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Religious & Spiritual Life

Holy Days With Restrictions/Obligations

For the 2015-2016 Academic Year

An asterisk (*) indicates that the observance begins at sundown the prior evening

November

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Sunday, November 1 | All Saints' Day | Christian | Special Worship
  • Monday, November 2 | All Soul's Day | Christian | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, November 11 | Diwali | Hinduism- Hinduism - Jainism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, November 25 | Mahavira Nirvana | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, November 11 | Bandhi Chhor Divas | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, November 12 | Birth of Bahá'u'lláh | Bahá'í | Work Restriction
  • Thursday, November 12 | Jain New Year | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, November 15 | Nativity Fast (Winter Lent) | Orthodox Christian | Food Restriction - Special Worship
  • Monday, November 16 | Jnana Panchmi | Jainism | Food Restriction - Special Worship
  • Sunday, November 22 | Christ The King | Christian | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, November 24 | Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Martyrdom | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, November 25 | Dev Diwali | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, November 25 | Guru Nanak Dev Ji Birthday | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, November 26 | Day of the Covenant | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Thursday, November 26 | Thanksgiving (USA) | Interfaith | Work Restriction - Special Worship
  • Saturday, November 28* | Ascension of 'Abdul-Bahá'í | Baha'i | Food Restriction - Special Worship
  • Sunday, November 29 | First Sunday of Advent | Christian | Special Worship
December

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Mon.-Wed., Mon. 7-14* | Hannukah | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, December 8 | Rohatsu - Bodhi Day | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, December 12* | Our Lady of Guadalupe | Catholic Christian | Food Restriction
  • Monday, December 21 | Maunajiyaras | Jainism | Food Restriction
  • Tuesday, December 22 | Tohji-taisai | Shinto | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, December 22 | Yule | Christian | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, December 23 | Joseph Smith's Birthday | Mormonism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, December 24* | Mawlid al-Nabiy | Islam | Special Worship
  • Friday, December 25 | Christmas | Christian | Special Worship
  • Friday, December 25 | Feast of the Nativity | Orthodox Christian | Special Worship
  • Friday, December 25 | Sanghamitta | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, December 26 | Kwanzaa | African Heritage | Special Worship
  • Saturday, December 26 | Death of Zarathustra | Zoroastrianism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, December 27 | Feast of the Holy Family | Catholic | Special Worship
  • Thurs.-Sat., Dec 31 - Jan 4 | Ghambar Maidyarem | Zoroatrianism | Special Worship

2016

JANUARY

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Friday, January 1 | Solemnity of Mary | Roman Catholic | Special Worship
  • Friday, January 1 | Gantan-sai | Shinto | Special Worship
  • Friday, January 1 | Temple Day| Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, January 5 | Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, January 6 | Epiphany | Christian | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, January 6 | Theophany | Orthodox Christian | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, January 6 | Nativity of Jesus Christ | Armenian Orthodox | Special Worship
  • Thursday, January 7 | Feast of the Nativity | Orthodox Christian | Special Worship
  • Sunday, January 10 | Linji Memorial| Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Monday, January 11 |Seijin-no-hi| Shinto| Special Worship
  • Wednesday, January 13 | Maghi | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, January 14* | Makar SanKranti | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, January 14 |Orthodox New Year| Christianity | Special Worship
  • Sunday, January 17 | World Religion Day | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Monday, January 18-25 |Week of Prayer for Christian unity| Christianity| Special Worship
  • Tuesday, January 19 |Sultan| Baha'i| Special Worship
  • Tuesday, January 19| Feast of Theophany| Christianity| Special Worship
  • Sunday, January 24 | Mahayana New Year* | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, January 24 | Eve of Tu B'Shevat | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Monday, January 25 | Honen Shonin memorial | Buddhism | Special worship
  • Monday, January 25 | Tu B'Shevat | Judaism | Special worship
FEBRUARY

