Lent (40-day period prior to Easter)
A period of preparation for Easter including fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.
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Ash Wednesday (40 days before Easter; March 5, 2014)
Ash Wednesday marks the first day, or the start of the season of Lent.
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Palm Sunday (Sunday before Easter; April 13, 2014)
The Sunday before Easter, commemorating Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
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Maundy (Holy) Thursday (Thursday before Easter; April 17, 2014)
The Thursday before Easter, commemorating the Last Supper, the night before Jesus was crucified.
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Good Friday (Friday before Easter; April 18, 2014)
The Friday before Easter, commemorating the Passion, or suffering, and death of Jesus on the cross.
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Easter Sunday (Varies between March 22 - April 25; April 20, 2014)
Also known as Resurrection Day; Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
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Pentecost Sunday (50 days after the Resurrection; May 19, 2013)
Marks the end of the Easter season in the Christian liturgical calendar, and celebrates the descent of the Holy Ghost upon the disciples.
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Mother's Day (2nd Sunday in May - USA; May 12, 2013)
A non-religious holiday celebrating motherhood and honoring mothers.
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Memorial Day (Last Monday in May; May 27, 2013)
A day to honor and pay tribute to the men and women who died serving our country in the armed forces.
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Father's Day (3rd Sunday in June - USA; June 16, 2013)
A non-religious holiday celebrating fatherhood and honoring fathers.
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Independence Day (July 4 - USA)
A non-religious United States national holiday celebrating the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
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Patriot Day (September 11 - USA)
A non-religious United States holiday marking the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
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All Saints Day (November 1 - Western)
An ancient church holy day initially honoring martyred saints, now in remembrance of all deceased saints.
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Veterans Day (November 11 - USA)
A non-religious United States holiday honoring all American veterans.
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Thanksgiving Day (4th Thursday in November - USA; November 28, 2013)
A national United States holiday celebrating a day of thanksgiving to God for the autumn harvest as first observed by the early pilgrims.
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Advent (December 2 - December 24; Begin December 1, 2013)
A four-week period of spiritual preparation for the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
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Christmas Day (December 25)
The celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
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