I have been following the discussion on scheduling of the Next Big Idea festival on Yom Kippur. I just wonder if the community should also take into account the Chinese New Year or Dia del Los Muertos (which Wikipedia says is a national holiday in Mexico)?
Incidentally, my family follows Hinduism and on our festival days we wake up early to finish our rather elaborate worship or perform it in the evening and go about our secular activities during the day.
Other than Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year, which have become established as days that the entire nation takes time off, I think event organizers should feel free to schedule their programs when it is convenient for them. Indeed, they can even choose to schedule it on those days but not many people may show up.