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					                                                     2013-2014 HOLIDAY CALENDAR                                                                 S M T W T                 F     S
                                                 S M T W T F                         S                                                          1 2 3 4 5                 6     7
          SEPTEMBER                              1 2 3 4 5 6                         7                   DECEMBER                               8 9 10 11 12             13    14
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          2013                                   8 9 10 11 12 13
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                                                22 23 24 25 26 27                   28                                                         29 30 31
                                                29 30                                       1         ADVENT - Period of four weeks in which Christians prepare for
Aug. 9   ‘ID AL-FITRE – End of Ramadan. Some Muslim children absent.                                  Christmas.

2        LABOR DAY - Observed on the first Monday in September, in honor of                 8         FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION - Catholic holy day of
         American labor. Legal holiday; all schools closed.                                           obligation. Celebrates the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was born
                                                                                                      without sin.
5-6      ROSH HASHANAH (Jewish New Year) - Marks the beginning of Jewish
         year 5772 and inaugurates Ten Days of Penitence closing with Day of                25        CHRISTMAS - One of the most important and widely celebrated events
         Atonement. Most Jewish children absent.                                                      of the Christian year, marking the birth of Jesus. All schools closed.

                                                                                            26        KWANZAA – Beginning of seven day celebration of African-American
14       YOM KIPPUR (Day of Atonement) - Most solemn of Jewish                                        values and traditions, and their continued vitality.
         holy days, devoted to prayer, fasting and repentance. Most
         Jewish children absent.                                                                                                                     S M T W        T    F      S

19-20    SUKKOT (Tabernacles) – Harvest Festival of thanksgiving, taking its
                                                                                                         JANUARY                                     5 6 7 8
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         name from the booths and tabernacles in which Jews lived after their
         deliverance from Egypt. Some Jewish children absent.
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26       SHEMINI ATZERET (Eighth Day of Tabernacles) – Marks climax of
         Jewish holy season. Some Jewish children absent                                    1         NEW YEAR'S DAY - Eastern Orthodox holy day. Known as
                                                                                                      Circumcision of Jesus and Feast of St. Basil. Also Catholic holy day.
27       SIMCHAT TORAH (Rejoicing of the Law) - Reading of the Law (Torah)                            Feast day of Mary, mother of Jesus. Legal holiday; all schools closed.
         is concluded and begun anew in the synagogue. Day marked with
         festivity and spirit of reverence. Some Jewish children absent.                    6         EPIPHANY – End of the 12 days of Christmas; celebrates visit of the
                                                                                                      Three Kings to baby Jesus and also baptism of Jesus.

                                                      S M T          W     T    F    S      7         THE NATIVITY OF JESUS CHRIST – Eastern Orthodox Christmas
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                                                                                                      celebration under the Julian calendar.

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                                                                                            16        JEWISH ARBOR DAY (TU B'SHEVAT) - Celebration of new fruits and
                                                                                                      the Land of Israel.
                                                     27 28 29        30   31
                                                                                            20        MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY - Marked by school observances in
14       COLUMBUS DAY - Marks Columbus' discovery of America in 1492.                                 many states. All schools closed.
         Legal holiday in most states: some schools closed.
                                                                                                   5-YEAR CALENDAR OF MAJOR JEWISH
15       ‘ID AL-ADHA – Islamic festival of sacrifice commemorates the
         faith of Abraham. Some Muslim children absent.
                                                                                                        2013 2014             2015         2016          2017       2018
                                                                                         Rosh           Sept.       Sept.    Sept.     Oct      Sept     Sept
31       REFORMATION DAY - Observed in many Protestant churches to mark                  Hashannah       5-6       25-26     14-15     3-4     17-18    10-11
         the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in 1517.                                         Thurs/Fri   Thurs/Fri Mon/Tues Mon/Tues Mon/Tues Mon/Tues
                                                                                         Yom          Sept. 14    Oct. 4    Sept. 23    Oct. 12   Sept. 26  Sept. 19
                                                      S M T W T                 F    S   Kippur         Sat.       Sat.       Wed.       Wed.      Wed.       Wed.
         NOVEMBER                                                               1    2   Sukkot      Sept. 19-20 Oct. 9-10 Sept. 28-29 Oct. 17-18 Oct. 1-2 Sept. 24-25
                                                       3    4    5    6    7    8    9                Thurs/Fri Thurs/Fri Mon/Tues Mon/Tues Mon/Tues Mon/Tues
         2013                                         10   11   12   13   14   15   16
                                                                                         Shemini      Sept. 26    Oct. 16     Oct. 5       Oct 24       Oct 8           Oct1
                                                      17   18   19   20   21   22   23
                                                                                         Atzeret       Thurs.     Thurs.      Mon           Mon         Mon             Mon
                                                      24   25   26   27   28   29   30
                                                                                         Simchat      Sept. 27    Oct. 17      Oct 6       Oct25        Oct 9        Oct 2
1        ALL SAINTS DAY – Christian celebration of the lives of all the saints,          Torah          Friday    Friday       Tues        Tues         Tues         Tues
         especially those not having a special day.
                                                                                                       2014       2015        2016         2017         2018        2019
                                                                                         Passover      April    April          April       April  March 31-          April
5        ELECTION DAY - First Tuesday after first Monday in November. Legal
                                                                                                       15-16     4-5          23-24        11-12   April 1           20-21
         holiday in most states; some schools closed.
                                                                                                     Tues/Wed Sat/Sun.       Sat/Sun.    Tues/Wed Sat/Sun           Sat/Sun
11       VETERANS DAY - Honors all who fought in American wars. Legal                    Concluding   April        April       April       April         April       April
         holiday in most states; some schools closed.                                    Days of     21-22         10-11       29-30      17-18           5-6       26-27
                                                                                         Passover   Mon/Tues      Fri./Sat    Fri./Sat   Mon/Tues      Thurs/Fri    Fri/Sat
28       THANKSGIVING DAY – Fourth Thursday in November. Marks
         Pilgrims' celebration thanking G-d for their survival                           Shavuot       June       May   June 12-13 May 31- May 20-21 June 9-10
         during their first winter in the New World. Legal holiday; all                                 4-5      24-25   Sun/Mon.  June 1   Sun/Mon Sun/Mon
         schools closed.                                                                             Wed/Thurs Sun/Mon.           Wed/Thurs

