Ethnic Holiday Calendar

Ethinic holidays factor significantly in the demand for sheep meat and to a lesser extent for goat (chevon). The type (size, sex, and condition) of lamb (or goat) desired by particular people at particular holidays varies. The following table gives the dates of various ethnic holidays for the next five years (2014-2018).

Eid ul-Adha
Festival of the Sacrifice
Oct 4-7
Sept 23-26
Sept 11-14
Sept 1-4
Aug 22-25
Muharramm / Hajra
Islamic New Year
Oct 25
Oct 14
Oct 2
Sept 21-22
Sept 12
Mawlid al-Nabi
Prophet's birthday
Jan 13
Dec 23
Dec 14
Dec 1
Nov 21
Start of Ramadan
Month of fasting
Jun 28
Jun 18
Jun 6
May 27
May 16
Eid ul-Fitr
Festival of fast breaking
Jul 29-31
Jul 18-21
Jul 7-9
Jun 26-28
Jun 15-16
Pesch (Passover)
Mar 15-22
Apr 4-11
Apr 23-30
Apr 11-18
Mar 31-Apr 7
Rosh Hashanah
Sept 24-25
Sept 4-5
Oct 3-4
Sept 21-22
Sept 10-11
Dec 17-24
Dec 7-14
Dec 25-Jan 1
Dec 13-20
Dec 3-10
Western (Roman) Easter
Apr 20
Apr 5
Mar 27
April 16
April 1
Eastern Orthodox Easter
Apr 20
Apr 12
May 1
April 16
April 8
Christmas (Western)
Dec 25
Dec 25
Dec 25
Dec 25
Dec 25
Chinese New Year
Jan 31
Feb 19
Feb 8
Jan 28
Feb 16

Explanation of Holidays

Muslim Holidays

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: South Asia, South Central Asia, Arab, and African American.

Jewish Holidays

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

Eastern Orthodox Christians come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds: Greek, Russian, Egyptian, Romanian, Serbian, Ukrainian, Armenian, Bulgarian, Georgian, Albanian, Ethiopian, Syrian, and American.

Last updated 19-Mar-2014 by Susan Schoenian.