Religious Holidays and Observances

Religious Holidays and Observances

 Fall 2018- 2019 Religious Holidays and Observances

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)
JANUARY 2019

1 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Christian)

6 Epiphany (Christian)

7 Christmas (Orthodox Christian)

13 Maghi (Hindu)

21 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)

FEBRUARY 2019

1 Imbolc (Wiccan/Pagan)

5 Chinese New Year (Confucianism/Taoism/Buddhism)

8 Nirvana Day (Buddhist)

10 Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

MARCH 2019

4 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

6 Ash Wednesday (Christian)

11 Beginning of Lent (Orthodox Christian)

*20 Ostara (Wiccan/Pagan)

*21 Purim (Jewish)

*21 Holi (Hindu)

*21 Naw-Rúz (New Year) (Baha’i) **

21 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)

APRIL 2019

6 Ramayana Begins (Hindu)

14 Ramanavami (Hindu)

14 Palm Sunday (Christian)

19 Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)

19 Good Friday (Christian)

19 Theravadin New Year (Buddhist)

20-27 Pesach-Passover (Jewish)

*20-21 Pesach-Passover (First 2 Days) (Jewish) **

21 Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

21 Easter (Christian)

*21 1st Day of Ridvan (Baha’i) **

26-27 Pesach-Passover (Last 2 Days) (Jewish) **

26 Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian)

28 Easter (Orthodox Christian)

*29 9th Day of Ridvan (Baha’i) ** 

MAY 2019

*1 Beltane (Wiccan/Pagan)

*2 Yom Ha’Shoah (Jewish)

*2 12th Day of Ridvan (Baha’i) **

*6 1st Day of Ramadan (Islam)

8 Yom HaZikaron (Jewish)

*9 Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Jewish)

18 Visakha Puja (Buddhist)

*23 Declaration of the B’ab (Baha’i) **

*29 Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i) **

JUNE 2019

*4 Eid-al-Fitr (Islam)

9 Pentecost (Christian)

*9-10 Shavuot (Jewish) **

*21 Litha (Wiccan/Pagan)

JULY 2019

*9 Martyrdom of the B’ab (Baha’i) **

13 Obon (Buddhist)

16 Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)

16 Guru Purnima (Hindu)

AUGUST 2019

*1 Lughnassad (Wiccan/Pagan)

*11 Tisha B'av (Jewish)

*11 Eid-al-Adha (Islam)

15 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Roman Catholic)

SEPTEMBER 2019

*1 Al Hijra (New Year) (Islam)

*21 Mabon (Wiccan/Pagan)

29 Navaratri (Hindu)

*30- October 1 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) **

OCTOBER 2019

8 Dusshera/Dasera (Hindu)

*9 Yom Kippur (Jewish) **

14-20 Sukkot (Jewish)

*14-15 Sukkot (First 2 Days) (Jewish) **

*20 Birth of B’ab (Baha’i)

*21 Shemini Atzeret (Jewish) **

*22 Simchat Torah (Jewish) **

27 Divali/Diwali (Hindu)

NOVEMBER 2019

1 All Saint s Day (Christian)

*1 Samhain (Wiccan/Pagan)

*12 Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha’i)**

26 Day of Covenant (Baha’i)

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

DECEMBER 2019

8 Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary (Christian)

8 Bodhi Day (Buddhist)

*21 Yule (Wiccan/Pagan)

*23-30 Hanukkah (Jewish)

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  - www.hebcal.com
Interfaith Calendar  - www.interfaithcalendar.org
Islamic Finder - www.islamicfinder.org/islamic-calendar
Hindu Festivals - www.hinduism.co.za/hindu.htm