Religious Holidays

RELIGIOUS HOLY DAYS
of the major world religions, through Spring 2015

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 2014
Apr 8 Ramanavami (Hindu; date can vary depending on country)

Apr 14-22 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 Vesak/Visakha Puja 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 on May 29 (9:00pm) (Baha’i)

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

Jun 28-Jul 28 Ramadan begins at sundown Jun 28 (9:13pm) and ends at sundown Jul 28 (8:16pm); (Islamic month of full fasting from sunrise to sunset, dates can vary depending on country)


SUMMER/FALL 2014

Jul 13 Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist; date can vary depending on country)

Jul 24 Pioneer Day (Mormon)

Jul 29-31 Eid al-Fitr begins at sundown July 29 (9:06pm) and ends at sundown July 31 (9:04pm)  (Islamic; date can vary depending on country; marks the end of Ramadan, a month of full fasting during daylight hours)

Aug 17 Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu; date can vary depending on country)

Sep 23 Mabon (3:29am) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

Sep 24-26 Rosh Hashanah, starts at sundown Sep 24 (7:35pm) and ends at sundown Sep 26 (7:31pm) (Jewish New Year; first two days are most important)

Oct 4-7 Eid al-Adhah begins at sundown Oct 4 (7:16pm) and ends at sundown Oct 7 (7:11pm) (Islamic; date can vary depending on country)

Oct 3-4 Yom Kippur begins at sundown Oct 3 (8:18pm) and ends at sundown Oct 4 (7:16pm) (Jewish Day of Atonement; full fasting)

Oct 23 Diwali (Hindu & Sikh; date can vary depending on country; Festival of Lights)

Oct 25 Hijra (Islamic New Year; date can vary depending on country)

Nov 1 Samhain (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

Nov 2-3 Ashura begins at sundown Nov 2 (5:30pm) and ends at sundown Nov 3 (5:29pm)  (Islamic; date can vary depending on country)

Nov 6 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)

Dec 17-24 Hanukkah begins at sundown Dec 17 (5:03pm) and ends at sundown Dec 24 (5:06pm) (Jewish Festival of Lights)

Dec 20-21 Yule begins at sundown Dec 20 (5:04pm) ends at sundown Dec 21 (5:05pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

Dec 25 Christmas (Christian)

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

 

SPRING/SUMMER 2015

Jan 1 Gantan-sai (Shinto New Year)

Jan 5 Mahayana (Buddhist)

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

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

Feb 18 Ash Wednesday (Christian beginning of Lent, a period of abstinence)

Feb 19 Chinese New Year (Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist)

Mar 5 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist; date can vary depending on country)

Mar 19-20 Ostara begins at sundown Mar 19 (7:49pm) and ends at sundown Mar 20 (7:50pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

Mar 20-21 Naw Ruz begins at sundown Mar 20 (7:50pm) and ends at sundown Mar 21 (7:51pm) (Baha'i; New Year)

Mar 28 Ramanavami (Hindu; date can vary depending on country)

Mar 29 Palm Sunday (Christian)

Apr 3 Good Friday (Christian)

Apr 4-11 Pesach begins at sundown April 4 (8:08pm) and continues through sundown April 11 (8:16pm) (Jewish; Passover--the first two nights are the most important)

Apr 5 Easter (Christian)

Apr 12 Easter (Orthodox Christian)

Apr 14 Baisakhi (Sikh)

Apr 29-May 1 Beltane begins at sundown Apr 29 (8:38pm) and ends at sundown May 1 (8:40pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

May 4 Visakha Puja-Buddha Day (Buddhist)

May 28-29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah begins at sundown May 28 (9:09pm) and ends at sundown May 29 (9:10pm) (Baha'i)

Jun 20-21 Litha begins at sundown on Jun 20 (9:24pm) and ends at sundown on Jun 21 (9:24pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

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