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 2020

Gantan-sai (New Year)ShintoJan 1Wednesday
Feast of the NativityEastern OrthodoxJan 7Tuesday
Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Rat]ChineseJan 25Saturday
PurimJewishMarch 10*Tuesday
Vernal Equinox (EDT)Equinox/SolsticeMarch 19Thursday
Naw-Rúz(Bahá'í New Year)Bahá'íMarch 21*Saturday
Palm SundayWestern ChristianApril 5Sunday
Passover (Pesach), 1st two daysJewishApril 9-10*Thursday-Friday
Good FridayWestern ChristianApril 10Friday
EasterWestern ChristianApril 12Sunday
Palm SundayEastern OrthodoxApril 12Sunday
Passover (Pesach), concluding DaysJewishApril 15-16*Wed.-Thursday
Holy FridayEastern OrthodoxApril 17Friday
PaschaEastern OrthodoxApril 19Sunday
Ridvan Festival, 1st of 12 daysBahá'íApril 21*Tuesday
Beginning of RamadanIslamicApril 24*#Friday
9th Day of RidvanBahá'íApril 29*Wednesday
12th Day of RidvanBahá'íMay 2*Saturday

*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 2020

Declaration of the BábBahá'íMay 23*Saturday
Eid-al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Shawwal)IslamicMay 24*Sunday
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláhBahá'íMay 29*Friday
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)JewishMay 29-30*Friday-Saturday
Summer Solstice (EDT)Equinox/SolsticeJune 20Saturday
Martyrdom of the BábBahá'íJuly 9*Thursday
Eid-al-AdhaIslamicJuly 31*Friday

*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 2020

Al-Hijra (Muharram) (New Year)IslamicAug 20*#Thursday
Aashura (10th day of Muharram)IslamicAug 29*#Saturday
Rosh Hashanah [New Year]JewishSept19-20*Saturday-Sunday
Autumn Equinox (EDT)Equinox/SolsticeSept 22Tuesday
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement]JewishSept 28*Monday
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles]JewishOct 3-4*Saturday-Sunday
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat TorahJewishOct 10-11*Saturday-Sunday
Birth of the BábBahá'íOct 20#Tuesday
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Muhammed's birthday)IslamicOct 29*#Thursday
Birth of Bahá'u'lláhBahá'íNov 12*Thursday
Day of the CovenantBahá'íNov 26*Thursday
Ascension of ’Abdu’l-BaháBahá'íNov 28*Saturday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)BuddhistDec 8Tuesday
Hanukkah (Chanukah) [8-day Feast]JewishDec 11-18*Friday-Friday
Winter Solstice (EST)Equinox/SolsticeDec 21Monday
ChristmasWestern ChristianDec 25Friday
KwanzaaInterfaith/African-AmericanDec 26-Jan 1Saturday-Friday

*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