Religious Holy Days

RELIGIOUS HOLY DAYS
of the major world religions, through June 30, 2014

For a more inclusive list of interfaith holidays, please go to interfaithcalendar.org.  CMU's policy on accommodating religious obligations, Policy No. 3-16, can be found here

Native American holy days: Though there are no set dates, major ceremonies tend to fall around the full moon and the solstices.

 

SPRING/SUMMER 2013

Apr 14 Baisakhi (Sikh)

Apr 20 Ramanavami (Hindu; date can vary depending on country)

Apr 30-May 1 Beltane begins at sundown Apr 30 (8:31pm) and ends at sundown May 1 (8:32pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

May 5 Easter (Orthodox Christian)

May 25 Wesak/Buddha Day (Buddhist; date can vary depending on country)

May 28-29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah begins at sundown May 28 (8:59pm) and ends at sundown May 29 (9:00pm) (Baha'i)

Jun 20-21 Litha begins at sundown Jun 20 (9:12pm) and ends at sundown on June 21 (9:12pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)


SUMMER/FALL 2013

Jul 8-Aug 7 Ramadan begins at sundown Jul 8 (9:11pm) and ends at sundown on Aug 7 (8:44pm); (Islamic month of full fasting from sunrise to sunset, dates can vary depending on country)

Jul 22 Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist; date can vary depending on country)

Jul 24 Pioneer Day (Mormon)

Aug 7-Aug 11 Eid al Fitr begins at sundown Aug 7 (8:44pm) and ends at sundown on Aug 11 (8:38pm) (Islamic; date can vary depending on country; marks the end of Ramadan, a month of full fasting during daylight hours)

Aug 28 Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu; date can vary depending on country)

Sep 4-Sep 6 Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown Sep 4 (8:01pm) and ends at sundown on Sep 6 (7:57pm) (Jewish New Year; first two days are most important)

Sep 13-Sep 14 Yom Kippur begins at sundown Sep 13 (7:45pm) and ends at sundown on Sep 14 (7:43pm) (Jewish Day of Atonement; full fasting)

Sep 21-Sep 22 Mabon begins at sundown Sep 21 (7:31pm) and ends at sundown on Sep 22 (7:29pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

Oct 14-Oct 18th Eid al-Adha begins at sundown Oct 14 (6:51pm) and ends at sundown on Oct 18 (6:45pm) (Islamic; date can vary depending on country)

Oct 31-Nov 1 Samhain begins at sundown Oct 31 (6:26pm) and ends at sundown on Nov 1 (6:25pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

Nov 3 Diwali (Hindu & Sikh; date can vary depending on country; Festival of Lights)

Nov 3-Nov 4 Muharram/Hijra begins at sundown Nov 3 (5:23pm) and ends at sundown on Nov 4 (5:22pm) (Islamic New Year; date can vary depending on country)

Nov 12-Nov 13 Ashura begins at sundown Nov 12 (5:13pm) and ends at sundown on Nov 13 (5:12pm) (Islamic; date can vary depending on country)

Nov 17 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)

Nov 27-Dec 5 Hanukkah begins at sundown Nov 27 (5:02pm) and ends at sundown on Dec 5 (5:00pm) (Jewish Festival of Lights)

Dec 20-Dec 21 Yule begins at sundown Nov 20 (5:02pm) and ends at sundown on Dec 21 (5:03pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

Dec 25 Christmas (Christian)

Dec 26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa (pan-African holiday celerating family, community, and culture)


SPRING/SUMMER 2014


Jan 1 Gantan-sai (Shinto New Year)

Jan 7 Feast of the Nativity (some Orthodox Christian; date can vary depending on country)

Jan 31 Chinese New Year (Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist)

Feb 15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist; date can vary depending on country)

Mar 5 Ash Wednesday (Christian beginning on Lent, a period of abstinence)

Mar 16 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist; date can vary depending on country)

Mar 19-Mar 20 Ostara begins at sundown Mar 19 (7:43pm) and ends at sundown on Mar 20 (7:44pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

Mar 20-Mar 21 Naw Ruz begins at sundown Mar 20 (7:44pm) and ends at sundown on Mar 21 (7:46pm) (Baha’i; New Year)

Apr 8 Ramanavami (Hindu; date can vary depending on country)

Apr 14-Apr 22 Pesach begins at sundown Apr 14 (8:13pm) and ends at sundown on Apr 22 (8:22pm) (Jewish; Passover—the first two nights are most important)

Apr 14 Baisakhi (Sikh)

Apr 15 Lord's Evening Meal (Jehovah's Witness)

Apr 18 Good Friday (Christian)

Apr 20 Easter (Christian)

Apr 30-May 1 Beltane begins at sundown Apr 30 (8:31pm) and ends at sundown on May 1 (8:32pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

May 14 Wesak/Buddha Bay (Buddhist; date can vary depending on country)

May 28-May 29 Ascension of Baha’u’llah begins at sundown May 28 (8:59pm) and ends at sundown on May 29 (9:00pm) (Baha’i)

Jun 20-Jun 21 Litha begins at sundown on Jun 20 (9:12pm) and ends at sundown on Jun 21 (9:12pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

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