Multicultural and Interfaith Calendar

Date Holiday/Observance Group Affiliation Considerations More Information
January
Jan. 1 New Year's Day Observed globally U.S. Federal Holiday - Federal, state and local government office and school closures. Other entities and business operations may vary. history.com/topics/holidays/new-years
Jan. 1 Gantan-sai/Oshogatsu Shinto-Japan/globally Avoid deadlines and events, and allow time away as requested japan-guide.com/e/e2064.html
Jan. 6 Epiphany (Three Kings Day) Christian   nytimes.com/2018/01/06/world/epiphany-christmas.html
Jan. 7 Feast of the Nativity/Christmas Orthodox Christian   nationalgeographic.com/history/article/why-celebrate-christmas-january
Jan. 9 Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Sikh   timesofindia.indiatimes.com/religion/festivals/
guru-gobind-singh-jayanti-2021-date-time-and-significance/articleshow/80343059.cms
Jan. 14 Makar Sankranti Hindu   medium.com/smartfind-in/how-to-celebrate-makar-sankranti-c93b9a2f90cc
Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day United States U.S. Federal Holiday - Federal government offices closed. State and local government, schools and other businesses may vary.
nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/15-year-battle-martin-luther-king-jr-day
Jan. 27 Holocaust Remembrance Day United States
ushmm.org/remember/international-holocaust-remembrance-day
February
  National African American History Month United States Events, celebrations and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history and culture. blackhistorymonth.gov/
Feb. 1 Lunar New Year (Spring Festival) East Asian Countries, Observed Globally Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events, and allow time away as requested.
asia.si.edu/lunar-new-year-celebration matadornetwork.com/read/tibetan-new-year-celebrations

the-sun.com/news/2321385/countries-celebrate-lunar-new-year/

Feb. 16 Magha Puja Buddhist   en.dhammakaya.net/activities/magha-puja-the-light-of-peace-ceremony/
Feb. 21 President's Day United States U.S. Federal Holiday - Federal government offices closed. State and local government, schools and other businesses may vary. history.com/topics/holidays/presidents-day
Feb. 25–Mar. 1 Ayyám-i-Há Baha'i  (Intercalary Days) Baha'i   bahai.ca/holy-days/
March

National Women's History Month United States Events, celebrations and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history and culture. womenshistorymonth.gov/
Mar. 1–19 Month of Fast Baha'i
  bahai.ca/
Mar. 1 Maha Shivaratri Hindu Fasting or other dietary restrictions may apply. officeholidays.com/holidays/maha-shivratri
Mar. 2 Ash Wednesday and Lent Christian Events should include dietary accommodations - dietary restrictions include animal products. 

cnn.com/ampstories/world/what-you-should-know-about-lent

independent.co.uk/life-style/ash-wednesday-when-shrove-tuesday-pancake-day-a9340161.html

Mar. 7 Clean Monday and Lent Orthodox Christian Fasting or other dietary restrictions may apply.

officeholidays.com/holidays/greece/ash-Monday

holidayscalendar.com/event/clean-monday/

Mar. 16–17 Purim Jewish Begins at sundown, includes an afternoon feast, less restrictive but observers may want time away. Events should accommodate Kosher dietary restrictions
htime.com/5554508/what-is-purim/
Mar. 17 St. Patrick's Day Roman Catholic   history.com/topics/st-patricks-day/history-of-st-patricks-day
Mar. 17–18 Holi Hindu   holifestival.org/
Mar 20 Naw Ruz Baha'i, national/cultural holiday in Afghanistan, Albania, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Turkmenistan.
  vox.com/culture/2018/3/19/17138516/persian-new-year-nowruz-explained
Mar. 20 Ostara/Alban, Spring or Vernal Equinox Taoism, Wiccan, Pagan, Druid - Globally
pluralism.org/dao

festival.si.edu/blog/2014/celebrating-spring-the-seasons-and-the-sun-in-china/
Mar. 28 Tao-te Tien-tsun (High Pure One)
Taoism govt.chinadaily.com.cn/s/201804/02/
WS5b788557498e855160e8f5ed/laozis-birthday-commemorated-in-lingbao.html

Mar. 31 Transgender Day of Visibility Globally   transstudent.org/tdov/
April
Apr. 3–May 2 Ramadan Muslim Daily fasting—sunrise to sunset—occurs for the entire month. Schedules should be accommodated to allow followers to eat at permissible times. Events that offer food should accommodate Islamic dietary restrictions.

history.com/topics/holidays/ramadan

independent.co.uk/life-style/ramadan-2021-when-why-do-muslims-fast-a8898371.html

Apr. 4 Qingming Jie (Tomb Sweeping Day)
China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan
Followers may want time away from work or school. 
thoughtco.com/tomb-sweeping-festival-687518
Apr. 10 Palm Sunday Christian   calendardate.com/palm_sunday_2022.htm
Apr. 10 Ram Navami Hindu   publicholidays.in/ram-navami/
Apr. 13 Ugadi/Gudi Padwa Hindu   hinduamerican.org/blog/5-things-to-know-about-ugadi
Apr. 14 Vaisakhi Sikh  

sikhpa.com/campaigns/sikhvaisakhi

independent.co.uk/life-style/vaisakhi-sikh-festival-religion-celebrate-punjabi-new-year-baisakhi-a8861601.html

Apr. 15 Memorial Jehovah's Witness   jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/faq/lords-supper/
Apr. 15–23 Pesach (Passover) Jewish Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events, and allow time away as requested. Events should offer food accommodations -Kosher restrictions apply. 
myjewishlearning.com/article/passover-pesach-101/
Apr. 15 Good Friday/Holy Friday Christian Dietary restrictions may apply - meat is prohibited for some.  christianity.com/god/jesus-christ/what-s-so-good-about-good-friday.html
Apr. 17 Easter Christian Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events. Accommodations - Kosher restrictions apply. 
history.com/topics/holidays/history-of-easter
Apr. 21–May 2 Festival of Ridvan Baha'i   news.bahai.org/story/1166/
Apr. 22 Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox Christian Avoid deadlines and events.

timeanddate.com/holidays/us/orthodox-good-friday

christianity.com/god/jesus-christ/what-s-so-good-about-good-friday.html

Apr. 24 Pascha/Easter Orthodox Christian Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events. Accommodations - Kosher restrictions apply. 
learnreligions.com/orthodox-easter-dates-700615
Apr. 27–28 Yom HaSho'ah Jewish  Holocaust Remembrance Day - Dedicated to those who lost their lives to the Holocaust. Begins at sundown. myjewishlearning.com/article/yom-hashoah-holocaust-memorial-day/
May

Jewish American Heritage Month United States Events, celebrations and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history and culture.
jewishheritagemonth.gov/
  National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month United States Events, celebrations and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history and culture. asianpacificheritage.gov/
May 1 Beltane Druid, Pagan, Wicca   beltane.org/about-beltane/
May 2–3 Eid al-Fitr Muslim Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events—especially on the first day—and allow time away as requested. Events should accommodate Islamic dietary restrictions. history.com/topics/holidays/eid-al-fitr
May 5 Yom Ha'Atzmaut Israeli National Holiday/Jewish   myjewishlearning.com/article/yom-haatzmaut-israel-independence-day/
May 5 Día de la Batalla de Puebla/Battle of Puebla (Cinco de Mayo)
Mexico, Mexican Heritage  

history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo

alcaldiacuauhtemoc.mx/dia-de-la-batalla-de-puebla/

travelandleisure.com/attractions/festivals/how-cinco-de-mayo-is-celebrated-in-mexico

