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CHRISTIAN CELEBRATIONS ARE EXCLUSIVELY OBSERVED BY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIESWeekend: Friday OR Sunday (according to religion)IF YOU NEED TRANSLATION INTO THIS COUNTRY's LANGUAGE(S): Arabic (104 million speakers in 21 countries) ...
Prophet's Anniversary - Eid-Milad Nnabi (may be changed to the nearest day)
Wednesday september 27, 2023
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.
Monday december 25, 2023
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 Years Day on Christmas Day.
Winter holiday (beginning)
Thursday december 28, 2023
School holidays :
New Year's Day
Monday january 1, 2024
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
Winter holiday (end)
Tuesday january 2, 2024
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 either on Friday & Sunday or on Saturday & Sunday
Number of instructional days: 200
school uniforms not required
Girls must wear a veil We carry confirmed dates till July 2024 (in Naplouse)
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Orthodox Christmas Day
Sunday january 7, 2024
Orthodox : Paid holiday when falling on Saturday or Sunday
Orthodox New Year
Sunday january 14, 2024
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.
Three Holy Hierarchs
Tuesday january 30, 2024
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
Isra and Mi'raj
Wednesday february 7, 2024
Muslim, Sufi :
Ascension of Mohammed
Thursday february 8, 2024
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]
Wednesday february 14, 2024
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
Friday march 8, 2024
cards/flowers : except in the Gaza Strip
Start of Ramadan (may be changed to the nearest day)
Monday march 11, 2024
Thursday march 21, 2024
cards/flowers : Ruz-e Madar in Arabic
Day of the Land - Yom al-Ardh
Saturday march 30, 2024
Secular holiday :