Religious Holidays

Major Religious Holidays and Celebrations 2017-2018

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 2017
DATE HOLIDAY
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
WINTER & SPRING TERMS 2018
DATE HOLIDAY
February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins)
Christian

February 16, 2018 Chinese New Year
Buddhism
March 1, 2018 * Purim (Feast of Esther)
Jewish
March 25, 2018 Palm Sunday
Christian
March 31-April 7, 2018 * Pesach (Passover)
Jewish
Mar 31-April 1, 2018 * PESACH (Passover first two days)
Jewish
March 29, 2018 Maundy Thursday
Christian
March 30, 2018 Good Friday
Christian
April 1, 2018 Easter Sunday
Christian
April 6-7, 2018 * PESACH (Passover last two days)
Jewish
April 8, 2018 Easter
Orthodox Christian
April 13, 2018 * ** Lailat al Miraj (Muhammad’s Ascension)
Islam
May 16, 2017 * ** First day of Ramadan (30 days)
Islam
SUMMER TERM 2018
DATE HOLIDAY
May 20, 2018 Pentecost
Christian
June 3, 2018 All Saints Day
Orthodox Christian
June 15,2018 * ** Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Islam
July 9-10, 2018 * 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.interfaithcalendar.org, and other sources were used to develop this document. Revisions to the calendar should be directed to provost@MiamiOH.edu.