28       HANUKKAH (FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS) – First day of eight day festival
         marking first recorded battle for religious liberty and rededication of
         the Temple by the Maccabees. In Jewish homes candles are lit for
         eight nights to commemorate the religious and historical significance
         of the holiday.
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               FEBRUARY                                                            1
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                                                                                             JEWISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: Month dedicated to the recognition of
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: Dedicated to the study of African-American                  the contributions that Jewish people have made throughout our nation’s history.
life and culture.
                                                                                             5           YOM HA’ATZMAUT – Israel Independence Day
17         PRESIDENT'S DAY - Legal holiday in most states; most schools closed.
                                                                                             8           PENTECOST (Whitsunday) – Commemorates descent of the
                                                                                                         Holy Spirit upon the Apostles fifty days after the resurrection

                                                          S    M T W T             F     S   26          MEMORIAL DAY (Decoration Day) - Honors those who died in all

            MARCH                                          2    3    4    5    6    7
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                                                                                                         American wars. Legal holiday in most states: most schools closed.


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3          ORTHODOX LENT BEGINS
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5          ASH WEDNESDAY - Opens penitential Lenten season (forty days, not
           counting Sundays, preceding Easter) observed by Catholics and many                3-4         FEAST OF WEEKS (SHAVUOT) - Marks giving of the Law (Torah) on
           Protestant denominations. Catholic ceremonies include marking                                 Mount Sinai and is celebrated by Confirmation of tenth grade students
           forehead with ashes from palms burned after Palm Sunday of                                    in most synagogues. Also called Pentecost because it is the fiftieth day
           previous year.                                                                                after Passover. Some Jewish children absent.

16         PURIM (Feast of Esther) – Day of merrymaking, marking defeat of                   8           ORTHODOX PENTECOST (Whitsunday) – Commemorates descent of
           Persian tyrant, Haman, who sought to secure his power by making                               the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles fifty days after the resurrection, and
           scapegoats of the Jews. Book of Esther is read in synagogue, and gifts                        first Christian baptism.
           are exchanged and distributed to the poor.
                                                                                             14          FLAG DAY-Anniversary of adoption of the Stars and Stripes as
                                                                                                        our national flag in 1777. Not a legal holiday but observed
17         ST. PATRICK'S DAY - Traditional festivities honor the patron saint of                        throughout the country, particularly in school.
           Ireland.
                                                                                             19          JUNETEENTH – Commemorates June 1, 1865, the day most slaves
                                                           S M T         W     T    F    S               learned they were free.
              APRIL                                              1        2    3    4    5
                                                           6 7 8          9   10   11   12
              2014                                        13 14 15       16   17   18   19
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13         PALM SUNDAY - Opens Holy Week. Each day from Palm Sunday to
           Easter has a special significance for all Christians, as relating to the last
                                                                                                              USE OF HOLIDAY CALENDAR
           week of Jesus' life.
                                                                                                    The 2013-2014 Holiday Calendar includes a monthly listing of
13         ORTHODOX PALM SUNDAY - Opens Holy Week.                                                 public and religious holidays. Dates of the major Jewish religious
                                                                                                   holidays are identified by boxes. A brief description of these
                                                                                                   holidays also appears for your information.
15-16     FIRST TWO DAYS OF PASSOVER (PESACH) - Eight-day celebration
marking deliverance of Jews from slavery in Egypt.     “Seder” services in Jewish                    This calendar has been prepared to assist you in the planning
homes on the eve and the first night of     Passover recount the story of                          and scheduling of events. In accordance with the law and to avoid
Exodus. Some Jewish children.
                                                                                                   penalization of students or workers for the religious observance,
17         HOLY THURSDAY - Marks Last Supper and sacrament of Holy
                                                                                                   we urge that the scheduling of examinations, assemblies, field
           Communion. Some Catholic, children absent.                                              trips, graduation activities and other special events, including
                                                                                                   school-related programs for parents, be avoided on Jewish
18         GOOD FRIDAY - Commemorates last day of Jesus' life. The three hours                     holidays, the Sabbath and the evenings preceding these
           of crucifixion from noon to 3 p.m. are observed with special services                   occasions. Courts, legislative bodies and executive and
           of silence and devotion by most churches.                                               administrative groups may also find it helpful in order to avoid
                                                                                                   scheduling conflicts.
20         EASTER – Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus.

20         ORTHODOX EASTER - Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus.
                                                                                                     The major holidays are observed by special synagogue services
                                                                                                   and family observances. During these observances, everyday
21-22      CONCLUDING DAYS OF PASSOVER - Some Jewish children absent.                              work is traditionally prohibited. As a result, many Jewish students
                                                                                                   and teachers may be absent from school. Other Jewish
27         YOM HASHOAH – Memorializes the six million Jews who died in the                         individuals may be absent from work.
           Nazi Holocaust and emphasizes respect for human dignity; observance
           not limited to Jews.

				
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