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Drop Off Times: We Accept Livestock Monday 7:30 AM-10:00 PM &
Tuesday 7:00 AM to 12 noon or the end of the sale
Ethnic Holiday Calendar 2016-2020
Holiday 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Western or Roman
March 27 April 16 April 1 April 21 April 12
Greek, Eastern, or Orthodox
May 1 April 16 April 8 April 28 April 19
Christmas Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 25
Feast of the Nativity
Christmas (Orthodox)
Jan 7 Jan 7 Jan 7 Jan 7 Jan 7
Rosh Hashanah Oct 3-4 Sept 21-22 Sept 10-11 Sept 30-Oct 1 Sept 19-20
Pesch Passover April 23-30 April 11-18 Mar 31-Apr 7 April 20-27 April 9-15
Chanukkah Dec 25-Jan 1 Dec 13-20 Dec 3-10 Dec 23-30 Dec 11-18
Beginning of Ramadan June 6 May 27 May 15 May 6 April 24
Eid ul-Fitr
Festival of Fast Breaking
July 7-9 June 26-28 June 15-16 June 5-7 May 24-26
Eid ul Adha
Festival of the Sacrifice
Sept 11-14 Sept 1-4 Aug 22-25 Aug 12-15 July 31-Aug 3
Mawlid al-Habi
Prophet’s birthday
Dec 14 Dec 1 Nov 21 Nov 10 Oct 29
Islamic New Year
Oct 2 Sept 21-22 Sept 12 Sept 1 Aug 20
Chinese New Year Feb 8 Jan 28 Feb 16 Feb 5 Feb 5


Explanation of Holidays

Muslim Holidays

Ramadan is the ninth month of the year in the Islamic calendar. A fast, held from sunrise to sunset, is carried out during this period. Eid-al-Fitr is the festival that ends the fast of Ramadan. In Arabic "Eid" means "festival" or "festivity." Eid-al-Adha is second in the series of Eid festivals that Muslims celebrate. It concludes the Hajj (annual pilgrimage to Mecca) and is a three-day festival recalling Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son (Ishmael) in obedience to God (Allah). Muharram is the first month in the Muslim year. Its first day is celebrated as New Year's Day. Mawlid al-Nabi is a celebration of the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam.

While the two Eid Festivals are always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Western calendar (the Gregorian calendar) varies from year to year due to differences between the two calendars, as the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar and the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar. Furthermore, the method used to determine when each Islamic month begins varies from country to country. Dates listed are only estimates. Muslims come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, including African, Arab, Asian, and American.

Jewish Holidays

Passover is a holiday beginning on the 14th of Nisan (first month of the religious calendar, corresponding to March–April) and traditionally continuing for eight days, commemorating the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. Also called Pesach.

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is marked by solemnity as well as festivity. Chanukkah is the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights. It is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. Jewish holidays are celebrated on the same day of the Jewish calendar every year, but the Jewish year is not the same length as a solar year on the Gregorian calendar used by most of the western world, so the date shifts on the Gregorian calendar.

Christian Holidays

Easter is a Christian feast commemorating the Resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion. Western Christian churches and Eastern Orthodox Christian churches uses different calendars (Gregorian vs. Julian) to determine the date of Easter. Sometimes, the two Easters fall on the same day. Sometimes, they are more than a month apart. Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The holiday is generally observed on December 25.Orthdox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7 in the Gregorian calendar. Eastern Orthodox Christians come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds including Greek, Russian, Egyptian, Romanian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Armenian, Bulgarian, Georgian, Albanian, Ethiopian, Syrian, and American.

This article was written in 2010 by Susan Schoenian. It was last updated in January 2016.


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