Cultural and Religious Holidays

The following calendar is not meant to be an exhaustive list of cultural and religious holidays. We encourage you to consult this calendar as you plan upcoming events and activities.

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2015 Cultural and Religious Holidays

Holidays

Religion/Culture

Date

Mawlid-al-Nabi (birth of Mohammed) Muslim January 3*
Nativity of Jesus Orthodox Christian January 6
Imbolc Pagan February 2
Chinese New Year Asian February 9
Purim Jewish March 5*
Ostara Pagan March 20
Hindu New Year Hindu March 21
Palm Sunday Christian March 29
Good Friday Christian April 3
Pesach (Passover) Jewish April 4* – 11
Easter Christian April 5
Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christian April 12
Beltaine Pagan April 30
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) Jewish May 24* – 25
Ramadan begins Muslim June 18*
Litha Pagan June 21
Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan) Muslim July 18*
Lughnasadh (Lammas) Pagan August 1
Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish September 14* – 15
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish September 23*
Eid al-Adha (Day of Sacrifice) Muslim September 23*
Mabon Pagan September 23
Sukkot (Festival of Tabernacles) Jewish September 28* – October 4
Al-Hijra (Muharram, Islamic New Year) Muslim October 14*
Ashura (10th day of Muharram) Muslim October 23*
Samhain Pagan October 31
Hanukkah Jewish December 7* – 14
Yule Pagan December 22
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian December 25
Kwanzaa African American December 26 – January 1, 2016

2016 Cultural and Religious Holidays

Holidays

Religion/Culture

Date

Nativity of Jesus Orthodox Christian January 7
Imbolc Pagan February 1
Chinese New Year Asian February 8
Palm Sunday Christian March 20
Ostara Pagan March 20
Purim Jewish March 24*
Good Friday Christian March 25
Easter Christian March 27
Hindu New Year Hindu April 8
Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christian May 1
Pesach (Passover) Jewish April 23* – April 30
Beltaine Pagan May 1
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) Jewish June 12* – June 13
Ramadan begins Muslim June 7*
Litha Pagan June 20
Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan) Muslim July 6*
Lughnasadh (Lammas) Pagan August 1
Eid al-Adha (Day of Sacrifice) Muslim September 12*
Mabon Pagan September 22
Al-Hijra (Muharram, Islamic New Year) Muslim October 2*
Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish October 3* – October 4
Ashura (10th day of Muharram) Muslim October 11*
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish October 12*
Sukkot (Festival of Tabernacles) Jewish October 17* – October 23
Samhain Pagan October 31
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birth of Mohammed) Muslim December 12*
Yule Pagan December 21
Hanukkah Jewish December 25* – January 1
Christmas (Birth of Jesus) Christian December 25
Kwanzaa African American December 26 – January 1, 2016

*Holy days begin at sundown of the day before the date listed and and end at sundown of the date listed.

Revised 04/02/2015