Religious Holidays

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easter at alice millar

a seder table for passover

The following list of holidays is not exhaustive, and holidays included are not necessarily days that adherents refrain from activity.

To view the university's policy on accommodating for religious holidays: Accommodations for Religious Holidays.

For a more detailed listing of religious holidays throughout the year, visit the interfaith calendar.

Baha'i Faith

  • Birth of Bab - October 20, 2017
  • Birth of Baha’u’llah - November 12, 2017
  • Naw Ruz (Baha’i New Year) -  March 21, 2018
  • Feast of Ridvan - April 21, 2018

Buddhism

  • Bodhi Day, Buddha’s Enlightenment - December 8, 2017
  • Parinirvana Day - February 15, 2018
  • Vesak-Buddha's Birth - May 10, 2018 (Vesak is celebrated on different days, usually in the spring, by various Buddhist traditions)

Christianity

  • All Saints' Day - November 1, 2017
  • Christmas - December 25, 2017
  • Ash Wednesday - February 14, 2018
  • Good Friday - March 30, 2018
  • Easter - April 1, 2018
  • Orthodox Easter - April 8, 2018
  • Assumption of Mary - August 15, 2018

Hinduism

  • Navaratri - September 21 - September 30, 2017
  • Dussehra - September 30, 2017
  • Diwali - October 19, 2017 (*Oct. 17 for Tamil Hinduism) 
  • Holi - March 2, 2018

Islam

  • Eid-Al-Adha - August 31- September 1, 2017
  • Al Hijra (New Year)- September 21 - October 19, 2017
  • Ramadan - begins May 15, 2018
  • Eid-Ul-Fitr-(Ramadan ends) -June 15, 2018

Note: Islamic holidays are based on a lunar calendar and are subject to the appearance of the moon and announced by the mosque. They may be celebrated a day or two earlier. (The most observant Muslims will observe all days, others may observe first two of Eid-Ul-Fitr)

Judaism

  • Rosh Hashanah- September 21-22, 2017
  • Yom Kippur - September 30, 2017
  • Sukkot - October 5-11, 2017
  • Shemini Atzeret - October 12, 2017
  • Simchat Torah - October 13, 2017
  • Chanukah - December 13- December 20, 2017
  • Purim - March 1, 2018
  • Passover - March 31-April 7, 2018
  • Shavuot - May 20-21, 2018

Note: All Jewish holidays begin at sundown the day before they are listed and end one hour after sunset on the last day given.

Sikhism

  • Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday - January 5, 2018
  • Vaishakhi - April 14, 2018
  • Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib - June 16, 2018

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Chronological List

Fall 2017

Sept. 21 - 22: Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)

Sept. 21 - 30 : Navaratri (Hinduism)

Oct. 5 - 11: Sukkot (Judaism)

Aug. 31- Sept. 1: Eid-Al-Adha (Islam)

Sept. 4 Labor Day (U.S. class not in session)

Sept. 21 - Oct. 19: Al Hijira, New Year (Islam)

Sept. 30: Dussehra (Hinduism)

Sept. 30: Yom Kippur (Judaism)

Oct. 12: Shemini Atzeret  (Judaism)

Oct. 13:  Simchat Torah (Judaism)

Oct. 19: Diwali (Hinduism, *Oct. 17 for Tamil)

Oct. 20: Birth of Bab (Baha'i)

Nov. 1: All Saints' Day (Christianity)

Nov. 11: Veteran's Day (U.S. class not in session)

Nov. 12: Birth ofBaha'u'llah (Baha'i)

Nov. 23 - 24: Thanksgiving (U.S. class not in session)

Dec. 1: Mawlid-al-Nabi, Birthday of Mohammad (Islam)

Dec. 8: Bodhi Day, Buddha’s Enlightenment (Buddhism)

Dec. 13 - 20: Chanukah (Judaism)

Dec. 25: Christmas (Christianity)

Jan. 1: New Year's Day (U.S. class not in session)

Jan. 5: Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday (Sikhism)

Winter 2018

Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (U.S. Class not in session)

Feb. 14: Ash Wednesday (Christianity)

Feb. 15: Parinirvana Day  (Buddhism)

Feb. 19: President's Day (U.S. class not in session)

Mar. 1: Purim (Judaism)

Mar. 2: Holi (Hinduism)

Mar. 31 - Apr. 7: Passover (Judaism)

Apr. 1: Easter (Christianity)

Spring 2018

Apr. 8: Orthodox Easter (Christianity)

Apr. 14: Vaishakhi (Sikhism)

Apr. 21: Feast of Ridvan (Baha'i)

May 10: Vesak-Buddha's Birth (Buddhism)

May 15: Ramadan - begins (Islam)

May 20 - 21: Shavuot (Judaism)

May 28: Memorial Day (U.S. class not in session)

June 15: Eid-Ul-Fitr -Ramadan Ends (Islam)

Summer 2018

Jun. 16: Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (Sikhism)

Jul. 4: Independence Day (U.S. class not in session)

Aug. 15: Assumption of Mary (Christianity)