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Jewish law required that every firstborn son had to be dedicated to God in memory of the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt. As such, the Feast of the Presentation celebrates the Presentation of Jesus Christ in the Temple forty days after his birth.
Wiccans observing Brigid, or Imbolc, clean and organize their living environments, as well as their minds and hearts, in preparation for the upcoming season of growth (spring). It’s a time to shake off the doldrums of winter and light the fires of creativity and inspiration. Some employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.
At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, from sunset the day before the day listed until sunset of the day listed, Bahá'ís observing the First of Mulk (Dominion) gather for the 19-Day Feast. That is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.
Also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. Celebrated with a festival for families, decorating buildings with lucky red items, partaking in cultural activities, eating certain "lucky" foods, setting off firecrackers, and praying.
The first day of the forty day season of Lent. The service features penitential acts symbolized by the Imposition of Ashes on the foreheads of the congregation gathered. Some employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.
A period of growing in virtue particularly through fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. Catholics celebrating the Season of Lent reflect on their need to be healed of sin (especially through the Sacrament of Confession), the sacrifice of Christ’s self-offering on the cross, and the anticipation of Easter. Multiple observances apply.
Fast of Esther. Often observed by fasting.
Translated as “Days of Joy” or “Days outside of time“ - Baha’is and friends observing Ayyám-i-Há perform acts of charity, give gifts to friends and family, and attend social gatherings, before a period of fasting begins. Some employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.
Purim celebrates being saved from a genocide in ancient Persia. Observances include listening to the Book of Esther in synagogue, sending food parcels, giving to charity, and dressing up in costume and eating festive meals. Some employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.
Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities. The day is also usually observed by omitting the Tachanun prayer and having a more elaborate meal than on ordinary days.