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 2019/20 academic year and is from the Interfaith Calendar website.  (http://www.interfaith-calendar.org/)

 

 

July 2019

Jul 9                        Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i

Jul 11                      St Benedict Day - Catholic Christian

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

Jul 15                      St. Vladimir the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

Jul 16                      Asalha Puja Day - Buddhist

Jul 24                      Pioneer Day - Mormon Christian

Jul 25                      St. James the Great Day - Christian

August 2019

Aug 1                       Lammas - Christian

                                Lughnassad - Wicca/Pagan

                                Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

Aug 6                      Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian

Aug 10                    Tish'a B'av - Jewish

                                Waqf al Arafa - Islam

Aug 12-15               Eid al Adha - Islam

Aug 15                    Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian

                                Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian

Aug 23                    Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu

Aug 29                    Beheading of St. John the Baptist - Christian

September 2019

Sep 1                      Ecclesiastical year begins - Orthodox Christian

                                Hijra - New Year - Islam

Sep 3                      Paryushana Parva - Jain

Sep 8                      Nativity of Virgin Mary - Christian

Sep 10                    Ashura - Islam

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

Sep 23                    Equinox

                                Mabon - Ostara - Wicca 

Sep 27                    Meskel - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

Sep 29                    Michael and All Angels - Christian

Sep 30-Oct 1          Rosh Hashanah - Jewish

October 2019

Oct 4                       St Francis Day - Catholic Christian

                                Blessing of the Animals - Christian

Oct 8                       Dasara - Hindu

Oct 9                       Yom Kippur - Jewish

Oct 14-20                Sukkot - Jewish

Oct 14                     Thanksgiving (Canada) - Interfaith

Oct 18                     St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist - Christian

Oct 20                     Birth of the Báb - Baha'i

                                Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh

Oct 21                     Shemini Atzeret - Jewish

Oct 22                     Simchat Torah - Jewish

Oct 27                     Christ the King - Christian

                                Diwali - Sikh - Hindu - Jain

Oct 28                     Milvian Bridge Day - Christian

                                Jain New Year - Jain

Oct 29                     Reformation Day - Protestant Christian

Oct 31                     All Hallows Eve - Christian

                                Reformation Day - Protestant Christian

November 2019

Nov 1                      All Saints Day - Christian

                                Samhain - Beltane - Wicca/Pagan

Nov 2                       All Souls Day - Catholic Christian

Nov 10                    Mawlid an Nabi - Islam

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

                                Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Sikh

Nov 15                    Nativity Fast begins - Orthodox Christian

Nov 24                    Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur - Sikh

Nov 26                    Christ the King - Christian

                                Day of the Covenant - Baha'i

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

                                Thanksgiving (USA) - Interfaith

Nov 30                    St. Andrew's Day - Christian

December 2019

Dec 1-24                 Advent - Christian

Dec 6                      Saint Nicholas Day - Christian

Dec 8                      Bodhi Day  (Rohatsu) - Buddhism

                                Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian

Dec 12                    Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic Christian

Dec 16-25               Posadas Navidenas - Hispanic Christian

Dec 21                    Solstice

                                Yule - Christian

                                Yule - Litha - Wicca/Pagan

Dec 23-30               Hanukkah - Jewish

Dec 24                    Christmas Eve - Christian

Dec 25                    Christmas - Christian

                                Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian

Dec 26                    Zarathosht Diso - Zoroastrian

                                St Stephen's Day - Christian

Dec 27                     Saint John - Apostle and Evangelist - Christian

Dec 28                    Holy Innocents - Christian

Dec 29                    Holy Family - Catholic Christian

Dec 31                     Watch Night - Christian

January 2020

Jan 1                       Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian

                                Feast Day of St Basil - Orthodox Christian

                                Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto

                                Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

Jan 3                       Vasant Panchami - Hindu

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

                                Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox

Jan 7                       Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian

Jan 8                       Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian

Jan 10-12                Mahayana New Year - Buddhist

Jan 12                     Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian

Jan 13                     Maghi - Sikh

Jan 17                     Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian

Jan 18-25                Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian

Jan 19                     World Religion Day - Baha'i

Jan 20                     Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

Jan 25                     Conversion of St. Paul - Christian

Jan 28                     Tu BiShavat - Jewish

February 2020

Feb 2                       Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Christian

