Celebrations and Remembrances That May Show Up in School in Various Ways

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2019-2020 School Year

These are not exhaustive lists and are intended to provide awareness of celebrations and remembrances that may show up in school in various ways.

 Vietnam, China, Taiwan, Korea

Hispanic Heritage
Date(s):Holiday / Observance:Religious / Cultural Group:Notes:
Aug. 31 - Sept. 28*Al¬Hijra / Muharram 
Sept. 2Labor Day No school.
Sept. 9-10*AshuraIslamic 
Sept. 12Enkutatash (New Year) 
Sept. 13Tet Trung Thu (Vietnam) Moon Festival (China, Taiwan) Chu¬Seok (Korea) 
Sept. 16Mexican Independence Day 
Sept. 21-29*MabonNeo-Pagan 
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1*^Rosh Hashanah (New Year)Jewish

Rosh Hashanah kicks off several weeks of Jewish holidays in the fall.


Cultural Diversity | Coming Out | Disability Employment Awareness | Filipino American History
Date(s):Holiday / Observance:Religious / Cultural Group:Notes:
Oct. 8DashainBhutan 
Oct. 8Navaratri/DassehraHindu 
Oct. 8 -9*^Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)JewishHoliest and most observed Jewish holiday.
Oct. 11National Coming Out DayLGTBQ+ and Allies 
Oct. 12Día de la RazaLatinx, Mexican 
Oct. 13-20*^Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)Jewish 
Oct. 14Indigenous Peoples' DayUnited States 
Oct. 20-22*^Shemini AtzeretJewish 
Oct. 21-22*^Simchat TorahJewish 
Oct. 27^DiwaliHindu, Jain, Sikh, Buddhist 
Oct. 29-30*^Birth of Bahá'u'lláhBahá'i 
Oct. 28-29*^Birth of the BábBahá'i 
Oct. 31HalloweenUnited StatesPlease keep in mind that not all families view Halloween positively.
Oct. 31 - Nov. 1SamhainNeo-Pagan 
Oct. 31 - Nov. 2Día de los MuertosMexican 


Native American Heritage
Date(s):Holiday / Observance:Religious / Cultural Group:Notes:
Nov. 1All Saint's DayAnglican & Roman Catholic 

Nov. 9-10*Mawlid-al-Nabi  (birthday of Mohammad)Islamic 
Nov. 11Veteran's DayUnited States 
Nov. 12Birthday of Guru NanakSikh 
Nov. 20Transgender Day of RemembranceInternational 
Nov. 28Thanksgiving DayUnited StatesNo school. http://americanindiansource.com/ mourningday.html


Date(s):Holiday / Observance:Religious / Cultural Group:Notes:
Dec. 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionCatholic 
Dec. 12Day of Our Lady of GuadalupeMexican Catholic 
Dec. 16-24Las PosadasMexican 
Dec. 16-24Simbang GabiFilipino Catholic
Dec. 22-30*Hanukkah (Chanukah)Jewish 
Dec. 22-30Winter Solstice / YuleNeo-Pagan 
Dec. 25Christmas DayChristianNo school.
Dec. 26 - Jan. 1KwanzaaAfrican American 


Date(s):Holiday / Observance:Religious / Cultural Group:Notes:
Jan. 1^Gantan-saiShinto 
Jan. 1New Year's DayInternationalNo school.
Jan. 2^Birthday of Guru Govind SinghSikh 
Jan. 2Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)Buddhist 
Jan. 6Día de los Reyes (Three Kings Day / Epiphany)Mexican Christian 
Jan. 7Orthodox ChristmasChristian Orthodox 
Jan. 20Martin Luther King DayUnited StatesNo school.
Jan. 25Lunar New Year (Year of the Rat)China, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Korea 
Jan. 27Holocaust Remembrance DayInternational 


African American History
Date(s):Holiday / Observance:Religious / Cultural Group:Notes:
Feb. 1ImbolcNeo-Pagan 
Feb. 3Setsubun-saiShinto 
Feb. 9-10Magha Puja DayBuddhist 
Feb. 14Valentine's DayInternationalBe mindful that not all students celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Feb. 17President's Day No school.
Feb. 19Day of Remembrance (Japanese Incarceration)United States 
Feb. 21Maha ShivaratriHindu 
Feb. 26Ash WednesdayChristian 
Feb. 26 - Apr. 9Lenten SeasonChristian 


