Religious Holidays
​​RELIGIOUS HOLY DAYS 

of the major world religions, through June 30, 2016

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.

SUMMER/FALL 2015

Sep 5 Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu; date can vary depending on country)

Sep 13-15 Rosh Hashanah, starts at sundown Sep 13 (9:20pm) and ends at sundown Sep 15 (9:19pm) (Jewish New Year; first two days are most important)

Sep 22- 23 Mabon, starts at sundown Sep 22 (7:39pm) and ends Sep 23 (7:37pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

Sep 22-23 Yom Kippur begins at sundown Sep 22 (7:39pm) and ends at sundown Sep 23 (7:37pm) (Jewish Day of Atonement; full fasting)

Sep 23-26 Eid al-Adhah begins at sundown Sep 22 (7:39pm) and ends at sundown Sep 26 (7:31pm) (Islamic; date can vary depending on country)

Oct 11 National Coming Out Day

Oct 12 Indigenous People's Day

Oct 13-14 Hijra, Begins at sundown Oct 13 (7:01pm) and ends Oct 14 (6:59pm) (Islamic New Year; date can vary depending on country)

Oct 22-23 Ashura begins at sundown Oct 22 (6:46pm) and ends at sundown Oct 23 (6:45pm)  (Islamic; date can vary depending on country)

Oct 30- Oct 31 begins at sundown Oct 30 (6:54pm) and ends Oct 31 (6:33pm) Samhain (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

Nov 11 Diwali (Hindu & Sikh; date can vary depending on country; Festival of Lights)

Nov 25 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)

Dec 6-14 Hanukkah begins at sundown Dec 6 (5:03pm) and ends at sundown Dec 14 (5:03pm)(Jewish Festival of Lights)

Dec 21-22 Yule begins at sundown Dec 20 (5:04pm) and 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 2016

Jan 1 Gantan-sai (Shinto New Year)

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

Jan 24- 27 Mahayana (Buddhist)

Feb 8 Chinese New Year (Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist)

Feb 10 Ash Wednesday (Christian beginning of Lent, a period of abstinence)

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

Mar 20 Ostara (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

Mar 23 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist; date can vary depending on country)

Mar 20-21 Naw Ruz begins at sundown Mar 20 (7:51pm) and ends at sundown Mar 21 (7:52pm) ( (Baha'i; New Year)

Mar 20 Palm Sunday (Christian)

Mar 25 Good Friday (Christian)

Mar 27 Easter (Christian)

Apr 14 Baisakhi (Sikh)

Apr 15 Ramanavami (Hindu; date can vary depending on country)

Apr 22-30 Pesach begins at sundown Mar 22 and continues through sundown Apr 30 (Jewish; Passover--the first two nights are the most important)

May 1 Beltane begins at sundown and ends at sundown May 1(Wiccan; northern hemisphere)

May 1 Easter (Orthodox Christian)

May 15 Visakha Puja-Buddha Day (Buddhist)

May 28-29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah begins at sundown May 28 (9:10pm) and ends at sundown May 29 (9:11pm) (Baha'i)

June 19- Juneteenth (Observed as the day African Americans were emancipated.)

Jun 19-20 Litha begins at sundown on Jun 19 (9:23pm) and ends at sundown on Jun 21 (9:24pm) (Wiccan; northern hemisphere)​