Religious Holidays and Observances

Religious Holidays and Observances

 Fall 2019- 2020 Religious Holidays and Observances

SEPTEMBER 2019

*1 Al Hijra (New Year) (Islam)

*9 Ashura (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)

*29 First day of Rabi’ al-Awwal (Islam)

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) 

*27 End of Rabi’ al-Awwal (Islam) 

*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 2020 Kwanzaa (African-American)

JANUARY 2020

1 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Christian)

6 Epiphany (Christian) 

7 Christmas (Orthodox Christian) 

10 Mahayana New Year (Buddhist) 

13 Maghi (Hindu) 

25 Chinese New Year (Confucianism/Taoism/Buddhism) 

29 Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

FEBRUARY 2020

1 Imbolc (Wiccan/Pagan) 

15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist) 

21 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu) 

*25 First day of Rajab (Islam) 

26 Ash Wednesday (Christian)

MARCH 2020

2 Beginning of Lent (Orthodox Christian) 

9 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist) 

*10 Purim (Jewish) 

*10 Holi (Hindu) 

*20 Ostara (Wiccan/Pagan) 

*20 Naw-Rúz (New Year) (Baha’i)  

*25 First day of Sha’ban (Islam)

APRIL 2020

2 Ramanavami (Hindu) 

5 Palm Sunday (Christian) 

7 Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu) 

7 Theravadin New Year (Buddhist) 

9-16 Pesach-Passover (Jewish) 

*9-10 Pesach-Passover (First 2 Days) (Jewish) ** 

10 Good Friday (Christian) 

12 Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian) 

12 Easter (Christian) 

15-16 Pesach-Passover (Last 2 Days) (Jewish) ** 

17 Holy Friday (Orthodox Christian) 

19 Easter (Orthodox Christian) 

*21 1st Day of Ridvan (Baha’i) ** 

*21 Yom Ha’Shoah (Jewish) 

*24 1st Day of Ramadan (Islam) 

*28 Yom HaZikaron (Jewish) 

*29 Yom Ha’Atzmaut (Jewish) 

*29 9th Day of Ridvan (Baha’i) ** 

MAY 2020

*1 Beltane (Wiccan/Pagan) 

*2 12th Day of Ridvan (Baha’i) ** 

7 Visakha Puja (Buddhist) 

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

*24 Eid-al-Fitr (Islam) 

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

*29-30 Shavuot (Jewish) ** 

31 Pentecost (Christian)

JUNE 2020

*9-10 Shavuot (Jewish) **

*21 Litha (Wiccan/Pagan)

JULY 2020

4 Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist) 

*5 Guru Purnima (Hindu) 

*9 Martyrdom of the B’ab (Baha’i) ** 

*30 Tisha B'av (Jewish) 

*31 Eid-al-Adha (Islam)

AUGUST 2020

*1 Lughnassad (Wiccan/Pagan) 

3 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu) 

13 Obon (Buddhist) 

15 Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Roman Catholic) 

*20 Al Hijra (New Year) (Islam)

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) 

*20 Birth of B’ab (Baha’i) 

25 Dusshera/Dasera (Hindu)

NOVEMBER 2020

1 All Saints Day (Christian) 

*1 Samhain (Wiccan/Pagan) 

*12 Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha’i)** 

14 Divali/Diwali (Hindu) 

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) 

26-Jan 1 2021 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