Religious Holidays

Rows of Votive Candles Followers of different faiths will be marking their calendars with their respective holy days for the academic year. The University’s 15 chaplaincies and numerous student groups are among the most vibrant centers of faith on campus with faiths represented by Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Unitarian Universalism et al. Our list of religious holidays is for the 2021/22 academic year and is from the Interfaith Calendar website .  Please note that most Jewish holidays begin at sunset the night before their calendar listing below.


July 2021

Jul 9                        Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i

Jul 11                      St. Benedict Day - Catholic Christian

Jul 13                      Obon (Ulambana) - Buddhist/Shinto 

Jul 15                      St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

Jul 18                      Tisha B’av - Judaism

Jul 20-23                Eid al Adha - Sacrifice Day - Islam

Jul 23                      Birthday of Emperor Haile Selassie - Rastafarian

Jul 24                      Pioneer Day – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Asalha Puja Da - Buddhist

Jul 25                      St. James the Great Day - Christian

 

August 2021

Aug 1                      Lammas - Christian; Lughnassad - Imbolc - Wicca/Neo Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres

Aug 6                      Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox & Catholic Christian

Aug 10                    Hijra - New Year begins - Islam

Aug 15                    Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian; Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian

Aug 18                    Ashura - Islam

Aug 22                    Raksha Bandhan - Hindu

Aug 29                    Beheading of St. John the Baptist – Christian

Aug 30                    Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu

 

September 2021

Sep 1                      Religious year begins - Orthodox Christian

Sep 7-8                   Rosh Hashanah - Judaism

Sep 8                      Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian

Sep 10                    Ganesh Chaturthi - Hindu

Sep 11                    Ethiopian New Year - Rastafaria; Paryushana Parva - Jain

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

Sep 16                    Yom Kippur - Judaism

Sep 21-27              Sukkot - Judaism

Sep 21                    Paryushana Parva - Jain

Sep 22                    Mabon - Imbolc - Wicca/Pagan

Sep 27                    Meskel - Ethiopian Eritrean Orthodox Christian

Sep 28                    Shemini Atzeret - Judaism

Sep 29                    Michael and All Angels - Christian; Simchat Torah - Judaism

 

October 2021

Oct 4                      St. Francis Day - Catholic Christian; Blessing of the Animals - Christian

Oct 7-14                 Navaratri - Hindu

Oct 15                    Dasara - Hindu

Oct 18                    Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christian; Mawlid an Nabi - Islam

Oct 20                    Birth of the B'ab - Baha'i; Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh

Oct 28                    Milvian Bridge Day - Christian

Oct 31                    All Hallows Eve - Christian; Reformation Day - Protestant Christian; Samhain - Wicca/Neo Pagan; Deep Diwali - Jain

 

November 2021

Nov 1                      All Saints Day - Christian

Nov 2                      All Souls Day - Catholic Christian

Nov 4                      Diwali (Deepavali) - Hindu - Jain

Nov 5                      Vikram New Year - Hindu

Nov 12                   Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i

Nov 13                   Jain New Year - Jain

Nov 15 - Dec 24    Nativity Fast - Orthodox Christian

Nov 21                   Christ the King – Christian

Nov 23                   Yud Tet Kislev - Judaism

Nov 24                   Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikh

Nov 26                   Day of the Covenant - Baha'i; Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian

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

Nov 28 - Dec 24   Advent - Christian

Nov 28 - Dec 6      Hanukkah - Judaism

Nov 30                   St. Andrew's Day - Christian

 

December 2021

Dec 6                      Saint Nicholas Day - Christian

Dec 8                      Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - Buddhism; Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Catholic Christian

Dec 12                    Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian

Dec 14                   Asarah B'Tevet Fast - Judaism

Dec 16-25             Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian

Dec 21                    Yule - Christian

Dec 22                    Yule/Winter Solstice - Wicca/Neo Pagan

Dec 24                    Christmas Eve - Christian

Dec 25                    Christmas - Christian; Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian

Dec 26                    Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) - Zoroastrian; St Stephen's Day - Christian

Dec 28                   Holy Innocents - Christian

Dec 30                    Holy Family - Catholic Christian

Dec 31                    Watch Night - Christian

 

January 2022

Jan 1                       Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian; Feast Day of St Basil - Orthodox Christian; Shogatsu/Gantan-sai (New Year’s) - Shinto; Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

Jan 5                       Twelfth Night - Christian; Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh

