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Religious Holy Days

Major Religious Holy Days:

Please note that the following list is not exhaustive, contact the Center for Spirituality, Dialogue and Service at 617-373-2728 or at a.kern@neu.edu for information. For university policies concerning absence due to religious holy day observance, please see the " Guidelines" link elsewhere on this website.

For information about each Religious Holiday as well as a more extensive list please go to: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/multifaith-calendar/

Spring/Summer 2014:

INTERFAITH/RELIGIOUS CALENDAR ACADEMIC YEAR 2014-2015

August 29    Ganesh Chaturthi    Hindu   
Beheading of John the Baptist    Christian   
August 30    Paryushana Parva    Jain   
September 1    Ecclesiastical year begins    Orthodox Christian   
September 8    Nativity of Mary    Christian   
September 14    Elevation of the Life Giving
Cross - Holy Cross Day    Christian   
September 22    Mabon    Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere   
Ostata    Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere   
September 24-26
Sundown to Sundown    Rosh Hashanah    Jewish   
September 27    Meskel    Ethiopian Orthodox Christian   
September 29    Michael and All Angels    Christian   
September 29 -
October 3    Navaratri    Hindu   
October 3    Ganesh Chaturthi    Hindu   
October 4    Yom Kippur    Jewish   
Saint Francis Day    Catholic Christian   
Dasara    Hindu   
October 4-7    Eid al Adha    Islam   
October 9-15    Sukkot    Jewish   
October 13    Thanksgiving (Canada)    Interfaith   
October 16    Shemini Atzeret    Jewish   
October 17    Simchat Torah    Jewish   
October 20    Birth of the Báb    Baha'i   
Installation of Scriptures as
Gukru Granth    Sikh   
October 21-25    Deepavali    Hindu   
October 23    Diwali - Deepavali    Hindu-Jain-Sikh   
October 24    Jain New Year    Jain   
October 25    Hijra - New Year    Islam   
October 26    Reformation Day    Protestant Christian   
October 28    Milvian Bridge Day    Christian   
October 31    All Hallow's Eve    Christian   
November 1    All Saint's Day    Christian   
Samhain - Litha    Wicca/Pagan northern
and southern hemispheres   
November 2    All Soul's Day    Catholic Christian   
November 5    Ashura    Islam   
November 6    Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday    Sikh   
November 12    Birth of Baha'u'llah    Baha'i   
November 15-25    Winter Lent    Orthodox Christian   
November 21    Yule    Christian   
November 23    Christ the King    Christian   
November 24    Guru Tegh Bahadur martyrdom    Sikh   
November 26    Day of the Covenant    Baha'i   
November 27    Thanksgiving    Interfaith USA   
November 28    Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha    Baha'i   
November 30    Saint Andrew's Day    Christian   
Advents begins through
December 24    Christian   
December 6    Saint Nicholas Day    Christian   
December 8    Rohatsu - Bodhi Day    Buddhist   
Immaculate Conception of Mary    Catholic Christian   
December 12    Feast Day of Our Lady of
Guadalupe    Catholic Christian   
December 16-25    Posades Navidenas    Christian   
December 17-24    Hanukkah    Jewish   
December 21 Solstice    Yule    Christian   
Yule    Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere   
Litha    Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere   
December 24    Christmas Eve    Christian   
December 25    Christmas    Christian   
December 26    Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet
Zarathushtra)    Zoroastrian   
December 28    Holy Innocents    Christian   
December 31    Watch Night    Christian   
2015   
January 1    Mary, Mother of God    Catholic Christian   
Feast of St. Basil    Orthodox Christian   
Gantan-sai (New Years)    Shinto   
Holy Name of Jesus    Orthodox Christian   
January 5    Twelfth Night    Christian   
Guru Gobindh Singh birthday    Sikh   
Mahayana New Year    Buddhist   
January 6    Epiphany    Christian   
Feast of the Theophany    Orthodox Christian   
Nativity of Christ    Armenian Orthodox Christian   
Dia de los Reyes    Hispanic Christian   
January 7    Feast of the Nativity    Orthodox Christian   
January 11    Baptism of the Lord Jesus    Christian   
January 18    Week of Prayer for Christian
Unity    Christian   
January 19    Timkat    Ethiopian Orthodox Christian   
January 24    Vasant Panchami    Hindu   
January 25    Conversion of St. Paul    Christian   
February 1    Triodion begins    Orthodox Christian   
Four Chaplains Sunday    Interfaith   
UN Interfaith Harmony Week     United Nations World Interfaith     Interfaith     
February 2    Candlemas    Christian   
St. Brighid of Kildare    Celtic Christian   
Presentation of Christ in the
Temple    Anglican Christian   
Imbolc - Lughnassa    Wicca/Pagan northern
and southern hemispheres   
February 3    Setsubun-sai    Shinto   
February 4    Tu BiShvat
(begins sundown on 3)    Jewish   
February 14    Saint Valentine's Day    Christian   
February 15    Nirvana Day    Buddhist - Jain   
Transfiguration Sunday    Christian   
Meatfare Sunday    Orthodox Christian   
February 17    Shrove Tuesday    Christian   
February 18    Ash Wednesday    Christian   
February 19    World Religion Day    Baha'i   
Chinese New Year    Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist   
February 22    Cheesefare Sunday    Orthodox Christian   
February 23    Clean Monday -
Great Lent begins    Orthodox Christian   
February 26 -
March    Intercalary Days
(begins at sundown on 25th)    Baha'i   
March 1    Saint David of Wales    Christian   
Orthodox Sunday    Orthodox Christian   
March 2-20    Nineteen Day Fast
(begins sundown on 1st)    Baha'i   
March 5    Purim (begins sundown on 4th)    Jewish   
Magha Puja Day    Buddhist   
March 6    Holi    Hindu   
Hola Mohalla    Sikh   
March 17    St. Patrick's Day    Christian   
Maha Shivaratri    Hindu   
March 18    H.Ron Hubbard Birthday    Scientology   
March 20
(Equinox)    Ostara    Wicca/Pagan northern
hemisphere   
Mabon    Wicca/Pagan southern
hemisphere   
March 21    Naw Ruz (New Years)
(begins sundown on 20th)    Baha'i   
New Year    Hindu   
Norouz (New Year)    Persian/Zoroastrian   
March 22    Saint Joseph's Day    Christian   
March 25    Annunciation of the Blessed
Virgin Mary    Christian   
March 28    Ramanavami    Hindu   
Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra    Zoroastrian   
March 29    Palm Sunday    Christian   
April 2    Maundy Thursday    Christian   
April 3    Good Friday    Christian   
Mahavir Jayanti    Jain   
April 4    Therevadin New Year    Buddhist   
Hanuman Jayanti    Hindu   
Lazasus Saturday    Orthodox Christian   
April 4-11    Pesach (Passover) (begins
sundown on the 3rd)    Jewish   
April 5    Easter    Christian   
Palm Sunday    Orthodox Christian   
April 10    Holy Friday    Orthodox Christian   
April 12    Pascha (Easter)    Orthodox Christian   
April 14    Baisakhi - New Year    Sikh   
April 15    Lord's Evening Meal    Jehovah's Witness
Christian   
April 16    Yom HaShoah (begins
sundown on 15th)    Jewish   
April 21    First Day of Ridvan
(begins sundown on 20th)    Baha'i   
April 23    St. George Day    Christian   
April 24    Yom Ha'Atzmaut (begins
sundown on 23rd)    Jewish   
April 29    Ninth Day of Ridvan    Baha'i   
May 1    Beltane - Samhain    Wicca/Pagan northern
and southern hemispheres   
May 2    Twelfth Day of Ridvan    Baha'i   
Ascension of Jesus    Orthodox Christian   
May 4    Visakha Puja-Buddha Day    Buddhist   
May 7    Lag B'Omer    Jewish   
National Day of Prayer USA    Interfaith   
May 13    Lailat al Miraj (begins
sundown on 12th)    Islam   
May 21    Declaration of the Bab    Baha'i   
May 24-25    Shavuot (begins sundown
on 23rd)    Jewish   
May 29    Ascension of Baha'u'llah
(begins sundown on 28th)    Baha'i   
May 31    Pentecost    Orthodox Christian   
Trinity Sunday    Christian   
June 1    Lailat al Bara'ah (begins
sundown on May 31)    Islam   
June 4    Corpus Christi    Catholic Christian   
June 7    All Saints    Orthodox Christian   
June 14    Lailat al Bara'ah    Islam   
June 16    Guru Arjan Dev martyrdom    Sikh   
June 18    Ramadan begins (begins
sundown on 17th)    Islam   
June 19    New Church Day    Swedenborgian Christian   
Sacred Heart of Jesus    Catholic Christian   
June 21
Solstice    Litha    Wicca/Pagan northern
hemisphere   
Yule    Wicca/Pagan southern
hemisphere   
June 27    Sacred Heart of Jesus    Catholic Christian   
June 28    Ramadan begins    Islam   
June 29    Saints Peter and Paul    Christian   
July 9    Martyrdom of the Bab    Baha'i   
July 13    Asalha Puja Day    Buddhist   
Lailat al Kadr (begins sundown
on 12th)    Islam   
Ulambana - Obon    Buddhist   
July 18-21    Eid al Fitr (begins sundown
on 17th)    Islam   
July 23    Emperor Haile Selassi I birthday    Rastafari   
July 24    Pioneer Day    Mormon Christian   
July 26    Tish'a B'av (begins sundown on
25th)    Jewish   

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