Lists of holidays

Lists of holidays by various categorizations.

Religious holidays[edit]

Abrahamic holidays[edit]

Christian holidays[edit]

The Christian Patronal feast days or 'name days' are celebrated in each place's patron saint's day, according to the Calendar of saints.

Islamic holidays[edit]

  • Ashura (Day of Atonement; Tenth day of Muharram. Muharram is the first month of the lunar year)
  • Eid (feast): Date determined by the lunar calendar and observation of the Moon
    • Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice; Tenth day of Dhulhijjah, the twelfth and final month of the lunar year)
    • Eid al-Fitr (Feast of Breaking the Fast; First day of Shawal. It marks the end of Ramadan, the fasting month. Part of honoring this occasion is "zakaat ul-fitr" (giving alms to the needy on the day of Eid al-Fitr))
  • Holy Month of Ramadan (First day of Ramadan; A 30-day period of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran)
  • Isra and Mi'raj (Night Journey; Ascension of Prophet Muhammad into Heaven)
  • Jumu'ah (More commonly known as the Day of Assembly or the Day of Gathering; Held every Friday of the lunar year as an alternative to the Zuhr prayer)
  • Mawlid (Birth of the Prophet; Birth of Prophet Muhammad)
  • Nisfu Sha'ban (Bara'a Night; Decisions of the fortunes of men in the approaching year)
  • Nuzul Al Quran (First revelation of the Quran)
  • Raʼs al-Sanah al-Hijrīyah (Islamic New Year; First day of Muharram every year)

Jewish holidays[edit]

  • Chag HaMatzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread - 7 days of consumption of matzo with wine and avoidance of leavened foods)
  • Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication; Also called the Festival of Lights - Commemoration of the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple)
  • Pesach (Passover - Deliverance of Jews from slavery in Egypt)
    • Lag BaOmer (A holiday celebrated on the 33rd day of the Counting of the Omer, which occurs on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar)
  • Purim (Feast of Lots - Deliverance of Jews in Persia from extermination by Haman)
  • Reishit Katzir (Feast of Firstfruits - Collecting and waving of grain bundles (barley or wheat); Occurs during the 7 days of unleavened bread after the Sabbath)
  • Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets; Also called the Jewish New Year - First day of Tishrei every year)
  • Shabbat (The 7th Day Sabbath - The day of rest and holiest day of the week, Saturday)
  • Shavuot (Feast of Weeks - Wheat harvesting in Israel and the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai)
  • Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles; Also called the Feast of Ingathering - Dwelling within sukkahs for 7 days (in Israel) or 8 days (the diaspora); Considered by some to be a mini-campout)
    • Shemini Atzeret (A holiday sometimes confused as being the 8th day of Sukkot; Beginning of the rainy season in Israel)
      • Simchat Torah (Observed after Shemini Atzeret; Completion of the Sefer Torah)
  • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement - A day of fasting and repentance of one's sins from the past year)

Dharmic holidays (Indian)[edit]

Buddhist holidays[edit]

Hindu holidays[edit]

Jain holidays[edit]

Sikh holidays[edit]

Pagan holidays (ancient cultures)[edit]

Ancient Greek/Roman holidays[edit]

Celtic, Norse, and Neopagan holidays[edit]

In the order of the Wheel of the Year:

Other holidays[edit]

Bahá'í holidays[edit]

East Asian holidays[edit]

...of Jewish holidays[edit]

The following table is a chart of the 10 biblical Jewish holidays, along with their times and days of occurrence, references in the Bible, and how they point to Jesus.