MARCH 2020
Women's History | Developmental Disabilities Awareness
Date(s):Holiday / Observance:Religious / Cultural Group:Notes:
Mar. 8International Women's DayInternational 
Mar. 9-10*HoliHindu 
Mar. 9-10*PurimJewish 
Mar. 17St. Patrick's DayIrish 
Mar. 19OstaraNeo-Pagan 
Mar. 19Persian New Year (Nowruz)Iranian 
Mar. 19-20*Naw RuzBahá'I / Persian / Kurdish / Zoroastrianism 
Mar. 21International Day for the Elimination of Racial DiscriminationInternational 
Mar. 31César Chávez DayUnited States 


APRIL 2020
Autism Acceptance | Holocaust Remembrance
Date(s):Holiday / Observance:Religious / Cultural Group:Notes:
Apr. 2Autism Acceptance DayUnited States 
Apr. 2RamanavamiHindu 
Apr. 5Palm SundayChristian / Orthodox 
Apr. 5-11Holy WeekChristian 
Apr. 6National Tartan DayScottish American 
Apr. 8-16*^Passover (Pesach)Jewish 
Apr. 9Maundy ThursdayChristian 
Apr. 10Good FridayChristian 
Apr. 12^EasterChristian 
Apr. 12National Day of SilenceLGBTQ+ and Allies 
Apr. 13VaisakhiSikh 
Apr. 13-15Bun Pi Mai (New Year)LaotianBegins on the first full moon of April.
Apr. 14-16*Cambodian New Year  
Apr. 17Orthodox Good FridayChristian Orthodox 
Apr. 19Orthodox EasterChristian Orthodox 
Apr. 19 - May 1*First Day of RidvánBahá'i 
Apr. 20-21Yom HaSho’ahJewish 
Apr. 23 - May 23*^RamadanIslamic 
Apr. 27-28*Ninth Day of Ridván

Apr. 30Día de los NiñosMexican 
Apr. 30 - May 1*Twelfth DayofRidvánBahá'i 


MAY 2020
Asian American and South Pacific Islander Heritage
Date(s):Holiday / Observance:Religious / Cultural Group:Notes:
May 1*BeltaneNeo-Pagan 
May 1May Day (International Worker’s Day)International 
May 5Cinco de MayoUnited States / Mexican 
May 7Buddha Day / Visakha Puja / VesekBuddhist 
May 10Mother's Day Mother’s Day (always May 10th in Mexico) is very important for Mexican Families.
May 19Laylat al QadrIslamic 
May 22-23*Declaration of the BábBahá'i 
May 23-24*^Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)Islamic 
May 25Memorial DayUnited States / MexicanNo school.
May 27-28*Ascension of Bahá'u'lláhBahá'i 
May 28-30*^ShavuotJewish 
May 31PentecostChristian 


JUNE 2020
LGBTQ+ Pride
Date(s):Holiday / Observance:Religious / Cultural Group:Notes:
Jun. 12Loving DayUnited States 
Jun. 12Philippine Independence DayFilipino 
Jun. 19JuneteenthAfrican American 
Jun. 20Summer Solstice/LithaNeo-Pagan 
Jun. 28PrideLGBTQ+ and Allies 


JULY 2020
Date(s):Holiday / Observance:Religious / Cultural Group:Notes:
Jul. 4Independence Day  
Jul. 5Dharma DayBuddhist 
Jul. 917th of TammuzJewish 
Jul. 23Birthday of Haile SelassieRastafarian 
Jul. 28 - Aug. 2HajjIslamic 
Jul. 29-30Tisha B’AvJewish 
Ju. 30-31Eid-ul-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)Islamic 


Date(s):Holiday / Observance:Religious / Cultural Group:Notes:
Aug. 1Lughnasadh (Lammas)Neo-Pagan 
Aug. 3Raksha BandhanHindu 
Aug. 12International Youth DayInternational 
Aug. 11Krishna JanmashtamiHindu 
Aug. 13-15ObonJapanese Buddhist 
Aug. 20Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)Islamic 

Notes: Starred (*) holy days begin at sunset of the date listed and go to sunset of the following day.

              Caret (^) indicates work restrictions.


 Due to regional and cultural differences, the holidays listed may be celebrated on different dates by individuals of the same faith.  Muslim holidays are based on actual sighting of the moon and therefore the date may vary.

For more information on individual holidays, click the holiday title to view its hyperlink (many are linked to Wikipedia).