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Holiday Determination Methods

A holiday is a day in which a government, individuals, or religious groups have deemed the day of special significance. It is a day for commemoration and celebration. Every holiday is either deemed a fixed day or it is considered a moveable holiday in which it varies year by year. Below you will find a list of the main holidays and how to determine when each holiday lands each year:
Holiday NameDetermination Method
New Year's Day, U.S & CanadaJanuary 1, Always
Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, U.S (Observed)3rd Monday in January
First Celebrated in 1986
Chinese/Lunar New YearBased on Chinese Calendar
Lincoln's Birthday, U.SFebruary 12, Always
Valentine's DayFebruary 14, Always
President's Day, U.S (Observed)3rd Monday in February
Family Day, Canada (Alberta)3rd Monday in February
Ash Wednesday46 days prior to Easter Sunday
Orthodox Lent BeginsBased on Orthodox Religion
Washington's Birthday, U.SFebruary 22, Always
St. Patrick's DayMarch 17, Always
Spring EquinoxFirst Day of Spring, on or near March 21
Palm Sunday7 days prior to Easter Sunday
Daylight Savings - Begins, U.S & Canada1st Sunday in April
From 2007 onwards 2nd Sunday in March
Jewish Passover
Based on Jewish Religion and Calendar
Good Friday (Holiday in Canada)2 Days prior to Easter Sunday
Easter SundayFirst Sunday after First Full Moon after Vernal Equinox
Easter Monday (Holiday in Canada)Day after Easter Sunday
Orthodox Easter SundayBased on Orthodox Religion
Cinco de MayoMay 5, Always
Mother's Day2nd Sunday in May
Victoria Day, CanadaMonday prior to May 25
Memorial Day, U.SLast Monday in May
Flag Day, U.S.June 14, Always
Father's Day3rd Sunday in June
Summer SolsticeFirst day of Summer, on or about June 21
St. Jean-Baptiste Day (Quebec)June 24, Always
Canada Day, CanadaJuly 1, Always
Independence Day, U.SJuly 4, Always
Civic Holiday, Canada1st Monday in August
Labor Day, U.S1st Monday in September
First Celebrated in 1882 and 1883 On September 5, not the first Monday in September
Labour Day, Canada1st Monday in September
Grandparent's DayFirst Sunday in September after Labor Day
Fall EquinoxFirst Day of Fall, on or about September 22
Jewish New Year
Rosh Hashanah
Based on Jewish Religion and Calendar
Yom KippurBased on Jewish Religion and Calendar
Columbus Day, U.S2nd Monday in October
Thanksgiving Day, Canada2nd Monday in October
Daylight Savings Time Ends, U.S & CanadaLast Sunday in October
From 2007 onwards 1st Sunday in November
HalloweenOctober 31, Always
Election Day, U.SFirst Tuesday, After First Monday in November in Even Numbered Years
Veteran's Day, U.SNovember 11, Always
Remembrance Day, Canada (Alberta)November 11, Always
Canada's National Child DayNovember 20, Always
Thanksgiving Day, U.S4th thursday in November
HanukkahBased on Jewish Religion and Calendar
Winter SolsticeFirst day of Winter, On or about December 21
Christmas Eve, U.S & CanadaDecember 24, Always
Christmas Day, U.S & CanadaDecember 25, Always
Boxing Day, CanadaDecember 26, Always
New Year's EveDecember 31, Always

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