Bill No.                3-12                          

Concerning: Personnel – Special Days of Commemoration - Additions           

Revised: January 18, 2012                 Draft No. 1                                      

Introduced:      January 24, 2012            

Enacted:         March 20, 2012              

Executive:       April 2, 2012                  

Effective:        July 2, 2010                   

Sunset Date:  None                             

Ch.   5      , Laws of Mont. Co.    2012    


County Council

For Montgomery County, Maryland


By: Councilmembers Leventhal and Elrich


AN ACT to:

(1)               designate certain additional days of commemoration; and

(2)               generally amend the law relating to County employees and the religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage of County residents.



By amending

            Montgomery County Code

            Chapter 33, Personnel and Human Resources

            Section 33-4B, Days of Commemoration




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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:

          Sec. 1.  Section 33-4B is amended as follows:

Sec. 33-4B. Days of commemoration.

(a)     Legislative findings.

(1)     The religious, ethnic, and cultural heritage of County residents is very diverse.

(2)     The County benefits economically, intellectually, culturally, and socially from the richness and strength of its diversity and seeks to promote an inclusive community for all residents.

(3)     The County’s respect for the diversity of its own workforce is reflected in the County’s rules governing leave and alternate work schedules for religious observance.

(4)     The ability of County employees to meet the needs of County residents and provide high quality customer service is enhanced when County employees know that certain days have special religious, ethnic, or cultural meaning that will affect the daily activities of a significant number of County residents.

(b)     Days of commemoration.

(1)     Each of the following calendar days is designated a day of commemoration:

(A)    Eid Ul-Adha;

(B)     Asian Lunar New Year;

(C)     Martin Luther King Day;

(D)    Ash Wednesday;

(E)     Purim;

(F)     Passover;

(G)    Holy Thursday;

(H)    Good Friday;

(I)      Easter;

(J)      Orthodox Holy Thursday;

(K)    Orthodox Good Friday;

(L)     Orthodox Easter;

(M)    Ascension Thursday (Western);

(N)    Shavuot;

(O)    Feast of the Assumption;

(P)     Juneteenth;

(Q)    Rosh Hashanah;

(R)     Yom Kippur;

(S)     Succoth;

(T)     [Shmini] Shemini Atzeret;

(U)    Simchas Torah;

(V)    Eid Ul-Fitr;

(W)    Diwali;

(X)    Feast of All Saints;

(Y)    Feast of the Immaculate Conception;

(Z)     Christmas; [and]

(AA)  Kwanza;

(BB)  Korean American Day;

(CC)  Three Kings Day;

(DD)  Orthodox Christmas Day;

(EE)  Parinirvana – Nirvana Day;

(FF)   President’s Day;

(GG)  Magha Puja;

(HH)  Norouz;

(II)     Theravada New Year;

(JJ)    Festival of Ridvan;

(KK)  Wesak or Buddha Day;

(LL)   Ascension Thursday (Orthodox);

(MM) Memorial Day;

(NN)  Dharma Day;

(OO)  Independence Day;

(PP)   Ramadan: The Islamic Month of Fasting;

(QQ)  Labor Day;

(RR)  Veterans’ Day;

(SS)   Thanksgiving Day;

(TT)  American Indian Heritage Day;

(UU)  Hanukkah (Chanukah); and

(VV)  Bodhi Day.

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