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 3                   Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu

Aug 6                   Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian

Aug 10                 Hijra - New Year begins - Islam

Aug 15                 Assumption of 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


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 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 29 - 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; Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian

Dec 12                 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian

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 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 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 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 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 16-22            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

May 5                  Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Judaism

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