Commonly Observed National and Religious Holidays 2016

2016 Calendar

To see the 2018 version of this article, click here.

If you haven’t already done so, it’s time to update your project schedules with non-working days for 2016. Below is a list of commonly observed national and religious holidays, and the dates they are commonly observed. Naturally, you’ll need to confirm which holidays apply to your project team.

And here are instructions for updating the working calendar in MS Project.

Holiday Weekday Celebrated
New Year’s Day Friday 1-Jan
Martin Luther King’s Birthday (US) Monday 18-Jan
Republic Day (India) Tuesday 26-Jan
Chinese / Vietnamese New Year Monday 8-Feb
Ash Wednesday Wednesday 10-Feb
President’s Day (US) Monday 15-Feb
Good Friday Friday 25-Mar
Easter Monday (UK) Monday 28-Mar
Beginning of Passover Saturday 23-Apr
May Day (China: Labor Day) Sunday 1-May
Early May Bank Holiday (UK) Monday 4-May
Victoria Day (Canada) Monday 23-May
Spring Bank Holiday (UK) Monday 25-May
Memorial Day (US) Monday 30-May
First day of Ramadan Tuesday 7-Jun
Shauvot Sunday 12-Jun
Canada Day Friday 1-Jul
Independence Day (US) Monday 4-Jul
Eid al-Fitr Thursday 7-Jul
Independence Day (India) Monday 15-Aug
Summer Bank Holiday (UK) Monday 31-Aug
Labor Day (US and Canada) Monday 5-Sep
Eid al-Adha / Festival of Sacrifice Tuesday 13-Sep
National Day (China) Saturday 1-Oct
Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday (India) Sunday 2-Oct
Rosh Hashanah Monday 3-Oct
Columbus Day (US) Monday 10-Oct
Thanksgiving (Canada) Monday 10-Oct
Yom Kippur Wednesday 12-Oct
Sukkot Monday 17-Oct
Diwali (India) Sunday 30-Oct
Veteran’s Day (US) / Remembrance Day (Canada) Friday 11-Nov
Thanksgiving Day (US) Thursday 24-Nov
Day after Thanksgiving (US) Friday 25-Nov
Dussehra (India) Tuesday 11-Dec
Christmas Eve Saturday 24-Dec
First day of Chanukah Sunday 25-Dec
Christmas Day Sunday 25-Dec
Boxing Day (UK, Canada) Monday 26-Dec
Kwanzaa Monday 26-Dec
New Year’s Eve Saturday 31-Dec


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Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.