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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 2021

August 2021

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 National Day   Switzerland
4 Founder's Day   Ghana
9-10 Al-Hijra Muslim  
12 Queen's Birthday/Mother's Day   Thailand
15 Assumption Day Christian  
22 Raksha Bandan Hindu  
30 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu  


September 2021


September 2021

Day Event Religion Cultural
6 Labor Day   United States
6-8 Erev Rosh Hashanah Jewish  
9 Jeune Genevois (Geneva Only)   Switzerland
9-10 Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu  
11 Patriot Day   United States
15-16 Kol Nidre/Yom Kippur Jewish  
19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day   Worldwide
20-27 Sukkot Jewish  
21 Mid-Autumn Festival   China
22 Mabon Pagan  
27-29 Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah Jewish  

October 2021

October 2021

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 National Day   China
7-14 Navaratri Hindu  
12 Columbus Day   United States
13 Passing of King Bhumibol   Thailand
15 Dussehra Hindu  
17 Birth of Báb Bahá'í  
25 Chulalongkorn Day   Thailand
26 National Day   Austria
28 Ochi Day    Greek
31 Halloween   United States

November 2021

November 2021

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 All Saints' Day (Hallowmas, All Hallows') Christian  
1 Samhain Pagan  
2 All Souls' Day Christian  
5 Paryushana Jain  
6-7 Birth of Báb Bahá'í  
11 Veterans Day   United States
17 Polytechneio   Greece
25 Thanksgiving   United States
26 Black Friday   United States
26-27 Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá Bahá'í  
28 Christmas Fast (begins) Christian  
28 Advent Christian  
28 Chanukah (begins) Jewish  

December 2021

December 2021

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

January 2022

January 2022

Day Event   Religion Cultural
1 New Year's Day     Western
1 Kwaanza (ends)     Pan-African
6 Epiphany   Christian  
7 Orthodox Christmas Day   Orthodox  
14 Orthodox New Year         Orthodox  
16 World Religion Day   Bahá'í  
16-17 Tu b'shevat   Jewish  
17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day     United States
18 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (begins)   Christian  
18 Mahayana New Year     Buddhist  
20 Bodhi Day   Buddhist  
27 Australia Day     Australia

February 2022

February 2022

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 Lunar New Year   Eastern
2 Groundhog's Day   United States
12 Lincoln's birthday   United States
14 Valentine's Day   United States
16 Macha Bucha Day Buddhist  
21 Washinton's Birthday   United States
21 President's Day   United States
Maha Shivratri

March 2022

March 2022

Day Event Religion Cultural
Shrove Tuesday Christian  
1 Mardi Gras   United States
6 Independence Day   Ghana
8 International Women's Day    
13 Day Light Savings Time (begins)   United States
17 St. Patrick's Day   United States
17-18 Holi Hindu  
20 Vernal Equinox    
25 Greek Independence Day   Greece

April 2022

April 2022

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 April Fool's Day   USA
2 Ramadan(begins) Muslim  
5 Ching Ming Day   China
10 Palm Sunday Christian  
13-15 Songkran Festival (Thai New Year)   Thailand
14 Holy Thursday Christian  
14 Vaisakhi Sikh  
15 Good Friday Christian  
15 Tax Day   United States
15-22 Passover  Jewish  
16 Theravadin New Year Buddhist  
17 Easter Christian  
22 Earth Day   USA
27 King's Day   Netherlands
27-28 Yom Hashoah    

May 2022

May 2022

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 May Day/ Labor Day   International
1 Beltane Pagan  
2-3 Eid ul Fitr Muslim  
4-6 Shavout  Jewish  
7 National Day of Prayer   Interfaith USA
8 Mother's Day   United States
15 Visakha Bucha Day Buddhist  
15 Wesak Day Buddhist  
25 Africa Day   Africa
29 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í  
30 Memorial Day   United States

June 2022

June 2022

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

July 2022

July 2022

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 Republic Day   Ghana
4 Independence Day   United States
9-13 Eid al-Adha (approx. dates) Muslim  
13 Asahna Bucha Day Buddhist