A listing of the current semester's religious observances. Please note that most Muslim and Jewish holy days begin at sundown before the actual day.

Fall Semester 2021

Date Observance Religion Description
September 6-8 Rosh Hashanah Judaism The Jewish New Year.
September 8 Nativity of the Theotokos Orthodox Christian The Nativity of the Theotokos, celebrating the birth of Mary, is one of the Twelve Great Feasts of the Eastern Orthodox liturgical year.
September 9 Fast of Gedaliah (fast begins at dawn)  Judaism Lament the assassination of Gedaliash, the righteous govern of Judah.
September 14 The Exaltion of the Cross Orthodox Christian A feast in commemoration of the historical recovery of the true cross from the Persians and its return to Jerusalem.
September 15-16 *Yom Kippur Judaism Also know as the Day of Atonement, it is the holiest day of the year in Judaism. 
September 20-29 Sukkot Judaism Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jewish people spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God protected them under difficult conditions. 
September 27 HoShanah Raba Judaism Begins the night before at sundown.
September 28 *Shemini Atzeret Judaism Eighth Day of Assembly.
September 29 *Simchat Torah Judaism Day of Celebrating the Torah.
October 6 Mahalaya Amavasya Hindu Day of paying homage to ancestors.
October 7 Navaratri begins Hindu Navaratri is the Hindu festival that celebrates the battle and victory of god Rama over the demon king Ravana.
October 14 Buddha’s Return to Heaven Buddhist Celebrating to observe the Buddha’s descent from the Trayastrimsa
heaven down to earth.
October 15 Navaratri Ends Hindu Navaratri is the Hindu festival that celebrates the battle and victory of god Rama over the demon king Ravana.
October 15 Dusshera Hindu Festival that celebrates the victory of good over evil.
October 18/19 Milad un Nabi Muslim (Muslims have differences of opinion whether or not to celebrate mawlid/mawlid al-Nabi or the Prophet’s birthday–
It is commemorated in Rabi’ al-awwal, the third month in the Islamic calendar.)
October 19 Sharad Purnima Hindu Harvest festival marking the end of the monsoon season.
November 1 All Saint’s Day Christian/Catholic Christian festival celebrated in honor of all the saints.
November 2 All Soul’s Day Christian/Catholic A day of remembrance for all of the deceased.
November 2 Dhan Teras Hindu Marks the first day of Diwali.
November 4 Diwali Hindu Festival of lights celebrating victory of light over darkens, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.
November 4 Bandi Chhor Divas Sikh Sikh holiday which coincides with the day of Diwali.
November 6 Birth of the Báb Baha’i Celebration of the Birth of Bab (founder of Bábism).
November 7 Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Baha’i Celebration of the Birth Bahá’u’lláh (founder of Baha’i).
November 19 Guru Nanak Birthday Sikh Guru Nanak, also referred to as Baba Nanak, was the founder of Sikhism and is the first of the ten Sikh Gurus.
November 21 The Entrance Into the Temple of the Theotokos Orthodox Christian The Feast of the Entrance into the Temple of Our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary is celebrated on November 21 each year. The Feast commemorates when as a young child, the Virgin Mary entered the Temple in Jerusalem.
November 21 Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe Christian/Catholic Feast day in honor of Jesus Christ as Lord over all creation.
November 24-25 Day of the Covenant Baha’i The Day of the Covenant is the day when Baháʼís celebrate the
appointment of ʻAbdu’l-Bahá as the Centre of Baha’u’llah’s Covenant.
November 27-28 Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá Baha’i Holy day that commemorates the death of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.
November 28 First Sunday in Advent Christian/Catholic Start of the Advent season.
November 28 Chanukah Judaism The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights.
November 29 Hanukkah Starts Judaism Festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple.
December 6 Hanukkah Ends Judaism Festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple.
December 8 The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian/Catholic Day of celebration for belief in the immaculate conception of the virgin Mary.
December 14 Fast of 10 Tevet (fast begins at dawn) Judaism Tenth day of the Hebrew month of Tevet, is a fast day in Judaism.
December 25 The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) Christian/Catholic/Orthodox Christian Celebration of the Birth of Jesus

