Religious Calendar

This resource can be used to guide your planning process for scheduling events and exams on campus. This list of holidays is in no way comprehensive or complete, but it does highlight the major days of religious observance.

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Religion

Holiday/Observance/Celebration

       
January 6, 2021 January 6, 2022 Christianity - Julian

 

Nativity of Jesus on Epiphany as celebrated by the Armenian Orthodox Church.

 

       
January 7, 2021 January 7, 2022 Christianity - Julian

 

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the promised messiah.

 

       
January 14, 2021 January 14, 2022 Hindu

 

Makar Sankranti, a harvest festival that marks the increase of the sun twinned with the Punjab celebration Lohri, which marks the passing of the winter solstice.

 

       
  ~ January 18 - 20 Buddhist

 

Mahayana New Year – Because the beginning is marked by sighting the moon, the actual date is not always predictable (3 days form the first full moon in January)

 

       
  February 1, 2022 Buddhist

 

Lunar New Year – is the first day after the new moon, a religious and cultural festival for Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans of Buddhist and other backgrounds

 

       
February 16, 2021 February 5, 2022 Hindu

 

Vasanta Panchami is a North Indian celebration associated with Saraswati and Lakshmi, the Goddess of Learning and the Goddess of Wealth as well as the colour yellow

 

       
  February 15, 2022 Buddhist

 

Nirvana Day – Nehan-e is the Mahayana memorial of the historical Buddha’s passing away

 

       
March 12, 2021 March 1, 2022 Hindu

 

Maha Shivaratri, “the Great Night of Shiva”, is a major festival in Hinduism, but one that is solemn and marks a remembrance of “overcoming darkness and ignorance” in life and the world and honors the God Shiva

 

       
  March 3, 2022 Buddhist

 

Tibetan New Year – Losar is a 15 day celebration, with the main celebration on the first 3 days

 

       
March 14, 2021 March 14, 2022 Sikh

 

Sikh New Year’s Day marks the first day of the year in the Nanak-shahi Era

 

       
March 29, 2021 March 19, 2022 Hindu

 

Holi is the Festival of Colours that welcomes in Spring, generally celebrated over two days, with people throwing colourful powder and coloured water on each other.

 

       
March 29 - 31 March 19 - 21 Sikh

 

Hola Mohalla — a three-day festival celebrated around the time of the Hindu festival of Holi that incorporates martial arts demonstrations and simulated battles

 

       
Fri, Mar 19, 2021 March 21, 2022 Baha'i

 

Naw-Rúz is New Year’s Day, the first day of the year in the Bahá’í Era, in which practitioners breakfast and celebrate during the evening.

 

       
March 21, 2021 March 21, 2022 Zoroastrian

 

Norooz, “new day,” is New Year’s Day in the Fasli seasonal calendar celebrating the renewal of the world, the creation of fire and the day Zarathustra received his revelation.

 

       
April 13, 2021 April 2, 2022 Islam

 

First Day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the month of fasting, self-examination and devotion during which physically able Muslims do not eat or drink from the first sign of dawn until sunset.

 

       
October 6-14 Arpil 2 - April 11 Hindu

 

Chaitra Navratri, a nine-day festival dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.

 

       
  April 8 - 16 Jain

 

Chaitra Navapada - Ayambil Oli is a nine-day festival occurring twice a year, in which Jains revere the Nav-pads, “nine-posts,” the nine supreme posts in the universe. This involves a special type of fasting.

 

       
April 13, 2021 April 13 - 14th, 2022 Sikh

 

Vaisakhi commemorates the day in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh Ji, the 10th Guru, removed the clerical system from Sikhism and affirmed the direct connection between Sikhs and the Divine

 

       
March 25, 2021 April 14, 2022 Jain

 

Mahavira-jayanti celebrates the birth of the Lord Mahavira, “Great Hero”, the 24th and last Tirthankara of his time: a savior who has succeeded in crossing over life’s stream of rebirths and has made a path for others to follow.

 

       
March 27 - April 4 April 15 - April 23 Judaism

 

Pesah (Passover) commemorates the departure of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Celebrated over 7/8 days, the first two days and the last two are holidays

 

       
April 2, 2021 April 15, 2022 Christianity - Gregorian

 

Good Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ and his submission to death by crucifixion.

 

       
  ~ April 16 - 18, 2022 Buddhist

 

Theravada New Year – Because the beginning is marked by sighting the moon, the actual date is not always predictable (3 days from the first full moon in April)

 

       
April 4, 2021 April 17, 2022 Christianity - Gregorian

 

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.

 

       
April 20-May 2 April 21 - May 2 Baha'i

 

The Festival of Ridván meaning “the King of Festivals” runs for 12 days to commemorate the 12 days Baha’u’llah spent in the garden of Ridván outside Baghdad. The 1st, 9th and 12th days are holy days on which work is suspended.

 

       
April 30, 2021 April 22, 2022 Christianity - Julian

 

Holy Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ and his submission to death by crucifixion.

 

       
May 2, 2021 April 24, 2022 Christianity - Julian

 

Pascha celebrates the resurrection of Jesus

 

       
May 16, 2021 May 3, 2022 Islam

 

Eid al-Fitr is the last day of the month and is “the breaking of the fast” that celebrates the end of Ramadan (observance begins at the sunset of the previous day, but special worship and prayers begin on this day).

 

       
  May 15, 2022 Buddhist

 

Wesak/Buddha Day/Visakha Puja – is the most important day of the year for Theravada Buddhists that commemorates the birth, awakening and passing away of the historical Buddha; Siddhartha Gautama

 

       
May 23, 2021 May 24, 2022 Baha'i

 

The Declaration of The Báb commemorates the day in 1844 when The Báb announced He is the Herald of the new age.

