Calendar of Ethnic Holidays

January

1 – Feast of St. Basil (Christian, Orthodox)
1 – Japanese New Year (Japan)
5 – Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday (Sikh)
6 – Epiphany (Christian)
6 – Three Kings’ Day (Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic)
7 – The Nativity of Jesus Christ (Christian, Orthodox)
13 – Lohri (Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh)
16 – Religious Freedom Day
16 – World Religion Day (Baha’i)
19 – Tu b’Shvat or Tu B’Shevat* (Jewish, Israel)
26 – India Republic Day

February

National Black History Month (United States)
2 – Imbolc (Wiccan)
3 – Chinese Lunar New Year (China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam)
3 – Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnam) “Year of the Buffalo”
4 – Rosa Parks Birth Anniversary
5 – Mexico – Constitution Day
11 – National Foundation Day (Japan)
12 – NAACP Founded
14 – Race Relations Day
17 – League of United Latin Citizens (LULAC) Founded American
24 – Flag Day (Mexico)

March
Greek-American Heritage Month
Irish-American Heritage Month
Spiritual Wellness Month
1 – St. David’s Day (Welsh)
2 – Mothering Sunday (England)
4 – World Day of Prayer
5-8 – Brazil, Carnival
7 – Lent begins (Orthodox Christians)
8 – Mardi Gras (United States)
9 – Ash Wednesday (Protestant, Roman Catholic)
17 – St. Patrick’s Day (Ireland, United States)
21 – Naw Ruz (Baha’i, Persia)
25 – Feast of Annunciation (Christian)
30 – Purim (Jewish)

April

6 – National Tartan Day (Scottish-American)
6 – Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
8 – Passover* (Jewish)
8 – Vesak – Buddha’s Birth (Buddhist)
14 – Sinhala and Tamil New Year (Sri Lanka)
16 – Emancipation Day (African-American, United States)
17 – Palm Sunday (Protestant, Roman Catholic)
19 – Passover* (Jewish)
21 – Holy Thursday (Christian)
22 – Good Friday (Protestant, Roman Catholic)
23 – St. George’s Day (English)
24 – Easter (Orthodox) or Pascha
24 – Easter (Protestant, Roman Catholic)
30 – Beltane (Celtic)

May

Asian Pacific American History Month
Jewish-American Heritage Month
4 – National Day of Prayer (United States)
1 – Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Memorial Day (Jewish)
2 – May Day Bank Holiday (United Kingdom)
5 – Cinco de Mayo (Mexico)
9 – Victory Day (Russia)
18 – Isreal’s Independence Day (Yom Ha’Atzma’Ut)
19 – Malcolm X’s birthday (African-American, United States)
23 – Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
25 – Corpus Christi (American, Roman Catholic)
29 – Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

June

2 – Ascension Day (Christian)
7 – Shavuot* (Jewish)
16 – Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan (Sikh)
19 – Juneteenth
23 – Corpus Christi (American, Roman Catholic)
27 – Martyrdome of Joseph and Hyrum Smith

July

1 – Canada Day (Canada)
4 – Fil-American Friendship Day (Phillippines, United States)
9 – Bon Festival/Feast of Lanterns (Japan)
9 – Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
24 – Pioneer Day (Mormon)
31 – Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola (Spain, Roman Catholic)

August

1 – Lammas and Lughnassad (Britain, Pagan, United States)
1-29 – Ramadan (Islamic, Muslim, Moslem)
9 – Tisha B’av* (Jewish)
14 – Pakistan’s Independence Day
15 – India’s Independence Day
15 – Liberation Day (Korea, South Korea)
26 – Lailat-Ul-Quadr (Islamic, Muslim)
30 – Eid-Al-Fitr (Islamic, Muslim)

September

Sept 15-Oct 15 – National Hispanic Heritage Month (Mexico)
1 – Israel Miraji Ascent of Prophet Muhammad
16 – Mexico’s Independence Day
19 – San Gennaro Day (Italian-American)
22 – Autumnal Equinox (Japan)
28 – Rosh Hashanah* (Jewish New Year)

October

German-American Heritage Month
National Italian-American Heritage Month
Polish-American Heritage Month
8 – Yom Kippur* (Jewish)
9 – Cirio de Nazare (Brazil)
13-19 -Sukkot* (Jewish)
19 – Simchat Torah (Jewish)
20 – Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
26-30 – Diwali (Buddhist, Hindu)
31 – Reformation Day (Christian)

November

National American Indian Heritage Month
1 – All Saints’ Day (Christian, Roman Catholic)
1 – Dia de los Muertos “Day of the Dead” (Mexico, Latin America)
2 – All Souls’ Day (Roman Catholic)
6 – Eid al-adha (Islamic, Muslim)
12 – Birthday of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
26-Dec 24 – Al Hijra – Muslim New Year

 

December

5 – Ashura (Islamic, Muslim)
6 – St. Nicholas Day (International)
8 – Bodhi Day – Buddha’s Enlightenment (Buddhist)
12 – Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico)
13 – Santa Lucia Day (Sweden)
16-25 – Las Posadas (Mexico)
21-28 – Hanukkah* (Jewish)
25 – Christmas (Christian, Roman Catholic, International)
26 – Boxing Day (Canada, United Kingdom)
26 – Kwanzaa (African-American – Dec. 26, 2009 – Jan 1, 2010)