Religious and Cultural Holidays 2019

February 5                 Chinese New Year – Year of the Pig

February 19               Lantern Festival – end of Chinese New Year

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

March 5                     Shrove Tuesday – Christian Festival, day before Lent begins

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

March 21                   Holi – Hindu Spring Festival

March 22                   Chaitra – Hindu New Year

April 13                     Baisakhi – Sikh Festival

April 15                     Bengali New Year

April 19                     Good Friday – Christian Festival

April 19                     Pesach – Jewish Festival of Passover

April 21                     Easter Sunday – Christian Festival

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

May 5                        Children’s Day – Japanese Festival

May 6                        Ramadan begins – Muslim fasting month

June 4                       Eid-ul Fitr – Muslim Festival, end of Ramadan

June 16                     Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev – Sikh Festival      

August 11                  Eid-ul Adha – Muslim Pilgrimage

August 24                  Janamashtami – Hindu Festival, birth of Lord Krishna

September 29            Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year

October 9                  Yom Kippur – Jewish Day of Atonement

October 27                Diwali – Hindu and Sikh Festival of Light

October 31                Hallowe’en – All Hallows’ Eve

November 12             Birthday of Guru Nanak – Founder of Sikh Faith

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

December 22             Hanukkah begins – Jewish Festival

December 25             Christmas Day – Christian Festival