Religious Holidays

buddhist items in window

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. The list is in chronological order according to Northwestern's academic year.

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.


Fall 2018 - Summer 2019

Sept. 10-11: Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)

Sept. 11-12: Al Hijira, New Year (Islam)

Fall 2018

Sept. 24-30: Sukkot (Judaism)

Sept. 18-19: Yom Kippur (Judaism)

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2: Shemini Atzeret (Judaism)

Oct. 1-2:  Simchat Torah (Judaism)

Oct. 9-18: Navaratri (Hinduism)

Oct. 19: Dussehra (Hinduism)

Nov. 7: Diwali (Hinduism)

Nov. 8-9: Birth of Bab (Baha'i)

Nov. 1: All Saints' Day (Christianity)

Nov. 9-10: Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

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

Nov. 22: Thanksgiving (U.S. class not in session)

Nov. 20-21: Mawlid-al-Nabi, Birthday of Mohammad (Islam)

Dec. 3-10: Chanukah (Judaism)

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

Dec. 25: Christmas (Christianity)

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

Winter 2019

Jan. 13: Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday (Sikhism)

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (U.S. Class not in session)

Mar. 6: Ash Wednesday (Christianity)

Feb. 15: Parinirvana Day  (Buddhism)

Feb. 18: President's Day (U.S. class not in session)

Mar. 20-21: Purim (Judaism)

Mar. 20-21: Holi (Hinduism)

Apr. 19-27: Passover (Judaism)

Apr. 21: Easter (Christianity)

Spring 2019

Apr. 28: Orthodox Easter (Christianity)

Apr. 14: Vaishakhi (Sikhism)

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

May 12: Vesak-Buddha's Birth (Buddhism)

May 5 - Jun. 4: Ramadan (Islam)

May 27: Memorial Day (U.S. class not in session)

June 4: Eid-Ul-Fitr -Ramadan Ends (Islam)

June 8-12: Shavuot (Judaism)

Summer 2019

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)