 

       
May 29, 2021 May 29, 2022 Baha'i

 

Ascension of Báha’u’lláh marks the anniversary of the death of the founder of the Bahá’í faith.

 

       
June 16, 2021 June 3, 2022 Sikh

 

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji — the fifth Sikh Guru and the first Sikh Martyr was killed in 1606 by Mughal authorities. His death transformed the Sikhs into saint-soldiers in the fight against oppression

 

       
May 16-18 June 4 - 6 Judaism

 

Shavuot marks the closing of the seven weeks that follow Pesah and commemorates the giving of the Torah to Moses and the Israelites. It is celebrated over one day in Israel and 2 days by Jews in the Diaspora (outside of Israel).

 

       
July 9, 2021 July 10, 2022 Baha'i

 

The Martyrdom of The Báb is the memorial of the death of The Báb. On this day work is suspended.

 

       
July 20-23 July 10-23 Islam

 

Eid al-Adha’, at the Festival of Sacrifice, as Abraham offered his son, Ishmael, to God, so Muslims offer goat, sheep and camels and then distribute the meat to the poor. This is the concluding act of pilgrimage (Hajj) but also observed even when not on pilgrimage. (Observance begins at the sunset of the previous day, but special worship and prayers begin on this day.)

 

       
July 18, 2021 August 6, 2022 Judaism

 

Tish’a B’Av, the ninth of the month of Av, is a major fast day that commemorates the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem in ancient times.

 

       
August 3, 2021 August 18, 2022 Hindu

 

Sri Krishna Jayanti (Janmashtami) celebrates the birthday of Krishna, the 8th incarnation of the God Vishnu.

 

       
September 3 - 10 August 23 - 31 Jain

 

Paryushana-parva is the holiest period of the year for the Shvetambara sect. It includes fasting, worship, and reading the life story of Lord Mahavira from the Kalpasutra. It is celebrated over eight days ending on Samvastsari.

 

       
September 10, 2021 August 31, 2022 Jain

 

Samvastsari, the Day of Forgiveness, is the last day of Paryushana-parva and is observed by fasting, introspection, confession and penance

 

       
Sept 6-8 Sept 25-27 Judaism

 

Rosh Hashanah, New Year’s Day in the Jewish calendar (5777), anniversary of the creation of the world and the first of the Ten days of Awe.

 

       
October 11 - 20 October 1 - 9 Jain

 

Ashwina Navapada - Ayambil Oli is a nine-day festival occurring twice a year, in which Jains revere the Nav-pads, “nine-posts,” the nine supreme posts in the universe. This involves a special type of fasting.

 

       
September 16, 2021 October 5, 2022 Judaism

 

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the year’s holiest day and a day of fasting. Jews ask forgiveness from and forgive others, as to re-establish oneness with God, as well as confessing their sins and asking God for forgiveness.

 

       
Sept 20 - 27 October 9 - 11 Judaism

 

Sukkot is a pilgrimage feast and a time of thanksgiving for God’s presence in creation and among the Jewish people.

 

       
Sept 27 - 29 October 17, 2022 Judaism

 

Shemini Atzeret, the Eighth Day of Assembly, is a holiday that concludes Sukkoth and marks the beginning of winter in Israel.

 

       
September 29, 2021 October 18, 2022 Judaism

 

Simchat Torah, Rejoicing of the Law, celebrates the beginning of the annual Torah reading cycle at the synagogue

 

       
October 20, 2021 October 20, 2022 Sikh

 

Installation of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji celebrates Guru Gobind Singhi Ji (the 10th Guru) passing the Guruship to the Holy Scriptures.

 

       
November 4, 2021 October 24, 2022 Hindu

 

Diwali is a popular festival known as the Festival of Lights, celebrated continuously for five days. It is associated with a story about the destruction of evil by Lord Vishnu in one of his many manifestations.

 

       
November 4, 2021 October 24, 2022 Jain

 

Mahavira Nirvana and Diwali: on this day the 24th Tirthankara attained nirvana and release from the cycle of rebirth.

 

       
November 4, 2021 October 24, 2022 Sikh

 

Bandi Chhor Divas commemorated the return of Guru Hargobind Ji (the 6th Guru) to the holy city of Amritsar after negotiating the release of himself and 52 princes held for political reasons.

 

       
October 20, 2021 October 26, 2022 Baha'i

 

The birth anniversary of The Báb, the Herald of the new age for Bahá’ís.

 

       
November 19, 2021 November 8, 2022 Sikh

 

Birth Date of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh faith, an accomplished poet and the first of the Ten Gurus in 1469 CE

 

       
November 24, 2021 November 24, 2022 Sikh

 

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur, the ninth of the Ten Gurus, he is remembered for his defense of the Sikh faith, but also for being willing to give up his life for religious liberty of all faiths (1621-1675)

 

       
December 8, 2021 December 8, 2022 Buddhist

 

Bodhi Day/Rohatsu – or Awakening Day, commemorates the day in which Siddartha Gautama sat underneath the Bodhi tree, or sacred fig tree, and attained enlightenment. Primarily celebrated in Japan and North America

 

       
December 25, 2021 December 25, 2022 Christianity - Gregorian

 

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the promised messiah. More importance is given to this holiday in Western Christianity.

 

       
December 26, 2021 December 27, 2022 Zoroastrian

 

Death of Prophet Zarathustra, the founder of the Zoroastrian faith who lived somewhere between ~6000-2000 BCE.

 

       
November 28, 2021 December 18 - 24 Judaism

 

Hanukkah (Chanukah), also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah happens over eight days and nights commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and the rededication of the Second Temple in the 2nd century BCE