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2021
July 17 - 22 (sundown Saturday to sundown Thursday)HajjMuslimAn obligatory, once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Mecca carried out by all Muslims who have the financial means to go.
July 19 - 20 (sundown Monday to sundown Tuesday)Eid al-Adha MuslimOne of the two main Islamic festivals (the other is Eid al-Fitr), this festival commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son.
August 13 (Friday)Nag PanchamiHinduWorship of snake-deities.
August 18 - 19
(sundown Wednesday to sundown Thursday)
Ashura Shi’aMuslimA day of great mourning, marking the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain, Prophet Muhammad’s grandson.
August 21 (Saturday)Raksha BandhanHinduThe tying of thread, talisman, or amulet on the wrist as a form of ritual protection. The protection is primarily offered by sisters to brothers, but also by priests to patrons, and sometimes by individuals to real or potential benefactors.
August 29 (Sunday)Krishna JanmashthamiHinduAnnual Hindu festival that demarcates the birth of Krishna, the eighth avatar of god Vishnu.
September 6 - 8 (sundown Monday to sundown Wednesday)Rosh HashanahJewishThis marks the beginning of the Jewish year and the beginning of the High Holy Days or the Days of Awe. Observance includes refraining from work.
September 15 - 16 (sundown Wednesday to sundown Thursday)Yom KippurJewishThe Day of Atonement, at the end of the 10 Days of Awe, is devoted to prayer, repentance and fasting. The Sabbath of Sabbaths in the Jewish calendar, it is the most widely observed Jewish holiday of the year. Observance includes refraining from work.
September 20 - 27 (sundown Monday to sundown the following Monday)SukkotJewishThe Feast of the Tabernacles commemorates the dwelling of the Israelites in the wilderness. Jews build sukkot (booths) and spend time in them over the week. Observance includes refraining from work on the first two days.
September 22 (Wednesday)Fall EquinoxPaganA celebration of the transition from life to death, the harvest, and the bounty of the earth.
September 27 - 28 (sundown Monday to sundown Tuesday)Shemini AtzeretJewishThe eighth day of Sukkot, this holiday coincides with the beginning of the rainy season in Israel, and incorporates prayers for rain and a good harvest. Observance includes refraining from work.
September 28 - 29 (sundown Tuesday to  sundown Wednesday)Simchat TorahJewishA celebration of the Torah, this festival marks the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle. Observance includes refraining from work.
October 7 - 15 (Thursday to Friday)NavaratriHinduA festival dedicated to the Hindu God Shakti.
October 15 (Friday)VijayadashamiHinduHindu celebration of victory and valor.  Lord Rama is remembered as winning a victory over evil.
October 31 (Sunday)Reformation DayProtestant ChristianThe Protestant Christian anniversary of their tradition and its emphasis on the place of the Bible and religious freedom.
October 31 - November 1 (sundown Sunday to sundown Monday)SamhainPaganOn this night, nearly halfway between the Fall Equinox and Winter Solstice, Pagans honor a liminal time when the boundary between the physical and the spiritual world is thinnest, and access to knowledge of the dead is possible.
November 1 (Monday)All Saint’s DayCatholicA holy day of obligation (which means Catholics are obliged to go to church) that celebrates the Christian saints.
November 1 - 2 (Monday to Tuesday)Día de los MuertosMesoamerican native and ChristianA festive Mexican holiday when families remember their dead and the continuity of life.
November 2 (Tuesday)All Soul’s DayCatholicA day commemorating the faithful departed.
November 2 - 6
(Tuesday to Saturday with a special emphasis on Thursday the 4th)
Diwali (Deepavali)Hindu, Jain,
Sikh
The festival of lights, celebrating the triumph of light over darkness. November 4 is the Hindu Amavasya, or new moon, when puja is offered to Maha Lakshmi.
November 10 (Wednesday)ChhathHinduNative to the Madhesh and Mithila regions, Chhath is the worship of the Sun and his wife Usha, thanking them for bestowing the bounties of life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes.
November 25 (Thursday)ThanksgivingInterfaith, USADay celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year.
November 28 - December 6 (sundown Sunday to sundown Monday)HanukkahJewishThe Festival of Lights marks the victory of the Maccabees and rededication of the Temple. It is a celebration of religious freedom and an affirmation of God’s saving power.
November 28  - December 24 (Sunday to  Friday)AdventChristianThe season in which Christians prepare and expectantly wait for the birth of Jesus. In the Western Church, Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas Day.
November 28 - January 6 (Sunday to  Thursday)Nativity FastOrthodox ChristianThe Nativity Fast begins forty days before the Nativity Feast (Jesus’ birth) and is a time to prepare, through fasting and prayer, for the upcoming feast.
December 8 (Wednesday)Immaculate ConceptionCatholicA feast in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary (holy day of obligation).
December 8 (Wednesday)Bodhi DayBuddhistIn the Northern or Mahayana tradition, this day celebrates the Buddha’s attainment of Enlightenment.
December 21 (Tuesday)Winter SolsticeNeo–Pagan/ WiccanThe shortest day of the year, Winter Solstice symbolizes the natural cycle of life and death, and the return of light into the world.
December 25 (Saturday)ChristmasChristianThe celebration of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
December 26  - January 1 (Sunday to  Saturday)KwanzaaAfrican–AmericanAn African American and Pan-African holiday celebrating family, community and culture, Kwanzaa is a secular observance with some religious participation. Seven life virtues are presented. The dates are always December 26 - January 1.
