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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

Religous & Cultural Observance DayDate


New Year's DayJan 1
Guru Gobind Singh JayantiJan 2
Epiphany (Three Kings Day)Jan 6
Orthodox ChristmasJan 7
Makar SankrantiJan 15
Martin Luther King Jr. DayJan 20
Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year)Jan 25


National African American History Month 
President's DayFeb 17
Maha ShivaratriFeb 21
Ash Wednesday and Lent - Eastern and Western TraditionsFeb 26
Ayyám-i-Há Baha'iFeb 26-29
Month of Fast Baha'iFeb 29-Mar 19


National Women's History Month 
Great LentMar 2
Tao-te Tien-tsun (High Pure One)Mar 5
PurimMar 9-10
HoliMar 9-10
St. Patrick's DayMar 17
Nowruz/Naw-Ruz (Iranian New Year)Mar 19-20
Taoist Festival honoring the Shen of Water, East and SpringMar 21
Maryland DayMar 25
Ugadi/Gudi (Hindu)Mar 25
Transgender Day of VisibilityMar 31


Qingming FestivalApr 4
Palm SundayApr 5
Memorial Day for Jehovah's WitnessesApr 7
Passover/PesachApr 8-16
Good Friday/Holy FridayApr 10
EasterApr 12
VaisakhiApr 13
Festival of RidvanApr 19-May 1
Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)Apr 21
Ramadan (Month of Fasting)Apr 23-May 23


National Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Jewish American Heritage Month

BeltaneMay 1
Cinco de MayoMay 5
Buddhist Visakha PujaMay 7
Armed Forces DayMay 16
Declaration of the Báb Baha'iMay 23
Eid-al FitrMay 23-24
Memorial DayMay 25
ShavuotMay 28-30
Pentecost (Western Christianity)May 31


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month
Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Pentecost (Eastern Orthodox)Jun 7
JuneteenthJun 19
Taoist Festival honoring Shang-TiJun 21
Dragon Boat FestivalJun 25


Independence DayJul 4
Martyrdom of the Báb Baha'iJul 9
ThiruaadipooramJul 24
Eid al-AdhaJul 30-31


Raksha Bandhan (Rakhi)Aug 3
Krishna JanmashtamiAug 11
Dormition of the TheotokosAug 15
Al-Hijra/MuharramAug 19-20
AshuraAug 28-29


Hispanic Heritage Month (Sep 15-Oct 15) 
Labor DaySep 7
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin MarySep 8
Exaltation of the Holy CrossSep 14
Rosh HashanahSep 18-20
Mabon (Autumnal Equinox)Sep 22
Taoist Festival honoring Shen of Winds, West, AutumnSep 23
Yom KippurSep 27-28


Italian American Heritage Month
Polish American Heritage Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
German American Heritage Month
Chinese Celebration of the Mid-Autumn FestivalOct 1
SukkotOct 2-4
Simchat TorahOct 9-11
Twin Holy DaysOct 17-19
NavratriOct 17-26
Double Ninth Festival (Chinese)Oct 25
VijayadashamiOct. 8
SamhainOct 31-Nov 1
Dia de los MuertosOct 31-Nov 2


National Native American Heritage Month 
All Saints' DayNov 1
Veterans DayNov 11
Diwali (Indian Festival of Lights)Nov 13-14
Transgender Day of RemembranceNov 20
Thanksgiving DayNov 26
American Indian Heritage DayNov 27
Ascension of Abdu'l-Bahá Baha'iNov 27
Advent and Nativity FastNov 28-Jan 6


HanukkahDec 10-18
Yalda (Winter Solstice)Dec 21
Dongzhi FestivalDec 21
Winter SolsticeDec 21
HumanLightDec 23
Christmas DayDec 25
KwanzaaDec 26-Jan 1
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