Holiday Calendar for the 2016-17 School Year | 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 for 2016-17 that you plan to celebrate. For the holiday calendar 2016-17 school year, I am including holidays from a few more religions, just because we are living in time when it seems more important than ever, to try to respect and honor everyone’s culture. As such, I’m including all the major holidays celebrated by the faiths that are popular in my area, Seattle – Catholic/Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, and Wicca, in addition to the national and secular holidays. So, here is my annual, list of dates for this school year’s holidays and festivals:

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