Religious Holidays and Holy Days

Major Religious Holidays and Celebrations 2018-2019

Below is a list of holidays, traditional days of observances and important days of religious significance. This is not a comprehensive list of dates and a more detailed list can be found at www.interfaith-calendar.org.

Please take note of the dates in UPPER CASE and RED. These 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.


FALL TERM 2018
DATE HOLIDAY
August 22-25, 2018 * ** Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Islam
September 3, 2018 ** Krishna Janmashtami
Hindu
September 9-16, 2018 ** Navaratri
Hindu
September 9-11, 2018 * ROSH HASHANAH
Jewish
September 12, 2018 * ** Al Hijra (Islamic New Year)
Islam
September 13, 2018 ** Ganesh Chaturthi
Hindu
September 16, 2018 ** VIJAYA DASAMI (LAST DAY OF NAVARATRI)
Hindu
September 18-19, 2018 * YOM KIPPUR
Jewish
September 21, 2018 * ** Ashura (Tenth of Muharram)
Islam
September 23-30, 2018 * Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
Jewish
September 29, 2018 Saint Michael and All Angels
Christian
October 1, 2018 * Shemini Atzeret (Eighth day of Sukkot)
Jewish
October 2, 2018 * Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Law)
Jewish
October 20, 2018 * BIRTH OF THE BÁB
Baha’i
November 1, 2018 All Saints Day
Christian
November 7, 2018 ** DEEPAVALI (DIWALI)
Hindu
November 12, 2018 * BIRTH OF THE BAHA’U’LLAH
Baha’i
December 2, 2018 Advent (First Sunday)
Christian
December 3-10, 2018 * Hanukkah
Jewish
December 8, 2018 ** Rohatsu (Bodhi Day)
Buddhism
December 23, 2018 * ** Mawlid-an-Nabi (Muhammad’s Birthday)
Islam
December 25, 2018

Christmas
Christian

December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019 Kwanzaa
African/Interfaith
WINTER & SPRING TERMS 2019
DATE HOLIDAY
January 6, 2019 Christmas Eve
Orthodox Christian (Old Calendar)
January 7, 2019 Christmas
Orthodox Christian (Old Calendar)
January 14, 2019 New Year
Orthodox Christian (Old Calendar)
February 5, 2019 Chinese New Year
Buddhism
March 6, 2019

Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins)
Christian

March 21, 2019 * Purim (Feast of Esther)
Jewish
April 3, 2019 * ** Lailat al Miraj (Muhammad’s Ascension)
Islam
April 14, 2019 Palm Sunday
Christian
April 18, 2019 Maundy Thursday
Christian
April 19, 2019 Good Friday
Christian
April 20-27, 2019 * Pesach (Passover)
Jewish
April 20-21, 2019 * PESACH (Passover first two days)
Jewish
April 21, 2019 Easter Sunday
Christian
April 26-27, 2019 * PESACH (Passover last two days)
Jewish
April 28, 2019 Easter
Orthodox Christian
May 6, 2019 * ** First day of Ramadan (30 days)
Islam
SUMMER TERM 2019
DATE HOLIDAY
June 4, 2019 * ** Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Islam
June 9, 2019 Pentecost
Christian
June 23, 2019 All Saints Day
Orthodox Christian
July 9, 2019 * Martyrdom of the Bab
Baha’i

While other religious holidays listed or not 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.interfaith-calendar.org, and other sources were used to develop this document. Revisions to the calendar should be directed to provost@MiamiOH.edu.