Ethnic Holiday Calendar 2005-2010

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Holiday

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

Eid ul-Adha
Festival of Sacrifice

January 21

January 10

December 20

December 8

November 28

November 17

Muharramn/
Islamic New Year

February 10

January 31

January 20

January 10

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December 8

Mawlid al-Nabi
Prophet's Birthday

April 21

April 11

March 31

March 20

March 9

February 26

Start of Ramadan
Month of Fasting

October 5

September 24

September 13

September 2

August 22

August 11

Eid ul-Fitr
Festival of Fast Breaking

November 4

October 24

October 13

October 2

September 21

September 10

Passover/Pesach

April 24-May 1

April 13-21

April 3-10

April 20-27

April 9-16

March 30-April 6

Rosh Hashanah

October 4

September 23

September 13

September 30

September 19

September 9

Chanukkah

Dec 26-Jan 2

December 16-23

December 5-12

December 22-29

December 12-19

December 2-9

Western Roman Easter

March 27

April 16

April 8

March 23

April 12

April 4

Eastern Orthodox Easter

May 1

April 23

April 8

April 27

April 19

April 4

Christmas

December 25

Explanation of Holidays

Muslim Holidays
Ramadan is the ninth month of the year in the Islamic calendar. A fast, held from sunrise to sunset, is carried out during this period.
Eid-al-Fitr is a festival that ends the fast of Ramadan. In Arabic "Eid" means "festival" or "festivity."
Eid-al-Adha is second in the series of Eid festivals that Muslims celebrate. Eid ul-Adha is celebrated as a commemoration of Prophet Ibrahim's (Abraham) willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail for Allah (God).
Muharram is the first month fo the Muslim year It's first day is celebrated as New year's Day.
Mawlid al-Nabi is a celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam.

While the two Eid Festivals are always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Western calendar (the Gregorian calendar) varies from year to year due to differences between the two calendars, since the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar. Furthermore, the method used to determine when each Islamic month begins varies from country to country. All future dates listed are only estimates.

Jewish Holidays
Passover
is a holiday beginning on the 14th of Nisan (first month of the religious calendar, corresponding to March
ľApril) and traditionally continuing for eight days, commemorating the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. Also called Pesach.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is marked by solemnity as well as festivity.
Chanukkah is the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights. It is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.

Jewish holidays are celebrated on the same day of the Jewish calendar every year, but the Jewish year is not the same length as a solar year on the Gregorian calendar used by most of the western world, so the date shifts on the Gregorian calendar.


Christian Holidays

Easter is a Christian feast commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion. The Orthodox Eastern Church calculates Easter somewhat differently, so that the Orthodox Easter usually comes several weeks after that of the West.

Eastern Orthodox Christians come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds: Greek, Russian, Egyptian, Romanian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Armenian, Bulgarian, Georgian, Albanian, Ethiopian, Syrian, and American.

Recommended Links
http://www.timeanddate.com/
http://www.sheepgoatmarketing.info/PageLoad.cfm?page=education/ethnicholidays.htm
Interfaith Calendar
What is Your Religion . . . If Any?


Last updated 20-Apr-2005 by Susan Schoenian.

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