Holiday Season Month Biblical references Symbolic significance
Passover Spring 14 or 15 Nisan Leviticus 23:4-8, John 6:1-71 He dies.
Feast of Unleavened Bread Spring 14-21 Nisan Leviticus 23:5-8 He is buried and rids His house of sin.
Feast of Firstfruits Spring 16 Nisan Leviticus 23:9-14 He rises from the dead.
Feast of Weeks Spring 6 Sivan Leviticus 23:15-22, Acts 2:1-4 He sends the comforter (Holy Spirit) 7 weeks later.
Feast of Trumpets Autumn 1 Tishrei Leviticus 23:23-25 He returns.
Day of Atonement Autumn 10 Tishrei Leviticus 23:26-27, Hebrews 9:7 He judges the non-believers.
Feast of Tabernacles Autumn 15-21 Tishrei Leviticus 23:33-43, John 7:1–10:21, Revelation 21:3 He will gather us for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.
Feast of Dedication Late Autumn/Early Winter 25 Kislev-2 Tevet 1 Maccabees 4:52-59, John 10:22 He is the Light of the World.
Feast of Lots Late Winter/Early Spring 14 Adar Esther 9:20-31 He delivers Israel and brings salvation to His people.
The 7th Day Sabbath Every Saturday of the year All months of the year He will dwell with us for a perpetual day of rest.

Western winter holidays in the Northern Hemisphere[edit]

The following holidays are observed to some extent at the same time during the Southern Hemisphere's summer, with the exception of Winter Solstice.

  • Winter Solstice (the longest night and shortest day of the year) or Yule (Winter solstice, around 21–22 December in the Northern Hemisphere and 21–22 June in the Southern Hemisphere) The solstice celebrations are traditionally marked with anything that symbolizes or encourages life. Decorations of evergreens, bright objects and lights; singing songs, giving gifts, feasting and romantic events are often included. For Neopagans this is the celebration of the death and rebirth of the Sun and is one of the eight sabbats on the Wheel of the Year.
  • Christmas Eve (24 December) – Day before Christmas. Traditions usually include big feasts at night to celebrate the day to come. It is the night when Santa Claus delivers presents to all the good children of the world.
  • Christmas Day (25 December) – Christian holiday commemorating the birth of Jesus. Traditions include gift-giving, the decoration of trees and houses, and Santa Claus folktales.
  • Hanukkah (25 Kislev–2 Tevet – almost always in December) – Jewish holiday celebrating the defeat of Seleucid forces who had tried to prevent Israel from practicing the Jewish faith, and also celebrating the miracle of the Menorah lights burning for eight days with only enough olive oil for one day.
  • Saint Stephen's Day or Second Day of Christmas (26 December) – Holiday observed in many European countries.
  • Boxing Day (26 December or 27 December) – Holiday observed in many Commonwealth countries on the first non-Sunday after Christmas.
  • New Year's Eve (31 December) – Night before New Year's Day. Usually observed with celebrations and festivities in anticipation of the new year.
  • New Year's Day (1 January) – Holiday observing the first day of the year in the Gregorian calendar.

Secular holidays[edit]

Many other days are marked to celebrate events or people, around the world, but are not strictly holidays as time off work is rarely given.