Spring Semester 2022

Date Observance Religion Description
January 1st Solemnity of Mary, The
Holy Mother of God
Christian/Catholic feast day of the Blessed Virgin
Mary under the aspect of her
motherhood of Jesus Christ
January 13th Lohri Sikh Lohri marks the end of winter, and is a traditional welcome of longer days and the sun’s journey to the northern hemisphere
January 16-17th 15 Shevat – New Year for Trees  Judaism the day that marks the beginning
of a “new year” for trees.
Commonly known as Tu Bishvat,
this day marks the season in
which the earliest-blooming trees
in the Land of Israel emerge
from their winter sleep and begin
a new fruit-bearing cycle.
Feb 28th-March 1st Isra and Mi’raj Muslim The Israʾ and Miʿraj are the two
parts of a Night Journey that,
according to Islam, the Islamic
prophet Muhammad took during
a single night around the year
March 1st Maha Shivaratri Hindu Celebrated annually in honor of
Lord Shiva. This solemn
festival marks a remembrance of
overcoming darkens and
March 7th-April 16th *Lent Christian/Catholic Lent is a season of reflection
and preparation before the
celebrations of Easter. By
observing the 40 days of Lent,
Christians replicate Jesus
Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal
into the desert for 40 days
March 7th Lent Begins Orthodox Christian Start of lent, a 40 day time
period that represents
repentance, fasting and
March 16th Fast of Esther (fast begins at dawn) Judaism The fast commemorates one of
two events in the Book of Esther:
either Esther and the Jewish
community of Shushan having
fasted for 3 days and 3 nights
before she approached the king
(Esther 4:16), or a fast which is
presumed to have occurred on
the 13th of Adar, when the Jews
fought a battle against their
March 16-17th Purim Judaism Commemorates the (Divinely
orchestrated) salvation of the
Jewish people in the ancient
Persian empire from Haman’s
plot “to destroy, kill and
annihilate all the Jews
March 17th St. Patrick’s Day Christian/Catholic Saint Patrick’s Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
March 17-18th Shushan Purim Judaism In cities that were protected by a
surrounding wall at the time of
Joshua, Purim was celebrated
on the 15th of the month of Adar
on what is known as Shushan
Purim, since fighting in the
walled city of Shushan continued
through the 14th day of Adar.
March 19th Holi Hindu Represents the arrival of spring
and triumph of good over evil.
March 19th Saint Joseph, Spouse of
the Virgin Mary
Christian/Catholic Feast day for St. Joesph
March 25th The Annunciation of the
Christian/Catholic Feast Day that celebrates when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce to her that she would conceive and bear a son.
April 2nd *Ramadan Begins Muslim a holy month of fasting,
introspection and prayer for
Muslims, the followers of Islam. It is celebrated as the month during which Muhammad received the initial revelations of the Quran, the holy book for Muslims
April 14th Holy Thursday Christian/Catholic Commemorates the Washing of
the Feet and Last Supper of
Jesus Christ with the Apostles
April 14th Vaisakhi Sikh Commemorates the formation of Khalsa panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh in 1699
April 15th Good Friday Christian/Catholic Commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary
April 15-23rd *Pesach/Passover (First days) Judiasm Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
April 15-23rd *Pesach/Passover (First days) Judaism Harvest festival marking the end of the monsoon season.
April 17th Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord Christian/Catholic Commemorating the
resurrection of Jesus
April 18th – April 23 Holy Week Orthodox Christian Week remembering the final week of the life of Jesus
April 23rd *Pesach/Passover (Last days) Judaism
April 24rd Pascha (Easter) Orthodox Christian On the Great and Holy Feast of Pascha, Orthodox Christians celebrate the life-giving Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
May 18th Lag BaOmer Judaism occurs on the 33rd day of the Omer, the 49-day period between Passover and Shavuot.
May 14-15th Pesach Sheni Judaism marks the day when someone
who was unable to participate in the Passover offering in the
proper time would observe the
mitzvah exactly one month later.
May 3rd Eid ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Muslim
May 26th The Ascension of the Lord Christian/Catholic Celebration of the assent of
Jesus into Heaven

