Holy Days

Embracing Sacred Traditions, Honoring Holy Days: We recognize and celebrate the rich tapestry of religious observances

Holy Days Calendar

With a commitment to fostering an environment of inclusivity and respect for all faith traditions, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life maintains a comprehensive religious holidays/holy days calendar. This resource, covering a broad range of religious holidays, is designed to serve as a convenient tool to assist both students and faculty in their planning and to promote understanding of our diverse community. Our aim is to make these observances as seamless as possible for everyone involved.

For example, Passover for our Jewish students will begin at sunset on Monday, April 22, 2024 and end at nightfall on Tuesday, April 30, 2024. Activity is not permitted on April 23-24 and April 29-30. We kindly request faculty members to consider these dates in their course planning.*

Simultaneously, our Muslim students will be observing Ramadan, a month of fasting from sunrise to sundown, beginning on March 10, 2024, and continuing until April 9, 2024. This is a significant period of spiritual observance, and we ask for your cooperation and understanding in ensuring our Muslim students are also accommodated during this time, which may include breaking their fast during evening classes and exams.*

*The exact dates for Passover and Ramadan in 2024 may vary slightly based on lunar sightings and local observance.

Other Scheduling Considerations:

  • For Jewish and Bahá’í holy days, observance begins at sundown the evening before the dates listed.
  • Saturdays may pose a conflict for our observant Jewish and Seventh Day Adventist students as they observe the Sabbath from Friday evening to Saturday evening.

Let’s continue to work together as a community, embracing the diversity of our religious observances, and showing mutual respect for each other’s faith practices.

Symbols via Noun Project

Zoroastrian & Pagan – Pierre TORET
Jain – André Luiz Gollo
Islam – anbileru adaleru
Christian – Nick Kinling
Buddhist – Rene Ramsey-Passmore



Tisha B’av – Jewish

A day of mourning and repentance in remembrance of the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

Aug 12-13, 2023Aug 2-3, 2024
ChristianAssumption of Blessed Virgin Mary – Catholic ChristianAug 15, 2023Aug 15, 2024

Dormition of the Theotokos – Orthodox Christian

The Orthodox Christian commemoration of the death and burial of the Virgin Mary.

Aug 15, 2023Aug 15, 2024

Passion of St. John the Baptist – Catholic Christian

Christian remembrance of the death of John who is known for preparing the people so they would recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

Aug 29, 2023Aug 29, 2024

Raksha Bandhan – Hindu

Hindu festival honoring the loving ties between brothers and sisters in a family.

Aug 30, 2023Aug 19, 2024

Eid al-Ghadir – Muslim

The Shia observance is based on the day that Prophet Muhammad Appointed his successor Imam Ali ibn Aboutaleb for the completion of the message of Islam, in his last Hajj on 18 Dhu al-Hijjah.

Jun 24-25, 2024

Ecclesiastical Year Begins – Orthodox Christian

The way a Christian Church arranges a calendar of time and sets dates of special importance.

Sep 1, 2023Sep 1, 2024

Krishna Janmashtami – Hindu

Hindu commemoration of the birth of Krishna – the 8th incarnation of the god Vishnu who took the form of Krishna to destroy the evil king Kansa.

Sep 6, 2023Aug 26, 2024
 Labor Day – Interfaith USASep 4, 2023Sep 2, 2024

Nativity of Mary – Christian

A Christian celebration of the birth of the Virgin Mary.

Sep 8, 2023Sep 8, 2024

Holy Cross Day – Christian

A Christian day of recognition for the Cross on which Jesus was crucified as a central symbol of the Christian religion.

Sep 14, 2023Sep 14, 2024

Rosh Hashanah – Jewish

Jewish New Year. Begins at sundown. A time of introspection, abstinence, prayer and penitence. The story of Abraham is read, the ram’s horn is sounded, and special foods are prepared and shared.

Begins Sept 15, 2023 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Sept 17, 2023.Begins Oct 2, 2024 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Oct 4, 2024.

Paryushana Parva – Jain

Jain 8-day festival signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement. Marked by recitations from Jain sacred writing and family exchange of cards and letters. Celebration of the natural qualities of the soul. The 8th day (Samvatsari) is most important and is forcused on forgiveness.

Sep 11-18, 2023Aug 30-Sep 6, 2024

Waqf al Arafa (Hajj) – Muslim

Begins at sundown. Islamic observance day during Hajj when pilgrims pray for forgiveness and mercy.

