
17 World Religion Day   Bahá'í  
18 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (begins)     Christian
20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day     United States
25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (ends)   Christian  
 
27 Australia Day     Australia
 
27-28 Tu b'shevat   Jewish  
28 Mahayana New Year     Buddhist  

February 2021

Day Event Religion Cultural
2 Groundhog's Day   United States
12 Lincoln's birthday   United States
12  Lunar New Year   China etc.
14 Valentine's Day   United States
15 President's Day   United States
15 Washington's Birthday   United States
16 Shrove Tuesday Christian  
16 Mardi Gras   United States
26 Macha Bucha Day Buddhist Thailand

March 2021

Day Event Religion Cultural
6 Independence Day   Ghana
8 International Women's Day    
11 Maha Shivratri Hindu  
14 Day Light Savings Time (begins)   United States
17 St. Patrick's Day   United States
20 Vernal Equinox    
25 Greek Independence Day   Greece
27 Passover (begins) Jewish  
28 Palm Sunday Christian  
28-29 Holi Hindu  

April 2021

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 April Fool's Day   USA
1
Holy Thursday
Christian  
2 Good Friday Christian  
4 Easter Christian  
4 Passover (ends) Jewish  
5 Ching Ming Day   China
6 Chakri Day   Thailand
8-9 Yom Hashoah Jewish  
12 Ramadan(begins) Muslim  
13-15 Songkran Festival (Thai New Year)   Thailand
13 Vaisakhi Sikh  
15 Tax Day   USA
22 Earth Day   USA
27 King's Day   Netherlands
27 Theravadin New Year Buddhist  

May 2021

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 May Day/ Labor Day   International
1 Beltane Pagan  
6 Coronation Day   Thailand
7 National Day of Prayer   Interfaith USA
9 Mother's Day   United States
12-13 Eid ul Fitr Muslim  
16-17 Shavout  Jewish  
25 Africa Day   Africa
26 Visakha Bucha Day Buddhist Thailand
26 Wesak Day Buddhist  
29 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í  
31 Memorial Day   United States

June 2021

Day Event Religion Cultural
14 Flag Day   United States
14 Dragon Boat Festival   China
20 Father's Day   United States
22 Litha  (summer solstice) Pagan  

July 2021

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