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Monday, February 1 | Four Chaplains Sunday | Interfaith | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, February 2 | Imbolc | Wicca - Pagan | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, February 3 | Setsubun Sai (Rissun) | Shinto | Special Worship
  • Sunday, February 7 | Mulk | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Monday, February 8 | Lunar New Year* | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, February 9 | Losar* - Tibetan New Year | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, February 9 | Shrove Tuesday | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, February 10 | Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins) | Christianity | food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Friday, February 12 | Vasanta Panchami* | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, February 14 | Valentine's Day | Christian | Special Worship
  • Monday, February 15 | Nirvana Day | Buddhism | Food Restriction - Special Worship
  • Monday, February 22 | Sangha Day | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, February 24 | Anti-Bullying Day (Canada) | Supplemental
  • Fri.-Tue., February 26-March 1* | Ayyam-i-ha | Bahá'í | Special Worship
MARCH

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Tuesday, March 1 | 'Ala' | Bahá'i | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, March 1 | Nineteen Day Fast Begins | Bahá'í | Food Restriction
  • Friday, March 4 | World Day of Prayer | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, March 8 | Mahashivaratri | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, March 13 | Birth date of L. Ron Hubbard | Scientology | None
  • Monday, March 14 | Memorial of Shan-tao/ Zendo Daishi | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Monday, March 14 | Great Fast (lent) begins | Orthodox Christianity | Food Restriction - Special Worship
  • Monday, March 14 | Sikh New Years Day | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Wed.-Sun., March 16-20 | Ghambar Hamaspathmaedem | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Thursday, March 17 | Festival of Higan-e | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, March 20 | Baha & Naw-Ruz* | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Sunday, March 20 | Palm Sunday | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Sun.-Sun., March 20-27 | Holy Week | Christianity |Special Worship
  • Sunday, March 20 | Shubun-no-hi | Shinto | Special Worship
  • Sunday, March 20 | Ostara | Wicca | Special Worship
  • Monday, March 21 | Now Ruz | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, March 23 | Holi | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, March 23 | Eve of Purim* | Judaism | Food Restriction - Special Service
  • Thursday, March 24 | Purim | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, March 24 | Hola Mohalla | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, March 24 | Holy Thursday | Christianity | Special worship
  • Friday, March 25 | Holy (Good) Friday | Christianity | Food Restriction - Special Worship
  • Saturday, March 26 | Holy Saturday | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Saturday, March 26 | Birth of Prophet Zarathustra | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Sunday, March 27 | Easter | Christianity | Special Worship
APRIL

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Friday, April 8 | Jalal | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Friday, April 8 | Buddha's Birthday date | Bhuddism | Special Worship
  • Friday, April 8 | Navvarsha (New Year's Day) |Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Friday, April 8 | Ramayana Week begins | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, April 13- Friday, April 22 | Aymbil Ori begins | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, April 14 | Vaisakhi | Hinduism, Sikhims | Special Worship
  • Friday, April 15 | Ramanavami | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, April 19 | Mahavira-jayanti | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, April 20 | Frist Day of Ridvan | Bahá'í | Work Restriction- Special Worship
  • Friday, April 22|Theravada New Year| Buddhism| Special Worship
  • Friday, April 22|Hanuman Jayanti| Hinduism| Special Worship
  • Friday, April 22*|Eve of Pesah| Judaism| Special Worship
  • Saturday, April 23|Lazarus Saturday| Christianity (E)| Special Worship
  • Saturday, April 23|First Day of Pesah (Passover)| Judaism| Food Restriction-Special Worship
  • Sunday, April 24|Palm Sunday| Christianity (E)| Special Worship
  • Sunday, April 24|Second Day of Pesah| Judaism| Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Sun. April 24 -Fri. April 29|Holy Week| Christianity (E)| Special Worship
  • Wednesday, April 27|Jamal| Bahá'í| Special Worship
  • Wednesday, April 27|Shrimad Rajchandra Dehvilay| Jainism| Special Worship
  • Thursday, April 28|Ridvan - Ninth Day | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Thursday, April 28|Nichiren Foundation Day| Buddhism| Special Worship
  • Thursday, April 28|Holy Thursday | Christianity (E)| Special Worship
  • Friday, April 29|Holy Friday| Christianity (E)| Special Worship
  • Friday, April 29|Seventh Day of Pesah| Judaism| Food Restriction-Special Worship
  • Sat., April 30-Wed., May 4 |Ghambar Maidyozarem| Zarathushti| Special Worship
MAY