Other secular holidays not observed internationally
Name Date Place Details
Hangul Day or Korean Alphabet Day 15 January North Korea
9 October South Korea
Lee–Jackson–King Day 20 January Virginia Combined holiday celebrated from 1984 to 2000.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 3rd Monday in January United States
Groundhog Day 2 February United States and Canada
Darwin Day 12 February Birthday of Charles Darwin to highlight his contribution to science.
Family Day 18 February Various regions of Canada
Presidents' Day 3rd Monday in February United States Federal holiday. Honors the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Confederate Memorial Day Celebrated by the original Confederate States at various times during the year; still celebrated on the fourth Monday in April in Alabama. Parts of the United States
Siblings Day 10 April Originally celebrated only in the United States. Can now be celebrated in various countries around the world.
Patriots' Day 3rd Monday in April Massachusetts and Maine, United States
Earth Day 22 April Celebrated in many countries as a day to cherish nature.
King's Day 27 April Netherlands
Constitution Day 3 May Poland One of the two most important national holidays (the other is National Independence Day on 11 November). It commemorates the proclamation of the Constitution of May 3, 1791 (the first modern constitution in Europe) by the Sejm of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Youth Day 4 May People's Republic of China Commemorates Beijing students who protested against Western imperialism on this day.
Cinco de Mayo 5 May Mexico
Parents Day 8 May South Korea
4th Sunday in July United States Proclaimed by Bill Clinton in 1994.
Victoria Day Last Monday before 25 May Canada, also Edinburgh and Dundee in Scotland Birthday of Queen Victoria.
Children's Day 2nd Sunday in June Various
Flag Day 14 June United States
2 May Poland
Juneteenth 19 June United States Official holiday in 14 states; commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas (unofficial in 5 other US states).
Canada Day 1 July Canada Celebration of the date of the Confederation of Canada. Formerly known as Dominion Day, as this was the day on which Canada became a self-governing Dominion within the British Empire.
Independence Day Various days; 4 July in the United States and other dates in many other nations
Indian Arrival Day Various days Official holiday in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, Mauritius, Grenada, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Celebrated on the day when Indians arrived in various European colonies; Celebrated with parades re-enacting when indentured Indian immigrants landed in their respective colonies.
Pioneer Day 24 July Utah, United States
Army Day 1 August Mainland territory of the People's Republic of China
Grandparents Day Sunday after Labor Day United States Proclaimed by Jimmy Carter in 1978.
Oktoberfest 3rd Saturday in September Munich, Germany
Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October United States
Indigenous Peoples' Day 2nd Monday in October United States Celebrates the Indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Nanomonestotse Starts 3rd Monday in October Celebration of peace, observed within some Native American families.
Day of the Dead 1 and 2 November Mexico
Guy Fawkes Day 5 November Great Britain and other countries of the Commonwealth In memory of the failed Gunpowder Plot by Guy Fawkes.
Melbourne Cup Day 1st Tuesday in November Melbourne metropolitan area The day of the Melbourne Cup.
Remembrance Day or Veterans Day 11 November United States, Canada and other Commonwealth nations
Thanksgiving 4th Thursday in November United States Generally observed as an expression of gratitude for the autumn harvest.
2nd Monday in October Canada Since the climate is colder than in the US, the harvest season begins (and ends) earlier.
Saint Nicholas Day 5 December Netherlands
6 December Belgium
Boxing Day 26 December British Commonwealth
Kwanzaa 26 December to 1 January United States Celebration of African heritage created in 1966 by African-American activist Maulana Karenga.

Consecutive holidays[edit]

  • Beginning in 2000, Spring Festival, and National Day are week-long holidays in the mainland territory of the People's Republic of China, known as Golden Weeks. International Labor Day was a similar holiday from 2000 until 2007.
  • In Colombia, in the holy week there are consecutive holidays Jueves Santo (Holy Thursday) and Viernes Santo (Holy Friday) with variable dates in March or April.
  • In The Netherlands, Remembrance of the Dead is celebrated on 4 May from 19:00 and Liberation Day on the 5th. This way Remembrance of the Dead and Liberation Day constitute one remembrance: for both Victims and Liberation.
  • In Ireland, Saint Patrick's Day can occasionally occur in Holy Week, the week before Easter; in this case the three holidays (Saint Patrick's Day, Good Friday, and Easter Monday) plus three days' leave can result in a 10-day break. See Public holidays in the Republic of Ireland.
  • In Poland during holidays on 1 May and 3 May, when taking a few days of leave can result in 9-day-long holidays; this is called The Picnic (or Majówka).
  • In Japan, golden-week lasts roughly a full week. Then, in 2007, the law was amended so that if any 2 public holidays occur both on a weekday and are separated by a day, then that intermediate day shall also be a public holiday, thus creating a 3-day-long public holiday.
  • In Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Canada, Ireland, Poland, Russia and the UK, a public holiday otherwise falling on a Sunday will result in observance of the public holiday on the next available weekday (generally Monday). This arrangement results in a long weekend
  • The United States Congress changed the observance of Memorial Day and Washington's Birthday from fixed dates to certain Mondays in 1968 (effective 1971). Several states had passed similar laws earlier.

Unofficial holidays, awareness days, and other observances[edit]

These are holidays that are not traditionally marked on calendars. These holidays are celebrated by various groups and individuals. Some are designed to promote a cause, others recognize historical events not recognized officially, and others are "funny" holidays, generally intended as humorous distractions and excuses to share laughs among friends.

See also[edit]