Campus Interfaith Calendar

This calendar lists major holidays and observances of many of the religious traditions present on our campus. In many traditions, observances start at different dates and times due to regional or cultural distinctions; the dates given here are those which are as broadly observed as can be determined. In addition, many American calendars struggle to accurately represent observances beginning at sundown, part of many traditions. This calendar attempts to explicitly name those particular events, but please inform Dave Wright immediately if you feel there is an error with the date or time given for any event on this list - or if you'd like to discuss adding a holiday to the calendar.

For a more detailed description of each of these holidays and observances, please see the Interfaith Glossary.

 

July

  • 3  Ghambar Maidyoshem ends (Zoroastrianism)
  • 6  Birthdate of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (Buddhism)
  • 9  Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha'i)
        Ramadan begins (Islam)
  • 13  Kalimat (Baha'i)
  • 15  Eve of Tish'a B'Av, begins at sundown (Judaism)
  • 16  Tish'a B'Av (Judaism)
  • 22  Asalha, Dhamma Day (Buddhism)
          Guru Purnima (Jainism)
  • 23  Vassa, Rains Retreat, Begins (Buddhism)
  • 30  Oh-harai-taisai (Shinto)

 

August

  • 1  Kamal (Baha'i)
        Lammas (Wicca)
  • 2  Jum'at al-Wada (Islam)
  • 3  Laylat al-Qadr, begins in the evening (Islam)
  • 4  International Forgiveness Day
  • 6  Transfiguration, New Calendar (Christianity)
  • 8  'Id al-Fitr (Islam)
  • 9  Fravardeghan Days begin (Zoroastrianism)
  • 17  Fravardeghan Days end (Zoroastrianism)
  • 18  Nowruz (Zoroastrianism)
  • 19  Transfiguration, Old Calendar (Christianity)
  • 20  Asma' (Baha'i)
  • 21  Raksha Bandhan (Hinduism)
  • 26  Festival of Ksitigarbha, Jizo, Bodhisattva (Buddhism)
  • 28  Sri Krishna Jayanti (Hinduism)

 

September

  • 1  First Parkash (Sikhism)
  • 3  Paryushana-parva begins (Jainism)
  • 4  Eve of Rosh Hashanah, begins at sundown (Judaism)
  • 5  Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)
  • 6  Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)
  • 7  Birthdate of His Holiness Sakya Trizin (Buddhism)
  • 8  'Izzat (Baha'i)
  • 9  Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism)
        Auditor's Day (Scientology)
  • 10  Samvatsari (Jainism)
          Dashalakshani-parva begins (Jainism)
          Paryushana-parva ends (Jainism)
  • 12  Anniversary of the Tatsunokuchi Persecution (Buddhism)
          Ghambar Paitishem begins (Zoroastrianism)
  • 13  Eve of Yom Kippur, begins at sundown (Judaism)
  • 14  Yom Kippur (Judaism)
  • 16  Ghambar Paitishem ends (Zoroastrianism)
  • 18  Ananta-chaturdasi (Jainism)
          Eve of Sukkot, begins at sundown (Judaism)
  • 19  Festival of Higan-e (Buddhism)
          Ksamavani (Jainism)
          Dashalakshani-parva ends (Jainism)
          First Day of Sukkot (Judaism)
  • 20  Second Day of Sukkot (Judaism)
  • 22  Eihei Dogen Kigen Memorial (Buddhism)
          Shuki-sorei-sai (Shinto)
          Mabon (Wicca)
  • 25  Last Day of Sukkot (Judaism)
          Eve of Shmini Atzeret, begins at sundown (Judaism)
  • 26  Shmini Atzeret (Judaism)
          Eve of Simhat Torah, begins at sundown (Judaism)
  • 27  Mashi'yyat (Baha'i)
          Simhat Torah (Judaism)
  • 29  World Rivers Day

 

October

  • 5  Bodhidharma Memorial (Buddhism)
        Navarati begins (Hinduism)
  • 6  World Communion Sunday (Christianity)
  • 7  International Association of Scientologists Day (Scientology)
  • 12  Ghambar Ayathrem begins (Zoroastrianism)
  • 13  Nichiren Shonin Memorial (Buddhism)
  • 14  Dassehra (Hinduism)
          Day of Hajj (Islam)
  • 15  'Id al-Adha (Islam)
  • 16  'Ilm (Baha'i)
          Ghambar Ayathrem ends (Zoroastrianism)
  • 20  Birth of the Bab (Baha'i)
          Installation of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikhism)
  • 24  Pavarana (Buddhism)
  • 25  Kathina begins (Buddhism)
  • 31  Samhain (Wicca)

 

November

  • 1  All Saints Day (Christianity)
  • 3  Diwali (Hinduism)
        Mahavira Nirvana (Jainism)
        Bandhi Chhor Divas (Sikhism)
  • 4  Qudrat (Baha'i)
        New Year Day - Vkram Samvat 2070 begins (Jainism)
  • 5  First of Muharram (Islam)
  • 7  Jnana Panchmi, Day of Knowledge (Jainism)
  • 12  Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
  • 14  Ashura (Islam)
  • 15  Advent begins, Christmas Fast; New Calendar (Christianity)
  • 17  Lokashah Jayanti (Jainism)
          Birth of Guru Nank Dev Ji (Sikhism)
  • 21  Kathina ends (Buddhism)
  • 22  Native American Heritage Day (Aboriginal Spirituality)
  • 23  Qawl (Baha'i)
  • 24  Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (Sikhism)
  • 26  Day of the Covenant (Baha'i)
  • 27  Eve of Hanukkah, begins at sundown (Judaism)
  • 28  Ascension of 'Abdul-Baha (Baha'i)
          Advent begins, Christmas Fast; Old Calendar
          First Day of Hanukkah (Judaism)

 

December

  • 1  First Sunday of Advent (Christianity)
  • 5  Last Day of Hanukkah (Judaism)
  • 8  Awakening Day (Buddhism)
  • 12  Masa'il (Baha'i)
  • 13  Maunajiyaras (Jainism)
  • 17  Sanghamitta Day (Buddhism)
  • 21  Yule (Wicca)
          Tohji-taisai (Shinto)
  • 25  Christmas (Christianity)
  • 26  Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrianism)
          Kwanzaa, until January 1st, 2014
  • 31  Sharaf (Baha'i)
          Ghambar Maidyarem begins (Zoroastrianism)