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.

2022 Inclusive Holiday/Interfaith Observation Calendar


January


01 - New Year’s Day
The first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, commonly used for civil dating purposes.

17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
The birthday of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is on January 15th, but it is observed on the third Monday in January.

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February


Black History Month
Celebrates Black History and African American culture in the United States.

01  - National Freedom Day
Commemorates the signing of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery in 1865.

01  - Lunar New Year • Confucian, Daoist, and Buddhist
Also known as the Spring Festival, an important festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.

14 - Valentine's Day
Celebrates the idea of romantic love. 

21 - President's Day
Honors all past presidents of the United States of America

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March


Woman's History Month
Commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history

02 - Ash Wednesday • Christian
The first day of Lent for Western Christian churches, a 40-day period of spiritual preparation for Easter, not counting Sundays..

08 - International Women’s Day
Celebration of the economic, political, and social achievements of women worldwide.

17 - St. Patrick’s Day • Christian
Christian Feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. In the U.S., a secular version is celebrated by people of all faiths through appreciation of all things Irish.

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April


Fair Housing Month
Commemorate the passage of the Federal Fair Housing Act.

02-02 - Ramadan • Islamic (sundown to sundown)
A month of fasting, reflection, prayer, and community observed by people of Muslim faith. Participating adult Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset.

10 - Palm Sunday • Christian
Observed the Sunday before Easter/Pascha to commemorate the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

15 - Good Friday • Christian
Known as Holy Friday in Eastern Christianity, it commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus on the Friday before Easter/Pascha.

15-23 - Passover/Pesach • Jewish (sunset to nightfall)
The eight-day “Feast of Unleavened Bread” celebrates Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian bondage.

17 - Easter • Christian
Known as Pascha in Eastern Christianity, it celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.

22 - Earth Day
A day held to demonstrate and promote environmental awareness and calls for the protection of our planet.

 

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May


Advocacy Month
Designated by NAR as a celebration of REALTOR® Advocacy, designed to engage and educate members on the REALTOR® Party—namely Vote, Act and Invest

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
(aka. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month) Recognizes the contributions and celebrates the culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

02-03 - Eid al-Fitr • Islamic (sundown to sundown)
The “Feast of the Breaking of the Fast” marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting from dawn until dusk.

05 - Cinco de Mayo
In 1862 Mexican forces defeated French occupational forces in the Battle of Puebla.

08 - Mother's Day
Children of all ages show appreciation for their mothers and mother figures.

21 - World Day for Cultural Diversity
Recognizes cultural diversity as a source of innovation, exchange, and creativity, as well as the obligation to create a more peaceful and equitable society based on mutual respect.

30 - Memorial Day
A federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces

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June


Homeownership Month
A time to share our stories and create opportunities for future homeowners.

LGBTQ Pride Month
Commemorates the anniversary of the June 28, 1969 Stonewall riot in New York City, the incident that initiated the modern gay rights movement in the United States.

04-06 - Shavuot • Jewish (sunset to nightfall)
The “Feast of Weeks” celebrates the covenant established at Sinai between God and Israel, and the revelation of the Ten Commandments.

19 - Father's Day
Children of all ages show appreciation for their fathers and father figures.

19 - Juneteenth
Originally commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865, it is now celebrated throughout the U.S. to honor African-American freedom and achievement.

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July


04 - Independence Day
Anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776.

09-10 - Eid al-Adha • Islamic (sundown to sundown)
Commemoration of Ibrahim's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience of a command from God. Marks the end of the annual Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca).

26 - Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Day
Commemorates the 1990 signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which guarantees equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

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August


06-07 - Tish'a B'av • Jewish (sunset to nightfall)
Mourning of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem in 586 BCE and 70 CE.

23 - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
Memorializes the tragedy of the transatlantic slave trade, coinciding with the anniversary of the uprising in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) that initiated its abolition.

26 - Women’s Equality Day
Commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.

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September


REALTOR® Safety Month

05 - Labor Day
Celebrated the first Monday in September in recognition of U.S. workers.

15 - 15 - Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrates the contributions, heritage, and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans.

25-27 - Rosh Hashanah • Jewish (sunset to nightfall)
Beginning of the Jewish New Year and first of the High Holy Days, which marks the beginning of a ten-day period of penitence and spiritual renewal.

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October


04-05 - Yom Kippur • Jewish (sunset to nightfall)
The “Day of Atonement” marks the end of the Ten Days of Penitence that begin with Rosh Hashanah.

10 - Indigenous People Day
Celebrates and honors Native American history and culture. [The second Monday of October is also marked as a U.S. federal holiday, Columbus Day. Many people are opposed to the celebration of a man who led and committed atrocities against Indigenous people. Some states and cities in the U.S. have officially changed the day to Indigenous People’s Day.

09-16 - Sukkot • Jewish (sunset to nightfall)
The week-long “Feast of Booths” commemorates the 40-year wandering of the Israelites in the desert on the way to the Promised Land.

11 - Coming Out Day
Encourages honesty and openness about being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Commemorates October 11, 1987, when 500,000 people marched on Washington, DC, for gay and lesbian equality.

24 - Diwali • Hindu
Also called Deepavali, “Festival of Lights”, it celebrates the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.

31 - Halloween
The eve of All Saints’ Day. 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
Celebrates and honors the history and culture of Native Americans and indigenous people in the United States.

01 - All Saint's Day • Christian
Commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints. Eastern Christianity observes it on the first Sunday after Pentecost.

08 - Election Day
A day set by U.S. law for the election of public officials.

11 - Veteran's Day
Honors military veterans and the U.S. Armed Services.

24 -Thanksgiving
Following a 19th century tradition, it commemorates the Pilgrims’ harvest feast in the autumn of 1621. It is considered by some to be a "national day of mourning," in recognition of the conquest of Native Americans by colonists.

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December


10 - Human Rights Day
On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. .

18-26 - Hanukkah • Jewish (sunset to nightfall)
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.

25 - Christmas • Christian
Commemorates the birth of Jesus.

26-1 - Kwanzaa
A seven-day celebration honoring African American heritage and its continued vitality. “Kwanzaa” means “first fruits (of the harvest)” in Swahili.

31 - New Year's Eve
In the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Eve, the last day of the year, is on December 31. In many countries, New Year's Eve is celebrated at evening social gatherings, where many people dance, eat, drink. etc.

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