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Religious Observances 2020

The calendar below is a month-by-month listing of religious observances for 2020. 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 2020 and Interfaith Calendar 2021.

ObservanceReligionDate(s)Day(s) of Week
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin MaryChristianJan. 1Wednesday
Christmas (Feast of the Epiphany)Eastern OrthodoxJan. 6Monday
Feast of the NativityOrthodox ChristianJan. 7Tuesday
ImbolcWicca/PaganFeb. 2Sunday
Asian Lunar New YearConfucian/Taoist /BuddhistFeb. 5Wednesday
Ash Wednesday (Protestant and Roman Catholic Lenten season Feb. 26-Apr. 11)ChristianFeb. 26Wednesday
Orthodox Great LentEastern OrthodoxMar. 2-Apr. 19Monday-Sunday
PurimJewishMar. 9-10Monday-Tuesday
HoliHinduMar. 10Monday-Tuesday
OstaraWicca/PaganMar. 20Friday
Norooz (New Year)Persian/ZoroastrianMar. 21Saturday
Laylat al MirajIslamApr. 2-3Thursday-Friday
Palm SundayChristianApr. 5Sunday
Mahavir JayantiJainApr. 9Thursday
Maundy ThursdayChristianApr. 9Thursday
Passover (Pesach – 8 days)JewishApr. 9-15Thursday-Wednesday
Good FridayChristianApr. 10Friday
EasterChristianApr. 12Sunday
VaisakhiHindu/Sikh/BuddhistApr. 14Tuesday
PaschaOrthodox EasterApr. 19Sunday
RidvanBaha’iApr. 21Tuesday
Ramadan (30 days)IslamicApr. 24-May 23Friday-Saturday
Buddah’s BirthdayBuddhistApr. 30Thursday
BeltaneWicca/PaganMay 1Friday
Vesak (Buddha Day)BuddhistMay 7Thursday
Declaration of the BábBahá'iMay 23Saturday
Ascension of Baha’ullahBahá'iMay 29Friday
ShavuotJewishMay 29-30Friday-Saturday
Eid al FitrIslamicJun. 5-7Friday-Sunday
Feast of PentecostChristianJun. 7Sunday
Litha-Yule (Solstice)Wicca/PaganJun. 21Sunday
Eid al AdhaIslamicJul. 31-Aug. 3Friday-Monday
Lughnassad-ImbolcWicca/PaganAug. 1Saturday
First of MuharramIslamicAug. 20-21Thursday-Friday
Ganesh ChaturthiHinduAug. 22Saturday
AshuraIslamicAug. 28-29Friday-Saturday
Rosh Hashanah [New Year]JewishSept. 19-20Saturday-Sunday
Paryushana ParvaJainSept. 21Monday
MabonWicca/PaganSept. 23Wednesday
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement]JewishSept. 27-28Sunday-Monday
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles-7 days]JewishOct. 3-9Tuesday-Monday
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat TorahJewishOct. 10-11Saturday-Sunday
NavratriHinduOct. 17-24Saturday-Saturday
Birth of the BabBahai’iOct. 20Tuesday
SamhainWicca/PaganOct. 31-Nov. 1Saturday-Sunday
All Saints Day/Day of the DeadChristian/LatinxNov. 1Sunday
DiwaliJain/Sikh/HinduNov. 14Saturday
AdventChristianNov. 29-Dec. 24Sunday-Thursday
Guru Nanak GurpurabSikhNov. 30Monday
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristianDec. 8Tuesday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)BuddhistDec. 8Tuesday
Our Lady of GuadalupeChristianDec. 12Saturday
Chanukah [8-days]JewishDec. 10-18Thursday-Friday
ChristmasChristianDec. 25Friday
KwanzaaAfrican-AmericanDec. 26-Jan. 1                Saturday-Friday               
Feast of the Holy FamilyChristianDec. 27Sunday
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