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Sunday, May 1 | Beltane - Samhain | Wicca - Pagan | Food and Work Restriction
  • Sunday, May 1* | Ridvan - Twelfth Day | Bahá'í | Food and Work Restriction
  • Sunday, May 1 |Pascha (Orthodox Easter)| Christianity| Special Worship
  • Wednesday, May 4 | Laylat al Mi'raj | Islam | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, May 4* | Eve of Yom HaShoah | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, May 5 |Ascension of Jesus | Christianity| Special Worship
  • Thursday, May 5 |Yom HaShoah| Judaism| Special Worship
  • Monday, May 9 |Akshaya-tritiya| Jainism| Special Worship
  • Monday, May 9 |Dianetics Day| Scientology| None
  • Sunday, May 15|Pentecost| Christianity (W)| Special Worship
  • Monday, May 16 | 'Azamat |  Bahá'í| Special Worship
  • Saturday, May 21 |Wesak* (Buddha Day) |Buddhism| Special Worship
  • Saturday, May 21 |Sanja Matsuri |Shinto| Special Worship
  • Sunday, May 22 |Trinity Sunday |Christianity (W)| Special Worship
  • Sunday, May 22 |Laylat al Bara'at|Islam| Special Worship
  • Monday, May 23 |Declaration of The Bab|| Bahá'í | Work Restriction
  • Tuesday, May 24 |Aboriginal Awareness Week|| Aboriginal Spirituality |Special Worship
  • Saturday, May 28* | Ascension of the Bahá'u'lláh | Bahá'í | Special Worship

 

JUNE

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Saturday, June 4 | Nur | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Monday, June 6 | Ramadan Begins | Islam | Food Restriction
  • Thursday, June 9 | Ascension | Christianity (E) | Special Worship
  • Saturday, June 11* | Eve of Shavuot | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, June 11 |National Day of Healing and Reconciliation| Aboriginal Spirituality | Special Worship
  • Sunday, June 12 | First Day of Shavuot| Judaism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Monday, June 13 | Second Day of Shavuot| Judaism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Thursday, June 16| Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji|Sikhims | Special Worship
  • Saturday, June 18 |Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Anniversary| Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, June 19 | Pentecost| Christianity (E) | Special Worship
  • Monday, June 20 | Poson | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Monday, June 20 | Litha - Yule | Wicca - Pagan | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, June 21 | National Aboriginal Day | Aboriginal Spirituality| Special Worship
  • Thursday, June 23 | Rahmat| Baha'i| Special Worship
  • Sunday, June 26 | All Saints Day| Christianity (E) | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, June 29 | Ghambar Maidyoshem Begins | Zoroastrianism | Special Worship
JULY

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Friday, July 1| Jum'at al-Wada | Islam| Special Worship
  • Saturday, July 2| Laylat al-Qadr | Islam | Special Worship
  • Sunday, July 3* | Ghambar Maidyoshem Ends | Zoroastrianism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, July 6 | Birth date of H.H. Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso | Buddhism| Special Worship
  • Wednesday, July 6 | 'Td al-Fitr| Islam| Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Saturday, July 9* | Martyrdom of the Bab | Bahá'í | Work Restriction
  • Tuesday, July 12 | Kalimat| Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, July 19 | Asalha Puja| Bhuddism| Special Worship
  • Tuesday, July 19 |Vassa begins| Bhuddism| Special Worship
  • Tuesday, July 19 | Guru Purnima| Jainism| Special Worship
  • Tuesday, July 19 | Chatarmas begins| Bhuddism| Special Worship
  • Saturday, July 30 |Oh-harai-taisai| Shinto| Special Worship
  • Sunday, July 31 | Kamal| Bahá'í| Special Worship

AUGUST

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Monday, August1| Lammas | Wicca| Special Worship
  • Saturday, August 6| Transfiguration Day |Christianity (W)| Special Worship
  • Monday, August 8|Fravardeghan Days begin| Zarathushti| Special Worship
  • Saturday, August 13*| Eve of Tish' a B'Av| Judaism| Special Worship
  • Sunday, August 14| Tish' a B'Av| Judaism| Special Worship
  • Wednesday, August 17| Fravardeghan Days end| Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Thursday, August 18 |  Raksha Bandhan |  Hinduism |  Special Worship
  • Thursday, August 18 |  Nowruz |  Zarathushti|  Special Worship
  • Friday, August 19| Asma'| Baha'i| Special Worship
  • Friday, August 19| Transfiguration Day | Christianity (E)| Special Worship
  • Wednesday, August 24| Birth of Prophet Zarathustra| Zarathushti| Special Worship
  • Thursday, August 25|  Sri Krishna Jayanti| Hinduism| Special Worship
  • Friday, August 26| Festival of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva|  Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, August 30|  Paryushana-parva begins | Jainism| Food Restriction- Special Worship
SEPTEMBER

