Major holidays/celebrations in the card maker’s calendar

Happy Mother's dayIn these culturally diverse times it is useful to know the dates that various peoples celebrate their official holidays and exchange greetings cards.

  • Valentine’s Day – Saturday, 14 February
  • St. David’s Day – Sunday, 1 March 2009
  • St. Patrick’s Day – Tuesday, 17 March 2009
  • Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) in U.K.- 22 March 2009
  • Passover (Jewish) Tuesday, 8 April 2009
  • Easter (Christian) Sunday (Western) – 12 April 2009
  • St George’s Day Thursday, 23 April 2009
  • Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) in Australia/U.S.A. – 10 May 2009
  • Father’s Day in Canada/U.K./U.S.A. – Sunday, 21 June 2009
  • Fourth of July (U.S.A.) – Saturday, 4 July 2009
  • Father’s Day in Australia/New Zealand – Sunday, 6 September 2009
  • Grandparents’ Day – Sunday 13 September 2009
  • Eid ul-Fitr (Islamic festival at end of Ramadan) – 16 to 18 September 2009
  • Thanksgiving in Canada – Monday, 12 October 2009
  • Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights) – Saturday, 17 October 2009
  • Mother-in-Law Day – Sunday, 25 October 2009
  • Pink Ribbon Day (cancer awareness) – Friday, 30 October 2009
  • Halloween – Saturday, October 31 2009
  • Thanksgiving in U.S.A. – Thursday, 26 November 2009
  • St. Andrew’s Day – Monday, 30 November 2009
  • Hanukkah (Jewish Festival of Lights) – Friday, 11 December 2009
  • Christmas Day – Friday, 25 December 2009
  • New Year’s Eve – Thursday, 31 December 2009
  • Australia Day – Tuesday, 26 January 2010
  • Chinese New Year – Sunday, 14 February 2010

Editors note: Please see “Upcoming Holidays” in the right-hand column, and the “Holidays” category, for current holiday dates.

The illustration is from the Stitching Cards Border 3: bellflowers ‘Mother’s Day’ pattern.

7 thoughts on “Major holidays/celebrations in the card maker’s calendar”

  1. Thank you David for compiling the events calendar.
    One small correction David – Diwali – it should read ‘Hindu Festival of Lights’

  2. I think you have chosen the wrong day for Ramadan, according to my diary 22nd August is the First Day, the Festival of Eid ul Fitri, at the end of the fasting month, is the following new moon, not marked in my diary.

  3. Thank you for the extra information Katharine. I have changed the date.

    I have been told that at the beginning of Ramadan, it is appropriate to wish Muslims “Ramadan Mubarak” which means “Blessed Ramadan.” At its conclusion, you may say “Eid Mubarak” which means “Blessed Festival”.

  4. Your information about Ramadan is correct, David, from my experience. The greetings you quote are in Arabic, when we were in Malaysia the greetings were always in Malay – Selamat Hari Raya (Literally greetings on the big day)

    We lived in Malaysian Borneo for about 10 years and I regularly made cards for several festivals – including Chinese New Year (still make those), Gawai – local Harvest Festival celebrated by the native tribes, Diwali, Nauroz (Ba’hai New Year), Hari Raya and Christmas.

  5. Good morning,

    I have enjoyed all the patterns and like the fact that I can download the patterns without having to buy a pattern book. Wish all my patterns could come this way, as my husband and I live and travel in an RV. Just don’t have the room to store all my craft patterns.

    Keep the new patterns coming!


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