Religious Holidays

Major Religious Holidays and Celebrations, 2017

Dates in UPPER CASE and RED require abstinence from all secular activity and fall under the attendance policy adopted by the University Senate and the Board of Trustees.

Dates with an asterisk (*) indicate holy days beginning at sundown the day before this date.

Dates with two asterisks (**) indicate that regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of this date.


SPRING TERM 2017
January 28, 2017 Chinese New Year
Buddhism
March 1, 2017 Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins)
Christian
March 12, 2017 * Purim (Feast of Esther)
Jewish
April 2, 2017 Palm Sunday
Orthodox Christian
April 9, 2017 Palm Sunday
Christian
April 11-18, 2017 * Pesach (Passover)
Jewish
April 11-12, 2016 * PESACH (Passover first two days)
Jewish
April 17-18, 2016 * PESACH (Passover last two days)
Jewish
April 13, 2017 Maundy Thursday
Christian
April 14, 2017 Good Friday
Christian
April 16, 2017 Easter Sunday
Christian, Orthodox Christian
April 24, 2017 * ** Lailat al Miraj (Muhammad’s Ascension)
Islam
SUMMER TERM 2017
May 27, 2017 * ** First day of Ramadan (30 days)
Islam
June 4, 2017 Pentecost
Christian
June 26-28, 2017 * ** Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Islam
July 9, 2017 * Martyrdom of the Bab
Baha’i
July 11, 2017 All Saints Day
Orthodox Christian
FALL TERM 2017
August 15, 2017 ** Krishna Janmashtami
Hindu
September 1-4, 2017 * ** Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Islam
September 25, 2017 ** Ganesh Chaturthi
Hindu
September 21-29, 2017 ** Navaratri
Hindu
September 21-22, 2017 * ROSH HASHANAH
Jewish
September 21 - October 29, 2017 * ** Al Hijra (Islamic New Year)
Islam
September 29, 2016 Saint Michael and All Angels
Christian
September 29, 2017 ** VIJAYA DASAMI (LAST DAY OF NAVARATRI)
Hindu
September 30, 2017 * YOM KIPPUR
Jewish
October 1, 2017 * ** Ashura (Tenth of Muharram)
Islam
October 5-11, 2017 * Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
Jewish
October 12, 2017 * Shemini Atzeret (Eighth day of Sukkot)
Jewish
October 13, 2017 * Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Law)
Jewish
October 19, 2017 ** DEEPAVALI (DIWALI)
Hindu
October 20, 2017 * BIRTH OF THE BÁB
Baha’i
November 1, 2017 All Saints Day
Christian
November 12, 2017 * BIRTH OF THE BAHA’U’LLAH
Baha’i
December 3, 2017 Advent (First Sunday)
Christian
December 8, 2017 ** Rohatsu (Bodhi Day)
Buddhism
December 13-20, 2017 * Hanukkah
Jewish
December 23, 2017 * ** Mawlid-an-Nabi (Muhammad’s Birthday)
Islam
December 25, 2017

Christmas
Christian

December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018 Kwanzaa
African/Interfaith

While the other religious holidays listed may not necessarily require abstinence from all secular activity, one should be sensitive to certain other observations that may involve fasting, a dietary change, or special celebrations that may occur during the day or in the evening. Jewish and Islamic days begin at sundown of the day preceding the date shown and end at sundown of the (last) date shown. Orthodox and observant Conservative Jews stop all work-related activities from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday to observe Shabbat (Sabbath). Other religious traditions include similar practices. For example, Seventh-day Adventists observe the Sabbath from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.For more information on religious holidays, visit the Center for American and World Cultures.The Interfaith Calendar, www.interfaithcalendar.org, and other sources were used to develop this document. Revisions to the calendar should be directed to provost@MiamiOH.edu.