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. 

JANUARY 2018
  • 1 Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian
  • 2-4 Mahayana New Year - Buddhist 
  • 5 Twelfth Night - Christian 
  • 6 Epiphany - Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian
  • 13 Maghi - Sikh 
  • 19 Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian 
  • 21 World Religion Day - Baha'i 
  • 31 Tu BiShvat * - Jewish
FEBRUARY   2018
  • 2 Candlemas - Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christian
  • 8 Nirvana Day - Buddhism
  • 13 Shrove Tuesday - Christian
  • 14 St. Valentine's Day - Christian
  • 14 Ash Wednesday - Lent begins- Christian 
  • 16 Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
MARCH   2018
  • 1 Purim * - Jewish
  • 2 - 20 Nineteen Day Fast * - Baha'i
  • 3 Holi ** - Hindu
  • 17 St. Patrick's Day - Christian
  • 18-26 Ramayana ** - Hindu
  • 19 St. Joseph's Day - Christian
  • 25 Palm Sunday - Christian
  • 29 Maundy Thursday - Christian
  • 30 Good Friday - Christian
  • 31-April 7 Pesach * - Jewish
  • 31 Hanuman Jayanti ** - Hindu
April  2018
  • 1 Easter - Christian
  • 13 Lailat al Miraj * - Islam
  • 14 Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikh
  • 19 Yom Ha'Atzmaut * - Jewish
  • 21 First Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
  • 30-May 2 Theravadin New Year - Buddhist
MAY  2018
  • 3 National Day of Prayer USA - Interfaith
  • 10 Ascension of Jesus - Christian
  • 16-June 15 Ramadan * **- Islam
  • 20-21Shavuot * - Jewish
  • 20 Pentecost - Christian
JUNE   2018
  • 2 All Saints - Orthodox Christian
  • 15-17 Eid al Fitr - Ramadan ends * - Islam
  • 20 Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day * - Islam
  • 21 Solstice
JULY   2018
  • 9 Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i
  • 22 Tish'a B'av * - Jewish
  • 24 Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian
AUGUST   2018
  • 15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian
  • 22-25 Eid al Adha * - Islam
  • 29 Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christian 
  • Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu
SEPTEMBER  2018
  • 3 Krishna Janmashtami ** - Hindu
  • 10-11 Rosh Hashannah * - Jewish
  • 13 Ganesh Chaturthi ** - Hindu
  • Paryushana Parva ** - Jain
  • 19 Yom Kippur * - Jewish
  • 21 Ashura * - Islam
  • 24-31 Sukkot * - Jewish
OCTOBER   2018
  • 2 Simchat Torah * - Jewish
  • Blessing of the Animals - Christian
  • 9-16 Navaratri ** - Hindu
  • 19 Dasara ** - Hindu
  • 31 All Hallows Eve - Christian
  • Reformation Day - Protestant Christian
NOVEMBER   2018
  • 1 All Saints Day - Christian
  • 2 All Souls Day - Catholic Christian 
  • 7 Diwali - Sikh - Jain - Hindu
  • 12 Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
  • 15 Nativity Fast begins - ends Dec. 24 - Orthodox Christian
DECEMBER   2018
  • 2-24 Advent - Christian
  • 3-10 Hanukkah * - Jewish
  • 8 Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) - Buddhist
  • 12 Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian
  • 24 Christmas Eve - Christian
  • 25 Christmas * - Christian
  • 28 Holy Innocents - Christian
  • 31 Watch Night - Christian