Christian Holiday Calendar
- New Year’s Day (January 1)
- A non-religious celebration of the new calendar year.
- Epiphany or Three Kings Day (January 6)
12 days after Christmas, celebrating the coming of the Magi to Bethlehem.
- Valentine’s Day (February 14)
A non-religious holiday celebrating a day for lovers, also known as St. Valentine’s Day.
- Lent (40-day period prior to Easter)
A period of preparation for Easter including fasting,repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.
- Ash Wednesday (40 days before Easter; March 5, 2014)
Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent.
- Mothering Day (Fourth Sunday in Lent; March 30, 2014) Celebration of all mothers, with religious roots…..a time for families to come together, and for children show their love and gratitude by giving cards, flowers and perhaps gifts or crafts….similar to Mother’s Day
- Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter; April 13, 2014)
The Sunday before Easter, commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
- Maundy (Holy) Thursday (Thursday before Easter; April 17, 2014)
The Thursday before Easter, commemorating the Last Supper, the night before Jesus was crucified.
- Good Friday (Friday before Easter; April 18, 2014)
The Friday before Easter, commemorating the Passion, or suffering, and death of Jesus on the cross.
- Easter Sunday (Varies between March 22 – April 25; April 20, 2014)
Also known as Resurrection Day; Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
- Pentecost Sunday (50 days after the Resurrection; June 8, 2014)
Marks the end of the Easter season in the Christian liturgical calendar, and celebrates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples.
- Mother’s Day (2nd Sunday in May – USA; May 11, 2014)
A non-religious holiday celebrating motherhood and honoring mothers.
- Memorial Day (Last Monday in May; May 26, 2014)
A day to honor and pay tribute to the men and women who died serving our country in the armed forces.
- Father’s Day (3rd Sunday in June – USA; June 15, 2014)
A non-religious holiday celebrating fatherhood and honoring fathers.
- Independence Day (July 4 – USA)
A non-religious US national holiday celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
- Patriot Day (September 11 – USA)
A non-religious United States holiday marking the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
- All Saints Day (November 1 – Western)
An ancient church holy day initially honoring martyred saints, now in remembrance of all deceased saints.
- Veterans Day (November 11 – USA)
A non-religious United States holiday honoring all American veterans.
- Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November – USA; November 28, 2013)
A national United States holiday celebrating a day of thanksgiving to God for the autumn harvest as first observed by the early pilgrims.
- Advent (December 2 – December 24; Begin December 1, 2013)
A four-week period of spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
- Christmas Day (December 25)
The celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.