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Arbor Day 2021
Arbor Day occurs this year on Friday, April 30. Dedicate a tree to someone who is special to you,...
Ramadan 2021: When Is Ramadan?
The holy month of Ramadan begins in the evening of Monday, April 12, 2021. Learn about how—and why—...
May Day 2021: What Is May Day?
May Day (May 1) is a holiday rich in history and folklore, celebrating the return of spring! As a...
Earth Day 2021
Every April 22, we celebrate Earth Day! Here at the Almanac, we believe that caring for nature,...
First Day of Spring 2021: The Spring Equinox
In 2021, the spring equinox occurs on Saturday, March 20. This event marks the astronomical first...
When Is Easter 2021? | How Easter's Date is Determined
Easter 2021 will be observed on Sunday, April 4! Easter is a “movable feast” that is always held on...
Daylight Saving Time 2021: When Does the Time Change?
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday evening, our...
Mercury Retrograde Dates for 2021
Mercury’s first period of retrograde motion in 2021 lasts from January 30 to February 20! According...
Passover 2021: When Does Passover Begin?
Passover begins at sundown on Saturday, March 27. What does this annual holiday celebrate? Learn...
Mardi Gras 2021 (Fat Tuesday)
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is celebrated on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. But what exactly is the...
Chinese New Year 2021: The Year of the Ox
Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year) will be celebrated on Friday, February 12, 2021....
Presidents' Day 2021
This year, Presidents’ Day is Monday, February 15! Which presidents do we celebrate on Presidents’...
Groundhog Day 2021
Happy Groundhog Day 2021! Did Phil see his shadow? Will we enjoy an early spring? Find out—and...
St. Patrick's Day 2021
Saint Patrick’s Day is Wednesday, March 17! Who was Saint Patrick? Why are shamrocks a symbol of...
Summer Solstice 2021: The First Day of Summer
In 2021, the June solstice occurs on Sunday, June 20, marking the start of summer in the Northern...
Memorial Day 2021
Memorial Day is Monday, May 31! Learn all about Memorial Day, including the true meaning of this...
Mother's Day 2021
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 9! Again this year, many of us are rethinking how to give extra...
Valentine's Day 2021: What Is the Real Meaning of Valentine's Day?
Valentine’s Day is Sunday, February 14! Do you know the real story behind Valentine’s Day? This...
When Do the Seasons Start in 2021?
When do all of the four seasons—spring, summer, fall, and winter—start and end? Find your equinox...
What Is a Leap Year?
Leap years keep our calendars in check! Allow us to explain why leap years are necessary and share...
Kwanzaa 2020 begins on Saturday, December 26, and lasts through January 1, 2021. Learn about the...
Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021
Monday, January 18, 2021, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States. Here is why we...
Winter Solstice 2020: The First Day of Winter
The winter solstice happens on Monday, December 21, 2020. This is the astronomical first day of...
New Year's Day 2021
Happy New Year! Ever wondered why January starts the new year? Find out all about New Year’s Day,...
Thanksgiving Day 2020
In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November—this year, on...
Boxing Day 2020: What Is Boxing Day?
Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26! This year, that’s a Saturday. Why is it called Boxing Day...
Christmas Day 2020
Christmas occurs on a Friday this year! Discover why we celebrate Christmas Day on December 25, the...
St. Nicholas Day 2020
Was Saint Nicholas a real person? Is he the true Santa Claus and Father Christmas? Find out about...
Hanukkah begins on Thursday, December 10, at sundown. Learn about Hanukkah history, customs, and a...
Why Is Friday the 13th Unlucky? | Origin of Friday the 13th
Ready for Friday the 13th? Well, November 13, 2020 is considered the lucky (or unlucky?) day. Why...
Veterans Day 2020
Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11. This year, the 11th day of the 11th month is a...
Election Day History, Trivia, and Fascinating Facts
In 2020, U.S. Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 3. How much do—and don’t—you know? Here is a...
Halloween is always celebrated on October 31 so the day of the week changes each year. Find the day...
When Does the Islamic New Year 2021 Begin?
When Does the Islamic New Year—First of Muharram—begin? Here are the dates from The Old Farmer’s...
Yom Kippur 2020
In 2020, Yom Kippur begins at sunset on September 27. Learn about the meaning behind Yom Kippur, as...
Autumnal Equinox 2020: The First Day of Fall
In 2020, the autumnal equinox—also called the September equinox or fall equinox—arrives on Tuesday...
Rosh Hashanah 2020
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the year according to the traditional Jewish calendar. In 2020,...
Grandparents Day 2020
Grandparents Day is always celebrated on the first Sunday after Labor Day. This year, that’s Sunday...
Diwali 2020: What Is Diwali?
Diwali is the Indian “festival of lights”—a holiday that celebrates the triumph of good over evil....
Labor Day 2020
This year, Labor Day falls on Monday, September 7! Unlike many holidays, Labor Day doesn’t have...
The Dog Days of Summer
The “Dog Days” of summer last from July 3 to August 11. What are the Dog Days, exactly? The ancient...
Canada Day 2020
O Canada! It’s time to celebrate Canada Day! Learn the history behind this national holiday,...