Public Holidays (from many countries)

Several are shared by many countries, while some are unique to a single country
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January 1
New Year's Day
January 6
Epiphany (the Magi ("Three Kings") visiting Jesus; also baptism of adult Jesus)
January (3rd Monday)
Birthday of Martin Luther King jr. (USA, born January 15, 1929; federal holiday)
January 26
Australia Day (arrival of the British in 1788)
January 27
International Holocaust Remembrance Day (liberation of Auschwitz in 1945)
Chinese New Year (called Spring Festival)
February 14
Valentine's Day (not a public holiday)
Clean Monday (start of Great Lent, fasting before Easter, in Eastern Christianity)
March 8
International Women's Day (first celebrated in 1914)
March 17
Saint Patrick's Day
March 19
Saint Joseph's Day (husband of Mary)
March 19, 20 or 21
Nowruz (Iranian New Year, the vernal equinox)
March-April (Nisan 15-21)
Pesach (Passover, for the Jewish exodus from Egypt)
Thursday March-May
Maundy Thursday (Last Supper of Christ)
Friday March-May
Good Friday (Christ's crucifixion)
Sunday March-May
Easter Sunday (Christ's resurrection)
Monday March-May
Easter Monday
April 22
Earth Day (since 1970, but not a public holiday)
April 30
Reunification Day (Vietnam's reunification in 1975)
April-May (Nisan 27)
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) in Israel
April 24
Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day (start of the genocide in 1915)
April-June (Vaisakha full moon)
Vesak (the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha)
May 1
International Workers' Day (Labour Day)
May 8
Victory in Europe Day (the end of WWII in Europe)
May 9
Victory Day (end of WWII in Europe, date in former Communist Bloc countries)
May 17
Norway's national day (passing the Constitution in 1814)
May (last Monday)
Memorial Day (USA, for American military dead; federal holiday)
Thursday April-June
Ascension Day (ascension of Christ into Heaven)
May-June (Sivan 6)
Shavuot (festival of weeks for wheat harvest, and God's giving of the Torah)
Sunday May-June
Whit Sunday (Pentecost, descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles)
Monday May-June
Whit Monday / Pentecost Monday
Thursday May-June
Corpus Christi (feast of the body of Christ)
June 3
Death of Khomeini (Iranian leader Ruhollah Khomeini's death in 1989)
June 12
Russia Day (declaration of Russia as a sovereign state within USSR, 1990)
June 24
Saint John's Day (birth of John the Baptist) (also Midsummer's Day)
June 29
Feasts of Saints Peter and Paul (apostles martyred in Rome)
July 1
Canada Day (founding of Canada in 1867)
July 4
Independence Day (USA declared independence in 1776; federal holiday)
July 14
Bastille Day (France's national day, start of the French Revolution in 1789)
July 29
Olsok (Saint Olaf's Wake, his death in 1030)
August 15
Assumption Day (assumption of Mary into Heaven)
August 15
Independence Day (India's independence from the British in 1947)
September (1st Monday)
Labor Day (USA; federal holiday)
Sept-Oct (Tishrei 1)
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
Sept-Oct (Tishrei 10)
Yom Kippur (Jewish day of atonement)
Sept-Oct (Tishrei 15-21)
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles or Harvest Festival)
October 1
China's national day (founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949)
October 2
Gandhi Jayanti (birth of Mohandas Gandhi in 1869)
October 3
German Unity Day (reunification in 1990)
October 12
Columbus Day (Columbus's landing in the Bahamas in 1492)
October 24
United Nations Day (founding of UN in 1945, but not a public holiday)
October 31
Reformation Day (Luther's publication of the 95 Theses in 1517)
October-November (Kartik)
Diwali (Hindu, Jain and Sikh festival of light triumphing over darkness)
November 1
All Saints' Day
November 2
All Souls' Day
November 11
Armistice Day / Remembrance Day / Veterans' Day (the end of WWI in 1918)
November 20 (3rd Monday)
Revolution Day (start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910)
November (4th Thursday)
Thanksgiving (harvest festival in the USA; federal holiday)
November 30
Saint Andrew's Day
December 8
Immaculate Conception (Mary's conception)
December 25
Christmas Day
December 26
Boxing Day (also Saint Stephen's Day)
Muharram 10
Ashura (Shias mourning Husayn's death at Battle of Karbala, 680)
Rabi'-ul-Awwal 12/17
Mawlid (birth of the prophet Muhammad in 570)
Shawwal 1
Eid al-Fitr (festival of breaking the Ramadan fast)
Dhu al-Hijjah 10-12
Eid al-Adha (festival of the sacrifice, Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son)
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