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Fun, Feasts and Festivals
Around the World

January
  • 1: New Year's Day
  • 6: Epiphany (the twelfth night of Christmas)
  • 6-7: Orthodox Christian feast of Christmas
  • 15/16: Martin Luther King Day
  • 25: Burns Night, Scotland
  • 26: Australia Day
    Republic Day, India
January - February moveable
  • Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)
  • Vietnamese New Year (Tet)
February
  • 2: Ground Hog Day, USA
  • 6: Waitangi Day, New Zealand
  • 11: National Accession Day, Japan
  • 14: St. Valentine's Day
  • 22: Washington's Birthday, USA
February - March Moveable
  • Shrove Tuesday
  • Mardi Gras
  • Fastnach
  • Pancake Day
  • Carnival
  • Jewish festival of Purim
  • Hindu festival of Mahashivaratri
March
  • 1: St. David's Day (the National Day of Wales)
  • 3: Hina-Matsuri (Japanese Doll Festival)
  • 6: Ghana National Day
  • 8: International Women's Day
  • 17: St. Patricia's Day (the National Day of Ireland)
  • 20: Japanese Spring Festival
  • 23: Pakistan National Day
  • 25: Greek National Day
March - April Moveable
  • Moomba (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Easter
  • Passover
  • Hindu festival of Holi
  • Sikh Holi Mahalla
  • Hindu festival of Rama Naumi
  • Quing Ming (Chinese festival of Remembrance)
  • Mother's Day (UK)

(Good Friday falls on April 9,2004; March 25,2005; April 14,2006; April 6,2007; March 21,2008; April 10,2009)

April
  • 1: All Fools Day, April Fools Day
  • 8: Bhudda's Birthday celebrated in Japan
  • 13: Sikh festival of Baisakhi
  • 23: St. George's Day (English National Day)
    Turkish Children's Day
  • 25: Anzac Day (Australia, New Zealand)
  • 30: Netherlands National Day
April - May Moveable
  • Feria (Seville, Spain)
  • Orthodox Easter
May
  • 1: May Day (Spring festival)
    National Worker's Day
  • 5: Boy's Day (Japan)
  • 17: Norwegian National Day
May Moveable
  • Mother's Day (USA)
  • Cheung Chau bun festival (Hong Kong)
May - June Moveable
  • Jewish festival of Shavour
  • Pentecost, Whitsun
  • Wesak (Bhudda's Birthday
  • Guru Arjan (Sikh)
June
  • 2: Italian Republic Day
  • 6: Swedish National Day
  • 12: Russian Independence Day
  • 23: Midsummer's Eve
  • 17: Festival of St. John the Baptist (Quebec)
June Moveable
  • Dragon Boat festival, China
  • Trooping the Colours, London Festival of Corpus Christi
  • Father's Day

July
  • 1: National Canada Day
  • 4: American Independence Day
  • 9: National Day
  • 14: Bastille Day (French National Day)
  • 18: Spanish National Day
  • 21: Belgium National Day
  • 22: Polish National Day
August
  • 1: Swiss National Day
  • 6: Bolivian National Day
  • 17: Indonesian National Day
August Moveable
  • Rakska Bandan, Hindu family day
  • Notting Hill Carnival, London
  • Edinburgh Arts festival, Scotland
  • National Eisteddfod of Wales
August - September Moveable
  • Janmashtami, Hindu festival
September
  • 7: Brazilian National Day
  • 16: Mexican National Day
  • 18: Chilean National Day
  • 30: Botswana National Day
September Moveable
  • Chinese Moon Festival
September - October Moveable
  • Rosh Hashanah, Jewish National Day
  • Yom Kippur, Jewish Day of Atonement
  • Jewish festival of Succot
October
  • 1: Chinese National Day
  • 9: Uganda National Day
  • 12: Columbus Day
  • 24: United Nations Day
    Zambian National Day
  • 26: Austrian National Day
  • 31: Halloween
October Moveable
  • Hindu festival of Dussehra
October - November Moveable
  • Diwali, Hindu and Sikh
  • Guru Nanak's Birthday, Sikh
November
  • 1: Christian festival of All Saints
  • 2: Bodhi Day, Mahayana Buddhist
    All Souls (Mexican Day of the Dead)
  • 5: Guy Fawkes Day
  • 7: Armistice Day
    St. Andrew's Day (National Day of Scotland)
November Moveable
  • Thanksgiving Day, USA
December
  • 5: Festival of St. Nicholas, Netherlands
    Finland National Day
  • 9: Tanzanian National Day
  • 12: Kenyan National Day
  • 13: St. Lucy's Day, Sweden
  • 24: Christmas Eve
  • 25: Christmas Day
  • 26: St. Steven's Day, Boxing Day
  • 31: New Year's Eve
    Hogmanay
December Moveable
  • Hanukkah
    Chinese Winter festival
  • December - January Moveable
  • Guru Gobind Singh
    Guru Tegh Bahadur

 

 

 

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