Major Jewish, Muslim and Christian Holidays

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March 1 – April 12, 2014

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October 8-16, 2014

 

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December 21, 2014 – January 3, 2015

 

 

Major holidays in the Middle East

 

2014

Holiday

Day

Faith

Description

New Year’s Day

January  1

All

Called ‘Sylvester’ in Hebrew.

Tu Bishvat

January 16

Jewish

New Year of the Trees

Purim

March 16

Jewish

Celebrates the Jewish Deliverance from the Persian Empire

Pesach

April 15-21

Jewish

Jewish Passover

Good Friday

April 18

Christian

Jesus’ Crucifixion

Easter Sunday

April 20

Christian

Jesus’ Resurrection

Holocaust Memorial Day

April 27

Jewish

Remembers the Holocaust

Yom HaZikaron (IDF Memorial Day)

May 4

Jewish

Remembers the fallen solders of Israel’s Wars

Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)

May 5

Jewish

Celebrates Israel’s Declaration of Statehood on May 4, 1948. Follows the Jewish Calendar of 5th of Iyar.

Lag BaOmer

May 18

Jewish

The 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer between Passover and Pentecost.

Shavuot

June 4

Jewish

‘Festival of Weeks’ or ‘Pentecost’. Begins on the 6th day of the Hebrew month of Sivan.

Ramadan

June 28

Muslim

The 9th month of Muslim calendar. A period of fasting (no food or water from sun-up to sunset).

Eid al-Fitr

July 28

Muslim

‘Feast of the Breaking of the Fast.’ Marks the end of Ramadan for Muslims.

Tisha B’Av

August  5

Jewish

A solemn day of fasting for Jews which commemorates the destructions of the Jewish Temple

Rosh HaShanah

September 25-26

Jewish

The Jewish New Year

Yom Kippur

October 4

Jewish

The Day of Atonement

Eid al-Adha

October 4

Muslim/Druze

Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael

Sukkot

October 9-15

Jewish

The Feast of Tabernacles.

Shemini Atzeret

October 16

Jewish

The 8th day of Sukkot. A separate holiday

Simchat Torah

October 17

Jewish

Marks the end of the Jewish public readings of the Torah. On this day the scroll is rolled back to Genesis.

Hanukkah

December 17-24

Jewish

‘Festival of Lights.’ Recalls the Rededication of the Jewish Temple during the Maccabean Revolt. The 25th day of Kislev. During this 8-day period, Jews light a candelabrum known as a ‘hanukiah.’

Christmas

December 25

Christian

The birth of Jesus.

 

2015

Holiday

Day

Faith

Description

New Year’s Day

January  1

All

Called ‘Sylvester’ in Hebrew.

Tu Bishvat

February 4

Jewish

New Year of the Trees

Purim

March 5

Jewish

Celebrates the Jewish Deliverance from the Persian Empire

Pesach

April 4-10

Jewish

Jewish Passover

Good Friday

April 3

Christian

Jesus’ Crucifixion

Easter Sunday

April 5

Christian

Jesus’ Resurrection

Holocaust Memorial Day

April 16

Jewish

Remembers the Holocaust

Yom HaZikaron (IDF Memorial Day)

April 22

Jewish

Remembers the fallen solders of Israel’s Wars

Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day)

April 23

Jewish

Celebrates Israel’s Declaration of Statehood on May 4, 1948. Follows the Jewish Calendar of 5th of Iyar.

Lag BaOmer

May 7

Jewish

The 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer between Passover and Pentecost.

Shavuot

May 24

Jewish

‘Festival of Weeks’ or ‘Pentecost’. Begins on the 6th day of the Hebrew month of Sivan.

Ramadan

June 18

Muslim

The 9th month of Muslim calendar. A period of fasting (no food or water from sun-up to sunset).

Eid al-Fitr

July 17

Muslim

‘Feast of the Breaking of the Fast.’ Marks the end of Ramadan for Muslims.

Tisha B’Av

July 26

Jewish

A solemn day of fasting for Jews which commemorates the destructions of the Jewish Temple

Rosh HaShanah

September 14-15

Jewish

The Jewish New Year

Yom Kippur

September 23

Jewish

The Day of Atonement

Eid al-Adha

September 23

Muslim/Druze

Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ishmael

Sukkot

September 28 - October 4

Jewish

The Feast of Tabernacles.

Shemini Atzeret

October 5

Jewish

The 8th day of Sukkot. A separate holiday

Simchat Torah

October 6

Jewish

Marks the end of the Jewish public readings of the Torah. On this day the scroll is rolled back to Genesis.

Hanukkah

December 7-14

Jewish

‘Festival of Lights.’ Recalls the Rededication of the Jewish Temple during the Maccabean Revolt. The 25th day of Kislev. During this 8-day period, Jews light a candelabrum known as a ‘hanukiah.’

Christmas

December 25

Christian

The birth of Jesus.