Religious Holy Days

​​​RELIGIOUS HOLY DAYS 

of the major world religions, through December 31, 2018​

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.

Note: 1. * Holy days usually begin at sundown the day before this date. 
       2. ** Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.

 
JULY   2018

9 -Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i

11 -St Benedict Day - Catholic Christian

13-15 -Obon (Ulambana) ** - Buddhist - Shinto

15 -St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

22 -Tish'a B'av * - Jewish

24 -Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian

25 -St. James the Great Day - Christian

27 -Asalha Puja Day ** - Buddhist

 

AUGUST   2018

1 -Lammas - Christian

    Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

2 -Lughnassad - Imbolc * - Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern Hemispheres

6 -Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian

15 -Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian

      Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian

22-25 -Eid al Adha * - Islam

29 -Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christian

       Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu

 

SEPTEMBER  2018

1 -Religious year begins - Orthodox Christian

3 -Krishna Janmashtami ** - Hindu

8 -Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian

10-11 -Rosh Hashannah * - Jewish

12 -Hijra - New Year * - Islam

13 -Ganesh Chaturthi ** - Hindu

14 -Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) - Christian

       Paryushana Parva ** - Jain

19 -Yom Kippur * - Jewish

21 -Ashura * - Islam

22 Equinox -Mabon - Ostara* - Wicca  Northern and Southern hemispheres

24-31 -Sukkot * - Jewish

27 -Meskal - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

29 -Michael and All Angels - Christian

 

OCTOBER   2018

1 -Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish

2 -Simchat Torah * - Jewish

4 -St Francis Day - Catholic Christian

     Blessing of the Animals - Christian

8 -Thanksgiving - CanadaInterfaith

9-16 -Navaratri ** - Hindu

18 -St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christian

19 -Dasara ** - Hindu

20 -Birth of the Báb * - Baha'i

       Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh

28 -Reformation Day ** - Protestant Christian

      Milvian Bridge Day - Christian

31 -All Hallows Eve – Christian

Reformation Day - Protestant Christian

 

NOVEMBER   2018

1 -All Saints Day - Christian

    Samhain - Beltane * - Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern hemispheres

2 -All Souls Day - Catholic Christian

7 -Diwali - Sikh - Jain - Hindu

8 -Jain New Year ** - Jain

    Vikram New Year ** - Hindu

12 -Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i

15 -Nativity Fast begins - ends Dec. 24 - Orthodox Christian

21 -Mawlid an Nabi * - Islam

22 -Thanksgiving USA - Interfaith

23 -Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday - Sikh

25 -Christ the King - Christian

26 -Day of the Covenant * - Baha'i

28 -Ascension of  'Abdu'l-Baha * - Baha'i

30 -St. Andrew's Day - Christian

 

DECEMBER   2018

2-24 -Advent - Christian

3-10 -Hanukkah * - Jewish

6 -Saint Nicholas Day - Christian

8 -Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) - Buddhist

    Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian

12 -Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian

16-25 -Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian

21 -Yule - Christian

21 -Solstice

      Yule - Litha * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres

      Saint Thomas the Apostle - Christian

      Yule - Christian

24 -Christmas Eve - Christian

25 -Christmas * - Christian

       Feast of the Nativity ** - Orthodox Christian

26 -Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra)** - Zoroastrian

      St Stephen's Day - Christian

28 -Holy Innocents - Christian

30 -Holy Family - Catholic Christian

31 -Watch Night - Christian