Calendar of Special Observances and Events
August 19 (evening) - August 20 (evening): Al Hijra, Islamic New Year
The day that marks the beginning on the new Islamic calendar year
September 6 - September 8: Rosh Hashanah - Religious/Cultural Observance
The Jewish New Year Celebration marking the creation of the world
September 15 - September 16: Yom Kippur - Religious/Cultural Observance
The holiest day on the Jewish calendar, a day of atonement marked by fasting and ceremonial repentance
September 15 - October 15: National Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrates the history and contributions of Hispanic Americans
October 2: International Festival
Celebrates Spartanburg's global appeal and its corresponding diversity
November 1: All Saints Day (Catholic)
A Christian holiday commemorating all known and unknown Christian saints. In Eastern Christianity, the day is observed on the first Sunday after Pentecost
November 1 - November 30: Native American Heritage Month
Celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans
November 4: Diwali (Festival of Lights)
The Hindu, Jain, and Sikh five-day festival of lights celebrates new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and lightness over darkness
November 11: Veterans Day
A U.S. federal holiday honoring military veterans
November 15 – November 19: American Education Week
Celebrates public education and honors individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education
November 25: Thanksgiving Day
A national holiday celebrated on various dates in Canada, the United States, some of the Carribean Islands, and Liberia. It began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year
November 28 – December 6: Hanukkah(Chanukah) Religious/Cultural
A Jewish holiday observed around the world for eight days and nights celebrating the victory of the Maccabees, or Israelites, over the Greek – Syrian ruler, Antiochus. Observance begins at Sundown
December 1 – December 24: Advent
The Christian season of celebration leading up to the observance of the birth of Christ
December 3: International Day of Disabled Persons
Designed to raise awareness in regards to persons with disabilities in order to improve their lives and provide them with equal opportunity
December 6 – December 10: National Inclusive Schools Week
An annual event held each year during the first full week of December that celebrates the progress schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education for an increasingly diverse student population
December 8: Feast of Immaculate Conception
Celebrates the solemn celebration, by various Christian denominations, of belief in the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 25: Christmas – Birth of Jesus
The day that many Christians associate with Jesus’ birth
December 26 – January 1: Kwanzaa
An African-American Holiday started by Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate universal African-American heritage
January 1 – January 31: National Mentoring Month
An annual designation observed in January which focuses on how we can all work together to increase the number of mentors to make sure young people in our communities have dependable people to look up to as role models
January 6: Epiphany or Three Kings Day
In Western Christianity, the feast commemorates the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child, and thus Jesus' physical manifestation to the Gentiles
January 7: Orthodox Christmas
Many Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas Day on or near January 7th. It is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ who is believed to be the son of God.
January 14: Orthodox New Year’s Day
Widely known as the Old New Year... Many Orthodox Christians in the U.S. celebrate the New Year based on January 1st in the Julian calendar.
January 17: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Commemorates the birth of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the recipient of the 1964 Noble Peace prize and an activist for nonviolent social change until his assassination in 1968
February 1 – February 28: African American History Month
February is African American History month in the U.S. and Canada. Since 1976, the month has been designated to remember the contributions of people of the African diaspora.
February 15: Nehan (Nivana Day)
The commemoration of Buddha’s death at the age of 80, when he reached the zenith of Nirvana
March 1: Shrove Tuesday
The day before Ash Wednesday... Though named for its former religious significance, it is chiefly marked by feasting and celebration, which traditionally preceded the observance of the Lenten fast. It is observed by various Christian denominations.
March 1 – March 31: National Women’s History Month
Started in 1987, Women’s History Month recognizes all women for their valuable contributions to history and society.
March 2: Ash Wednesday
Ash Wednesday is named after the practice of placing ashes on the foreheads of the faithful as a reminder of human mortality, and as a sign of mourning and repentance to God. It is observed by most Christians including Catholics, Anglicans, Lutherans, and Methodists.
March 16 - 17: Purim
A Jewish Celebration that marks the time when the Jewish community living in Persia was saved from genocide... On Purim, the Jewish people offer charity and share food with friends.
March 8: International Women’s Day
First observed in 1911 in Germany, it has now become a major global celebration honoring women’s economic, political, and social achievements.
April 1 - April 30: Celebrate Diversity Month
Started in 2004 to recognize and honor the diversity surrounding us all... By celebrating differences and similarities during this month, organizers hope that people will gain a deeper understanding of one another.
April 1 – April 30: Autism Awareness Month
Established to raise awareness about the developmental disorder that affects children’s normal development of social and communication skills
April 2: World Autism Awareness Day
Created to raise awareness of the developmental disorder around the globe
April 10: Palm Sunday
Marks the beginning of Holy Week and is an important Christian festival around the world. It falls on the Sunday before Easter Sunday and is therefore, like Easter, a moveable feast (i.e. a religious celebration or observance which does not occur on the same date each year).
April 15: Good Friday
Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary.
April 15 – April 23: Passover
Passover is related to Christian observances of Good Friday and Easter Sunday and the Islamic Day of Ashura.
April 17: Easter
Christian festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
May 1 - May 31: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Celebrates the history and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
May 5: Cinco De Mayo
Annual celebration held on May 5th commemorating the Mexican army's victory of the French empire at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862
June 19: Juneteenth
Known to some as the country’s “second Independence Day,” June 19—often called Juneteenth—celebrates the freedom of enslaved people in the United States at the end of the Civil War.