Religious Holidays

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 2018/19 academic year and is from the Interfaith Calendar website.  (http://www.interfaith-calendar.org/)

2018-2019

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 

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 

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 - Canada - Interfaith

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

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 - 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

                                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

JANUARY 2019

1                              Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian

                                Feast Day of St Basil - Orthodox Christian

                                Gantan-sai (New Year) - Shinto

                                Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

5                              Twelfth Night - Christian

                                Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh

6                              Epiphany - Christian

                                Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany) - Orthodox Christian

                                Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) - Christian

                                Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox

7                              Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian

8                              Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian

13                            Maghi - Sikh

                                Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian

17                            Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian

18-25                      Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian

19                            Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

20                            World Religion Day - Baha'i

                                Tu BiShavat - Jewish

21-23                      Mahayana New Year  - Buddhist

25                            Conversion of St. Paul - Christian

FEBRUARY 2019

2                              Candlemas - Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christian

                                Imbolc - Lughassad - Wicca/Pagan

                                Saint Brighid of Kildare - Celtic Christian

3                              St. Blaze Day - Christian

                                Setsebun-sai (beginning of spring) - Shinto

3                              Four Chaplains Sunday - Interfaith

5                              Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

8                              Nirvana Day - Buddhism

10                            Cheesefare Sunday - Orthodox Christian

12                            Triodion - Orthodox Christian

14                            St. Valentine's Day - Christian

15                            Nirvana Day - Buddhist - Jain

17                            Triodion begins - Orthdox Christian

26                            Intercalary Days begin - Baha'i

MARCH 2019

1                              St. David of Wales - Christian

                                Intercalary Days end - Baha'i

2 – 20                     Nineteen Day Fast - Baha'i

3                              Meatfare Sunday - Orthodox Christian

                                Transfiguration Sunday - Christian

5                              Shrove Tuesday - Christian

6                              Ash Wednesday - Lent begins- Christian

10                            Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christian

11                            Clean Monday - Great Lent begins - Orthodox Christian

13                            Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard - Scientology

17                            St. Patrick's Day - Christian

19                            St. Joseph's Day - Christian

20                            Equinox

                                Ostara - Mabon - Wicca/Pagan

21                            Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian

                                Naw-Rúz (New Year) - Baha'i

                                Hola Mohalla – Sikh

                                Magha Puja Day – Buddhist

                                Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christian

                                Purim - Jewish

25                            Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Christian

28                            Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra) - Zoroastrian

APRIL 2019

3                              Laylat al Miraj - Islam

9                              Mahavir Jayanti - Jain

14                            Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikh

                                Palm Sunday - Christian

17                            Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christian

18                            Maundy Thursday - Christian

19-21                      Theravadin New Year - Buddhist

19                            Good Friday - Christian

20-27                      Pesach   - Jewish

20                            Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian

21                            Easter - Christian

                                First Day of Ridvan - Baha'i

                                Lailat al Bara'ah – Islam

                                Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian

23                            St. George's Day - Christian

26                            Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian

28                            Pascha - Easter - Orthodox Christian

29                            Ninth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i

30                            St. James the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

MAY 2019

1                              Beltane - Samhain - Wicca/Pagan 

2                              Last day of Ridvan   - Baha'i

                                National Day of Prayer USA – Interfaith

                                Yom HaShoah - Jewish

3                              Saints Philip & James - Christian

6                              Ramadan begins - Islam

9                              Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Jewish

18                            Visakha Puja - Buddha Day  - Buddhist

23                            Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i

                                Lag B'Omer - Jewish

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

30                            Ascension of Jesus – Christian

JUNE 2019

1                              Laylat al Kadr - Islam

5-7                          Eid al Fitr - Islam

6                              Ascension of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

9                              St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian

                                Pentecost - Christian

9-10                        Shavuot - Jewish

15                            Saint Vladimir Day - Christian

16                            Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikh

                                Trinity Sunday - Christian

19                            New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian

20                            Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian

21                            Solstice

                                Litha - Yule - Wicca/Pagan

22                            First Nations Day - Canadian Native People

23                            All Saints - Orthodox Christian

28                            Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian

29                            Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian