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.

Summer 2018

Beginning of RamadanIslamicMay 16*#Wednesday
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)JewishMay 20-21*Son.-Mon.
Declaration of the BábBahá'íMay 23*Wednesday
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláhBahá'íMargaret 29*Tuesday
Eid-al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Sawwal)IslamicJune 15*Friday
Summer Solstice (EDT)June 21Thursday
Martyrdom of the BábBahá'íJuly 9*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.

Fall 2018

Beginning of RamadanIslamicMay 16*#Wednesday
Eid-al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Shawwal)IslamicJune 15*Friday
Eid-al-AdhaIslamicAug. 21*#+Tuesday
Rosh Hashanah [New Year]JewishSept. 10-11*Mon.-Tuesday
Al-Hijra (Muharram) (New Year)IslamicSept. 11*Tuesday
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement]JewishSept. 19*Wednesday
Aashura (10th day of MuharramIslamicSept. 20*Thursday
Autumn Equinox (EDT)Sept. 22Saturday
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles]JewishSept. 24-25*Mon.-Tuesday
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat TorahJewishOct. 1-2*Mon.-Tuesday
Birth of the BábBahá'íOct. 20*Saturday
Birth of Bahá'u'lláhBahá'íNov. 12*Monday
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Muhammed's birthday)IslamicNov. 20*Tuesday
Day of the CovenantBahá'íNov. 26*Monday
Ascension of ’Abdu’l-BaháBahá'íNov. 28*Wednesday
Hanukkah (Chanukah) [8-day Feast]JewishDec. 3-10*Mon.-Monday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)BuddhistDec. 8Saturday
Winter SolsticeDec. 21Friday
ChristmasWestern ChristianDec. 25Tuesday
KwanzaaInterfaith/African-AmericanDec. 26-Jan. 1Wed.-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.

+These dates may be changed by Saudi Arabia to the next day due to Solar Eclipse on New Moon Day

Spring 2019

Gantan-sai (new Year)ShintoJan. 1Tuesday
Feast of the NativityEastern OrthodoxJan 7Monday
Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Boar]ChineseFeb. 5Tuesday
Vernal Equinox (EDT)March 20Wednesday
Naw Rúz (Bahá'í New Year)Bahá'í March 21*Thursday
PurimJewishMarch 21*Thursday
Palm SundayWestern ChristianApril 14Sunday
Good FridayWestern ChristianApril 19Friday
Passover (Pesach), 1st two daysJewishApril 20-21*Sat.-Sun
EasterWestern ChristianApril 21Sunday
Palm SundayEastern OrthodoxApril 21Sunday
Ridvan Festival, 1st of 12 daysBahá'í April 21*Sunday
Holy FridayEastern OrthodoxApril 26Friday
Passover (Pesach), concluding daysJewishApril 26-27*Fri.-Sat.
PaschaEastern OrthodoxApril 28Sunday
9th Day of RidvanBahá'í April 29*Monday
12th Day of RidvanBahá'í May 2*Thursday

*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