Holiday Celebrations and Descriptions
(in calendar order)
A Celebration of the Man and the Holiday. It is a time for the nation to remember the injustices that Dr. King fought. A time to remember his fight for the freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. A time to remember the message of change through nonviolence
Celebrated the 3rd Monday of January
Valentine's Day is the holiday honoring love and lovers. In the spirit of the holiday, we invite you to a little celebration for the holiday of "LOVE!"
Celebrated February 14
Celebrated on the third Monday of February, President’s Day is a United States federal holiday that honors George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and our nation’s presidents. Though the holiday is currently held as a celebration for all Presidents of the United States, this was not its original intent.
Mardi Gras is a traditional holiday celebrated in New Orleans and other southern cities in the USA. The people there enjoy this celebration by going to parades where they catch "beads, doubloons, cups, and trinkets" that are all thrown from floats.
Usually celebrated in February
Purim is the most festive of Jewish holidays, a time of prizes, noisemakers, costumes and treats. The Festival of Purim commemorates a major victory over oppression and is recountered in the Megillah, the scroll of the story of Esther
Celebrated the 14th night of the Jewish month of Adar (Hebrew Calendar), usually in March
You don't have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!
Celebrated on March 17th
Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, the Crocuses and the Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Its a time of new suits, new dresses and patent leather shoes. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs!
Depending on the calendar - can be celebrated in March or April
Passover is the 8 day observance commemorating the freedom and exodus of the Israelites from Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II. A time of family gatherings and lavish meals called Seders, the story of Passover is retold through the reading of the Haggadah. With its special foods, songs, and customs, the Seder is the focal point of the Passover celebration.
Celebrated the 15th night of the Jewish month of Nissan (Hebrew Calendar), usually in April
Mother's Day is a time of commemoration and celebration for Mom. It is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, and crayon scribbled "I Love You"s. Join our Celebration With a Tribute to "Your" Mom - Share your Words, Poetry, and Pictures of your Mom
Celebrated the 2nd Sunday in May
Father's Day commemorates and celebrates Dad. A day to not only honor your father, but all men who have acted as father figures in your life - whether as Stepfather, Uncle, Grandfather, or "Big Brother." So buckle up, turn on the radio and get ready for a Father's Day ride with some fun Holiday things for you, your family, and your Dad
Celebrated the 3rd Sunday in June
Shavuot, the Feast of the Weeks, is the Jewish holiday celebrating the harvest season in Israel. Shavuot, which means "weeks", refers to the timing of the festival which is held exactly 7 weeks after Passover. Shavuot also commemorates the anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai
Celebrated the 5th night of the Jewish month of Sivan (Hebrew Calendar), usually in May or June
Independence Day celebrates the birthday of the United States of America. Founded on July 4th 1776 with the signing of the Declaration of Independence. So turn up the speakers, pour yourself a cold one, put another "shrimp on the barbie" and join us for a birthday celebration. We've got some history to read, some patriotic music to enjoy, a fireworks display, and Apple Pies to bake.
Celebrated yearly on July 4th
Celebrating the Jewish Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, are the most important and most solemn of all Jewish Holidays
Rosh Hashanah is celebrated the 29th night of the Jewish month of Elul. Yom Kippur on the 9th night of Tishrei. Usually in September or October
With the final blowing of the Shofar, The Jewish High Holy Days draw to a close and the focus of the Jewish community shifts from the solemnness of Yom Kippur to the jubilant celebration of the festival of Sukkot.
Sukkoth begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishri, which is 5 days after Yom Kippur. Sukkot is celebrated in September or October
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calender. It is during this month that Muslims fast during the daylight hours. It is called the Fast of Ramadan and lasts the entire month. It is a time of worship and contemplation. A time to strength family and community ties
Depending on the Muslim calendar - can be celebrated in September, October, November, December, January, or February.
Beginning celebration depends on the sighting of the moon
Spooky, cooky, creepy, and fun! Halloween is the time of Ghosts, Goblins, Gravestones and Graveyards. Of Spooks and Spirits and silly-fun tricks. Of Witches and Warlocks and Scary Black Cats. And Candy Corn, Jelly Apples, Pumpkins and Bats
Halloween is celebrated the 31st of October
Join us for a look at Mexico's "Los Dias de los Muertos" (Days of the Dead), a celebration honoring the dead with parades, candy skeletons, costumes and all-nite cemetery vigils
"Los Dias de los Muertos" is celebrated November 1st
Thanksgiving Day in America is a time to offer thanks, of family gatherings and holiday meals. A time of turkeys, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. A time for Indian corn, holiday parades and giant balloons
Celebrated the 4th Thursday of November
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is a celebration of the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Jerusalem Temple. It also commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days. So join us - We've got stories, we've got games, and we've got spinning dreidels!
Celebrated the 24th night of the Jewish month of Kislev (Hebrew calendar). Usually in December
Christmas is a time for Families, Fun, and Festivities! A time of family gatherings and holiday meals. A celebration of the birth of the Christ child. A time for Santa, stars, and singing carolers. A time for ornaments, gifts, and twinkling lights. Of sleigh rides, hot cocoa, and gingerbread cookies
Celebrated the 25th of December
Kwanzaa is a 7 day festival celebrating the African American people, their culture and their history. It is a time of celebration, community gathering, and reflection. A time of endings and beginnings
Kwanzaa begins on December 26th and continues until New Years Day, January 1st