Jun 15-16, 2024Jun 5-6, 2025

Yom Kippur – Jewish

Begins at sundown. Jewish Day of Atonement. The holiest day of the Jewish year is observed with strict fasting and ceremonial repentance.

Begins Sept 24, 2023 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Sept 25, 2023.Begins Oct 11, 2024 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Oct 12, 2024.

Lughnasadh (Lammas) – Wiccan/Pagan

Marks the beginning of the harvest season. Associated with the god Lugh. Celebrated with feasting, the baking of bread, and the offering of the first fruits of the harvest.

Aug 1, 2023Aug 1, 2024

Eid al Adha (Sacrifice Day) – Muslim

Begins at sundown. Islamic Festival of Sacrifice. The day after Arafat, the most important day in the Hajj ritual. A three-day festival recalling Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.

Jun 17, 2024Jun 7, 2025

Meskel – Ethiopian Orthodox Christian

Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Christian commemoration of the discovery of the True Cross by Queen Eleni (St. Helena) in the 4th century a.d.

Sep 28, 2023Sep 27, 2024

Sukkot – Jewish

Begins at sundown. Jewish Feast of Tabernacles which celebrates the harvest and protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness dwelling in tents. Temporary dwelling places have leaves for a roof so the sky can be seen. In temperate climates, night is spent in the Succoth.

Begins Sept 29, 2023 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Oct 6, 2023.Begins Oct 16, 2024 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Oct 23, 2024

Saint Francis Day – Christian

Christian recognition of service to people and appreciation of the natural world, as practiced by St. Francis and the Franciscan Monastic Order which he founded.

Oct 4, 2023Oct 4, 2024

Arba’een – Muslim

Arba’een Chehlum is a Shia religious observance that occurs forty days after the Imam Hussain martyrdom on the Day of Ashura when the caravan of the captives came back to Karbala for the first time.

Sep 6, 2023

Shemini Atzeret – Jewish

Begins at sundown. Jewish completion of the annual cycle of reading of the Torah

Begins Oct 6, 2023 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Oct 7, 2023.Begins Oct 23, 2024 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Oct 24, 2024.

Simchat Torah – Jewish

Begins at sundown. Jewish day to celebrate the reading of the law. Synagogue services involve readings, processions and blessing of the children.

Begins Oct 7, 2023 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Oct 8, 2023.Begins Oct 24, 2024 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Oct 25, 2024.

Navaratri – Hindu

Hindu Festival of the divine mother honoring Durga, wife of Shiva, and seeking her blessings. Also observed as a celebration recalling the days of Lord Krishna.

Oct 15-23, 2023Oct 3-11, 2024

Hijra (New Year) – Muslim

Begins at sundown. The emigration of Muhammad and his followers to Medina in 615 c.e.

Jul 7-Aug 4, 2024Jun 26-Jul 24, 2025

Birth of the Báb – Bahá’í

Bahá’í honoring of the founder of the Babi religion, forerunner to Bahá’u’lláh and the Bahá’í faith.

Oct 16, 2023Nov 2, 2024

Installation of the Guru Granth Sahib – Sikh

Anniversary of the day in 1604 when the Granth Sahib, the sacred text of Sikhism, was formally adopted at the site in Amritsar that became the Golden Temple.

Sept 1, 2023Oct 20, 2024

Dasara (Dussehra) – Hindu

Hindu celebration of victory and valor. Lord Rama is remembered as winning a victory over evil.

Oct 24, 2023Oct 12, 2024

Saint George Day – Christian

Christian remembrance of a person who, in the 4th century, was a martyr and became an ideal of martial valor and selflessness. Legend of killing a dragon is connected with this patron saint of England.

Apr 23, 2024Apr 23, 2025

Ashura – Muslim

An Islamic optional one day fast. The Shia observance is based on the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s Grandson, Hussein, martyred on this date in 683/684 AD at the battle of Kerbala. Sunni observance is a recognition of Moses fasting in gratitude to Allah/God for liberation from oppression.

Jul 16-17, 2024Jul 5-6, 2025

Reformation Day – Protestant Christian

Protestant Christian anniversary of their tradition and its emphasis on the place of the Bible and religious Freedom. On October 31, 1517 c.e. Martin Luther posted a belief statement on Wittenbeg Church door. The date of public observation is the Sunday before October 31.

Oct 31, 2023Oct 31, 2024

End of Safar – Muslim

The Shia observance is based on the death anniversary of Prophet Muhamamd and martyrdom of Imam Hasan and Imam Reza.

