Holidays and Festivals for 2015-16

Holidays and Festivals for 2015-16 | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsWith the school year quickly approaching, it’s time to be thinking about scheduling for the year, including fitting in any holidays and festivals for 2015-16 that you plan to celebrate. Here are the dates for this year’s holidays and festivals:

  • September
    • 7 – Labor Day
    • 11 – Patriot Day
    • 22 – Yom Kippur (starts at sundown)
    • 23 – Autumn Equinox and Mabon
    • 29 – Michaelmas
  • October
    • 12 – Columbus Day
    • 23 – Eid al-Adha (begins in the evening)
    • 31 – Halloween and Samhain
  • November
    • 1 – All Saints’ Day
    • 2 – All Souls’ Day
    • 3 – Election Day (United States)
    • 11 – Martinmas, Veteran’s Day, and Diwali
    • 26 – Thanksgiving (United States)
    • 29 – Advent Sunday
  • December
    • 6 – Saint Nicholas Day
    • 13 – Saint Lucia Day
    • 6 – Hanukkah starts
    • 14 – Hanukkah Ends
    • 22 – Winter Solstice/Yule
    • 24 – Christmas Eve
    • 25 – Christmas
    • 26 – Boxing Day, Saint Stephen’s Day, and Kwanzaa begins
    • 31 – New Year’s Eve
  • January
    • 1 – New Year’s Day, Kwanzaa ends
    • 5 – Twelfth Night
    • 6 – Epiphany and Three Kings’ Day
    • 18 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February
    • 1 – Imbolc and St. Brigid’s Day
    • 2 – Candlemas and Groundhog’s Day (United States)
    • 8 – Chinese New Year
    • 9 – Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, and Mardi Gras
    • 10 – Ash Wednesday (Lent begins)
    • 14 – Saint Valentine’s Day
    • 15 – Presidents’ Day (United States)
  • March
    • 17 – Saint Patrick’s Day
    • 20 – Spring Equinox, Ostara, and Palm Sunday
    • 23 – Purim (begins at sundown)
    • 24 – Maundy Thursday (Lent ends)
    • 25 – Good Friday
  • April
    • 1 – April Fool’s Day
    • 5 – Easter
    • 22 – Earth Day and Passover begins
    • 29 – Arbor Day
    • 30 – Passover ends
  • May
    • 1 – May Day and Beltane
    • 5 – Cinco de Mayo and Ascension
    • 8 – Mother’s Day (United States)
    • 15 – Whitsun and Pentecost
    • 30 – Memorial Day (United States)
  • June
    • 14 – Flag Day (United States)
    • 6 – Ramadan begins
    • 19 – Father’s Day (United States) and Midsummer Eve
    • 20 – Summer solstice
    • 24 – St. John’s Day
  • July
    • 4 – Independence Day (United States)
    • 5 – Ramadan ends
    • 7 – Eid al-Fitr
  • August
    • 1 – Lammas and Lughnasadh
    • 15 – Assumption Day

What do you celebrate at your home? Want to add a new holiday or festival to your year? Start planning now before you get too caught up in the school year!

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