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.

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.

Fall 2017

Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May 27* Saturday
Eid-al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Shawwal) Islamic June 25*# Sunday
Eid-al-Adha Islamic Sept. 1* Friday
Al-Hijra (Muharram) (New Year) Islamic Sept. 21* Thursday
Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 21-22*# Thurs.-Friday
Autumn Equinox (EDT) Pagan Sept. 22 Friday
Aashura (10th day of Muharram) Islamic Sept. 30*# Saturday
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] Jewish Sept. 30* Saturday
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] Jewish Oct. 5-6* Thurs.-Friday
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 12-13* Thurs.-Friday
Birth of the Bab Baha’i Oct. 20 Friday
Birth of Baha’u’llah Baha’i Nov. 12* Sunday
Day of the Covenant Baha’i Nov. 26* Sunday
Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha Baha’i Nov. 28* Tuesday
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Muhammed’s birthday) Islamic Nov. 30*# Thursday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist Dec. 8 Friday
Hanukkah(Chanukah)[8-day Feast] Jewish Dec. 13-20* Wed.-Wed.
Winter Solstice (EST) Pagan Dec. 21 Thursday
Christmas Western Christian Dec. 25 Monday
Kwanzaa Interfaith/African-American Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Tues.-Monday
*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 2018

Gantan-sai (New Years) Shinto Jan. 1 Monday
Feast of the Nativity Eastern Orthodox Jan. 7 Sunday
Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Dog] Chinese Feb. 16 Friday
Purim Jewish March 1* Thursday
Vernal Equinox Pagan Mar. 20 Tuesday
Naw Ruz (Baha’i New Year) Baha’i Mar. 21* Wednesday
Palm Sunday Western Christian March 25 Sunday
Good Friday Western Christian April 14 Friday
Passover (Pesach), 1st two days Jewish April 11-12* Tues.-Wed.
Palm Sunday Eastern Orthodox April 1 Sunday
Easter Western Christian April 1 Sunday
Holy Friday Eastern Orthodox April 6 Friday
Passover (Pesach), concluding days Jewish April. 6-7* Fri.-Sat.
Pascha Eastern Orthodox April 8 Sunday
Ridvan Festival, 1st of 12 days Baha’i Apr. 21* Saturday
9th Day of Ridvan Baha’i Apr. 29* Sunday
12th Day of Ridvan Baha’i May 2* Wednesday
*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