Sep 15, 2023

Milvain Bridge Day – Christian

Christian day of solemn reflection on the relationship of the spiritual community and the powers of civil government. On October 28, 312 c.e., Emperor Constantine prevailed in a battle and proceeded to make Christianity the legal religion of the Roman Empire.

Oct 28, 2023Oct 28, 2024

All Hallow’s Eve – Christian

Christian celebration of mystery combining prayers and merriment involving children and families. It is a prelude to All Saint’s Day.

Oct 31, 2023Oct 31, 2024

All Saints Day – Christian

Christian day for honoring saints, known and unknown. In general, saints are persons with a reputation for unusual lives of holiness and devotion to God or who were martyred for their faith. A Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church where saints have special formal status.

Nov 1, 2023Nov 1, 2024

Mabon (Autumn Equinox) – Pagan/Wiccan

Associated with the god Mabon and the goddess Modron. A time of balance between light and dark. Celebrated with rituals that honor the harvest and the changing of the seasons.

Sep 21-24, 2023Sep 21-24, 2024

All Souls Day – Catholic Christian

Christian day of prayers of remembrance and intercession for the dead. Prayers of the faithful are seen as helping to cleanse the souls for the beatific vision of God in heaven.

Nov 2, 2023Nov 2, 2024
 Veterans Day – Interfaith USANov 11, 2023Nov 11, 2024

Diwali – Hindu/Jain/Sikh

Hindu Festival of Lights symbolizing the human urge to move toward the light. Gift exchanges, fireworks and festive meals.

Nov 12, 2023Nov 1, 2024

Birth of Bahá’u’lláh – Bahá’í

Bahá’í celebration of the birth of their founder and teacher. Refrain from work.

Oct 17, 2023Nov 3, 2024
 Nativity Fast Begins – Orthodox ChristianNov 15-Dec 24, 2023Nov 15-Dec 24, 2024

New Year – Jain

The day after Diwali marks the Jain New Year, celebrating new beginnings.

Nov 13, 2023Nov 2, 2024

Feast of Christ the King – Christian

Christian celebration of the preeminence of Jesus over all earthly authorities.

Nov 26, 2023Nov 24, 2024

Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom Day – Sikh

Sikh time of remembering the execution of Tegh Bahadur by the Moghul Emperor in India.

Nov 24, 2023Nov 24, 2024

Guru Nanak Dev Ji Jayanti – Sikh

Celebrates the birthday of Nanak, the first Sikh Guru who was born in 1469. Celebrated with sacred readings, prayers, hymns, and meals together.

Nov 27, 2023Nov 15, 2024

Thanksgiving – Interfaith USA

Interfaith celebration of the created earth. Celebrated in the USA.

Nov 23, 2023Nov 28, 2024

Day of the Covenant – Bahá’í

Bahá’í day of celebration of the covenant given in the last will and testament of Bahá’u’lláh.

Nov 26, 2023Nov 25, 2024

Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá – Bahá’í

Bahá’í celebration of the rising of the spirit of Abdu’l-Baha to the heavenly dwelling.

Nov 28, 2023Nov 27, 2024

Advent – Christian

Christian time of preparation for observing the birth of Jesus Christ. Advent begins on the Sunday nearest November 30 and is the beginning of the Christian worship year. Advent is observed with the lighting of advent candles, display of wreaths, and special ceremonies. Advent also anticipates the coming again to earth of Jesus Christ. The season continues through December 24.

Dec 3-24, 2023Dec 1-24, 2024
ChristianSaint Andrew’s Day – ChristianNov 30, 2023Nov 30, 2024

Saint Nicholas Day – Christian

Christian celebration of the birth of Saint Nicholas, patron saint of children and role model for gift giving. Many churches are named for this saint who is also the Dutch version of Santa Claus.

Dec 6, 2023Dec 6, 2024

Chanukah (Hanukkah) – Judaism

Jewish festival of lights. It commemorates the Maccabean recapture and rededication of the Jerusalem Temple in 165-164 b.c.e. Special readings and praise songs focus on liberty and freedom. The eight candle Menorah is lighted. Begins at sundown.

Begins Dec 7, 2023 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Dec 15, 2023Begins Dec 26, 2024 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Jan 2, 2025

Immaculate – Catholic Christian

Catholic Christian day of celebrating the belief that Mary, mother of Jesus, was peserved from original sin all of her life. A day of obligation and required church attendance.

Dec 8, 2023Dec 8, 2024

Rohatsu (Bodhi Day) – Buddhist

Buddhist celebration of the enlightenment of Buddha.

