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Religious Holidays and Observances

Religious Holidays and Observances

2022-2023

2022 Fall Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes

Sri Balarama Jayanti

Hindu

  August 11

 

Obon

Buddhist

  August 13 - 15

 

Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

Roman Catholic

  August 15

 

Krishna Janmashtami

Hindu 

  August 18 - 19

 

Sri Radhastami

Hindu

  September 3

 

Mabon

Wiccan/Pagan

  September 21 - 29

 

1st of Rabi’ al-Awwal

Islam

September 26 – October 25

 

Rosh Hashanah (New Year) 

Jewish 

* September 26 - 27 **

 

Navaratri

Hindu

September 26 – October 5

 

Sri Vijayadasami

Hindu

  October 4

 

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) 

Jewish 

* October 5 **

 

Dussehra/Dasera

Hindu 

  October 5

 

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi 

Islam

* October 8

 

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) 

Jewish 

* October 10 - 16 **

(** 1st 2 days) 

Shemini Atzeret 

Jewish 

* October 17 - 18 **

 

Simchat Torah

Jewish

* October 18 **

 

Diwali / Sri Govardhana Puja

Hindu 

  October 24-25

 

Birth of Bab

Baha’i

* October 26

 

Birth of Baha'u'llah

Baha’i

* October 27 **

 

Samhain

Wiccan/Pagan

* November 1

 

All Saints’ Day

Christian

  November 1

 

Day of Covenant

Baha’i

  November 26

 

Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha

Baha’i

* November 29

 

Sri Gita Jayanti

Hindu

  December 3

 

Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary

Christian

  December 8

 

Bodhi Day

Buddhist

  December 8

 

Hanukkah (Chanukah)

Jewish

* December 19 - 26

 

Yule

Wiccan/Pagan

  December 21

 

Sri Hanuman Jayanti

Hindu

  December 22

 

Christmas Day

Christian

  December 25

School Closed

 

2023 Spring Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Christian

  January 1

School Closed

Sri Vaikuntha Ekadasi

Hindu

  January 2

 

Epiphany

Christian

  January 6

 

Mahayana New Year

Buddhist

  January 7 

 

Orthodox Christmas

Christian Orthodox 

  January 9

 

Sri Makara Sankaranti/Pongal

Hindu

  January 14

 

Chinese (Lunar) New Year

Confucianism/Taoism/

Buddhism

  January 22

 

First day of Rajab

Islam

* January 22

 

Vasant Panchami

Hindu

  January 26

 

Imbolc

Wiccan/Pagan

* February 2

 

Nirvana Day

Buddhist

  February 15

 

Maha Shivaratri

Hindu 

  February 18 

 

First day of Sha’ban

Islam

* February 21

 

Ash Wednesday 

Christian

  February 22

 

Beginning of Lent 

Christian

  February 22

 

Sri Gaura Purnima/Lord Chaitanya

Hindu

  march 6

 

Magha Puja Day

Buddhist

  March 6

 

Purim 

Jewish 

* March 7

 

Holi

Hindu 

  March 8 

 

Ostara

Wiccan/Pagan

  March 20

 

Naw-Rúz

Baha’i

* March 22

 

First Day of Ramadan

Islam

* March 23

 

Ram Navami

Hindu

  March 30

 

Palm Sunday

Christian

  April 2

 

Hanuman Jayanti

Hindu

  April 6

 

Theravada New Year

Buddhist

  April 6

 

Passover (Pesach)

Jewish

* April 6 - 13 **

(**1st 2 days)

Good Friday 

Christian 

  April 7

 

Visakha Puja

Hindu

  April 8

 

Palm Sunday

Orthodox Christian

  April 9

 

Easter 

Christian 

  April 9

 

Passover (Pesach)

Jewish

  April 12 - 13 **

(**Last 2 days)

Holy Friday

Orthodox Christian

  April 14

 

Orthodox Good Friday

Orthodox Christian

  April 14

 

Orthodox Easter

Orthodox Christian

  April 16

 

Holy Night during Ramadan

Shia

  April 17

 

Yom Ha’Shoah

Jewish

* April 18

 

Laylat al Qadr*

Islam

  April 18 

 

1st Day of Ridvan

Baha’i

* April 21 **

 

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)* 

Islam

* April 22

 

Yom HaZikaron

Jewish

* April 25

 

Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Jewish

* April 26

 

Beltane

Wiccan/Pagan

  May 1

 

Last Day of Ridvan

Baha’i

* May 2 **

 

 

2023 Summer Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes

Sri Nrsimha Jayanti

Hindu

  May 4

 

Declaration of the Báb

Baha’i

* May 24

 

Shavuot 

Jewish 

* May 26 - 27 **

 

Pentecost

Christian

  May 28

 

Ascension of Baha’u’llah

Baha’i

* May 29

 

Pentecost

Orthodox Christian

  June 4

 

Litha

Wiccan/Pagan

* June 24

 

The Day of Arafah

Islam

* June 27 - 28

 

Eid al-Adha*

Islam

* June 29

 

Guru Purnima

Hindu

* July 3

 

Asalha Puja Day

Buddhist

  July 3

 

Eid al-Ghadeer

Shia

* July 7

 

Martyrdom of the B’ab

Baha’i

* July 9 **

 

1st of Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)

Islam  

* July 19

 

Tisha B’Av

Jewish

* July 27

 

Ashura

Islam

* July 28

 

Lughnassad

Wiccan/Pagan

  August 1

 

 

( * ) 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.

Religious Holidays and Observances

2023-2024

2023 Fall Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes

Obon

Buddhist

  August 13 - 15

 

Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

Roman Catholic

  August 15

 

Sri Balarama Jayanti

Hindu

  August 30

 

Raksha Bandhan

Hindu

  August 30

 

Krishna Janmashtami

Hindu 

  September 6 - 7

 

Mabon

Wiccan/Pagan

  September 21 - 29

 

1st of Rabi’ al-Awwal

Islam

* September 16 –   October 15

 

Rosh Hashanah (New Year) 

Jewish 

* September 16 - 17 **

 

Sri Radhastami

Hindu

  September 22

 

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) 

Jewish 

* September 25 **

 

Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi 

Islam

* September 27

 

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) 

Jewish 

* September 30 - October 6 **

 (** 1st 2 days) 

Shemini Atzeret 

Jewish 

* October 7 - 8 **

 

Simchat Torah

Jewish

* October 8 **

 

Navaratri

Hindu

  October 15 - 24

 

Birth of Bab

Baha’i

* October 16

 

Dussehra/Dasera

Hindu 

  October 24

 

Birth of Baha'u'llah

Baha’i

* October 27 **

 

Samhain

Wiccan/Pagan

* November 1

 

All Saints Day

Christian

  November 1

 

Diwali / Sri Govardha Puja

Hindu 

  November 12-13

 

Day of Covenant

Baha’i

  November 26

 

Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha

Baha’i

  November 28

 

Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary

Christian

  December 8

 

Bodhi Day

Buddhist

  December 8

 

Hanukkah (Chanukah)

Jewish

* December 8 - 15 **

 (** 1st 2 days) 

Yule

Wiccan/Pagan

* December 21

 

Sri Gita Jayanti

Hindu

  December 22

 

Christmas Day

Christian

  December 25

School Closed

 

2024 Spring Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Christian

  January 1

School Closed

Epiphany

Christian

  January 6

 

Orthodox Christmas

Christian Orthodox 

  January 8

 

1st day of Rajab

Islam

* January 13

 

Mahayana New Year

Buddhist

  January 25

 

Imbolc

Wiccan/Pagan

* February 2

 

Chinese (Lunar) New Year

Confucianism/Taoism/

Buddhism

  February 10

 

1st day of Sha’ban

Islam

* February 11

 

Vasant Panchami

Hindu

  February 14

 

Ash Wednesday 

Christian

  February 14

 

Beginning of Lent 

Christian

  February 14

 

Nirvana Day

Buddhist

  February 15

 

Magha Puja Day

Buddhist

  February 26

 

Maha Shivaratri

Hindu 

  March 8 

 

Ramadan*

Islam

* March 11 –  April 9

 

Beginning of Lent

Orthodox Christian

  March 18

 

Ostara

Wiccan/Pagan

  March 19

 

Naw-Rúz

Baha’i

* March 21

 

Palm Sunday

Christian

  March 24

 

Purim 

Jewish 

* March 24

 

Holi

Hindu 

  March 25

 

Good Friday 

Christian 

  March 29

 

Easter 

Christian 

  March 31

 

Holy Night during Ramadan

Shia

  April 6 

 

Laylat al Qadr*

Islam 

  April 6

 

Visakha Puja

Hindu

  April 8

 

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)* 

Islam 

* April 10

 

Ram Navami

Hindu

  April 17

 

1st Day of Ridvan

Baha’i

* April 21 **

 

Passover (Pesach)

Jewish

* April 23 - 30 **

(** 1st 2 days)

Passover (Pesach)

Jewish

* April 29 - 30 **

(** Last 2 days)

Beltane

Wiccan/Pagan

  May 1

 

Last Day of Ridvan

Baha’i

  May 2 **

 

Holy Friday

Christian Orthodox

  May 3

 

Yom Ha’Shoah

Jewish

* May 5

 

Orthodox Easter

Christian Orthodox

  May 5

 

Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Jewish

* May 13

 

 

2024 Summer Semester

Holiday or Observance Religious Group Dates Notes

Pentecost

Christian

  May 19

 

Declaration of the B’ab

Baha’i

  May 23

 

Ascension of Baha’u’llah

Baha’i

  May 29

 

Shavuot 

Jewish 

* June 12 - 13 **

 

The Day of Arafah

Islam

* June 16

 

Eid al-Adha*

Islam 

* June 17

 

Litha

Wiccan/Pagan

  June 24

 

Pentecost

Orthodox Christian

  June 24

 

Eid al-Ghadeer

Shia

* June 25

 

1st of Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year)

Islam  

* July 7

 

Martyrdom of the B’ab

Baha’i

  July 9 **

 

Ashura

Islam

* July 17

 

Asalha Puja Day

Buddhist

  July 21

 

Guru Purnima

Hindu

  July 21

 

Lughnassad

Wiccan/Pagan

  August 1

 

 

Information taken from:
Jewish Holiday Calendar  - www.hebcal.com
Interfaith Calendar  -  https://www.diversityresources.com/interfaith-calendar-2022/

Vaishnava Calendar - https://tinyurl.com/Vaishnava-Hindu-Calendar
Islamic Finder - www.islamicfinder.org/islamic-calendar