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    Sunday January 1, 2023New Year's DaySecular holiday
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    Saturday January 7, 2023Orthodox Christmas DayOrthodox
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    Sunday January 8, 2023Orthodox second day of ChristmasOrthodox
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    Thursday January 12, 2023Winter holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Saturday January 14, 2023Orthodox New Yearcards/flowers
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    Thursday January 19, 2023Orthodox EpiphanyOrthodox
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    Monday January 23, 2023Winter holiday (end)School holidays
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    Monday January 30, 2023Three Holy Hierarchscards/flowers
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    Tuesday February 14, 2023Valentine's Daycards/flowers
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    Saturday February 18, 2023Isra and Mi'rajMuslim, Sufi
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    Saturday February 18, 2023Ascension of MohammedMuslim, Sufi
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    Wednesday March 8, 2023Womens' Daycards/flowers
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    Tuesday March 21, 2023Mothers' Daycards/flowers
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    Thursday March 23, 2023Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)cards/flowers
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    Thursday March 30, 2023Day of the Land - Yom al-ArdhSecular holiday
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    Sunday April 9, 2023EasterCatholic or protestant
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    Monday April 10, 2023Easter MondayCatholic or protestant
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    Thursday April 13, 2023Ramadan holiday (beginning)School holidays
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    Friday April 14, 2023Orthodox Good FridayOrthodox
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    Monday April 17, 2023Orthodox Easter MondayOrthodox
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    Friday April 21, 2023Daylight Saving TimeSpecial Events
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    Saturday April 22, 2023Ramadan holiday (end)School holidays
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    Sunday April 23, 2023End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)Muslim, Sufi
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    Monday May 1, 2023Labor Day/May DaySecular holiday
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    Monday May 15, 2023Day of MourningEvents, celebrations...
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    Thursday May 18, 2023AscensionCatholic or protestant
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    New Year's Day

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    Sunday January 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : The world's most widely celebrated holiday, New Years was set on January 1 by Julius Caesar because that was the date the Roman consuls took over their duties. Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Orthodox Christmas Day

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    Saturday January 7, 2023
    Orthodox : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday

    Orthodox second day of Christmas

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    Sunday January 8, 2023
    Orthodox :

    Winter holiday (beginning)

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    Thursday January 12, 2023
    School holidays :

    Orthodox New Year

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    Saturday January 14, 2023
    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

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    Thursday January 19, 2023
    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.

    Winter holiday (end)

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    Monday January 23, 2023
    School holidays : Ministry of Education
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    Three Holy Hierarchs

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    Monday January 30, 2023
    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

    Valentine's Day

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    Tuesday February 14, 2023
    cards/flowers : Introduced by Pope Gelasus in 498, perhaps in response to a local Roman tradition of lovers writing their names on an urn in February

    Isra and Mi'raj

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    Saturday February 18, 2023
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    Ascension of Mohammed

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    Saturday February 18, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : Gecesi) that, according to Islamic tradition, the prophet of Islam, Muhammad took during a single night around the year 621. It has been described as both a physical and spiritual journey. A brief sketch of the story is in sura 17 Al-Isra of the Quran, and other details come from the Hadith, collections of the reports of the teachings, deeds and sayings of Muhammad. In the Isra part of the journey, Muhammad travels on the steed Buraq to the farthest mosque where he leads other prophets in prayer. He then ascends to heaven in the Mi'raj journey where he speaks to Allah, who gives Muhammad instructions to take back to the faithful regarding the details of prayer. According to traditions, the journey is associated with the Lailat al Mi'raj, as one of the most significant events in the Islamic calendar. [Wikipedia]

    Womens' Day

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    Wednesday March 8, 2023
    cards/flowers : except in the Gaza Strip

    Mothers' Day

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    Tuesday March 21, 2023
    cards/flowers : Ruz-e Madar in Arabic

    Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Thursday March 23, 2023
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    Day of the Land - Yom al-Ardh

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    Thursday March 30, 2023
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    Easter

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    Sunday April 9, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Not a paid holiday

    Easter Monday

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    Monday April 10, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : In the year 325, the Council of Nicée determined a date fo Easter. Full Moon would fall the 14th day of a moon month (1). Easter would be marked by the dominical letter(2)and the epactus(3). With the establishment of the equinox ne variatur on March 21, algorithms where elaborated to attribuate a date for Easter whatever the year.
    Time between two consecutive new moons: 20 days 12 hours 44 minutes 2.8 - Gives a letter code for the year's calendar Age of the moon on January 1st, minus one unity, 0 being the new moon's age.

    Ramadan holiday (beginning)

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    Thursday April 13, 2023
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    Orthodox Good Friday

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    Friday April 14, 2023
    Orthodox : The bright red colored egg is the symbol of Easter (or Pascha) The eggs are colored on Holy Thursday after the Divine Liturgy. The Easter bread is taken to church on Saturday evening when a special sequence of services takes place: Midnight Office... After the service the clergy blesses the breads and eggs brought by the people and they take them home. The eggs are cracked after the midnight service and during the next days. One egg is cracked on the wall of the church (and this is the first egg eaten The ritual of cracking the eggs takes place before the Easter lunch. Each person selects his/her egg. Then people take turns tapping their egg against the eggs of others, and the person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of May only be observed by the local Orthodox community.

    Orthodox Easter Monday

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    Monday April 17, 2023
    Orthodox : The bright red colored egg is the symbol of Easter(or Pascha).The eggs are colored on Holy Thursday after the Divine Liturgy.The Easter breads are a worldwide Orthodox tradition as well.This bread is taken to church on Saturday evening when a special sequence of services takes place:Midnight Office,Rush Procession,Matins & Divine Liturgy.After the service,the clergy blesses the breads and eggs brought by the people and they take them home.The eggs are cracked after the midnight service and during the next days.One egg takes place before the Easter lunch.Each person who ends up with the last unbroken egg is believed to have a year of good luck.The traditional Orthodox Paschal greeting is: Christ is Risen! .The answer is: Indeed He is Risen . May only be observed by the local Orthodox community.

    Daylight Saving Time

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    Friday April 21, 2023
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    Ramadan holiday (end)

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    Saturday April 22, 2023
    School holidays :

    End of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)

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    Sunday April 23, 2023
    Muslim, Sufi : Ends the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. There were 30 days of strict fasting from sunup to sundown in honor of the first revelation to the Prophet Mohammed.

    Labor Day/May Day

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    Monday May 1, 2023
    Secular holiday : Chicago, Saturday May 1st, 1886: 350,000 workers go on strike to call for an 8-hour working day. Industries are paralyzed nationwide. On Monday, as demonstrations go on, the police open fire. On Tuesday, Chicago is again on strike. Following a bomb launched against them, the police shoot again. 12 dead, of which 7 policemen. 8 anarchists will be condemned and executed. In 1889, the Socialist International Movement met in Paris and declared this day international workers' day . The Soviets will follow suit, just as the Nazis. In France, under the Vichy regime (1940-1944), the celebration is renamed Labour Day .

    Day of Mourning

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    Monday May 15, 2023
    Culture : Annual Remembering the Nakba. In Arabic, the word “Nakba” means catastrophe. This term is used to refer to the Israeli occupation and the displacement of the Palestinian people. Between the years of 1947 and 1948, over 750,000 Palestinians were forced to move from their homes and 531 villages were destroyed.

    Ascension

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    Thursday May 18, 2023
    Catholic or protestant : Forty days after Easter, always on a Thursday. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared before his disciples and gathered them to tell them to baptize and spread the good word. He then ascended to heaven on a cloud.