Please enter calendar day lessons by clicking on the month link below. If events don't neatly fit within a calendar day put it on this page with a link explaining the event. On this page only one lesson plan is listed for each month to serve as an example of the types of lessons related to calendar day. Briefly describe your event and attach your lesson as a PDF file. Veterans and Memorial Day are listed below because students are currently working on projects until the end of the 2014 school year.
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Several cultures do not follow the Gregorian Calendar so these events are listed below the month of December unless they fall within two different months consistently.
January
  • World Religion Day is celebrated the 3rd Sunday by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States in 1950 as a way to encourage interfaith understanding.
  • Tu B'Shevat (New Year For Trees) is the new year (Jewish calendar) for calculating the age of trees. Customs include eating fruit, seven spices or planting trees.
  • Basant - In North India and Pakistan it is celebrated as a spring festival of kites (video) in late January or early February.
  • Carnival - 5 day celebration that starts on a Friday (40 days before Easter) and ends on Fat Tuesday. It generally occurs in January or February.
  • Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important social and economic holiday in China (usually celebrated in January or February)
  • Tet Nguyen Dan is a Vietnamese festival honoring the New Year and the communion of man with nature sometime between the last ten days of January and the middle part of February.
  • Prophet Muhammed's Birthday- Sunni Muslim's observe on the 12th day of the Islamic month of Rabi' al-awwal, while Shi'a Muslims mark it on the 17th of the same month.
  • Mahayana (Buddhist New Year) - Chinese, Koreans and Vietnamese celebrate late January or early February according to the lunar calendar, whilst the Tibetans usually celebrate about one month later. In Theravadin countries, Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao, the new year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April. In Mahayana countries the new year starts on the first full moon day in January.
February
  • Black History Month
  • Constitution Day (Mexico) - The Mexican Constitution was signed February 5, 1917 but is celebrated the first Monday in February
  • Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) - Carnival celebrations beginning on or after the Epiphany (Three Kings celebration) and ending the day before Ash Wednesday. Any Tuesday between February 3rd and March 9th.
  • Ash Wednesday - Marks the beginning of Lent (usually in February or March). It is a time to think about one's life choices.
  • Holi (India) - Celebrates the triumph of good over bad. People hug and wish "happy Holi" near the end of February or early March.
  • Maha Shivaratri (The Great Night of Lord Shiva) - Hindu religious festival celebrating Lord Shiva in February or March (observed on the 13th night/14th day in Krishna Paksha)
March
April
May
June
July
  • French American Heritage Month
  • Arapaho Sun Dance is a 7 day ceremony of prayers and sacrifice to the powers above mostly in July or August.
August
  • Raksha Bandhan - Celebrates the love and affection between sisters and brothers on a full moon day of the Hindu month of Shravana
September
October
November
December

Important Non-Gregorian Calendar Events: