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Religious and Cultural Observances

Expanding our knowledge of the diverse cultural and faith traditions of our patients, faculty members, staff members and students helps strengthen our relationships with one another and positively impacts the quality of patient care.

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity and the Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy have created a Religious and Cultural Observances Toolkit to provide general information about cultural and religious observances, and how they may impact interactions with colleagues, students, and patients and their family members.

Use these fact sheets as guides for supporting our patients, staff members, faculty members and students. Please keep in mind that they are intended to provide a general overview, and the information may not apply to all individuals in any given culture or faith.

For More Information

For additional information, or to recommend additional religious or cultural observances we should highlight, please contact the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity at or Paula Teague, senior director of the Department of Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy, at

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Religious and Cultural Observances Toolkit

2022 Religious & Cultural Observances



New Year's DayJan 1
Epiphany (Three Kings Day)Jan 6
Orthodox ChristmasJan 7
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti SikhJan 9
Makar Sankranti HinduJan 14
Martin Luther King Jr. DayJan 17


National Black History Month 
Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year)Feb 1
President's DayFeb 21
Ayyám-i-Há Baha'iFeb 25-Mar 1


National Women's History Month 
Maha Shivaratri HinduMar 1
Month of Fast Baha'iMar 2-20
Ash Wednesday and Lent - Eastern and Western TraditionsMar 2
Losar BuddhistMar 3-5
Clean Monday (Lent Begins for Eastern Orthodox Churches)Mar 7
Purim JewishMar 16-17
Tao-te Tien-tsun (High Pure One) TaoistMar 17
St. Patrick's DayMar 17
Holi HinduMar 18
Taoist Festival honoring the Shen of Water, East and SpringMar 20
Nowruz/Naw-Ruz Baha'iMar 20
Transgender Day of VisibilityMar 31


National Arab American Heritage Month 
Ugadi/Gudi Padwa HinduApr 1
Ramadan (Month of Fasting) IslamApr 2- May 2
Qingming Festival ChineseApr 5
Palm SundayApr 10
Vaisakhi Sikh/HinduApr 14
Memorial of Jesus' Death Jehovah WitnessApr 15
Good Friday/Holy FridayApr 15
Passover JewishApr 15-23
Easter (Western Christianity)Apr 17
Festival of Ridvan Baha'iApr 20- May 2
Easter (Greek/Eastern Orthodox)Apr 24
Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)Apr 27-28


Jewish American Heritage Month
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Military Appreciation Month

Beltane WiccanMay 1
Eid-al Fitr IslamMay 2-3
Cinco de Mayo Mexican HeritageMay 5
Visakha Puja BuddhistMay 6
Armed Forces DayMay 21
Declaration of the Báb Baha'iMay 24
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh Baha'iMay 29
Memorial DayMay 31


Caribbean-American Heritage Month
LGBTQ+ Pride Month

National Immigrant Heritage Month

Dragon Boat Festival ChineseJun 3
Shavuot JewishJune 4-6
Pentecost (Western Christianity)Jun 5
Pentecost (Greek/Eastern Orthodox)Jun 12
Juneteenth (Emancipation and End of Slavery)Jun 19
World Refugee DayJun 20
Taoist Festival honoring Shang-TiJun 21


Independence DayJul 4
Martyrdom of the Báb Baha'iJul 10
Eid al-Adha IslamJul 9-10
Al-Hijra/Muharram Islam New YearJul 29- Aug 27


Thiru Aadi Pooram HinduAug 1
Ashura IslamAug 7-8
Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi) HinduAug 11
Dormition of the Theotokos OrthodoxAug 15
Krishna Janmashtami HinduAug 18


Hispanic Heritage MonthSep 15-Oct 15
Labor DaySep 5
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin MarySep 8
Chinese Celebration of the Mid-Autumn FestivalSep 10
Exaltation of the Holy CrossSep 14
Mabon (Autumnal Equinox)Sep 23
Taoist Festival honoring Shen of Winds, West, AutumnSep 23
Rosh Hashanah JewishSep 25-27
Navratri HinduSep 26- Oct 4


German American Heritage Month
Italian American Heritage Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Polish American Heritage Month
Double Ninth Festival ChineseOct 4
Yom Kippur JewishOct 4-5
Vijayadashami/Dussehra HinduOct 5
Sukkot JewishOct 9-16
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah JewishOct 16-18
Diwali (Indian Festival of Lights)Oct 24
Twin Holy Days Baha'iOct 25-27
Samhain GaelicOct 31-Nov 1


National Native American Heritage Month 
All Saints' DayNov 1
Dia de los Muertos Mexican HeritageNov 1-2
Veterans DayNov 11
Transgender Day of RemembranceNov 20
Thanksgiving DayNov 24
Native American Heritage DayNov 25
Day of the CovenantNov 26
Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá Baha'iNov 28
Nativity Fast (Eastern Orthodox)Nov 28 - Jan 6


AdventDec 1-24
Hanukkah JewishDec 18-26
Dongzhi Festival ChineseDec 21
Yalda (Winter Solstice)Dec 21
Yule (Winter Solstice) WiccanDec 21-Jan 1
HumanLight HumanistDec 23
Christmas DayDec 25
KwanzaaDec 26-Jan 1
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti SikhDec 29
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