Inclusive Holiday/Interfaith Observation Calendar

Our HGAR community holds a wide variety of religious backgrounds and celebrate many different holidays and observances.To assist us in planning our meetings, conferences, summits, and events we are presenting an interfaith calendar of observances, build primarily from external online sources.

Note that this calendar provides a broad but not comprehensive review days of significance within major faith traditions, as well as ethnic and cultural celebrations. We encourage you to use this tool to help recognize our colleagues’ days of observances/holidays and to avoid the unintentional exclusion of those whose religious/faith traditions are not currently observed nationally.

2021 Inclusive Holiday/Interfaith Observation Calendar


January


01 - New Year’s Day
The first day of the new year is a federal holiday.

18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
A Federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

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February


Black History Month
An annual celebration of Black American culture and achievements, and a time for recognizing the role Black Americans have played in our history.

12 - Lunar New Year
The start of a 15-day festival for Chinese (and many Asian) people of all religions. Family reunions with thanksgiving and remembrance of departed relatives take place. Traditionally a religious ceremony honors Heaven and Earth.

17 - Ash Wednesday
Christian observance to begin the 40-day season of Lent. Ashes are marked on worshippers as a sign of penitence.

17 - Lent (40 days)
Roman Catholic, Eastern and some Protestant churches observe a 40-day period with penitence and fasting.

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March


08 - International Women’s Day
An internationally recognized day to celebrate womanhood and women's suffrage. The entire month of March is also recognized as National Women's History Month.

17 - St. Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.

27-4 - Passover
A major Jewish holiday traditionally celebrated for seven days and eight nights to mark the exodus of the children of Israelites from Egyptian slavery.

28 - Palm Sunday
A Christian feast falling on the Sunday before Easter that commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

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April


02 - Good Friday
A Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus, held the Friday before Easter Sunday.

04 - Easter
A major Christian holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ three days after his burial and crucifixion.

13 - Ramadan
A month of fasting, reflection, prayer, and community observed by people of Muslim faith. Participating adult Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset.

22 - Earth Day
An annual holiday to celebrate a healthy environment and show support for environmental protection.

23 - Day of Silence
A student-led national event where people take a vow of silence to highlight the silencing and erasure of LGBTQ+ people at school.

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May


Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
A month dedicated to celebrating Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States and their contributions to our culture and history.

02 - Eastern Orthodox Easter
Many Greek, Russian and other Orthodox churches will observe Easter on Sunday, May 2 this year.

05 - Cinco de Mayo
A celebration originally held to commemorate the victory of Mexico over France in 1862, which has since become a celebration of Mexican American culture observed in the United States.

13 - Eid al-Fitr
A Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan, celebrated with presents, new clothes, prayer, and visiting friends.

16-18 - Shavuot
A Jewish celebration of Moses' descent from Mt Sinai with the ten commandments. Plants and flowers are used in decorations.

31 - Memorial Day
A federal holiday held to honor and mourn military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

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June


LGBTQ Pride Month
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) month is held each year as a celebration of the contributions the LGBTQ community has made to our history and culture and to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States.

19 - Juneteenth
A holiday celebrating the emancipation from slavery in the United States, held on the anniversary of June 19, 1865, when Union Army general Gordon Granger proclaimed freedom from slavery in Texas.

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July


04 - Independence Day
A federal holiday commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which declared that the 13 American colonies were united, free and independent and no longer subject to British authority.

17-18 - Tisha B’Av
An annual day of fasting in Judaism, Tisha B'Av marks a date on which several disasters in Jewish history occurred, including the destruction of both Solomon's Temple by the Neo-Babylonian Empire and the Second Temple by the Roman Empire in Jerusalem.

19-22 - Eid al-Adha
Muslim holiday honoring the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son in obedience to God.

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August


26 - Women’s Equality Day
A day celebrating the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits state or federal government from denying the right to vote based on sex.

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September


06 - Labor Day
A federal holiday celebrated on the first Monday of September to honor the American labor movements and its contributions to the United States.

06-08 - Rosh Hashanah
The Jewish new year, traditionally celebrated with attending synagogue, personal reflection, and eating apples dipped in honey to evoke a sweet new year.

15 - Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans from all Latin America. (Through November 15)

15-16 - Yom Kippur
A Jewish day of atonement and repentance for one's personal sins and to many Jews the most important holiday of their faith. Jews traditionally observe Yom Kippur with fasting, attending synagogue, resting, and atonement.

20-27 - Sukkot
Sometimes called the Feast of Tabernacles, is a seven-day Jewish holiday of thanks for the fall harvest.

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October


11 - Indigenous People Day
Celebrated on the second Monday of October to honor Native Americans, their culture, and their contributions to society.

31 - Halloween
A celebration observed on the eve of the Catholic holiday All Saint's Day, which has also evolved into a secular celebration of the dead, scary stories, costumes, and "trick or treating" for candy.

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November


Native American Heritage Month
A time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.

01 - Día de los Muertos
A Mexican holiday associated with All Saint's Day, celebrated by praying for and remembering departed friends and family members.

11 - Veteran's Day
Veteran's Day is a United States federal holiday observed annually on November 11, honoring and remembering all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

14 - Diwali
Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, which typically lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunar month Kartika (between mid-October and mid-November). One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolizes the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance.

26 -Thanksgiving
A day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year; Thanksgiving is observed on the 4th Thursday of November and is both a federal holiday.

28-6 -Hanukkah
Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday celebrating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in the second century A.D. It is often celebrated with the lighting of menorah candles, as well as traditional foods, games, and gifts.

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December


10 - Human Rights Day
This day commemorates the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948. This declaration recognizes that all human beings in all nations have inherent rights and dignity.

25 - Christmas
An annual Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. Some Christians celebrate Christmas on different days of the year in addition to the 25th.

26-1 - Kwanzaa
An African American and Pan-African holiday celebrating family, community and culture, Kwanzaa is a secular observance with some religious participation. Each day of Kwanzaa celebrates a different life virtue.

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