Religious Holidays and Observances

Religious Holidays and Observances

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 Fall 2020- 2021 Religious Holidays and Observances
 

AUGUST 2020

1 *Lughnassad (Wiccan/Pagan) 

3 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu) 

3 Sri Balarama Jayanti (Hindu, Vaishnava Festival)

11 Sri Krishna Janmastami (Hindu, Vaishnava Festival)

13 Obon (Buddhist) 

15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Roman Catholic) 

*21 1st of Muharram – Islamic New year, 1442 A.H. (Islam)

25 Sri Radhastami (Hindu, Vaishnava Festival)

SEPTEMBER 2020

*19-20 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) ** 

*21 Mabon (Wiccan/Pagan) 

*28 Yom Kippur (Jewish) **

OCTOBER 2020

3-9 Sukkot (Jewish) 

*3-4 Sukkot (First 2 Days) (Jewish) ** 

*10 Shemini Atzeret (Jewish) ** 

*11 Simchat Torah (Jewish) ** 

17 Navaratri (Hindu) 

*19 1st of Rabi’ al-Awwal (Islam)

*20 Birth of B’ab (Baha’i) 

25 Dusshera/Dasera (Hindu)

*30 Milad al-Nabi (Islam)

NOVEMBER 2020

1 All Saints Day (Christian) 

*1 Samhain (Wiccan/Pagan) 

*12 Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha’i)** 

14 Divali/Diwali (Hindu) 

15 Govardhana Puja (Hindu, Vaishnava Festival)

26 Day of Covenant (Baha’i) 

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

DECEMBER 2020

8 Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary (Christian) 

8 Bodhi Day (Buddhist) 

*11-18 Hanukkah (Jewish) 

*21 Yule (Wiccan/Pagan) 

25 Christmas (Christian) 

25 Gita Jayanti (Hindu, Vaishnava Festival)

26-Jan 1 2021 Kwanzaa (African-American)

JANUARY 2021

1 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Christian)

6 Epiphany (Christian) 

7 Christmas (Orthodox Christian) 

28 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist) 

FEBRUARY 2021

1 Imbolc (Wiccan/Pagan) 

8 Nirvana Day (Buddhist) 

12 Chinese New Year (Confucianism/Taoism/Buddhism) 

*13 First day of Rajab (Islam) 

16 Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

17 Ash Wednesday (Christian)

MARCH 2021

11 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu) 

*15 First day of Sha’ban (Islam)

15 Beginning of Lent (Orthodox Christian) 

*20 Ostara (Wiccan/Pagan) 

*20 Naw-Rúz (New Year)  

*26 Purim (Jewish) 

26 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist) 

28 Palm Sunday (Christian) 

28 Pesach-Passover Begins (Jewish) 

28-29 Pesach-Passover First 2 Days (Jewish)** 

*29 Holi (Hindu) 

APRIL 2021

2 Good Friday (Christian) 

3-4 Pesach-Passover Last 2 Days (Jewish)**

4 Pesach-Passover Ends (Jewish)

4 Easter (Christian)

*8 Yom Ha’Shoah (Jewish) 

*13 1st Day of Ramadan (Islam) 

*14 Yom HaZikaron (Jewish) 

*15 Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Jewish) 

*16 1st Day of Ridvan (Baha’i) ** 

21 Ramanavami (Hindu)

25 Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian) 

26 Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu) 

27 Theravadin New Year (Buddhist) 

30 Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian) 

MAY 2021

*1 Beltane (Wiccan/Pagan) 

2 Last day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

2 Easter (Orthodox Christian) 

*2 12th Day of Ridvan (Baha’i) ** 

*13 Eid-al-Fitr (Islam) 

*17-18 Shavuot (Jewish) **

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

23 Pentecost (Christian) 

26 Visakha Puja (Buddhist) 

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

JUNE 2021

20 Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)

*22 Litha (Wiccan/Pagan)

JULY 2021

*9 Martyrdom of the B’ab (Baha’i) ** 

*18 Tisha B'av (Jewish) 

*19 The Day of Arafah (Islam)

*20-23 Eid-al-Adha (Islam)

24 Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist) 

*24 Guru Purnima (Hindu) 

 

AUGUST 2021

*1 Lughnassad (Wiccan/Pagan) 

3 Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu) 

*10 1st of Muharram – Islamic New Year, 1443 A.H. (Islam)

13 Obon (Buddhist) 

15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Roman Catholic) 

22 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu) 

SEPTEMBER 2021

*7-6 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) ** 

*16 Yom Kippur (Jewish) **

*21-27 Sukkot (Jewish) 

*21-22 Sukkot (First 2 Days) (Jewish) ** 

22 Mabon (Wiccan/Pagan) 

*28 Shemini Atzeret (Jewish) ** 

*29 Simchat Torah (Jewish) ** 

OCTOBER 2021

7-14 Navaratri (Hindu) 

*8 1st of Rabi’ al-Awwal (Islam)

15 Dusshera/Dasera (Hindu)

*20 Milad al-Nabi (Islam)

*20 Birth of B’ab (Baha’i) 

*31 Samhain (Wiccan/Pagan) 

 

NOVEMBER 2021

1 All Saints Day (Christian) 

4 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)

*28- December 6 Hanukkah (Jewish)

DECEMBER 2021

8 Immaculate Conception of Virgin Mary (Christian) 

8 Bodhi Day (Buddhist) 

*22 Yule (Wiccan/Pagan) 

25 Christmas (Christian) 

26-Jan 1 2022 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