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Religious Holidays Comprehensive Calendar

 



Religious Holidays Comprehensive Calendar
Academic Year 2016-2017


The list that follows is not exhaustive; it includes major festivals and holy days for many. Some holidays in some traditions are tied to the lunar calendar or to particular cultural patterns that vary by region or by sect which make their location in the calendar somewhat more fluid.

Dates marked with a double asterisk (**) denote occasions on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of nearly all its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.


Islamic Holidays: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.


For holidays associated with Christianity, the following notations are used to denote observance by particular strands of the Christian tradition: RC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox
 

2016  DAYS  HOLIDAY RELIGION
September 12
September 13
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
Eid al Adha
(date can vary by a day)
Islam
October 1
October 9
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Navaratri Hinduism
October 1
October 2

Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Muharram/New Year
(date can vary by a day)
Islam
October 2
October 4
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Rosh Hashanah (2 days) Judaism
October 11 Tuesday Dussehra/Dasara Hinduism
October 11
October 12
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
**Yom Kippur Judaism
October 11
October 12
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Ashura Islam
October 16
October 23
Sundown-Sunday
Sundow-Sunday
**Sukkot (1st 2 days) Judaism
October 23
October 25
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Shemini Atzeret
**Simchat Torah
Judaism
October 19
October 20
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

**Birth of the Báb 
Bahá’í
October 30
November 3
Sunday
Thursday
Diwali Hinduism -Jain – Sikh
November 1 Tuesday All Saints Day Christianity (RC, P)
November 2 Wednesday All Souls Day Christianity (RC, P)
November 11
November 12
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
**Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í
November 14 Monday Guru Nanak Jayanti Birthday Sikh
November 27
December 24
Sunday
Saturday

Advent Begins
Christianity (O, P, RC)
December 8 Thursday Bodhi Day Buddhism
December 8 Thursday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christianity (RC, P)
December 13
December 14
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Mawlid al Nabi
(dates can vary by a day)
Islam
December 21 Wednesday Winter Solstice Zoroastrian
December 24
January 1
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Hanukkah Judaism
December 25 Sunday  Christmas Christianity (RC, P)

December 26

January 1

Monday

Sunday

Kwanzaa African American

    

2017   DAYS  HOLIDAY RELIGION
January 6 Friday Epiphany/Theophany Christianity (RC, P, O)
January 6 Friday Nativity of Christ Armenian Orthodox
Christian
January 7 Saturday Christmas O
January 12
January 15
Thursday
Sunday
Mahayana New Year Buddhism
January 28 Saturday Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist,
Buddhist
February 5 Sunday Four Chaplains Sunday Interfaith
February 15 Wednesday  Nirvana Day Buddhism, Jain, Sikh
February 25 Saturday Maha Shivaratri Hinduism
February 27 Monday Great Lent begins-Clean Monday Christianity (O)
February 28 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday Christianity (RC, P)
March 1 Wednesday Ash Wednesday, Lent begins Christianity (RC, P)
March 1
March 20
Sunrise-Wednesday
Sundown-Monday
Nineteen Day Fast begins Bahá’í
March 11
March 12
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
**Purim Judaism
March 12 Sunday Magha Puja Day Buddhism
March 13
March 14
Monday
Tuesday
Holi Hinduism
March 20
March 21
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Naw-Ruz (New Year) Bahá’í, Zoroastrian
March 28 Tuesday New Year Hinduism
April 5 Wednesday Ram Navami Hinduism
April 8 Saturday Buddha’s Birthday/Hanamatsuri Buddhism
April 9 Sunday Palm Sunday Christianity (RC, P, O)
April 10
April 18
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Pesach (1st 2 days and last 2 days of
Passover)
Judaism
April 14 Friday Good Friday/Holy Friday Christianity (RC, P, O)
April 14 Friday Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) Sikh
April 16 Sunday Easter/Pascha Christianity (RC, P, O)
April 20
April 21
Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
**Ridván (1st day) Bahá’í
April 22
April 23
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Yom HaShoah Judaism
April 23
April 24
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
Lailat al Mi’raj Islam
April 28
April 29
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
**Ridván (9th day) Bahá’í
April 30
May 1
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Judaism
May 1
May 2
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Ridván (12th day) Bahá’í
May 4 Thursday National Day of Prayer Interfaith
May 10 Wednesday Vesak/Visakha Puja Buddhism
May 10 Wednesday Wesak (Birth of Buddha) Buddhism
May 22
May 23
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Declaration of the Báb Bahá’í
May 25 Thursday Ascension of Jesus Christianity (RC, P, O)
May 26
May 27
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
Ramadan Islam
May 28
May 29
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday

**Ascension of Baha’u’lláh
Bahá’
May 30
June 1
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Thursday
Shavuot Judaism
June 4 Sunday Pentecost Christianity (RC, P, O)
June 24
June 25
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Wednesday
Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by a day) Islam