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: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic, and others. We've listed a sampling of those holydays below. To keep up to date, sign-up for our periodic e-newsletter.
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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   2019
  • 1 Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto
  • 5 Twelfth Night - Christian
  • 6 Epiphany & Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian
  • 13 Maghi - Sikh
  • 20 World Religion Day - Baha'i
  • 21-23 Mahayana New Year ** - Buddhist
FEBRUARY   2019
  • 2 Candlemas - Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christian
  • 5 Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
  • 8 Nirvana Day - Buddhism
  • 14 St. Valentine's Day - Christian
  • 15 Nirvana Day ** - Buddhist - Jain
MARCH   2019
  • 2 - 20 Nineteen Day Fast * - Baha'i
  • 3 Transfiguration Sunday - Christian
  • 5 Shrove Tuesday - Christian
  • 6 Ash Wednesday - Lent begins- Christian
  • 13 Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard - Scientology
  • 21 Purim * - Jewish
April  2019
  • 14 Palm Sunday - Christian
  • 18 Maundy Thursday - Christian
  • 19 Good Friday - Christian
  • 20-27 Pesach * - Jewish
  • 20 Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian
  • 21 Easter - Christian
  • First Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
  • Lailat al Bara'ah * - Islam
  • Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian
MAY  2019
  • 6 Ramadan begins * - Islam
  • 9 Yom Ha'Atzmaut * - Jewish
  • 18 Visakha Puja - Buddha Day ** - Buddhist
  • 23 Declaration of the Bab * - Baha'i
  • 29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
  • 30 Ascension of Jesus - Christian
JUNE   2019
  • 5-7 Eid al Fitr * - Islam
  • 9 Pentecost - Christian
  • 9-10 Shavuot * - Jewish
  • 28 Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian
JULY   2019
  • 9 Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i
  • 13-15 Obon (Ulambana) ** - Buddhist/Shinto 
  • 24 Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian
AUGUST   2019
  • 12-15 Eid al Adha * - Islam
  • 15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian
  • 23 Krishna Janmashtami  ** - Hindu
SEPTEMBER  2019
  • 3 Paryushana Parva * - Jain
  • 8 Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian
  • 10 Ashura * - Islam
  • 30-October 1 Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish
OCTOBER   2019
  • 8 Dasara  ** - Hindu
  • 9 Yom Kippur * - Jewish
  • 14-20 Sukkot * - Jewish
  • 18  St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christian
  • 20 Birth of the Báb * - Baha'i
  • 21 Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish
  • 22 Simchat Torah * - Jewish
  • 27 Diwali - Sikh - Hindu - Jain
  • 31 All Hallows Eve - Christian
NOVEMBER   2019
  • 1 All Saints Day - Christian
  • 2 All Souls Day - Catholic Christian
  • 12 Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
  • 15 Nativity Fast begins - ends Dec. 24 - Orthodox Christian
  • 23 Thanksgiving - Interfaith
  • 26 Christ the King - Christian
  • 28 Ascension of  'Abdu'l-Baha * - Baha'i
DECEMBER   2019
  • 1-24 Advent - Christian
  • 8 Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) - Buddhism
  • 23-30 Hanukkah - Jewish
  • 24 Christmas Eve - Christian
  • 25 Christmas * - Christian
  • 27 Saint John - Apostle and Evangelist - Christian
  • 28 Holy Innocents - Christian
  • 31 Watch Night - Christian