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.

2022/2023 Academic Year

Our list of religious holidays is for the 2022/2023 academic year.  Please note that many Jewish holidays begin at sunset the night before as you will see on the list below.

July 2022

Date Holiday
Jul 7-12 Hajj Day (Islam)
Jul 8; Yawm al-Arafa (Islam)
Jul 9 Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)
Jul 13 Asalha Puja Day (Buddhist)
Jul 17   Eid-e-Ghadeer (Islam)
Jul 19 Hijri or Muharram (Islam)
Jul 24 Pioneer Day (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Jul 28 Ashura (Islam)
Jul 29-Aug 7 Ashara Mubaraka (Islam)

August 2022

Date Holiday
Aug 1  Fast in Honor of the Holy Mother of Lord Jesus (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Aug 1   Lammas (Christian and Wicca)
Aug 2  Naga Panchami (Hindu)
Aug 6   Transfiguration of the Lord (Eastern Orthodox & Catholic Christian)
Aug 6-7  Tisha B’Av (Judaism)
Aug 7  Yawm Aashura (Islam)
Aug 9 1st Muharram (Islamic New Year)
Aug 11 Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)
Aug 12 Ulambana (Buddhist)
Aug 13-15  Obon (Buddhist)
Aug 15 Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Catholic Christian)
Aug 15 Dormition of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
Aug 19 Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
Aug 23-24 Paryushana (Jain)
Aug 30-Sep 8 Onam (Hindu)
Aug 31 Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

September 2022

Date Holiday
Sep 1   Ecclesiastical Year begins (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Sep 7   His Holiness Sakya Trizin’s Birthday (Buddhist)
Sep 8 Nativity of Mary (Christian)
Sep 16 Chehlum Imam Hussain (Islam)
Sep 21 Nativity of the Theotokos (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Sep 21-29 Mabon (Wicca/Pagan)
Sep 25-27 Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)
Sep 26-Oct 5  Navaratri (Hindu)
Sep 27   The Elevation of the Holy Cross (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Sep 27    Mawlid (Islam)

October 2022

Date Holiday
Oct 4-5  Yom Kippur (Judaism)
Oct 7    Milad an-Nabi (Islam)
Oct 8   Maulid al-Nabi (Islam)
Oct 9-16  Sukkot (Judaism)
Oct 11  Urus-Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (Islam)
Oct 16-17  Sh’mini Atzeret (Judaism)
Oct 17-18      Simchat Torah (Judaism)
Oct 20 nstallation of the Scriptures as Guru Granth (Sikh)
Oct 22-26   Diwali (Hindu, Jain, Puja, Deepavali and Sikh)
Oct 26 Goverdhan Puja (Hindu)
Oct 26  Birth of B’ab (Bah’i)
Oct 27  Birth of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)
Oct 29    Milad Imam-uz-Zamaan (Islam)

November 2022

Date Holiday
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day (Christian)
Nov 1  Samhain-Beltane (Wicca)
Nov 2  All Souls’ Day (Christian)
Nov 8   Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Birthday (Sikh)
Nov 14 Milad Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (Islam)
Nov 15 Nativity Fast begins (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Nov 21 The Presentation of the Theotokos to the Temple (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Nov 24 Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom (Sikh)
Nov 26 Day of Covenant (Baha’i)
Nov 27 First Sunday of Advent (Christian)
Nov 28        Ascension of ‘Abdul’l Baha (Baha’i)

December 2022

Date Holiday
Dec 8  Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Catholic Christian)
Dec 8  Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
Dec 13 Yud Tet Kislev (Judaism)
Dec 18-26 Hanukkah (Judaism)
Dec 21 Yule (Wicca and Christian)
Dec 25  Christmas (Christian)
Dec 25 The Nativity of Christ (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Dec 26 Zarathosht Diso (Zoroastrian)

January 2023

Date Holiday
Jan 1    Gantan-sai (Shinto)
Jan 1 Solemnity of Mary (Catholic Christian)
Jan 3 Asarah B'Tevet (Judaism)
Jan 5 Birthday of Guru Gobindh Singh Sahib (Sikh)
Jan 6  Feast of the Epiphany (Catholic Christian)
Jan 6  Feast of Theophany (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Jan 6  Nativity of Christ (Armenian Orthodox)
Jan 13  Maghi (Sikh)
Jan 15  Makar Sankranti and Pongal (Hindu)
Jan 15 World Religion Day (Baha’i)
Jan 22 Chinese/Lunar New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)
Jan 24-Feb 2  Midwinter Ceremonies (Native American)
Jan 26 Vasant Panchami (Hindu)

