Religious and Cultural Holidays

February 13               Shrove Tuesday – Christian Festival, day before Lent begins

February 16               Chinese New Year – Year of the Dog

March 1                     St David’s Day – Patron Saint of Wales

March 2                     Lantern Festival – end of Chinese New Year

March 2                     Holi – Hindu Spring Festival

March 17                   St Patrick’s Day – Patron Saint of Ireland

March 22                   Chaitra – Hindu New Year

March 30                   Pesach – Jewish Festival of Passover

March 30                   Good Friday – Christian Festival

April 1                       Easter Sunday – Christian Festival

April 14                     Baisakhi – Sikh Festival

April 23                     St George’s Day – Patron Saint of England

May 5                        Children’s Day – Japanese Festival

May 16                      Ramadan begins – Muslim fasting month

June 16                     Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev – Sikh Festival      

June 15                     Eid-ul Fitr – Muslim Festival, end of Ramadan

August 22                  Eid-ul Adha – Muslim Pilgrimage

September 2              Janamashtami – Hindu Festival, birth of Lord Krishna

September 10            Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year

September 19            Yom Kippur – Jewish Day of Atonement

October 31                Hallowe’en – All Hallows’ Eve

November 7               Diwali – Hindu and Sikh Festival of Light

November 23             Birthday of Guru Nanak – Founder of Sikh Faith

November 30             St Andrew’s Day – Patron Saint of Scotland

December 3               Hanukkah begins – Jewish Festival

December 25             Christmas Day – Christian Festival

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