Summer Semester 2022

Date Observance Religion Description
June 4th-6th (begins sundown of June 4th) Shavuot Jewish Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
June 5th Pentecost Christian/Catholic Commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit onto the disciples.
June 6th Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church Christian/Catholic The Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
June 12th Trinity Sunday Christian/Catholic A feast in honor of the holy Trinity following the Sunday after Pentecost.
June 16th Corpus Christi Sunday Christian/Catholic Is the celebration of the Real Presence of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the elements of the Eucharist.
June 24th Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Christian/Catholic A movable feast, it is celebrated each year on a Friday in the spring on the nineteenth day after Pentecost.
June 24th Solemnity of the Nativity of John the Baptist Christian/Catholic The Nativity of John the Baptist is a high-ranking liturgical feast, kept in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox and Lutheran churches.
June 25th The Immaculate Heart of Mary Christian/Catholic The Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This Marian devotion focuses on the Blessed Mother’s interior life, celebrating her joys and sorrows, her virtues, and her love for God.
June 29th Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul Christian/Catholic The Feast of Saints Peter and Paul or Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a liturgical feast in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul.
June 30th Puri Rath Yatra Hindu Celebrated by devotees of the Hindu God, Lord Krishna, the Rath Yatra is the festival of chariots.
July 9th Martyrdom of the Báb Bahá’í This holiday commemorates the 1850 execution of the co-founder of the Baha’i faith.
July 9th-10th Eid al-Adha Muslim The Muslim festival marking the culmination of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca and commemorating the sacrifice of Abraham.
July 13th Guru Purnima Hindu Guru Purnima is a day to pay ode to the selfless contributions of a Guru.
July 17th Fast of 17 Tammuz Jewish The Seventeenth of Tammuz is a Jewish fast day commemorating the breach of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple.
July 29-30 Mulsim New Year Muslim The Islamic New Year, also called the Hijri New Year or Arabic New Year, is the day that marks the beginning of a new lunar Hijri year, and is the day on which the year count is incremented.
August 2nd Nag Panchami Hindu Nag Panchami is a day devoted to the Nag Devta or the snake god in the Hindu tradition. Every year, this day is celebrated during the auspicious month of Sawan, according to the Hindu calendar.
August 5th-6th Tish’a B’Av Jewish The Fast of the Ninth of the Jewish month of Av, Tisha b’Av, marks the end of a three week period of mourning during which our people remember the series of events that led to the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem and the destruction of our people’s first Temple.
August 6th The Transfiguration of the Lord Christian/Catholic The Feast of the Transfiguration is celebrated by various Christian communities in honor of the transfiguration of Jesus.
August 11th Raksha Bandhan Hindu Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is an important Hindu festival, dedicated to brothers and sisters. On this auspicious day, sisters tie a thread on her brother’s wrist and pray for his long and prosperous life. In return, the brother gives a token of love to his loving sister.
August 12th Varalakshmi Vrat Hindu The worshipping the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi, many devotees come together to celebrate Varalakshmi Vratam every year.
August 15th Solemnity of the Assumption Christian/Catholic The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven is the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life.
August 18th-19th Krishna Janmashtami Hindu A Hindu festival celebrated annually in honor of the birth of Krishna.
August 22nd The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian/Catholic Is the time to remeber the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and the Mother of God.
August 31st Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu A Hindu festival celebrating the arrival of Lord Ganesh to earth from Kailash Parvat with his mother Goddess Parvati/Gauri.
August 30-septemebr 9th Onam Hindu The 10-day long festival marks the beginning of harvest season as well as the appearance of the Vaman avatar of Lord Vishnu along with the homecoming of King Mahabali.
*Indicates religious observance that may interfere with academic work. Please be mindful when assigning work on these days.
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