2022
January 1 (Friday)Feast of Mary, Mother of GodCatholicA holy day of obligation during which Mary, the mother of Jesus, is celebrated.
January 6 (Thursday)Holy Epiphany/Día de los Reyes/Feast of the TheophanyChristianA celebration of the epiphany (or manifestation) of Jesus’ divine nature. Eastern or Orthodox Christian churches commemorate the baptism of Jesus; Western churches commemorate the coming of the Magi or "Wise Men".
January 7 (Friday)Orthodox ChristmasOrthodox ChristianCelebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ.
January 16 - 17 (Sunday to Monday)Tu B’shevatJewishThe traditional Jewish New Year for trees, this holiday has become a modern celebration of earth and the environment.
January 18 (Tuesday)Mahayana New YearBuddhistBegins on the first full moon of January.
February 1 (Tuesday)Chinese/Vietnamese/
Korean New Year
Buddhist/
Daoist/
Confucian
(secular in origin; observed across religious and secular communities throughout East Asia cultural regions excluding Japan)
Celebrated as the most important holiday of the year in the East Asian Lunar calendar (also known as the Chinese lunar calendar). The holiday is observed primarily in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Vietnam and Korea, and also many Southeast Asian countries with significant populations from the above regions. The Year of the Tiger begins.
February 5 (Saturday)Vasant PanchamiHinduA spring festival that is treated as the start of spring. This also marks the start of preparation for Holika bonfire and Holi, which occurs forty days later.
February 15 (Tuesday)Nirvana DayBuddhistThis day is the celebration of the day with Buddha is said to have achieved Parinirvana upon the death of his physical body.
March 1 (Tuesday)Maha ShivaratriHinduA Hindu festival in honor of Lord Shiva and his marriage to Goddess Parvati.
March 2 (Wednesday)Ash WednesdayChristianThe beginning of Lent, the 40–day period (excluding Sundays) of prayer and repentance that precedes Easter.
March 7 (Monday)Clean MondayOrthodox ChristianEastern Orthodox churches begin the season of Lent, marked by fasting, prayer, and charity.
March 16 - 17 (sundown Wednesday  to sundown Thursday)PurimJewishThis joyous celebration of the story of Esther commemorates the victory of the Jews over a tyrannical enemy.
March 17 (Thursday)St. Patrick’s DayChristianChristian celebration of Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland in early days of the faith.
March 17 - 18 (sundown Thursday - sundown Friday)HoliHinduA widely-celebrated festival during which participants throw colored water or powder at one another to celebrate episodes in the life of Krishna.
March 20 (Sunday)Spring EquinoxNeo–Pagan/
Wiccan
A day that marks the rebirth of the year, and celebrates the change of seasons and the rebirth of the spirit after death.
April 1 (Friday)New YearHinduThe new year is celebrated at various times of the year, usually during spring harvest time, based on the solar or lunar calendars.
April 2 - May 2 (sundown Saturday to sundown Monday)RamadanMuslimThe (lunar) month of fasting. Adult Muslims abstain from eating from dawn until sunset.
April 10 (Sunday)Rama NavamiHinduThe first day of a nine-day festival in honor of the birth of Rama. The Ramayana, an Indian Epic, is performed.
April 10 - 17 (Sunday to Sunday)
April 10 - Palm Sunday
April 14 - Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday
April 15 - Good Friday
April 16 - Holy Saturday
April 17 - Easter
Holy Week and EasterChristianThe most important Christian holidays, marking the Last Supper, passion, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, with a day of holy observance on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.
April 14 - 16 (Thursday to  Saturday)Songkran/Thingyan/ Pi Mai LaoBuddhistThese days mark the New Year for many countries in Southeast Asia. Cleansing rituals are performed, which represent a cleansing of the soul and a washing away of the old year.
April 14 (Thursday)Mahavir JayantJainJain festival honoring Lord Mahavira on the founder’s birthday.
April 15 - 22 (Friday to Friday)

Seder Nights: April 15 and 16
PassoverJewishPassover commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. "Seders," ritual feasts at which the story of the Exodus is recounted, are conducted on the first and second nights, followed by six more days of observance during which dietary restrictions apply.
April 17 - 25 (Sunday to Monday)
April 17 - Palm Sunday
April 21 - Holy Thursday
April 22 - Great Friday
April 23 - Holy Saturday
April 24 - Pascha
April 25 - Easter Monday
Orthodox Holy Week and Pascha (Easter)Orthodox ChristianEastern Orthodox churches observe Holy Week, including Holy Thursday and Great Friday and Easter or Pascha. On Holy Friday, adults abstain from food and drink as their health allows.
April 27 - 28 (sundown Wednesday to sundown Thursday)Yom HaShoahJewishHolocaust Memorial Day.

May 2 – 5
(sundown Monday to sundown Thursday)
Eid al FitrMuslimThis three-day celebration marks the end of the month-long Ramadan fasting and is known as the “Festival of the Breaking of the Fast".  
June 4 - 6 (sundown Saturday to sundown Monday)ShavuotJewishA harvest festival celebrating the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Observance includes refraining from work.
June 5 (Sunday)PentecostChristianPentecost celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit and the founding events of the Christian church.
June 12 (Sunday)Orthodox PentecostOrthodox ChristianPentecost celebrates the giving of the Holy Spirit and the founding events of the Christian church.
June 21 (Tuesday)Summer SolsticePaganMidsummer, or the day of "solstinium" ("standing still of the sun") is associated with symbols of fertility, rebirth, the harvest and the bounty of nature.
June 29 (Wednesday)The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul ChristianA liturgical feast in honor of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul.