Religious Holidays

Major Religious Holidays and Celebrations, 2015 - 2016

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.


WINTER TERM 2015
January 3, 2015 * ** Mawlid-an-Nabi (Muhammad’s Birthday)
Islam
January 6, 2015 Epiphany
Christian
January 7, 2015 Orthodox Christmas
Orthodox Christian
January 19, 2015 Chinese New Year
Buddhism
SPRING TERM 2015
February 25, 2015 Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins)
Christian
March 5, 2015 * Purim (Feast of Esther)
Jewish
March 29, 2015 Palm Sunday
Christian
April 2, 2015 Maundy Thursday
Christian
April 3, 2015 Good Friday
Christian
April 4-11, 2015 * Pesach (Passover)
Jewish
April 4-5, 2015 * PESACH (Passover first two days)
Jewish
April 5, 2015

Easter Sunday
Christian

Palm Sunday
Orthodox Christian

April 10-11, 2015 * PESACH (Passover last two days)
Jewish
April 12, 2015 Easter Sunday
Orthodox Christian
May 13, 2015 * ** Lailat al Miraj (Muhammad’s Ascension)
Islam
SUMMER TERM 2015
May 24, 2015 Pentecost
Christian
June 7, 2015 All Saints Day
Orthodox Christian
June 18, 2015 * ** First day of Ramadan (30 days)
Islam
July 9, 2015 * Martyrdom of the Bab
Baha’i
July 18-21, 2015 * ** Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Islam
FALL TERM 2015
September 5, 2015 ** Krishna Janmashtami
Hindu
September 14-15, 2015 * ROSH HASHANAH
Jewish
September 17, 2015 ** Ganesh Chaturthi
Hindu
September 23, 2015 * YOM KIPPUR
Jewish
September 23-26, 2015 * ** Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Islam
September 28- October 4, 2015 * Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
Jewish
September 29, 2015 Saint Michael and All Angels
Christian
October 5, 2015 * Shemini Atzeret (Eighth day of Sukkot)
Jewish
October 6, 2015 * Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Law)
Jewish
October 13-21, 2015 ** Navaratri
Hindu
October 14, 2015 * ** Al Hijra (Islamic New Year)
Islam
October 20, 2015 * BIRTH OF THE BÁB
Baha’i
October 21, 2015 ** VIJAYA DASAMI (LAST DAY OF NAVARATRI)
Hindu
October 23, 2015 * ** Ashura (Tenth of Muharram)
Islam
November 1, 2015 All Saints Day
Christian
November 11, 2015 ** DEEPAVALI (DIWALI)
Hindu
November 12, 2015 * BIRTH OF THE BAHA’U’LLAH
Baha’i
November 29, 2015 Advent (First Sunday)
Christian
December 7-14, 2015 * Hanukkah
Jewish
December 8, 2015 ** Rohatsu (Bodhi Day)
Buddhism
December 23, 2015 * ** Mawlid-an-Nabi (Muhammad’s Birthday)
Islam
December 25, 2015 Christmas Day
Christian
WINTER TERM 2016
December 28, 2015 - January 1, 2016 Kwanzaa
African/Interfaith
January 6, 2016 Epiphany
Christian
January 7, 2016 Orthodox Christmas
Orthodox Christian
January 13, 2016 * ** Mawlid-an-Nabi (Muhammad’s Birthday)
Islam
SPRING TERM 2016
February 8, 2016 Chinese New Year
Buddhism
February 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins)
Christian
March 20, 2016 Palm Sunday
Christian
March 24, 2016 * Purim (Feast of Esther)
Jewish
March 24, 2016 Maundy Thursday
Christian
March 25, 2016 Good Friday
Christian
March 27, 2016

Easter Sunday
Christian

Palm Sunday
Orthodox Christian

April 23-30, 2016 * Pesach (Passover)
Jewish
April 23-24, 2016 * PESACH (Passover first two days)
Jewish
April 29-30, 2016 * PESACH (Passover last two days)
Jewish
May 1, 2016 Easter Sunday
Orthodox Christian
May 3, 2016 * ** Lailat al Miraj (Muhammad’s Ascension)
Islam
SUMMER TERM 2016
June 6, 2016 * ** First day of Ramadan (30 days)
Islam
June 19, 2016 Pentecost
Christian
June 26, 2016 All Saints Day
Orthodox Christian
July 7-9, 2016 * ** Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Islam
July 9, 2016 * Martyrdom of the Bab
Baha’i
FALL TERM 2016
August 5, 2016 ** Ganesh Chaturthi
Hindu
August 25, 2016 ** Krishna Janmashtami
Hindu
September 11-14, 2016 * ** Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Islam
September 29, 2016 Saint Michael and All Angels
Christian
October 1-10, 2016 ** Navaratri
Hindu
October 2-30, 2016 * ** Al Hijra (Islamic New Year)
Islam
October 3-4, 2016 * ROSH HASHANAH
Jewish
October 10, 2016 ** VIJAYA DASAMI (LAST DAY OF NAVARATRI)
Hindu
October 12, 2016 * YOM KIPPUR
Jewish
October 17-23, 2016 * Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
Jewish
October 20, 2016 * BIRTH OF THE BÁB
Baha’i
October 24, 2016 * Shemini Atzeret (Eighth day of Sukkot)
Jewish
October 25, 2016 * Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Law)
Jewish
October 11, 2016 * ** Ashura (Tenth of Muharram)
Islam
October 30, 2016 ** DEEPAVALI (DIWALI)
Hindu
November 1, 2016 All Saints Day
Christian
November 12, 2016 * BIRTH OF THE BAHA’U’LLAH
Baha’i
November 27, 2016 Advent (First Sunday)
Christian
December 8, 2016 ** Rohatsu (Bodhi Day)
Buddhism
December 23, 2016 * ** Mawlid-an-Nabi (Muhammad’s Birthday)
Islam
December 25, 2016

Christmas
Christian

December 25, 2016-January 1, 2017 * Hanukkah
Jewish
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 secretary@MiamiOH.edu.