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This calendar (and the linked Alphabetical List of Religious Observances and Alphabetical List of Civic Observances) are intended to be teacher resources that can be used in a number of ways. First, if you know that you will have a number of students of any given religion in your class, you can use this page to avoid scheduling conflicts that arise when a number of students will be absent for a religious observance. Second, you can use this information to acknowledge special days for individual students. Third, you can use this page to plan multicultural instruction to coincide with the holidays of a culture you plan to study. This and the two linked pages can also be used as classroom resources for your students in their study of other cultures.

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August 2000

 
Date HolidayObserved by
15 
 
 
Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
 
 
Roman Catholics
Eastern Orthodox Christians
Rahki
 
Hindus
Jains
Acadian National DayAcadians
22Sri Ramakrishna JayantiHindus
Krishna JanmashtamiHindus
26Paryushana ParvaSikhs
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September 2000:

 
Date HolidayObserved by
2KhamapanaSikhs
4Labor DayAmericans
15
 
National Hispanic-American Heritage MonthAmericans
 
17Citizenship DayAmericans
19 
 
San Gennaro Day 
 
Italians
Italian-Americans
30Rosh Hashanah*Jews
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October 2000

 
Date HolidayObserved by

 
Dusserah† 
 
Hindus
Jains
9Columbus Day (observed)Americans
Yom Kippur*Jews
14-15Sukkot*Jews
20Birth of the Bab*Baha'i
21Shemini 'Atzert*Jews
22Simchat Torah*Jews
24United Nations Day
26 
 
Diwali† 
 
Hindus
Jains
27DiwaliSikhs
31 
 
Reformation Day 
 
Protestants
Lutherans
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November 2000: National American Indian Heritage Month

 
Date HolidayObserved by

 
 
All Saints Day 
 
 
Roman Catholics
Protestants
Lutherans
11Veterans DayAmericans
12Baha'u'llah's Birthday*Baha'i
23ThanksgivingAmericans
27RamadanMuslims
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December 2000

 
Date HolidayObserved by
3First Sunday of AdventChristians
6St. Nicholas DayChristians
8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionRoman Catholics
Bodhi DayBuddhists
12Festival of Our Lady of GuadalupeRoman Catholics
22Hanukkah*Jews
25ChristmasChristians
26Kwanzaa
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January 2001

 
Date HolidayObserved by
1New Year's Day
Feast of Saint Basil
 
Eastern Orthodox Christians
6Festival of the Three KingsChristians
7Feast of the EphiphanyChristians
The Nativity of Jesus Christ
 
Eastern Orthodox Christians
15Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday (observed)Americans
24Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese New YearBuddhists
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February 2001: African-American Heritage Month

 
Date HolidayObserved by
12Abraham Lincoln's BirthdayAmericans
14St. Valentine's Day
15Nirvana DayBuddhists
19President's DayAmericans
19-23Brotherhood/Sisterhood Week
22George Washington's BirthdayAmericans
26 
 
Eastern Orthodox Lent Begins 
 
Eastern Orthodox Christians
28 
 
Ash Wednesday 
 
Roman Catholics
Protestants
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March 2001: National Women's History Month

 
Date HolidayObserved by
2Month of Fasting*Baha'i
9Purim*Jews
11'Id al-AdhaMuslims
17St. Patrick's Day
21Naw-Ruz*Baha'i
25The AnnunciationChristians
26MuharramMuslims
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April 2001

 
Date HolidayObserved by
4Mahavir JayantiSikhs
8WesakBuddhists
Palm SundayChristians
Passover*Jews
12 
 
Maundy Thursday 
 
Roman Catholics
Protestants
Holy Thursday 
 
Eastern Orthodox Christians
13 
 
Good Friday 
 
Roman Catholics
Protestants
Holy Friday 
 
Eastern Orthodox Christians
14-16Cambodian New YearBuddhists
15 
 
 
Easter 
 
 
Roman Catholic
Protestant
Eastern Orthodox
20Yom Hashoah*Jews
21Ridvan*Baha'i
24Armenian Martyrs' Day
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May 2001: Asian-American Heritage Month

 
Date HolidayObserved by
5Cinco de Mayo
24 
 
Ascension Day 
 
Roman Catholics
Protestants
28Memorial Day (observed)
Shavuot*Jews
31
 
Ascension Day
 
Eastern Orthodox Christians
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June 2001

 
Date HolidayObserved by

 
Pentecost 
 
Romans Catholics
Protestants
4Ma'uled Al-NabiMuslims
14Flag DayAmericans
19Juneteenth
24 
 
Nativity of St. John the Baptist 
 
Roman Catholics
Protestants
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July 2001

 
Date HolidayObserved by
1Canada DayCanadians
4Independence DayAmericans
9Martyrdom of the Bab*Baha'i
24Pioneer DayMormons
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* Jewish and Baja'i holidays begin at sunset the previous day.
†Hindu, Sikh and Jain holidays are calculated on a lunar calendar and are are observed at different times in different regions.

Light Our Candles gratefully acknowledges the National Conference for Community and Justice (http://www.nccj.org/nccj3.nsf/htmlmedia/organize.htm) for the origin of much of this information.

    Light Our Candles. (2000, July 31). Light Our Candles: Kids Across the Globe [WWW document]. Light Our Candles. Leavenworth, KS: Saint Mary College. Retrieved Month #, 2000 from the World Wide Web: http://lightourcandles.tripod.com/kids.html
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