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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 2022

August 2022

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 National Day   Switzerland
4 Founder's Day   Ghana
  Raksha Bandan Hindu  
15 Assumption Day Christian  
19 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu  
31 Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu  


September 2022


September 2022

Day Event Religion Cultural
5 Labor Day   United States
8 Jeune Genevois (Geneva Only)   Switzerland
10 Mid-Autumn Festival    
11 Patriot Day   United States
  Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah Jewish  
19 International Talk Like a Pirate Day   Worldwide
22 Mabon Pagan  
24-25 Erev Rosh Hashanah Jewish  
26-4 Navratri Hindu  

October 2022

October 2022

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 National Day   China
4-5 Yom Kippur Jewish  
5 Dussehra Hindu  
9-16 Sukkot Jewish  
12 Columbus Day   United States
26 National Day   Austria
26-27 Birth of Báb Bahá'í  
28 Ochi Day    Greek
31 Halloween   United States

November 2022

November 2022

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 All Saints' Day (Hallowmas, All Hallows') Christian  
1 Samhain Pagan  
2 All Souls' Day Christian  
11 Veterans Day   United States
17 Polytechneio   Greece
24 Thanksgiving   United States
25 Black Friday   United States
26-27 Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá Bahá'í  
27 Christmas Fast (begins) Christian  
27 Advent Christian  

December 2022

December 2022

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

January 2023

January 2023

Day Event   Religion Cultural
1 New Year's Day     Western
1 Kwaanza (ends)     Pan-African
6 Epiphany   Christian  
7 Orthodox Christmas Day   Orthodox  
7 Mahayana New Year     Buddhist  
14 Orthodox New Year         Orthodox  
15 World Religion Day   Bahá'í  
16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day     United States
18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (begins)   Christian  
22 Lunar New Year     Eastern
26 Australia Day     Australia

February 2023

February 2023

Day Event Religion Cultural
2 Groundhog's Day   United States
5-6 Tu b'shevat Jewish  
12 Lincoln's birthday   United States
14 Valentine's Day   United States
18 Maha Shrivatri Hindu  
20 Washinton's Birthday   United States
20 President's Day   United States
21 Shrove Tuesday Christian  
21 Mardi Gras   United States

March 2023

March 2023

Day Event Religion Cultural
6 Independence Day   Ghana
6 Macha Bucha Day Buddhist  
7-8 Holi Hindu  
8 International Women's Day    
12 Day Light Savings Time (begins)   United States
17 St. Patrick's Day   United States
20 Vernal Equinox    
22-20 Ramadan Muslim  
25 Greek Independence Day   Greece

April 2023

April 2023

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 April Fool's Day   USA
2 Palm Sunday    
5 Ching Ming Day   China
6 Holy Thursday Christian  
7 Good Friday Christian  
8 Visakha Bucha Day Buddhist  
8 Wesak Day Buddhist  
9 Easter Christrian  
14 Vaisakhi Sikh  
15 Tax Day   United States
15-23 Passover  Jewish  
16 Theravadin New Year Buddhist  
17-18 Yom Hashoah    
21-22 Eid ul Fitr Muslim  
22 Earth Day   USA
27 King's Day   Netherlands

May 2023

May 2023

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 May Day/ Labor Day   International
1 Beltane Pagan  
7 National Day of Prayer   Interfaith USA
14 Mother's Day   United States
25 Africa Day   Africa
25-27 Shavout  Jewish  
29 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í  
29 Memorial Day   United States

June 2023

June 2023

Day Event Religion Cultural
14 Flag Day   United States
18 Father's Day   United States
21 Litha  (summer solstice)    
22 Dragon Boat Festival   China
28-29 Eid al-Adha (approx. dates) Muslim  

July 2023

July 2023

Day Event Religion Cultural
1 Republic Day   Ghana
4 Independence Day   United States
13 Asahna Bucha Day Buddhist