Dec 8, 2023Dec 8, 2024

Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe – Catholic Christian

Catholic Christian honoring of a legendary appearance of the Virgin Mary near Mexico City in 1531 c.e.

Dec 12, 2023Dec 12, 2024

Las Posadas – Christian

Hispanic Christian feast of the Lodgings commemorating the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem in preparation for the birth of Jesus.

Dec 16-24, 2023Dec 16-24, 2024

Yule – Christian

A Norse Pagan celebration of the winter-born king, symbolized by the rebirth of the sun. A present day Wicca event.

Dec 21, 2023 – Jan 1, 2024Dec 21, 2024 – Jan 1, 2025

Samhain (All Hallows) – Wiccan/Pagan

Associated with the god Samhain. A time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on. Often involves paying respect to ancestors, family members, elders of the faith, friends, pets, and other loved ones who have died.

Nov 1, 2023Nov 1, 2024

Mawlid an Nabi – Muslim

Islamic commemoration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, in about 570 c.e. The prophet’s teachings are read and religious meetings are held. Shia and Sunni on separate days. Begins at sundown.

Sep 26-27, 2023Sep 15-16, 2024
 Nativity Fast Ends – Orthodox ChristianDec 24, 2023Dec 24, 2024

Christmas Eve – Christian

Christian celebration of the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. It is observed with worship, candle-lighting, manager scenes and festive meals.

Dec 24, 2023Dec 24, 2024

Christmas – Christian

Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Observed by prayers, exchanging of gifts, and family parties.

Dec 25, 2023Dec 25, 2024

St. Stephen’s Day – Christian

A day of remembrance of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr.

Dec 26, 2023Dec 26, 2024

Zartosht No-Diso – Zoroastrian

Commemorates the death anniversary of Zoroaster (also known as Zarathushtra), the prophet of ancient Iran. A day of prayer, ritual, and reflection on the life of Zarathushtra and one’s own life. Usually, the hymns of the Gathas are read, studied, and discussed with other Zoroastrians and folks feast together to celebrate the life of Zarathushtra.

Dec 26, 2023Dec 26, 2024

Kwanzaa – Interfaith USA

Seven day spiritual celebration of African-American values and traditions and their continued vitality. “Kwanzaa” is Swahili and means “first fruits of the harvest.”

Dec 26, 2023 – Jan 1, 2024Dec 26, 2024 – Jan 1, 2025

Holy Innocents – Christian

Christian day of solemn memory of male children killed by King Herod in the attempt to destroy Jesus.

Dec 28, 2023Dec 28, 2023

Wiladat Bibi Zaynab bint Ali – Muslim

The Shia observance is based on the birthday of Prophet Muhammad’s granddaughter, Bibi Zaynab, who was also representative of the captives’ caravan from Karbala to Damascus. Some countries recognize this day as Nurse’s day.

Nov 18, 2023
 New Years Day – Interfaith USAJan 1, 2024Jan 1, 2025

Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Catholic Christian

A celebration of the holiness of Mary as the chosen bearer of Jesus.

Jan 1, 2024Jan 1, 2025

Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti – Sikh

Honors the birth of Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th and last human Guru.

Jan 17, 2023Jan 6, 2024

Epiphany – Christian

End of the 12 days of Christmas; celebrates visit of the three kings to baby Jesus; especially important to Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics.

Jan 6, 2024Jan 6, 2025

Lohri (Maghi) – Sikh

Commemorates the heroic fight of the Chali Mukte (the Pure Ones), who laid down their lives warding off an attack by an imperial army marching in pursuit of Guru Gobind Singh.

Jan 13, 2024Jan 13, 2025

World Religion Day – Bahá’í

In 1950, this day was founded by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United States to address the need for religious unity.

Jan 21, 2024Jan 19, 2025
 Martin Luther King, Jr. BirthdayJan 15, 2024Jan 20, 2025

Fatemiyeh – Muslim

The Shia observance is based on the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s daughter, lady Fatima.

Dec 16, 2023

Clean Monday (Lent Begins) – Orthodox Christian

Period of preparation for Easter, usually 40 days before. Clean Monday signifies the beginning of the Lenten period.

Mar 18, 2024Mar 3, 2025
Confucian, Daoist, BuddhistChinese New Year (Lunar New Year) – Confucian/Daoist/BuddhistFeb 10, 2024Jan 29, 2025

Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins) – Christian

Begins Christian Lent; name derives from symbolic use of ashes to signify penitence.

