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Lists of holidays

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lists of holidays by various categorizations.

Religious holidays

Abrahamic holidays (Middle Eastern)

Christian holidays

Islamic holidays

Jewish holidays

  • Chag HaMatzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread - 7 days of consumption of matzo with wine and avoidance of leavened foods)
  • Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication; Also called the Festival of Lights - Commemoration of the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple)
  • Pesach (Passover - Deliverance of Jews from slavery in Egypt)
    • Lag BaOmer (A holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar)
  • Purim (Feast of Lots - Deliverance of Jews in Persia from extermination by Haman)
  • Reishit Katzir (Feast of Firstfruits - Collecting and waving of grain bundles (barley or wheat); Occurs during the 7 days of unleavened bread after the Sabbath)
  • Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year - First day of Tishrei every year)
  • Shabbat (The 7th Day Sabbath - The day of rest and holiest day of the week, Saturday)
  • Shavuot (Feast of Weeks - Wheat harvesting in Israel and the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai)
  • Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles; Also called the Feast of Ingathering - Dwelling within sukkahs for 7 days (in Israel) or 8 days (the diaspora); Considered by some to be a mini-campout)
    • 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)
  • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement - A day of fasting and repentance of one's sins from the past year)

Baháʼí holidays

Dharmic holidays (Indian)

Buddhist holidays

Hindu holidays

Jain holidays

Sikh holidays

Pagan holidays

Ancient Greek/Roman holidays

Celtic, Norse, and Neopagan holidays

In the order of the Wheel of the Year:

Other holidays

East Asian holidays

Messianic interpretations of Jewish holidays for Christians

The following table is a chart based on a Messianic Jewish perspective of the 10 biblical holidays, along with their times and days of occurrence, references in the Bible, and how they point to Yeshua (Jesus). All of the holidays shown below are major, with the exceptions of the Feast of Dedication and the Feast of Lots, which are minor festivals.

Holiday Season Month Biblical references Symbolic significance
Passover Spring 14 Nissan Levites 23:4-8, Words 16:1-8, Matthew 26:17-27, John 6:1-71–11:55 He dies.
Feast of Unleavened Bread Spring 15-21 Nissan Levites 23:5-8, Matthew 27:1-50, 1 Corinthians 5:7-8 He is buried and rids His House of sin.
Feast of Firstfruits Spring 16 Nissan Levites 23:9-14, Matthew 28:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 He rises from the dead.
Feast of Weeks Spring 6-7 Sivan Levites 23:15-22, Numbers 28:26-31, Tobit 2:1, Acts 2:1-4 He sends the comforter (The Holy Spirit) 7 weeks later.
Jewish New Year Autumn 1-2 Tishrei Levites 23:23-25, Daniel 7:25, 1 Corinthians 5:8–15:52 He returns.
Day of Atonement Autumn 10 Tishrei Levites 23:26-27, Matthew 24:29-30, Romans 11:25-29, Hebrews 9:7 He judges the non-believers.
Feast of Tabernacles Autumn 15-21 Tishrei Levites 23:33-43, John 7:1–10:21, Ephesians 2:20-22, Revelation 21:3 He will gather us for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Feast of Dedication Autumn-Winter 25 Kislev-2 Tevet Maccabees 4:52-59, John 10:22 He is the Light of the World.
Feast of Lots Winter 14 Adar Esther 9:20-31 He delivers Israel and brings salvation to His people.
The 7th Day Sabbath Every Saturday of the year All months of the year Levites 23:3, Words 5:12-14, Hebrews 4:9-11 He will dwell with us for a perpetual day of rest.

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 (the longest night and shortest day of the year) or Yule (Winter solstice, around 21–22 December in the Northern Hemisphere and 21–22 June in the Southern Hemisphere) – The solstice celebrations are traditionally marked with anything that symbolizes or encourages life. Decorating evergreens with 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. Traditions usually include big feasts at night to celebrate the day to come. It is the night when Santa Claus delivers presents to all the good children of the world.
  • Christmas Day (25 December) – Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus. Traditions include gift-giving, the decoration of trees and houses, and Santa Claus folktales.
  • Hanukkah (25 Kislev–2 Tevet – almost always in December) – Jewish holiday celebrating the defeat of Seleucid forces who had tried to prevent Israel from practicing the Jewish faith, and also celebrating the miracle of the Menorah lights burning for eight days with only enough olive oil for one day supply. In Hebrew, "Hanukkah" means "dedication" or "to dedicate".
  • 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.

