February 2019 - Intercultural calendar

The list provides an overview of the most important holidays of the largest religious and ethnic groups in Vienna as well as traditional holidays in February.

Traditional holidays

5 February: Chinese New Year
The beginning of the Year of Erde-Schweins in the Chinese calendar. The festival is celebrated with fireworks and lion and dragon dances.
14 February: Valentine's Day
Flowers are given to loved ones as a sign of love and affection.


2 February: Presentation of Jesus at the Temple (Catholic)
Celebrates an early episode in the life of Jesus when Mary and Joseph took the Infant Jesus to the Temple 40 days after his birth. Traditionally also called "Candlemas".


5 to 7 February: Hizir / Holiday (8) Festtag (7.) (Alevi)
Hizir is honoured with a three-day fast in mid-February called Hizir Orucu (Hizir Fast). Many Alevi fast during this time to honour Hizir, a holy figure who they believe saves those who are in distress. Alevi call on him for help and rescue.
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