Feb 14, 2024Mar 5, 2025
ChristianSt. Valentine’s Day – Christian Catholic/ Interfaith USAFeb 14, 2024Feb 14, 2025

Wiladat: Shehzadi Bibi Sayyedda Fatima Zehra – Muslim

The Shia observance is based on the Birthday of Prophet Muhammad’s daughter, lady Fatima. Some countries recognize this day as Mother’s Day.

Jan 2, 2024

Nirvana Day – Buddhist

Commemorates the death of Buddha

Feb 15, 2024Feb 15, 2025
buddhistParinirvana – BuddhistFeb 15, 2024Feb 15, 2025
 President’s Day – Interfaith USAFeb 19, 2024Feb 17, 2025

Ayyám-i-Há – Bahá’í

This period adjusts the Bahá’í year to the solar calendar. It leads to a time of fasting; each day of Ayyám-i-Há is marked by a different virtue like hospitality, gift giving or charity.

Feb 26-29, 2024Feb 25-28, 2025

Nineteen Day Fasting Period – Bahá’í

A fast to be observed by adult Bahá’ís in good health from sunrise to sundown.

Mar 1-19, 2024Mar 1-19, 2025

Wiladat: Imam Ali – Muslim

The Shia observance is based on the Birthday of Imam Ali ibn Aboutaleb. Some countries consider this day as Father’s Day.

Jan 25, 2024
ChristianSt. Patrick’s Day – Catholic ChristianMar 17, 2024Mar 17, 2025

Palm Sunday – Christian

Celebrates the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem during Passover. Usually reenacted by the waving of palm branches and the singing of songs. This also commemorates the beginning of Holy Week.

Mar 24, 2024Apr 13, 2025

Nowruz/Naw Rúz/Norooz – Zoroastrian/Bahá’ís/Sufis

Persian New Year. One of the most important holy days for Zoroastrians. The return of the spring was seen to have great spiritual significance, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil and joy over sorrow. Believers clean and decorate their homes in honor of the New Year. They visit the Fire Temple to worship, visit relatives and friends, and enjoy special foods and rituals. Many other traditions also observe it, including Bahá’ís, Sufis, and some Muslims.

Mar 21, 2024Mar 21, 2025

Holi – Hindu

Spring festival; a carnival occasion featuring bright colors, pilgrimages and bonfires.

Mar 25, 2024Mar 14, 2025

Maba’ath – Muslim

The Shia observance is based on the beginning of the Holy Prophet’s mission of propagating the message of Almighty Allah.

Feb 8, 2024

Purim – Jewish

Feast of Lots; celebrates deliverance of Jews of ancient Persians froma plot to destroy them.

Begins Mar 23, 2024 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Mar 24, 2024.Begins Mar 13, 2025 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Mar 14, 2025.

Hola Mohalla – Sikh

Sikh festival that was instigated by Guru Gobind Singh, originally as a day of mock battles and poetry contests.

Mar 25-27, 2024Mar 14-16, 2025

Promised Savior Day – Muslim

Shia observance of the birthday of Imam Mahdi, the promised savior and descendant of Prophet Muhammad. The eschatological redeemer of Islam and ultimate savior of humankind and the final Imam of the Shia who will emerge with Isa (Jesus Christ) to fulfill their mission of bringing peace and justice to the world.

Feb 25, 2024

Maundy Thursday – Christian

Also known as Holy Thursday, this day celebrates the institution of the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) at Jesus’ Last Supper.

Mar 28, 2024Apr 17, 2025

Good Friday – Christian

The Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Mar 29, 2024Apr 18, 2025

Easter – Christian

Celebration of the resurrection of Christ.

Mar 31, 2024Apr 20, 2025

Easter – Orthodox Christian

Celebration of the resurrection of Christ.

May 5, 2024Apr 20, 2025

Vaisakhi – Sikh/Hindu

Festival honoring the founding of the Khalsa (the army of the Pure Ones) tradition, which was inaugurated in 1699 by the tenth Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh.

Apr 13, 2024Apr 14, 2025

Pesach (Passover) – Jewish

Marks the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt; “Seder” ceremonies emphasize the concept of freedom.

Begins Apr 22, 2024 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Apr 30, 2024. Activity is not permitted on Apr 23-24 and Apr 29-30.Begins Apr 12, 2025 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Apr 20, 2025. Activity is not permitted on Apr 13-14 and Apr 19-20.

Ridván – Bahá’í

Commemorates the declaration of Bahá’u’lláh to his followers in 1863. Work is suspended for the 1st, 9th and 12th day.

