Holidays and Festivals

Festivals and Holidays for the 2017-18 School Year | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsPlanning for the 2017-18 School Year

With the school year quickly approaching, it’s time to be thinking about scheduling for the year, including working around the festivals and holidays that you want to celebrate during the 2017-18 school year. I noticed a couple of odd things about this year. Firstly, Lent starts on Valentine’s Day, so if you’re giving up sweets for Lent, so much for Valentine’s chocolates. Secondly, Easter is on the same day as April Fool’s Day, which could get interesting… Anyway, here is my annual, list of dates for this school year’s holidays and festivals:

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

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