HOLYDAYS

By Joshua Burkholder

Knowing the holydays of our diverse friends helps us celebrate, remember, and affirm the arts that are part of their traditions: BuddhistChristianHinduJewishIslamic, and others. We've listed a sampling of those holydays below. To keep up to date, sign-up for our weekly e-newsletter.
"Freedom of Worship" (1943) by Norman Rockwell
Note: 1. * Holy days usually begin at sundown the day before this date; and 2. ** Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date. 

DECEMBER 2017 
JANUARY 2018
  • 1 Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto 
  • 2-4 Mahayana New Year - Buddhist 
  • 5 Twelfth Night - Christian 
  • 6 Epiphany - Christian Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) - Orthodox Christian Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox 
  • 13 Maghi - Sikh 
  • 19 Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian 
  • 21 World Religion Day - Baha'i 
  • 31 Tu BiShvat * - Jewish

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    FEBRUARY 2017
    • 2 - Candlemas | Presentation of Christ in the Temple | Christian
    • 3 - Setsebun sai (beginning of spring) | Shinto
    • 11 - Tu BiShvat | Jewish
    • 14 - St. Valentine's Day | Christian
    • 15 - Nirvana Day | Buddhist - Jain - Sikh
    • 25 - Maha Shavaratri | Hindu
    • 28 - Shrove Tuesday | Christian
    MARCH 2016
    • 7 - Shivratri | Hindu
    • 1-19 - The Nineteen Day Fast | Baha'i
    • 20 - Nowruz / Naw-Ruz | Baha'i, Zoroastrian
    • 20 - Palm Sunday | Christian
    • 20 - Spring Equinox (Ostara) | Pagan
    • 23 - Holi Festival | Hindu
    • 24 - Purim | Jewish
    • 24 - Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) | Christian
    • 24 - Hola Mohalla | Sikh
    • 25 - Good Friday | Christian
    • 26 - Holy Saturday | Christian
    • 27 - Easter Sunday | Christian
    APRIL 

    MAY 2017
    • 2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i 
    • 4 National Day of Prayer - USA - Interfaith 
    • 10 Visakha Puja - Buddha Day ** - Buddhist 
    • 23 Declaration of the Bab * - Baha'i 
    • 27 Ramadan begins * - Islam 
    • 29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i 
    • 31-June 1 Shavout * - Jewish 
    • 25 Ascension of Jesus - All Christians

    JUNE 2017 
    • 4 Pentecost - All Christians 
    • 11 Trinity Sunday- Christian 
    • 16 Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikh 
    • 21 Solstice First Nations Day - Canadian Native People; Litha * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere; and Yule * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere 
    • 23 Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian 
    • 26-28 Eid al Fitr * - Islam
    JULY 2017
    • 9 Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i; Asalha Puja Day - Buddhist  
    • 13 Ulambana - Obon ** - Buddhist 
    • 13-15 Obon ** - Shinto 
    • 23 Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) ** - Zoroastrian 
    • 24 Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian 

    AUGUST 2017
    • 1 Lammas - Tish'a B'av * - Jewish 
    • 6 Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian 
    • 7 Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu 
    • 15 Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu 
    • 26-September 4 Paryushana Parva ** - Jain 
    • 29 Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christian 
    • 31 Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day * - Islam

    SEPTEMBER 2017
    • 1-4 Eid al Adha * - Islam 
    • 5 Ganesh Chaturthi ** - Hindu 
    • 1-22 Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish New Year
    • 21-29 Navaratri ** - Hindu 
    • 27 Meskel - Ethiopian Christian 
    • 30 Yom Kippur * - Jewish 


    OCTOBER 2017
    • 1 Ashura * - Islam 
    • 5-11 Sukkot * - Jewish  
    • 19 Diwali - Deepavali ** - Hindu - Sikh - Jain 
    • 20 Birth of the Báb * - Baha'i  
    • 31 All Hallows Eve - Christian Reformation Day ** - Protestant Christian

    NOVEMBER 2017 
    • 2 All Souls Day - Catholic Christian 
    • 23 Thanksgiving- Interfaith USA 
    • 24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikh 
    • 28 Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha * - Baha'i