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Which American holidays are not also federal holidays?

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American holidays that are not considered to be federal holidays include Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, St. Patrick's Day, Mother's Day and Halloween. The Christian holiday observances of Epiphany, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday are also not considered to be federal holidays. Other religious holidays that are not federal include the Jewish holidays of Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah; as well as the Muslim holidays of Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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Informal, non-federal holidays in the United States include April Fools' Day, Groundhog Day, Earth Day, Arbor Day and Cinco de Mayo. Also included in informal holidays of tradition or observance are Grandparent's Day, Election Day, Patriot Day, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and New Year's Eve.

African-American holidays of tradition and observance that are not federal are Kwanzaa, Rosa Parks Day and Emancipation Day.

Federal holidays in the United States lead to the closing of all federal, state and government offices and business, and include the holidays of New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Independence Day and Christmas Day. Other federal holidays that may or may not be observed on the actual day, and sometimes observed on the following Monday, are Veteran's Day and President's Day.

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