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 2020/21 academic year and is from the Interfaith Calendar website.  (http://www.interfaith-calendar.org/)  Please note that most Jewish holidays begin at sunset the night before their calendar listing below.

July 2020

Jul 5                 Asalha Puja Day - Buddhist

Jul 9                 Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i

Jul 11               St Benedict Day - Catholic Christian

Jul 15               St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

Jul 23               Crowning of Haile Selasse I - Rastafarian

Jul 24               Pioneer Day- Mormon Christian

Jul 25               St. James the Great Day - Christian

Jul 30               Tish'a B'av - Jewish

Jul 31-Aug 3    Eid al Adha - Islam

August 2020

Aug 1               Lammas - Christian; Lughnassad - Imbolc - Wicca/Pagan;Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

Aug 3               Raksha Bandhan  - Hindu

Aug 6               Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian

Aug 10             Waqf al Arafa - Islam

Aug 12             Krishna Janmashtami  - Hindu

Aug 13-15        Obon (Ulambana)  - Buddhist/Shinto 

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

Aug 20             Hijra - New Year - Islam

Aug 22             Ganesh Chaturthi  - Hindu

Aug 29             Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christian; Ashura - Islam

September 2020

Sep 1               Ecclesiastical year begins - Orthodox Christian

Sep 8               Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian

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

Sep 19-20        Rosh Hashanah - Jewish

Sep 21             Paryushana Parva - Jain

Sep 23             Equinox, Mabon - Ostara - Wicca/Pagan  

Sep 27             Meskel - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

Sep 28             Yom Kippur - Jewish

Sep 29             Michael and All Angels – Christian

October 2020

Oct 3-9            Sukkot - Jewish

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

Oct 10              Shemini Atzeret - Jewish

Oct 11              Simchat Torah - Jewish

Oct 12              Thanksgiving - Canada - Interfaith

Oct 17-24        Navaratri  - Hindu

Oct 18              St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christian

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

Oct 22              Christ the King - Christian

Oct 25              Reformation Day - Protestant Christian; Dasara  - Hindu

Oct 28              Milvian Bridge Day - Christian

Oct 29              Reformation Day - Protestant Christian; Mawlid an Nabi - Islam

Oct 31              All Hallows Eve – Christian

November 2020

Nov 1               All Saints Day - Christian; Samhain - Beltane - Wicca/Pagan 

Nov 2               All Souls Day - Catholic Christian

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

Nov 13             Jain New Year - Jain

Nov 14             Diwali (Deepavali)  - Hindu-Jain-Sikh

Nov 15             Nativity Fast begins - ends Dec. 24 - Orthodox Christian; Vikram New Year  - Hindu

Nov 22             Christ the King - Christian

Nov 24             Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikh

Nov 26             Thanksgiving - Interfaith USA; Day of the Covenant - Baha'i

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

Nov 29-Dec 24 Advent begins- Christian

Nov 30             St. Andrew's Day - Christian; Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib – Sikh

December 2020

Dec 6               Saint Nicholas Day - Christian

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

Dec 11-18        Hanukkah - Jewish

Dec 12             Feast day - Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian

Dec 16-25        Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian

Dec 21             Solstice; Yule - Christian; Yule - Litha - Wicca/Pagan 

Dec 24             Christmas Eve - Christian

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

Dec 26             St Stephen's Day - Christian;  Zarathosht Diso   - Zoroastrian

Dec 27             Saint John - Apostle and Evangelist - Christian; Holy Family - Catholic Christian

Dec 28             Holy Innocents - Christian

Dec 31             Watch Night – Christian

January 2021

Jan 1                Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian; Feast Day of St Basil - Orthodox Christian; Shogatsu/Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto; Baptism of the Lord Jesus - 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

Jan 13              Maghi - Sikh

Jan 17              Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian

Jan 18              Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins - Christian

Jan 19              Timkat - Ethiopoian Christian

Jan 25              Conversion of St. Paul - Christian

Jan 28              Tu B'Shvat - Jewish

February 2021

Feb 2               Candlemas - Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christian; Imbolc-Lughnassad - Wicca/Neo Pagan 

Feb 3               St. Blaze Day - Christian; Setsebun - Shinto

Feb 5               Four Chaplains Sunday - Interfaith

Feb 8               Nirvana Day - Buddhism

Feb 12             Triodion - Orthodox Christian; Chinese New Year - Chinese traditional

Feb 14             St. Valentine's Day - Christian; Transfiguration Sunday - Christian

Feb 15             Nirvana Day  - Buddhist - Jain

Feb 16             Vasant Panchami  - Hindu; Shrove Tuesday - Christian

Feb 17             Lent begins - Christian

Feb 21             Triodion Begins - Orthodox Christian

Feb 26             Purim - Jewish

March 2021

Mar 1              St. David of Wales - Christian

Mar 2 – 20        Nineteen Day Fast - Baha'i

Mar 7              Meatfare Sunday -Orthodox Christian

Mar 10            Lailat al Miraj - Islam

Mar 12            Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christian; Maha Shivaratri  - Hindu

Mar 14            Cheesefare Sunday - Orthodox Christian

Mar 15            Clean Monday (Great Lent begins) - Orthodox Christian

Mar 17            St. Patrick's Day - Christian

Mar 18            Waqf al Arafa - Islam

Mar 19            St. Joseph's Day - Christian

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

Mar 25            Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian; Mahavir Jayanti  - Jain

Mar 26            Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) Zoroastrian

Mar 28            Lailat al Bara'ah - Islam; Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christian; Magha Puja Day  - Buddhist

Mar 28 - Apr 8 Pesach - Jewish

Mar 28            Palm Sunday - Christian

Mar 29            Holi  - Hindu

April 2021

Apr 1               Maunday Thursday - Christian

Apr 2               Good Friday - Christian

Apr 4               Easter Sunday - Christian

Apr 8               Yom HaShoah - Jewish

Apr 13             Hindi New Year  - Hindu

Apr 13-21        Ramayana  - Hindu

Apr 13             Ramadan begins - Islam

Apr 14             Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikh

Apr 15             Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Jewish

Apr 16             First Day of Ridvan - Baha'i

Apr 21             Ramanavami  - Hindu

Apr 23             St. George's Day - Christian

Apr 24             Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian

Apr 25             Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian

Apr 27             Hanuman Jayanti  - Hindu; Mahavir Jayanti  Jain

Apr 30             Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian; Lag B'Omer - Jewish

May 2021

May 1              Beltane - Samhain - Wicca/Neo Pagan

May 2              Last day of Ridvan - Baha'i; Pascha (Easter) - Orthodox Christian

May 3              Saints Philip & James - Christian

May 4              National Day of Prayer - USA - Interfaith

May 8              Laylat al Kadr - Islam

May 14-16       Eid al Fitr - Ramadan ends - Islam

May 18              Tish'a B'av - Jewish

May 23             Pentecost - Christian;  Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i

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

May 30            Trinity Sunday - Christian

June 2021

Jun 3                Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian

Jun 9                St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian

Jun 11              Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian

Jun 15              Saint Vladimir Day - Christian

Jun 16              Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikh

Jun 19              New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian

Jun 20               Pentecost - Orthodox Christian

Jun 21              World Humanist Day - Materialism

Jun 22              First Nations Day - Canadian Native People; Litha - Yule - Wicca/Neo Pagan  

Jun 24              Saint John the Baptist - Christian

Jun 29              Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian