Mormons celebrate the two main Christian holidays of Easter and Christmas, which mark the resurrection and birth of Christ, respectively. They also celebrate national and regional holidays, along with birthdays and anniversaries.
The main specifically Mormon holiday is Pioneer Day, celebrated on July 24 of each year. Pioneer Day celebrates the first entry of Mormons into Salt Lake Valley in 1847, after the long journey westward to escape religious persecution.
Mormons worldwide honor the pioneer heritage of the Church on this day, but it is especially popular in the western United States.
Other special days occur on April 6, the anniversary of the founding of the LDS church in New York in 1830, and May 15, on which some Mormons celebrate John the Baptist's 1829 visit to Joseph Smith.
- "Holidays and other special occasions." Mormon.org (an official LDS website).
- "Mormon Holy Days and Holidays." MormonBeliefs.com (a Strangite website).