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 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.

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.

 

Source: Indiana University Religious Observances Calendar