May 15 Visakha Puja/Vesak/Buddha Day
Buddhist  

m-culture.go.th/en/article_view.php?nid=22

un.org/en/observances/vesak-day

May 24 Declaration of the Báb Baha'i  

bpl.org/blogs/post/the-origins-and-practices-of-holidays-the-declaration-of-the-bab/

bahai.org/the-bab/life-the-bab

May 29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah Baha'i   bahai.us/ascension-of-bahaullah/
May 30 Memorial Day United States U.S. Federal Holiday - Federal, state and local government office and school closures. Other entities and business operations may vary. history.com/topics/holidays/memorial-day-history
June

Caribbean-American Heritage Month United States Events, celebrations and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history and culture.

caribbeanamericanmonth.com/

  LGBTQ+ Pride Month United States Events, celebrations and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history and culture. cnn.com/2021/06/01/health/pride-month-2021-trnd/index.html
June 3 Dragon Boat Festival China, and Chinese communities globally   smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-legends-behind-the-dragon-boat-festival-135634582/
June 4–6 Shavuot Jewish Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events, and allow time away as requested. Events should offer food accommodations - Kosher restrictions apply. 
myjewishlearning.com/article/shavuot-101/
June 5 Pentecost Christian   christianity.com/jesus/early-church-history/pentecost/where-did-pentecost-come-from.html
June 19 Juneteenth United States U.S. Federal Holiday - Federal government offices closed. State and local government, schools and other businesses may vary.
nmaahc.si.edu/events/juneteenth
June 22 Pentecost Orthodox Christian   oca.org/orthodoxy/the-orthodox-faith/worship/
the-church-year/pentecost-the-descent-of-the-holy-spirit
June 24 Litha/Summer Solstice Wiccan   wiccaliving.com/wiccan-calendar-litha-summer-solstice
July
July 4 Independence Day United States U.S. Federal Holiday - Federal, state and local government office and school closures. Other entities and business operations may vary.

history.com/topics/holidays/july-4th

nmaahc.si.edu/explore/stories/nations-story-what-slave-fourth-july

July 9 Martyrdom of the Báb
Baha'i  

bahaiteachings.org/remembering-the-martyrdom-of-the-bab/

bpl.org/blogs/post/the-origins-and-practices-of-holidays-the-martyrdom-of-the-bab/

July 9–13 Eid al-Adha Muslim Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events—especially on the first day—and allow time away as requested. Events should accommodate Islamic dietary restrictions. 
history.com/topics/holidays/eid-al-adha
July 29–30 Al-Hijra/Muharram Muslim  

timeanddate.com/holidays/muslim/muharram-new-year

newsweek.com/five-things-know-about-islamic-hijri-new-year-1115452

August
Aug. 1 Thiru Aadi Pooram Tamil, Globally   prokerala.com/festivals/aadi-pooram.html
Aug. 5–6 Tisha B'av Jewish Fasting and mourning are common practice. myjewishlearning.com/article/tisha-bav-101/
Aug. 7–8 Ashura Muslim Fasting is a common practice. middleeasteye.net/discover/what-is-ashura-how-do-shia-sunni-muslims-observe
Aug. 11 Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) Hindu   hinduamerican.org/blog/5-things-to-know-about-raksha-bandhan
Aug. 15 Dormition of the Theotokos Orthodox Christian   goarch.org/dormition
Aug. 18–19 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Avoid deadlines and events, and allow time away as requested. timeanddate.com/holidays/india/janmashtami
September
Sep. 6 Labor Day United States U.S. Federal Holiday - Federal, state and local government office and school closures. Other entities and business operations may vary. dol.gov/general/laborday/history
Sep. 9 Chōyō-no-sekku (Double Ninth Festival)
Japan/Buddhist/Shinto
  library.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/portals/0/edo/
tokyo_library/english/saijiki/autumn.html
Sep. 10 Mid-Autumn (Moon or Mooncake Festival) Chinese National Holiday, Taiwan National Festival, celebrated throughout Asian countries, cultures and globally
Government, academic and business closures in those countries that recognize this as a national holiday. 

