Religious Holiday Calendar

University Life provides this information to support your scheduling so that you are aware of the major upcoming religious holidays that Mason students may recognize.

Fall 2016

Beginning of Ramadan Islamic June 6* Monday
Eid-al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Shawwal) Islamic July 6*# Wednesday
Eid-al-Adha Islamic Sept. 11*# Sunday
Autumn Equinox (EDT) Pagan Sept. 22 Thursday
Al-Hijra (Muharram) (New Year) Islamic Oct. 2*# Sunday
Rosh Hashanah [New Year] Jewish Oct. 3-4* Mon.-Tuesday
Aashura (10th day of Muharram) Islamic Oct. 11*# Tuesday
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] Jewish Oct. 12* Wednesday
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] Jewish Oct. 17-18* Mon.-Tuesday
Birth of the Bab Baha’i Oct. 20 Thursday
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 24-25* Mon.-Tuesday
Birth of Baha’u’llah Baha’i Nov. 12* Saturday
Day of the Covenant Baha’i Nov. 26* Saturday
Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha Baha’i Nov. 28* Monday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist Dec. 8 Thursday
Mawlid-alNabi (Muhammed’s birthday) Islamic Dec. 11*# Sunday
Winter Solstice (EST) Pagan Dec. 21 Wednesday
Christmas Western Christian Dec. 25 Sunday
Hanukkah(Chanukah)[8-day Feast] Jewish Dec. 25-Jan. 1 Sun.-Sun.
Kwanzaa Interfaith/African-American Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Mon.-Sun.
*Holy days start at sundown on evening preceding first day and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date.

#All dates are from Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) adopted Islamic Calendar. For events based on sightability of the moon in North America, those denoted with “#” will be the next day from these dates.

Spring 2017

Gantan-sai (New Years) Shinto Jan. 1 Sunday
Feast of the Nativity Eastern Orthodox Jan. 7 Saturday
Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Monkey] Chinese Jan. 28 Saturday
Purim Jewish March 12* Sunday
Vernal Equinox Mar. 20 Monday
Naw Ruz (Baha’i New Year) Baha’i Mar. 21* Tuesday
Palm Sunday Eastern Orthodox April 9 Sunday
Palm Sunday Western Christian April 9 Sunday
Passover (Pesach), 1st two days Jewish April 11-12* Tues.-Wed.
Holy Friday Eastern Orthodox April 14 Friday
Good Friday Western Christian April 14 Friday
Pascha Eastern Orthodox April 16 Sunday
Easter Western Christian April 16 Sunday
Passover (Pesach), concluding days Jewish April. 17-18* Mon.-Tues.
Ridvan Festival, 1st of 12 days Baha’i Apr. 21* Friday
9th Day of Ridvan Baha’i Apr. 29* Saturday
12th Day of Ridvan Baha’i May 2* Tuesday
*Holy days start at sundown on evening preceding first day and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date.

#All dates are from Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) adopted Islamic Calendar. For events based on sightability of the moon in North America, those denoted with “#” will be the next day from these dates.

Summer 2017

Declaration of the Bab Baha’i May 23* Tuesday
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May 27* Saturday
Ascension of Baha’u’llah Baha’i May 29* Monday
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) Jewish May 31-June 1* Wed.-Thursday
Summer Solstice (EDT) June 21 Wednesday
Eid-al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Shawwal) Islamic June 25* Sunday
Martyrdom of the Bab Baha’i July 9* Sunday
*Holy days start at sundown on evening preceding first day and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date.

#All dates are from Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) adopted Islamic Calendar. For events based on sightability of the moon in North America, those denoted with “#” will be the next day from these dates.

Source: Indiana University Religious Observances Calendar