February 2023

Date Holiday
Feb 2  The Presentation of Our Lord to the Temple (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Feb 2   Imbolic-Candlemas (Wicca and Christian)
Feb 5  Ayyam al Beez (Islam)
Feb 5-6 Tu B’shvat (Judaism)
Feb 9 Urus – Syedna Taher Saifuddin (Islam)
Feb 15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
Feb 17   Yawm al-Mab’ath (Islam)
Feb 18 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
Feb 18 Lailat al Miraj (Islam)
Feb 21 Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
Feb 22   Ash Wednesday (Christian)
Feb 26-Mar 1 Intercalary Days (Baha'i)
Feb 27  Great Lent Begins (Eastern Orthodox Christian)

March 2023

Date Holiday
Mar 3  Govinda Dwadashi (Hindu)
Mar 6 Holika Dahan (Hindu)
Mar 6-7   Purim (Judaism)
Mar 8 Lailat al Bara’ah (Islam)
Mar 8   Holi (Hindu)
Mar 8-10 Hola Mohalla (Sikh)
Mar 13 L. Ron Hubbard’s Birthday (Church of Scientology)
Mar 14 Meena Sankranthi (Hindu)
Mar 20 Ostara (Wicca)
Mar 21  Naw-Ryz (Baha’i)
Mar 21 Nowruz (Zoroastrian)
Mar 22 Souramana Yugadi (Hindu)
Mar 22 Chandramana Yugadi(Hindu)
Mar 23 Ramadan (Islam)
Mar 25  The Annunciation of the Theotokos (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Mar 25 The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (Christian)
Mar 26  Khordad Sal (Zoroastrian)
Mar 30 Ramnavami (Hindu)

April 2023

Date Holiday
Apr 2  Palm Sunday (Christian)
Apr 4  Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
Apr 4  Lord’s Evening Meal (Christian, Jehovah’s Witness)
Apr 5-13  Passover (Judaism)
Apr 8  Visakha Puja (Buddhist)
Apr 6  Holy Thursday/Maundy Thursday (Christian)
Apr 6  Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
Apr 6-8 Theravadin New Year (Buddhist)
Apr 7  Good Friday (Christian)
Apr 8   Lazarus Saturday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Apr 9  Easter (Christian)
Apr 9  Palm Sunday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Apr 9   Shahadat – Amirul Mumineen (Islam)
Apr 10  Easter Monday (Christian)
Apr 12-13  Laylatul Qadr (Islam)
Apr 13  Holy Thursday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Apr 13  Milad Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin (Islam)
Apr 14 Holy Friday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Apr 14  The Last Friday of the Great Lent (Eastern Orthodox Church)
Apr 14 Aakhir Jumo’a (Islam)
Apr 16  Easter (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Apr 17  Bright Monday (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Apr 17-18 Yom HaShoah
Apr 18 Laylatul Qadr (Islam)
Apr 21 First Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)
Apr 21 Eid ul-Fitr (Islam)
Apr 24-25  Yom HaZikaron
Apr 25  The 11th Panchen Lama’s Birthday (Buddhist)
Apr 25-26  Yom HaAzmaut (Judaism)
Apr 29  Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)

May 2023

Date Holiday
May 1 Beltane (Wicca)
May 2   Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha’i)
May 8-9 Lag B’Omer (Judaism)
May 18 Feast of the Ascension (Catholic Christian)
May 24  Declaration of the Bab (Baha’i)
May 25 Feast of Ascension (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
May 25-27 Shavuot (Judaism)
May 26 Buddha’s Birthday/Buddha Day (Buddhist)
May 28 Pentecost (Christian)
May 29 Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

June 2023

Date Holiday
Jun 4 Pentecost (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Jun 12-29 Fast of the Holy Apostles (Eastern Orthodox Christian)
Jun 16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (Sikh)
Jun 24 Litha (Wicca)
Jun 28 Eid al-Adha (Islam)