tourmeaway.com/blog/culture/The-Mooncake-Festival-A-Mid-Autumn-Celebration-with-a-Chinese-Twist

thoughtco.com/profile-of-the-chinese-moon-festival-4077070

theconversation.com/what-is-the-moon-festival-a-scholar-of-chinese-religions-explains-167090

Sep. 15–Oct. 15 Hispanic Heritage Month United States Several countries celebrate their independence from Spain within this month, including, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, and  Honduras on September 15, Mexico on September 16 and Chile on September 18. Events, celebrations, and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor, and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history, and culture.

hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

latinostories.com/latin-american-independence-days/

Sep. 25–27 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events, and allow time away as requested. Events should accommodate Kosher dietary restrictions.

history.com/topics/holidays/rosh-hashanah-history

myjewishlearning.com/article/is-it-ok-to-do-this-on-rosh-hashanah

Sep. 21–29
Mabon (Autumn Equinox) Wicca, Pagan  

bpl.org/blogs/post/the-origins-and-practices-of-mabon/

learnreligions.com/all-about-mabon-the-autumn-equinox-2562286

Sep. 26–Oct. 5
Navratri Hindu Fasting is common. Celebrations vary.

learnreligions.com/when-is-navaratri-1539431

wikipedia.org/wiki/Navaratri

October
  LGBTQ+ History Month United States Events, celebrations, and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor, and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history, and culture. 

lgbthistorymonth.com/

ucf.edu/news/why-do-we-celebrate-pride-month-in-june-and-lgbt-history-month-in-october/

loc.gov/lgbt-pride-month/about/

  German American Heritage Month United States
Events, celebrations, and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor, and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history, and culture. 
nationaldaycalendar.com/german-american-heritage-month-october/
  Italian American Heritage Month United States
Events, celebrations, and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor, and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history, and culture. 
nationaltoday.com/italian-american-heritage-month/
  National Disability Employment Awareness Month United States
Events, celebrations, and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor, and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history, and culture. 
dol.gov/agencies/odep/initiatives/ndeam
  Polish American Heritage Month United States
Events, celebrations, and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor, and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history, and culture. 
nationaltoday.com/polish-american-heritage-month/
Oct. 4–5 Yom Kippur* Jewish Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events, and allow time away as requested. Events should offer food accommodations - Kosher restrictions apply. 

history.com/topics/holidays/yom-kippur-history

myjewishlearning.com/article/yom-kippur-101/

Oct. 4 Chongyang (Double Ninth) Festival
China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Vietnam
 

ichongqing.info/culture/festivals/past-and-present-of-the-chongyang-festival/

mandarinmatrix.org/what-is-the-double-ninth-festival/

tju.edu.cn/english/info/1010/3949.htm

Oct. 5 Dussehra/Dashain/Vijaya Dashami
Hinduism, Nepal, India, Myanmar, Bhutan, and global communities
Food, work and activity restrictions. Practices vary. learnreligions.com/when-is-dussehra-1539428
Oct. 9–10 Sukkot Jewish Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events, and allow time away as requested. 

timeanddate.com/holidays/us/sukkot

myjewishlearning.com/article/sukkot-2022/

Oct. 10 Indigenous People's Day United States U.S. Federal Holiday - Federal government offices closed. State and local government, schools and other businesses may vary. indigenouspeoplesinitiative.org/abolish-columbus-day
Oct. 11 National Coming Out Day United States  

hrc.org/resources/national-coming-out-day

hrc.org/resources/coming-out

diversity.iupui.edu/faculty-staff/lgbtq-fsc/outlist.html

Oct. 17–18 Shemini Atzeret Jewish Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events, and allow time away as requested.

myjewishlearning.com/article/shemini-atzeretsimchat-torah-101/

learnreligions.com/what-is-simchat-torah-2076494

Oct. 24 Diwali (Festival of Lights) Hindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, National Holiday India, Fiji, Guyana, Malaysia, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Globally
Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events, and allow time away as requested. bbc.co.uk/newsround/15451833
Oct. 26–27 Birth of Baha'u'llah/Twin Holy Days* Baha'i Significant work restrictions. Avoid deadlines and events, and allow time away as requested.