  • All Hallows' Day – (1 November in the United States, Canada, Mexico (where it is known as the Day of the Dead), and other countries). A day of remembrance and honour of all the Faithful Believers who have passed, been canonized, and gone to Heaven.
  • Halloween – (31 October, especially in the UK and former British colonies, including the United States, Canada, and Australia). Also called All Hallows' Eve, it is a highly secularized outgrowth of Christian All Hallows' Day on 1 November, and pagan Celtic Samhain (halfway point between autumn equinox and winter solstice).
  • International Men's Day – (19 November in Canada, Australia, India, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Singapore, South Africa, and Malta)
  • International Women's Day – (8 March, particularly in Australia, former Soviet bloc countries and mainland China)
  • May Day, Labor/Labour Day, or International Workers' Day – (1 May in many European and South American countries. The United States and Canada both celebrate on the first Monday in September)
  • Saint Nicholas Day – (5 or 6 December in the Netherlands, Belgium, Lebanon, and other countries)
  • Saint Patrick's Day – (17 March in Ireland, the United States, Canada, and other countries by people of Irish descent or heritage)
  • Saint Valentine's Day – (14 February in the United States, Canada, and many other countries as a day to celebrate love and affection)
  • Thanksgiving Day – (4th Thursday in November in the United States, 2nd Monday in October in Canada). Generally observed as an expression of gratitude, traditionally to God, for the autumn harvest. It is traditionally celebrated with a meal shared among friends and family in which turkey is eaten. In Canada, since the climate is colder than in the US, the harvest season begins and ends earlier.


Other secular holidays not observed internationally
Name Date Place Details
Chosŏn'gŭl Day or Hangeul Day 15 January North Korea
9 October South Korea
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 3rd Monday in January United States
Groundhog Day 2 February United States and Canada
Darwin Day 12 February Birthday of Charles Darwin to highlight his contribution to science.
Family Day 3rd Monday in February Various regions of Canada
Presidents' Day 3rd Monday in February United States Federal holiday. Honors the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Confederate Memorial Day Celebrated by the original Confederate States at various times during the year; still celebrated on the fourth Monday in April in Alabama. Parts of the United States
Siblings Day 10 April Originally celebrated only in the United States. Can now be celebrated in various countries around the world.
Patriots' Day 3rd Monday in April Massachusetts and Maine, United States
Earth Day 22 April Celebrated in many countries as a day to cherish nature.
King's Day 27 April Netherlands
Constitution Day 3 May Poland One of the two most important national holidays (the other is National Independence Day on 11 November). It commemorates the proclamation of the Constitution of May 3, 1791 (the first modern constitution in Europe) by the Sejm of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Youth Day 4 May People's Republic of China Commemorates Beijing students who protested against Western imperialism on this day.
Cinco de Mayo 5 May Mexico
Parents' Day 8 May South Korea
4th Sunday in July United States Proclaimed by Bill Clinton in 1994.
Victoria Day Last Monday before 25 May Canada, also Edinburgh and Dundee in Scotland Birthday of Queen Victoria.
Children's Day 2nd Sunday in June Various
Flag Day 14 June United States
2 May Poland
Juneteenth 19 June United States Official holiday in 14 states; commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas (unofficial in 5 other US states).
Canada Day 1 July Canada Celebration of the date of the Confederation of Canada. Formerly known as Dominion Day, as this was the day on which Canada became a self-governing Dominion within the British Empire.
Independence Day Various days; 4 July in the United States and other dates in many other nations
Indian Arrival Day Various days Official holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Mauritius, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Celebrated on the day when Indians arrived in various European colonies; Celebrated with parades re-enacting when indentured Indian immigrants landed in their respective colonies.
Pioneer Day 24 July Utah, United States
People's Liberation Army Day 1 August Mainland territory of the People's Republic of China
Grandparents' Day Sunday after Labor Day United States Proclaimed by Jimmy Carter in 1978.
Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October United States
Indigenous Peoples' Day 2nd Monday in October United States Celebrates the Indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Nanomonestotse Starts 3rd Monday in October Celebration of peace, observed within some Native American families.
Guy Fawkes Night 5 November Great Britain and other countries of the Commonwealth In memory of the failed Gunpowder Plot by Guy Fawkes.
Melbourne Cup Day 1st Tuesday in November Melbourne metropolitan area The day of the Melbourne Cup.
Remembrance Day or Veterans Day 11 November United States, Canada and other Commonwealth nations
Kwanzaa 26 December to 1 January United States Celebration of African heritage created in 1966 by African-American activist Maulana Karenga. Holiday's name comes from “matunda ya kwanza” (“first fruits” in Swahili). Kinara, a seven-branched candleholder, means seven main concepts of Kwanzaa.[citation needed]

Consecutive holidays

Unofficial holidays, awareness days, and other observances

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 generally intended as humorous distractions.

See also


  1. ^ "Giving Tuesday".
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