KEY HOLY DAYS!
By: Anne Chadwell Humphries
Each year organizations around the country are publicly embarrassed by scheduling a major event on a holy day observed by many members of the community. (Not to mention their customers )
The sponsoring group looks shortsighted. (And stupid) The participants are torn between the two events, and an awkward situation could have been avoided easily had there been a little foresight and awareness of the most prominent holy days.
Following is a list of holy days for 1998. The spellings and pronunciations vary, but are cross-referenced in a number of books.(Available at your local library)
As a rule of thumb: mark the eve before the actual day on your calendar, because if people don稚 worship that evening they may be preparing for the next day痴 activities.
December 31, 1997 First of Ramadan Islam
January 15th Coming of Age Day, Shinto
January 29th Eid-ul-Fitr, Islam
January 31st Chinese/Vietnamese New Year, Buddhism
February 25th Mahashivaratri, Hindu
February 25th Ash Wednesday, Western Christianity
March 2nd Lent Monday, Eastern Christianity
March 13th Holi, Hinduism
March 21st New Years, Baha段
April 5th -11th Holy Week, Western Christianity
April 5th Palm Sunday, Western Christianity
April 5th Ramanavami, Hindu
April 7th Eid-ul-Adha, Islam
April 9th Maundy Thursday, Western Christianity
April 10th Good Friday, Western Christianity
April 11th - 18th
April 12th Easter, Western Christianity
April 12th - 17th Holy Week. Eastern Christianity
April 12th Palm Sunday, Eastern Christianity
April 13th - 14th Saka (Theravada Buddhists) Buddhism
April 13th Baisakhi, Hinduism/Sikhism
April 16th Holy Thursday, Eastern Christianity
April 17th Holy Friday, Eastern Christianity
April 19th Pascha, Eastern Christianity
April 21th - May 2nd Feast of Ridvan, Baha段
May 10th Wesak, Buddhism
May 23rd Declaration of the Bab, Baha段
May 29th Ascension of Bab置値lah, Baha段
May 31st - June 1st Shavout, Judaism
July 9th Martyrdom of Bab, Baha段.
August 14th Janmasthami/Sri Krishna Jayanti, Hindu
August 26th Ganesh Chaturthi, Hinduism.
September 21st - 22nd Rosh Hashanah, Judaism.
September 30th Yom Kippur, Judaism
September 30th Vijayadashami/Dassehra, Hinduism
October 5th - 12th Sukkot, Judaism (especially 5th and 6th )
October 12th Shmini Atzeret, Judaism
October 13th Simchat Torah, Judaism
October 19th Diwali, Hinduism/Buddhism/Sikhism.
October 20th Birth of Bab, Baha段.
October 22nd Installation of the Holy Sikhism Scriptures
November 4th Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, Sikhism.
November 12th Birth of Buha置値lah, Baha段
December 14th First night of Hanukkah, Judaism
December 20th First of Ramadan, Islam.
December 25th Christmas, Western Christianity .Some Eastern Christians
December 26th - Jan 1st Kwanazaa (Cultural observation)
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