bahaiteachings.org/celebrating-birthdays-bab-bahaullah/

bahai.us/bahai-house-of-worship-hosts-broadcasts-for-twin-holy-birthdays/

Oct. 31 Día de los Muertos
Mexico, Mexican Heritage
  history.com/topics/halloween/day-of-the-dead
Oct. 31 Samhain Gaelic, Pagan, Wicca   history.com/topics/holidays/samhain#section_8
November
  National Native American Heritage Month United States Events, celebrations, and other activities in this month are dedicated to the memory, honor, and celebration of people who belong to this group and their contributions, history, and culture.  nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/
Nov. 1 All Saints' Day Eastern and Western Christianity  

christianity.com/church/church-history/all-saints-day-november-1.html

cnn.com/2021/11/01/world/all-saints-day-2021-trnd/index.html

Nov. 11 Veterans Day United States U.S. Federal Holiday - Federal government offices closed. State and local government, schools and other businesses may vary. va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
Nov. 20 Transgender Day of Remembrance Observed globally Observed in memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. glaad.org/tdor
Nov. 24 Thanksgiving Day United States U.S. Federal Holiday - Federal, state and local government office and school closures. Other entities and business operations may vary.

history.com/topics/thanksgiving/
history-of-thanksgiving#thanksgiving-controversies

smithsonianmag.com/history/
thanksgiving-myth-and-what-we-should-be-teaching-kids-180973655/

Nov. 25 Day of the Covenant Baha'i   bahaiteachings.org/whats-day-covenant-bahais-celebrate/
Nov. 25 Native American Heritage Day United States Some Native American communities find this date disconcerting as it is shared with black Friday. 

wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/11/20/native-american-heritage-day

oregonlive.com/politics/2013/02/
washington_state_house_approve.html

Nov. 27–Dec. 24 Advent Christian Observers may take part in fasting. christianity.com/christian-life/christmas/what-is-advent.html
Nov. 28 Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá Baha'i Baha'i   bahai.org/abdul-baha
Nov. 28–Jan. 6 Nativity Fast Orthodox Christian Observers may participate in fasting or following other dietary restrictions. holycrossonline.org/nativity-fast
December
Dec. 18–26 Hanukkah Jewish Significant work restrictions - academics/work not permitted. Avoid deadlines and events, and allow time away as requested. Events should offer food accommodations. Kosher restrictions apply and fried food (doughnuts, potato pancakes) are customary

chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/
aid/671899/jewish/When-Is-Hanukkah-Chanukah-Celebrated-in-2021-2022-2023-2024-and-2025.htm

myjewishlearning.com/article/hanukkah-101/

Dec. 21 Dongzhi Festival National holiday in East Asian countries, globally Government, business and academic closures in East Asian countries and cultures. Observers may want time off from school or work to spend with family.  This is nearly as important as Lunar New Year and Spring Festival. 
xjtlu.edu.cn/en/news/2020/12/winter-solstice-as-much-festivity-as-spring-festival
Dec. 21 Yalda (Winter solstice) Iran, globally   nytimes.com/2021/12/06/dining/yalda-winter-solstice-pomegranate.html
Dec. 21–Jan. 1 Yule Wicca, Pagan, Celtic   nationaltoday.com/yule/
Dec. 23 HumanLight Humanists, globally   thehumanist.com/arts_entertainment/culture/
how-to-celebrate-humanlight-a-december-holiday-for-humanists-2/
Dec. 25 Christmas Day Christian U.S. Federal Holiday - Federal, state and local government office and school closures. Other entities and business operations may vary. history.com/topics/christmas/history-of-christmas
Dec. 26–Jan. 1 Kwanzaa African American, Pan African  

officialkwanzaawebsite.org/

nmaahc.si.edu/kwanzaa

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