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Thu. 1/10 All day Islamic New Year The First of Muharram marks the new year. The date fluctuates (in the Gregorian calendar) from year to year as it is based on the Islamic lunar calendar.
Sun. 1/13 All day Feast of the Baptism of Christ
Sat. 1/19 All day Ashurah Ashura is celebrated on the ninth and tenth month of Muharram. The word ashura means "ten" and is a time of fasting, reflection and meditation. Jews of the city of Medina fasted on the tenth day in remembrance of their salvation from the Pharaoh, and the Prophet Muhammad pledged he would fast for two days instead of one in this same remembrance, but he died the following year and so never fasted as he had hoped. For many Muslims there is joy in commemorating all of the wonderful events traditions say occurred on this day, including: Noah's ark came to rest, the Prophet Abraham was born, the Kaaba was built. Among Shiite Muslims, it is a day of special sorrow commemorating the martyrdom of the Prophet's grandson Hussain and his followers at the battle of Kerbala in Islam's first century. It is commemorated in Shiite communities with reenactment of these events and is a time of mourning.
Thu. 2/14 All day St. Valentine's Day
Thu. 3/20 All day Mawlid an Nabi
Sun. 3/23 8:00 PM Easter
Tue. 3/25 All day Annunciation
Wed. 7/30 All day Isra Me'raj (Isra wa Al-Miraj) Laylat Al-Isra wa Al-Miraj ("the night journey and ascension") commemorates the journey of the Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Jerusalem, his ascension into the seven heavens, and his return in the same night. These events acknowledge that all the Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) have one and the same God as their source. In this night, Muslims believe, the Prophet was instructed to establish the five daily prayers in their current form. On this night, Muslims believe, Muhammad prayed together with Abraham, Moses and Jesus in the area of the Al-Aqsa mosque. The rock from which he is believed to have ascended to heaven to speak with God is the one seen inside the Dome of the Rock. Isra wa Al-Miraj as it is sometimes called is celebrated on the twenty-seventh of Rajab of the Islamic calendar.
Sat. 8/2 All day Nisfu Sha'ban
Wed. 8/6 All day Transfiguration
Fri. 8/15 All day Assumption Day
Mon. 9/1 All day Ramadan The ninth month of the Moslem calendar. Commemorates the month in which the Koran was revealed to Mohammed. Observance involves prayer and abstention from food, drink, smoking, and sex, from sunrise to sundown. After sundown brings party time. The first day of Ramadan is a holiday in many Islamic countries.
Sat. 9/27 All day Laitaltul-Qadr (Laylat Al-Qadr) Laylat Al-Qadr ("the night of power.") falls on one of the last ten days of Ramadan on an odd numbered day (such as the twenty-third, twenty-fifth or twenty-seventh), In the Qur'an this night is said to be equal to one thousand months and on this night the prayers of the sincere Muslim are certain to be answered.
Wed. 10/1 All day Eidul-Fitr (Eid al-Fitr) Just as festivity becomes the atmosphere when the fast is broken each day at sunset, happiness becomes doublefold when the month of fasting is finally completed and the Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated. The most elaborate dishes are served at large banquets to which relatives and friends are invited. These colorful celebrations are the climax of the sense of fullfiliment characterizing,a month of fasting and hardships, increasing the bonds of connectedness among humankind and between humankind and God.
Thu. 10/2 All day Feast of the Guardian Angels
All day Feast of the Gaurdian Angles Catholic day
Thu. 10/23 All day Creation
Thu. 10/30 All day Reformation Day Protestant day. On this day in 1517 Martin Luther posted his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg Germany, thereby beginning the Protestant Reformation. Lutherans observe this day on the preceding of following Sunday.
Fri. 10/31 All day Reformation Day
Sat. 11/1 All day All Saints Day
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