A group of men participate in a fruit spoon race during the Holi Festival of Color in Manheim Township Community Park, south of Lititz, Saturday, April 14, 2018. The festival is sponsored by the South Asian Association of Lancaster.

Happy New Year! It’s a good time to make sure your calendar is complete with this year’s major religious holidays. Here, we provide a list of major Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu holidays.


Epiphany: Jan. 6.

Also known as Three Kings' Day to remember the three wise men who visited Jesus as a baby.

Orthodox Christmas: Jan. 7.

Ash Wednesday: March 2.

This marks the first day of Lent leading up to Easter.

Palm Sunday: April 10.

The day celebrates Jesus’ return to Jerusalem.

Maundy Thursday: April 14.

This commemorates the night of the Last Supper with Jesus.

Good Friday: April 15.

The day set aside to honor Jesus’ crucifixion.

Easter: April 17.

Easter celebrates Jesus’ resurrection. 

Orthodox Easter (Pascha): April 24.

Easter celebrates Jesus’ resurrection; it falls on a later day, with Orthodox churches following the Julian calendar.

Ascension Day: May 26.

This marks the day Jesus ascended into heaven.

Pentecost: June 5.

This honors the day when the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus’ followers.

All Saints’ Day: Nov. 1.

The holiday celebrates the spiritual connection of all saints between the living and the dead.

Christmas Day: Dec. 25.


Purim: March 16-17.

Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.

Passover: April 15-23.

Passover (Pesach) celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.

Shavuot: June 4-6.

Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. The Ten Commandments are read in synagogues, just as they were in the desert on Mount Sinai over 3,300 years ago.

Rosh Hashanah: Sept. 25-27.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of God as king.

Yom Kippur: Oct. 4-5.

Also known as the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur is the holiest day on the Jewish calendar.

Sukkot: Oct. 9-16.

This festival is held to commemorate the sheltering of the Israelites in the wilderness.

Hanukkah: Dec. 18-26.

The festival of lights commemorates the rededication of the Temple in 165 BC by the Maccabees after its desecration by the Syrians

All Jewish holidays begin at sunset.


Isra and Mi’raj: Feb. 28-March 1.

Marks the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from mecca Jerusalem, and ascension.

Ramadan: April 2-May 2.

The month of fasting commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad. It ends with the holiday Eid Al Fitr.

Laylat al-Qadr: April 29.

This celebrates the night that the first verses of Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.

Eid al-Adha: July 9-10.

The Feast of the Sacrifice honors the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son, as an act of submission to God’s command.

Islamic New Year: July 29-30.

Prophet’s Birthday: Oct. 7-8.

Celebrates birthday of the Prophet Muhammad.


Holi: March 18.

The festival of colors to pray and wish for evil to be destroyed.

Navratri: Sept. 26-Oct. 5.

This nine-day festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil.

Diwali: Oct. 24.

The holiday celebrates the victory of light over darkness.

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