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Religious Observances 2019

The calendar below is a month-by-month listing of religious observances for 2019. This list includes the dates for some of the most important religious celebrations of the major religions. Some of these holy days include fasting or abstaining from specific food or drink for specified periods ranging from a month to more than a day (25 hours) to daylight hours (sunrise to sundown). Absence from work or classes is also common observance for some major holy days. Some holy days start at sundown of the evening of the listed start date and end at sundown or nightfall of the concluding listed date. Some of the dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.

This list is by no means meant to be comprehensive. For additional holy day listings and descriptions, please consult the following links for Interfaith Calendar 2019 and Interfaith Calendar 2020.

ObservanceReligionDatesDays of Week
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin MaryChristianJan. 1Tuesday
Christmas (Feast of the Epiphany)Eastern OrthodoxJan. 6Sunday
Feast of the NativityOrthodox ChristianJan 7Monday
ImbolcWicca/PaganFeb 2Saturday
Asian Lunar New YearConfucian/Taoist /BuddhistFeb. 5Tuesday
Ash Wednesday (Protestant and Roman Catholic Lenten season Mar 6- Apr 20)ChristianMar 6Wed
Orthodox Great LentEastern OrthodoxMar 11-Apr 28Mon-Sun
OstaraWicca/PaganMarch 20Wed
HoliHinduMarch 20-21Wed-Thurs
PurimJewishMarch 20-21Wed-Thurs
Norooz (New Year)Persian/ZoroastrianMarch 21Thursday
Laylat al MirajIslamApril 2-3Tues-Wed
Palm SundayChristianApril 14Sunday
Mahavir JayantiJainApril 17Wed
Maundy ThursdayChristianApril 18Thursday
Good FridayChristianApril 19Friday
EasterChristianApril 21Sunday
Passover (Pesach – 8 days)JewishApr 19-27Fri-Sat
PaschaOrthodox EasterApril 28Sunday
VaisakhiHindu/Sikh/BuddhistApril 14Sun
RidvanBaha’iApril 21Sun
BeltaneWicca/PaganMay 1Wed
Ramadan (30 days)IslamicMay 5-June 4Sun-Tues
Feast of PentecostChristianJune 9Sun
ShavuotJewishJune 8-10Sat-Mon
Vesak (Buddha Day)BuddhistMay 18Saturday
Buddah’s BirthdayBuddhistMay 22Tuesday
Declaration of the BábBahá'iMay 23Thursday
Ascension of Baha’ullahBahá'iMay 29Wed
Eid al FitrIslamicJune 4-6Tues-Thurs
Litha-Yule (Solstice)Wicca/PaganJune 21Friday
Lughnassad-ImbolcWicca/PaganAug. 1Thursday
Eid al AdhaIslamicAug. 11-Aug 12Sun-Mon
First of MuharramIslamicAug. 31-Sept 1Sat-Sun
Ganesh ChaturthiHinduSept. 2Mon
Paryushana ParvaJainSept 3Tuesday
AshuraIslamicSept. 9-10Mon-Tues
MabonWicca/PaganSept. 23Wed
Rosh Hashanah [New Year]JewishSept. 29-Oct 1Sun-Tues
NavratriHinduSept 28-Oct 7Sat-Mon
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement]JewishOct 8-9Tues-Wed
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles-7 days]JewishOct 13--20Sun-Sun
Birth of the BabBahai’iOct. 20Sunday
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat TorahJewishOct. 20-22Sun-Tues
DiwaliJain/Sikh/HinduOct. 27Sunday
SamhainWicca/PaganOct 31-Nov. 1Thurs-Fri
All Saints Day/Day of the DeadChristian/LatinxNov. 1Friday
Guru Nanak GurpurabSikhNov. 12Tuesday
AdventChristianDec. 1-24Sun-Tues
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristianDec. 8Sunday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)BuddhistDec. 8Sunday
Our Lady of GuadalupeChristianDec. 12Thursday
Chanukah [8-days]JewishDec. 22-Dec 30Sun-Mon
ChristmasChristianDec. 25Tuesday
Feast of the Holy FamilyChristianDec. 29Sunday
KwanzaaAfrican-AmericanDec. 26–Jan. 1                      Thurs-Wed                    
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