2012 Holidays and Observances

I have compiled a list of holidays and observances to help plan your promotions for the coming year. I have included the more prominent holidays and observances and if I have overlooked any, please feel free to post those in the comments section.

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February

Feb. 2 – Groundhog Day

Feb. 20 – President’s Day

Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day

Feb. 21 – Mardi Gras

March

Mar. 17 – St. Patty’s Day

Mar. 20 – Vernal/Spring Equinox

April

Apr. 1 – April Fools Day

Apr. 6 – Good Friday

Apr. 6 to 14 – Passover

Apr. 8 – Easter Sunday

Apr. 22 – Earth Day

May

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo

May 13 – Mother’s Day

May 28 – Memorial Day

June

Jun. 17 – Father’s Day

Jun. 20 – Summer Solstice

July

Jul. 4 – Independence Day

Jul. 20 – Ramadan begins

Jul. 22 – Parents Day

September

Sep. 3 – Labor Day

Sep. 9 – Grandparents Day

Sep. 17 – Rosh Hashanah

Sep. 22 – Autumn Equinox

Sep. 26 – Yom Kippur

October

Oct. 8 – Columbus Day

Oct. 20 – Sweetest Day

Oct. 31 Halloween

November

Nov. 6 – Election Day

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day

Nov. 12 – Veterans Day observed

Nov. 15 – Islamic New Year

Nov. 22 – Thanksgiving

Nov. 23 – Black Friday

Nov. 26 – Cyber Monday

December

Dec. 9 – 1st day of Chanukah

Dec. 16 – Last day of Chanukah

Dec. 21 – Winter Solstice

Dec. 21 – End of the Mayan calendar, I predict this will be used for MANY promotions

Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve

Dec. 25 – Christmas

Dec. 26 – 1st day of Kwanzaa (until Jan 1)

Dec. 26 – Boxing Day (CA, GB, AU, NZ)

Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve

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