Religious Holidays and Observances

Religious Holidays and Observances

2017 - 2018 Calendar

JANUARY 2017

1 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Christian)

2 Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

6 Epiphany (Christian)

7 Christmas (Orthodox Christian)

12 Mahanaya Buddhist New Year (Buddhist)

13 Maghi (Hindu)

28 Chinese New Year (Confucianism/Taoism/Buddhism)

FEBRUARY 2017

25 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist)

MARCH 2017

1 Ash Wednesday (Orthodox Christian)

12 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)

13 Holi (Hindu)

*12 Purim (Jewish)

21 Naw Ruz (Baha’i)

27 Beginning of Lent (Orthodox Christian)

28 Ramayana Begins (Hindu)

APRIL 2017

2 Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

5 Ramanavami (Hindu)

9 Palm Sunday (Christian)

11 Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)

11 Theravadin Buddhist (New Year) (Theravadin Buddhist)

*11-12 Pesach-Passover (First 2 Days) (Jewish)**

14 Good Friday (Christian)

16 Easter (Christian)

16 Easter (Orthodox Christian)

17-18 Pesach-Passover (Last 2 Days) (Jewish)

21 1st Day of Rivdan (Baha’i)

24 Yom Ha'Shoah* (Jewish)

29 9th Day of Rivdan (Baha’i)

MAY 2017

2 12th Day of Rivdan (Baha’i)

2 Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Jewish)

10 Buddha Day-Visakha Puja (Buddhist)

23 Declaration of the B’ab (Baha’i)

*27 1st Day of Ramadan (Islam)

29 Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

*31 - Jun 1 Shavout (Jewish)**

JUNE 2017

4 Pentecost (Christian)

4 Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)

*25 Eid-al-Fitr (Islam)

JULY 2017

8 Guru Purnima (Hindu)

9 Martyrdom of the B’ab (Baha’i)

9 Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)

13 Obon (Buddhist)

AUGUST 2017

1 Tisha B’av (Jewish)

7 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Roman Catholic)

SEPTEMBER 2017

*1 Eid-al-Adha (Islam)

*21-22 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)**

21 Navaratra Dashara (Hindu)

*21 Al Hijra (New Year) (Islam)

*30 Yom Kippur (Jewish)**

30 Dusshera/Dasera (Hindu)

OCTOBER 2017

*5-6 Sukkot (Jewish)**

*12 Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)**

*13 Simchat Torah (Jewish)**

19 Divali/Diwali (Hindu)

20 Birth of B’ab (Baha’i)

NOVEMBER 2017

1 All Saint s Day (Christian)

12 Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha’i)

26 Day of Covenant (Baha’i)

28 Ascension of Abdul'l-Baha (Baha’i)

DECEMBER 2017

8 Bodhi Day (Buddhist)

8 Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary (Christian)

*13-20 Hanukkah (Jewish)

25 Christmas (Christian)

26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa (African-American)

JANUARY 2018

1 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Christian)

2 Mahayana Buddhist New Year (Baha’i)

6 Epiphany (Christian)

7 Christmas (Orthodox Christian)

13 Maghi (Hindu)

22 Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

FEBRUARY 2018

8 Nirvana Day (Buddhist)

12 Beginning of Lent (Orthodox Christian)

14 Ash Wednesday (Christian)

14 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

16 Chinese New Year (Confucianism/Taoism/Buddhism)

MARCH 2018

*1 Purim (Jewish)**

2 Holi (Hindu)

18 Ramayana Begins (Hindu)

21 Naw Ruz (Baha’i)

25 Palm Sunday (Christian)

26 Ramanavami (Hindu)

30 Good Friday (Christian)

31 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)

31 Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)

*31-Apr 1 Pesach-Passover(Jewish)**

APRIL 2018

1 Easter (Christian)

1 Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

6 Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian

6-7 Pesach-Passover (Jewish)

8 Easter (Orthodox Christian)

12 Yom Ha’Shoah (Jewish)

19 Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Jewish)

21 1st Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

29 9th Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

29 Buddha Day- Visakha Puja (Buddhist)

30 Theravadin Buddhist New Year (Theravadin Buddhist) 

MAY 2018

2 12th Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

*16 1st day of Ramadan (Islam)

20 Pentecost (Christian)

*20-21 Shavout (Jewish)**

23 Declaration of B’ab (Baha’i)

27 Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)

29 Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

JUNE 2018

*15 Eid-al-Fitr (Islam)

JULY 2018

9 Martyrdom of the B’ab (Baha’i)

13 Obon (Buddhist)

*22 Tisha B’Av (Jewish)**

27Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)

27 Guru Purnima (Hindu)

AUGUST 2018

15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Roman Catholic)

*21 Eid-al-Adha (Islam)

29 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

SEPTEMBER 2018

*10-11 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)**

*11 Al Hijra (New Year) (Islam)

*19 Yom Kippur (Jewish)**

*24-25 Sukkot (Jewish)**

OCTOBER 2018

*1 Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)**

*2 Simchat Torah (Jewish)**

8 Dusshera/Dasera (Hindu)

19 Navaratra Dashara (Hindu)

20 Birth of B’ab (Baha’i)

NOVEMBER 2018

1 All Saint s Day (Christian)

7 Divali/Diwali (Hindu)

*12 Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha’i)**

26 Day of Covenant (Baha’i)

*28 Ascension of Abdul'l-Baha (Baha’i)

DECEMBER 2018

*3-10 Hanukkah (Jewish)

8 Bodhi Day (Buddhist)

8 Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary (Christian)

25 Christmas (Christian)

26-Jan 1 2019 Kwanzaa (African-American)

( * ) Denotes Holiday begins at sunset the day before this date
( ** ) Denotes Holidays on which labor is suspended.

Each Friday 12:40 p.m. - 1:20 p.m. Jumma Prayer (Islam).
This time for worship occurs each Friday and would be comparable to Christian worship on Sunday. (This prayer time is considered mandatory for Muslims).
- Please notify your instructor in advance if you are required to attend Jumma Prayer.

Jewish Sabbath begins at sunset each Friday and concludes at sunset on Saturday.

Please Note: Native American Spiritual Ceremonies should be given the same consideration as the above religious occasions.

Information taken from:
Jewish Holiday Calendar  - http://www.hebcal.com/
Interfaith Calendar  - www.interfaithcalendar.org
Islamic Finder - http://www.islamicfinder.org/islamic-calendar/
Hindu Festivals - www.hinduism.co.za/hindu.htm