New Year's Day -
Saturday January 1, 2022
Secular holiday : paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
Orthodox Christmas Day -
Friday January 7, 2022
Orthodox : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
Orthodox second day of Christmas -
Saturday January 8, 2022
Winter holiday (end) -
Sunday January 9, 2022
School holidays : Ministry of Education
school calendars vary according to the religion
International schools may follow a different calendar
Schooling is mandatory till age 12
Teaching language: Arabic 16
schools close on Friday & Sunday or on Saturday & Sunday
Number of instructional days: 200
school uniforms not required
Girls must wear a veil
Dates confirmed till Sep 2021
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Orthodox New Year -
Friday January 14, 2022
cards/flowers : The Roman Era year of 2755 begins on January 14, 2003. During the 20th and 21st centuries, this is the New Year's Day (January 1st) for the Julian calendar. Some Eastern Orthodox churches still celebrate New Year's on this day May only be observed by the local Orthodox community.
Orthodox Epiphany -
Wednesday January 19, 2022
Orthodox : A Christian holiday (from the Greek word epiphaneia meaning manifestation or to appear) commemorating the presentation of the infant Jesus to the Magi, or three wise men. It marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas and is also called The Adoration of the Magi or The Manifestation of God . According to legend based on a Bible story, three kings (or wise men/magi), Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar saw a bright star on the night that Christ was born. They followed the star to Bethlehem where they found the baby Jesus and presented him with gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Three Holy Hierarchs -
Sunday January 30, 2022
cards/flowers : Refers to Basil the Great (also known as Basil of Caesarea), Gregory the Theologian (also known as Gregory of Nazianzus) and John Chrysostom. They were highly influential bishops of the early church who played pivotal roles in shaping Christian theology. Wikipedia
Daylight Saving Time -
Friday October 15, 2021
Special Events :
Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day) -
Monday October 18, 2021
Muslim, Sufi : Information: Birthday of the Prophet, Mohammed. For nine days there are Parties with fairs, feasting, and parades. Stories are told about how the mountains danced when Mohammed was born, and sang, There is no god but Allah. The trees answered, And Mohammed is his Prophet.
Then 7,000 angels brought a golden vase filled with heavenly dew, and his mother bathed the new baby in it. Many stories like these are told to Arab children on the Prophet's Birthday, the happiest day in the Moslem year.
Olive Harvest Season -
Wednesday October 19, 2022
School holidays :
National Day -
Monday November 15, 2021
Secular holiday : Anniversary of the symbolic Nov. 15, 1988 declaration of independence by the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
Christmas Day -
Saturday December 25, 2021
Catholic or protestant : Since pre-historic times in Europe, festivities (bonfires, offrerings) were marking the beginning of longer hours of daylight with fires and ritual. The Roman festival of Saturnalia lasted several days in December (gambling and offerings). Germanic tribes also celebrated mid-winter (drinking and rituals). The Bulgarian (with Koleduvane) and the Polish (with Gwiazdka) perpetuate this tradition. Jesus of Nazareth was probably born in springtime (Reformists favour autumn). But in the 4th century, December 25th was chosen for the celebration of his birth by Pope Julius I (Bishop Liberus is also mentioned in 354 A.D.). Thus, a Christian element was introduced in the long-established mid-winter festivals. Before 1582, the Papal States and other Italian city states celebrated New Year’s Day on Christmas Day.
Winter holiday (beginning) -
Monday December 27, 2021
School holidays : Http://www.aisg.ps - American school in Gaza