Jan 6                       Epiphany - Christian; Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) - Orthodox Christian; Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian

Jan 7                       Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian; Nativity of Christ - Orthodox Christian; Christmas Day - Rastafarian

Jan 8                       Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian

Jan 9                       Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian

Jan 13                     Maghi - Sikh

Jan 17                     Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian; Tu B’Shevat - Judaism

Jan 18                     Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian

Jan 21                     Chinese New Year - Chinese

Jan 25                     Conversion of St Paul – Christian

Jan 28                    St. Thomas Aquinas Day — Catholic Christian

Jan 30                     Mahayana New Year 3 days - Buddhism

 

February 2022

Feb 2                      Candlemas - Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christian; Imbolc (Candlemas) - Wicca/Neo Pagan; St. Brigid of Kildare - Christian

Feb 3                      St. Blaze Day - Christian; Setsebun (beginning of Spring) - Shinto

Feb 5                      Vasant Panchami – Hindu

Feb 11                    World Day of the Sick & Our Lady of Lourdes — Catholic Christian

Feb 14                    St. Valentine's Day - Christian

Feb 15                    Nirvana Day - Buddhist

Feb 24                    St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist - Christian

Feb 27                    Meatfare - Orthodox Christian; Transfiguration Sunday - Christian

 

March 2022

Mar 1                     St. David of Wales - Christian; Maha Shivaratri - Hindu; Shrove Tuesday - Christian

Mar 2                     Ash Wednesday / Lent Begins - Christian

Mar 6                     Cheesefare Sunday - Orthodox Christian

Mar 7                     Great Lent - Clean Monday - Orthodox Christian; Lent Begins - Orthodox Christian

Mar 16                   Taanit Esther - Judaism

Mar 17                   St. Patrick's Day - Christian; Purim - Judaism

Mar 18                   Holi - Hindu

Mar 19                   St. Joseph's Day - Christian

Mar 20                   Ostara - Vernal Equinox - Wicca/Neo Pagan

Mar 21                   Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian; Naw-Rúz (New Year) - Baha'i; Ostara - Wicca/Neo Pagan

Mar 25                   Feast of the Annunciation — Catholic Christian

Mar 26                   Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) - Zoroastrian

Mar 30                   Magha Puja Day - Buddhism

 

April 2022

Apr 2                      Hindi New Year - Hindu; Ramayana Begins - Hindu

Apr 3 - May 3        Ramadan - Islam

Apr 10                    Ramanavami - Hindu; Palm Sunday - Christian

Apr 14                    Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikh; Maundy/Holy Thursday - Christian

Apr 15                    Good Friday - Christian

Apr 16                    Theravadin New Year (3 days) - Buddhism; Hanuman Jayanti - Hindu; Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian

Apr 16-23              Passover - Judaism

Apr 17                    Easter - Christian; Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian

Apr 21                    First Day of Ridvan - Baha'i

Apr 22                    Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian

Apr 23                    St. George's Day - Christian;

Apr 24                    Easter (Pascha) - Orthodox Christian

Apr 25                    St. Mark, Apostle and Evangelist - Christian

Apr 28                    Yom HaShoah - Judaism

Apr 29                    Ninth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i

Apr 30                    St. James the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

 

May 2022

May 1                     Beltane - Wicca/Neo Pagan

May 2                     Twelfth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i

May 3                     Saints Philip & James - Christian; Eid al Fitr - Islam

May 4                     National Day of Prayer - USA – Interfaith; Yom HaZikaron - Judaism

May 5                     Yom Ha'Atzmaut – Judaism

May 13                  Feast of Our Lady of Fatima — Catholic Christian

May 19                  Lag B'Omer - Judaism

May 24                   Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i

May 26                   Ascension of Jesus - Christian

May 27                   Visakha Puja - Buddha Day - Buddhism

May 29                   Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i

 

June 2022

Jun 2                       Ascension of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

Jun 5                       Pentecost - Christian

Jun 5-6                   Shavuot - Judaism

Jun 9                       St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian

Jun 12                    Pentecost - Orthodox Christian; Trinity Sunday - Christian

Jun 15                    St. Vladimir - Christian

Jun 16                    Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikh; Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian

Jun 19                    New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian; All Saint's Day - Orthodox

Jun 21                    Litha - Summer Solstice - Wicca/Neo Pagan

Jun 22                    First Nations Day - Canadian Native People;

Jun 24                    Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian; Saint John the Baptist - Christian

Jun 29                    Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian