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Easter is March 27th

Easter is a moveable feast, a holiday which does not fall on the same date every year, but varies according to astronomical occurrences and is based on the Jewish liturgical calendar. Easter is celebrated on different dates by Western and Eastern Orthodox churches, because the Eastern Orthodox churches calculate the date based on the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian calendar. In 2016, Western churches will celebrate Easter Sunday on March 27th. Eastern Orthodox churches will celebrate Easter on May 1st.

Happy Easter to all!

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Purim is near!

Purim is a joyous holiday commemorating the rescue of the Jews by Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai from the evil Haman. The story is read aloud and when Haman is mentioned in the Megillah of Esther, people use noisemakers called groggers to drown out his name. Traditions eating hamentashen, three-cornered, pastries filled with fruit. This year Purim is celebrated from March 23rd to March 24th.

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St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is Ireland’s national holiday and commemorates the death of Ireland’s Patron Saint. St. Patrick’s Day is both a religious and cultural holiday and is celebrated by people of Irish descent around the world. In the United States St. Patrick’s Day is often celebrated with parades and Irish food, such as corned beef and cabbage. It is also traditional to wear green to mark the occasion. St. Patrick’s Day is always celebrated on March 17th.

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March is Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to our shared social, cultural and political history. Women’s History Month has been observed since 1987 when a Congressional Resolution expanded Women’s History Week to a month-long celebration, which includes International Women’s Day on March 8th. This year’s theme is, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives”

See our page of links for resources to celebrate Women’s History Month.

George Washington’s Birthday

George Washington, America’s first president, was born on February 22, 1732. A surveyor by trade, Washington became an officer in the Continental Army during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). He was named the commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1775-1783). In 1787, Washington served as president of the Constitutional Convention at which the United States Constitution was drafted. He was twice elected president of the fledgling nation, serving from 1789 until 1797. Washington died on December 12, 1799.

See our page of links for more about this fascinating historical figure.

Presidents Day is February 15th

Washington’s Birthday, also known as Presidents Day, is a federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. The holiday was first celebrated in 1879 to honor our first president, George Washington. Until 1971, the holiday was always observed on Washington’s actual birth date, February 22nd. Washington’s Birthday is also a state holiday in many states. Some states have combined Washington’s Birthday with a celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (February 12th), while others have officially designated the holiday a celebration of American presidents, in general. In Massachusetts, only George Washington is honored on this day.

Learn more about Presidents Day and our American presidents on our page of links.