Lists of holidays

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Lists of holidays by various categorization.

Consecutive holidays

Religious holidays

Ancient Greek/Roman

Bahá'í holidays

Buddhist holidays

Celtic, Norse, and Neopagan holidays

In the order of the Wheel of the Year:

Christian holidays

The Catholic Patronal feast day or 'name day' are celebrated in each place's patron saint's day, according to the Calendar of saints.

East Asian holidays

Hindu holidays

Islamic holidays

  • Ashura (Tenth day of Muharram. Muharram is the first month of the lunar year)
  • Eid (feast): Date determined by the lunar calendar and observation of the moon
  • Eid ul-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice; tenth day of Dhulhijjah, the twelfth and final month of the lunar year)
  • Eid ul-Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast; first day of Shawal. It marks the end of Ramadan, the fasting month. Part of honoring this occasion is "zakaat ul-fitr" (giving alms to the needy on the day of Eid ul-Fitr))

Jain holidays

Jewish holidays

  • Chag HaMatzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread)
  • Hanukkah (Also spelled: Chanukah; the Feast of Dedication or the Festival of Lights)
  • Pesach (Passover; Deliverance of Jews from slavery in Egypt)
  • Purim (Feast of Lots; Deliverance of Jews in Persia from Haman)
  • Reishit Katzir (Feast of Firstfruits)
  • Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets; Jewish New Year)
  • Shabbat (The Sabbath - day of rest, the seventh day and holiest day of the week, Saturday)
  • Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)
  • Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
  • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

Other special Jewish days

  • Lag B'Omer (Jewish holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar)
  • Shemini Atzeret (A holiday sometimes confused as being the 8th day of Sukkot; Beginning of the rainy season in Israel)
  • Simchat Torah (Observed after Shemini Atzeret; Completion of the Sefer Torah)
  • Tisha B'Av (Day commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples)
  • Tu Bishvat (New year of the trees)

Sikh holidays

Western winter holidays in the Northern Hemisphere

The following holidays are observed to some extent at the same time during the Southern hemisphere's summer, with the exception of Winter Solstice.

  • Winter Solstice or Yule (Winter solstice, Around 21–22 December in the northern hemisphere and 21–22 June in the southern hemisphere) The celebrations on the winter solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year, are traditionally marked with anything that symbolizes or encourages life. Decorations of evergreens, bright objects and lights; singing songs, giving gifts, feasting and romantic events are often included. For Neopagans this is the celebration of the death and rebirth of the sun and is one of the eight sabbats on the wheel of the year.
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) – Day before Christmas. Observances usually include big feasts at night to celebrate the day to come. It is the supposed night that Santa Claus delivers presents to all the good children of the world.
  • Christmas Day (25 December) – Christian holiday commemorating the traditional birth-date of Jesus. Observances include gift-giving, the decoration of trees and houses, and Santa Claus folktales.
  • Hanukkah (25 Kislev – 1 Tevet – almost always in December) – Jewish holiday celebrating the defeat of Seleucid forces who had tried to prevent Israel from practicing Judaism, and also celebrating the miracle of the Menorah lights burning for eight days with only enough olive oil for one day.
  • Kwanzaa (USA) (26 December – 1 January) – Celebration of African heritage created in 1966 by African-American activist Maulana Karenga.
  • Saint Stephen's Day or Second Day of Christmas (26 December) – Holiday observed in many European countries.
  • Boxing Day (26 December or 27 December) – Holiday observed in many Commonwealth countries on the first non-Sunday after Christmas.
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) – Night before New Year's Day. Usually observed with celebrations and festivities in anticipation of the new year.
  • New Year's Day (1 January) – Holiday observing the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.

Secular holidays

Many other days are marked to celebrate events or people, around the world, but are not strictly holidays as time off work is rarely given.

Regional

Other secular holidays not observed internationally:

Unofficial holidays

These are holidays that are not traditionally marked on calendars. These holidays are celebrated by various groups and individuals. Some are designed to promote a cause, others recognize historical events not recognized officially, and others are "funny" holidays, generally intended as humorous distractions and excuses to share laughs among friends.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Giving Tuesday". 
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