                                Imbolc - Wicca/Pagan

                                Saint Brigid of Kildare - Celtic Christian

                                Four Chaplains Sunday - Interfaith

Feb 3                       St. Blaze Day - Christian

                                Setsebun-sai (beginning of spring) - Shinto

Feb 5                       Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

Feb 8                       Nirvana Day - Buddhism

Feb 12                     Triodion - Orthodox Christian

Feb 14                     St. Valentine's Day - Christian

Feb 15                     Nirvana Day - Buddhist - Jain

Feb 22                     Maha Shivaratri - Hindu

Feb 23                     Meatfare Sunday - Orthodox Christian

                                Transfiguration Sunday - Christian

Feb 25                     Shrove Tuesday - Christian

Feb 26                     Intercalary Days begin - Baha'i

                                Ash Wednesday - Lent begins – Christian

March 2020

Mar 1                       St. David of Wales - Christian

                                Intercalary Days end - Baha'i

                                Cheesefare Sunday - Orthodox Christian

Mar 2                       Clean Monday - Great Lent begins - Orthodox Christian

Mar 2 – 20               Nineteen Day Fast - Baha'i

Mar 3                       Hindi New Year - Hindu

Mar 8                       Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Christian

Mar 9                       Magha Puja Day - Buddhist

Mar 10                     Holi - Hindu

                                Purim - Jewish

                                Hola Mohalla - Sikh

Mar 13                     Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard - Scientology

Mar 17                     St. Patrick's Day - Christian

Mar 19                     St. Joseph's Day - Christian

                                Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christian

Mar 20                     Equinox

                                Ostara - Mabon - Wicca/Pagan

Mar 21                     Norooz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian

                                Naw-Rúz (New Year) - Baha'i

Mar 25                     Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Christian

Mar 28                     Khordad Sal - Zoroastrian

April 2020

Apr 2                       Ramanavami - Hindu

Apr 3                       Laylat al Miraj - Islam

Apr 5                       Palm Sunday - Christian

Apr 8                       Hanuman Jayanti - Hindu

Apr 9-11                  Theravadin New Year - Buddhist

Apr 9-15                 Pesach - Jewish

Apr 9                       Mahavir Jayanti - Jain

                                Maundy Thursday - Christian

Apr 10                     Good Friday - Christian

Apr 12                     Easter - Christian

                                Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian

                                Lag B'Omer - Jewish

Apr 14                     Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) - Sikh

Apr 17                     Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian

Apr 11                     Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian

Apr 19                     Pascha - Easter - Orthodox Christian

Apr 21                     Yom HaShoah - Jewish

                                First Day of Ridvan - Baha'i

                                Lailat al Bara'ah - Islam

                                Palm Sunday - Orthodox Christian

Apr 23                     St. George's Day - Christian

Apr 24                     Ramadan begins - Islam

Apr 27                     Mahavir Jayanti  - Jain

Apr 29                     Ninth Day of Ridvan - Baha'i

                                Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian

                                Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Jewish

Apr 30                     St. James the Great Day - Orthodox Christian

May 2020

May 1                      Beltane - Samhain - Wicca/Pagan 

May 2                      Last day of Ridvan - Baha'i

May 3                      Saints Philip & James - Christian

May 7                      Visakha Puja - Buddha Day - Buddhist

                                National Day of Prayer USA - Interfaith

May 21                    Ascension of Jesus - Christian

May 23                    Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i

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

                                Ascension of Jesus - Orthodox Christian

May 29-30               Shavuot - Jewish

May 31                    Pentecost - Christian

June 2020

Jun 1                       Laylat al Kadr - Islam

Jun 5-7                    Eid al Fitr - Islam

Jun 7                       Pentecost - Orthodox Christian

                                Trinity Sunday - Christian

Jun 9                       St. Columba of Iona - Celtic Christian

Jun 11                     Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian

Jun 14                     All Saints - Orthodox Christian

Jun 15                     Saint Vladimir Day - Christian

Jun 16                     Guru Arjan martyrdom - Sikh

Jun 19                     Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian

                                New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian

Jun 21                     Solstice

                                Litha - Yule - Wicca/Pagan

Jun 22                     First Nations Day - Canadian Native People

Jun 29                     Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul - Christian