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 2021

Gantan-sai (New Year)ShintoJan 1Friday
Feast of the NativityEastern OrthodoxJan 7Thursday
Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Rat]ChineseFeb 12Friday
PurimJewishFeb 26*Friday
Vernal Equinox (EDT)Equinox/SolsticeMarch 20Saturday
Naw-Rúz(Bahá'í New Year)Bahá'íMarch 21*Sunday
Passover (Pesach), 1st two daysJewishMarch 28-29*Sunday-Monday
Palm SundayWestern ChristianMarch 29Sunday
Good FridayWestern ChristianApril 2Friday
Passover (Pesach), concluding DaysJewishApril 3-4*Saturday-Sunday
EasterWestern ChristianApril 4Sunday
Beginning of RamadanIslamicApril 13*#Tuesday
Ridvan Festival, 1st of 12 daysBahá'íApril 21*Wednesday
Palm SundayEastern OrthodoxApril 25SundaySunday
9th Day of RidvanBahá'íApril 29*Thursday
Holy FridayEastern OrthodoxApril 30Friday
PaschaEastern OrthodoxMay 2Sunday
12th Day of RidvanBahá'íMay 2*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.

Summer 2021

Eid-al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Shawwal)IslamicMay 13*Thursday
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)JewishMay 17-18*Monday-Tuesday
Declaration of the BábBahá'íMay 23*Sunday
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláhBahá'íMay 29*Saturday
Summer Solstice (EDT)June 21Monday
Martyrdom of the BábBahá'íJuly 9*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 2021

Al-Hijra (Muharram) (New Year)IslamicAug 9*Monday
Aashura (10th day of Muharram)IslamicAug 18*Wednesday
Rosh Hashanah [New Year]JewishSept 7-8*Tuesday-Wednesday
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement]JewishSept 16*Thursday
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles]JewishSept 28-29*Tuesday-Wednesday
Autumn Equinox (EDT)Sept 22Wednesday
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat TorahJewishSept 28-29*Tuesday-Wednesday
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Muhammed's birthday)IslamicOct 18*Monday
Birth of the BábBahá'íOct 20Wednesday
Birth of Bahá'u'lláhBahá'íNov 12*Friday
Day of the CovenantBahá'íNov 26*Friday
Ascension of ’Abdu’l-BaháBahá'íNov 28*Sunday
Hanukkah (Chanukah) [8-day Feast]JewishNov 29-Dec 6*Monday-Monday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)BuddhistDec 8Wednesday
Winter Solstice (EST)Dec 21Tuesday
ChristmasWestern ChristianDec 25Saturday
KwanzaaInterfaith/African-AmericanDec 26-Jan 1Sunday-Saturday

*Holy days start at sundown on evening preceding first day and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date.

 

Source: Indiana University Religious Observances Calendar