April 20-May 1, 2024April 20- May 1, 2025

Ascension Day – Christian

Celebrates Jesus’ ascent into heaven.

May 9, 2024May 29, 2025
JewishHolocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) – JewishBegins May 5, 2024 at sundown; ends at nightfall on May 6, 2024.Begins Apr 23, 2025 at sundown; ends at nightfall on Apr 24, 2025.

Buddha Day (Visakaha Puja, Wesak) – Buddhist

Celebration of the birth of Buddha in Japan.

May 15, 2024May 5, 2025

Martyrdom of Imam Ali Ibn Aboutaleb – Muslim

The Shia observance is based on the martyrdom of Imam Ali Ibn Aboutaleb, who was assassinated while he was praying at Masjid Al-Kufa on 19 Ramadan and passed away on 21st.

Apr 1, 2024

Pentecost – Christian

Fifty days after Easter, this time celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon early Christians following the ascension of Jesus.

May 19, 2024Jun 8, 2025

Lailat al Bara’ah – Muslim

Night of Forgiveness. A night of prayer to Allah for forgiveness of the dead. Preparation for Ramadan through intense prayer.

Feb 25, 2024Feb 14, 2025
ChristianTrinity Sunday – Protestant ChristianMay 26, 2024Jun 15, 2025

The Feast of Corpus Christi – Catholic Christian

This is a feast in honor of the institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper.

May 30, 2024Jun 19, 2025

Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh – Bahá’í

A commemoration of the death of Bahá’u’lláh.

May 28, 2024May 28, 2025
 Memorial Day – Interfaith USAMay 27, 2024May 26, 2025

Ramadan Begins (US date) – Muslim

The ninth month in the Islamic calendar; 30 days of strict fasting from sunup to sundown in honor of the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

Mar 10-Apr 9, 2024Mar 1-29, 2025

Shavuot – Jewish

Festival of Weeks; celebrates harvest of first fruits and commemorates the giving of the Torah and Commandments at Mt’ Sinai.

Begins Jun 11, 2024 at sundown; ends at nightfall on June 13, 2024.Begins June 1, 2025 at sundown; ends at nightfall on June 3, 2025.

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan – Sikh

Anniversary of the martyrdom of Guru Arjan, the fifth Sikh Guru, in 1606 BCE. Guru Arjan compiled the first rendition of the holy book of Sikhism called Adi Granth.

Jun 16, 2024Jun 16, 2025

Juneteenth – Interfaith USA

Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, it commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery.

Jun 19, 2024Jun 19, 2025

Yule (Winter Solstice) – Pagan/Wiccan

Marks the longest night of the year. Associated with the goddess Frigga. Celebrated with feasting, gift-giving, and the lighting of candles to symbolize the return of the sun.

Dec 20-23, 2023Dec 20-23, 2024

Lailat al-Qadr – Muslim

Night of Destiny. First revelation of Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). Observed during the last ten days of Ramadan.

Apr 6, 2024Mar 27, 2025
 Independence Day – Interfaith USAJul 4, 2024Jul 4, 2025

Eid al-Fitr – Muslim

Festival of the breaking of the fast of Ramadan.

Apr 10, 2024Mar 31, 2025

Martyrdom of the Báb – Bahá’í

Anniversary of the martyrdom of the Báb, the forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh, in 1850.

Jul 9, 2024Jul 9, 2025

Pioneer Day – Mormon

Observance of the arrival of Brigham Young and the early settlers to Salt Lake City, Utah. Customary activities include parades, devotionals, sporting events, feasts, dances, excursions, and reunions.

Jul 24, 2024Jul 24, 2025

Imbolc (Candlemas) – Pagan/Wiccan

Marks the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. Associated with the goddess Brigid. Celebrated with the lighting of candles, purification rituals, and feasting.

 Feb 1, 2024

Ostara (Spring Equinox) – Pagan/Wiccan

A time of rebirth and renewal. Associated with the goddess Eostre. Celebrated with rituals involving eggs, flowers, and planting seeds.

 Mar 19-22, 2024

Beltane (May Eve) – Pagan/Wiccan

Marks the beginning of summer. Associated with the god Belenus and the goddess May Queen. Celebrated with bonfires, dancing, and fertility rituals.

 May 1, 2024

Litha (Summer Solstice) – Pagan/Wiccan

Marks the longest day of the year. Associated with the god Lugh and the goddess Danu. Celebrated with bonfires, feasting, and rituals that honor the power of the sun.

 Jun 19-23, 2024