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Thursday, September 1|First Parkash|Sikhism|Special Worship
  • Monday, September 5 | Ganesh Chaturthi | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, September 6 | Paryushana-parva ends | Jainism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Tuesday, September 6 | Samvatsari | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, September 6 | Dashalakshani-parva begins | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Wednesday, September 7 | Birth date of H.h. Sakya Trizin | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, September 7 | 'Izzat | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Friday, September 9 | Auditor's Day | Scientology | None
  • Sunday, September 11 | Day of Hajj | Islam | Special Worship
  • Monday, September 12 |Anniversary of the Tatsunokuchi Persecution | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Monday, September 12* | 'Id al-Adha | Islam | Special Worship
  • Monday, September 12 | Ghambar Paitishem begins | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Thursday, September 15 | Ananta-chaturdasi | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Friday, September 16 |Ksamavani | Jainism |Special Worship
  • Friday, September 16 | Dashalakshani-parva ends | Food Restriction-Special Worship
  • Friday, September 16 | Ghambar Paitishem ends | Zarathushti | Speicla Worship
  • Monday, September 19 | Festival of Higan-e | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, September 22 | Eihei dogen Kigen Memorial | Buddhism | Special worship
  • Thursday, September 22 | Shabun-no-hi | Shinto | Special Worship
  • Thursday, September 22 | Mabon | Wicca | Special Worship
  • Monday, September 26 | Mashiyyat | Baha'i | Special worship
OCTOBER

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Saturday, October 1 | Navaratri begins | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 2 | World Communion Sunday | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 2 | First of Muharram | Islam | Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 2* | Eve of Rosh Hashanah | Judaism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 2 | Mehragan | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Monday, October 3 | Rosh Hashanah | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, October 4 | Rosh Hashanah | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, October 5 | Bohidharma Memorial | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Friday, October 7 | International Association of Scientologists Day | Scientology | none
  • Saturday, October 8 | Aymbil Ori begins | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Monday, October 10 | Navaratri ends | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, October 11 |Dassenhra | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, October 11 | 'Ashura' | Islam | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, October 11* | Eve of Yom Kippur |Judaism | Food Restriction-Special Worship
  • Wednesday, October 12 | Yom Kippur |Judaism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Wednesday, October 12 | Ghambar Ayathrem begins | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Thursday, October 13 | Nichiren Shonin Memorial | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, October 15 | 'Ilm| Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 16 | Pavarana | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 16 | Atmasiddhi Rachna Divas | Jainism| Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 16* | Eve of Sukkot| Judaism| Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 16 | Ghambar Ayathrem ends| Zarathushti| Special Worship
  • Monday, October 17| Kathina begins | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Monday, October 17 | First Day of Sukkot | Judaism | Food Restriction-Special Worship
  • Tuesday, October 18 | Second Day of Sukkot | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Wednesday, October 19 | Karwa Chauth | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, October 20 | Installation of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 23 | Last Day of Sukkot | Judaism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 23* | Eve of Shmini Atzeret | Judaism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Monday, October 24 | Shmini Atzeret | Judaism | Food Restriction- Special worship
  • Monday, October 24* | Eve of Simhat Torah| Judaism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, October 25 | Simhat Torah | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 30 | Diwali | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 30 | Mahavira Nirvana| Jainism |Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 30 | Bandi Chhor Divas | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Monday, October 31 | Jain New Year and Day of Enlightenment | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Monday, October 31 | Samhain | Wicca | Special Worship
NOVEMBER

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Tuesday, November 1 |Birth of The Bab | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, November 1 | All Saints Day | Christianity (W)| Special Worship
  • Wednesday, November 2 | Birth of Baha'u'llah| Baha'i| Special Worship
  • Thursday, November 3 | Qudrat | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Saturday, November 5 | Jnana Panchmi | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, November 13 | Kathina ends | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Monday, November 14 | Dev Diwali | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Monday, November 14 | Birth date of Shrimad Rajchandra | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Monday, November 14 | Chaturmas ends | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Monday, November 14 | Birth date of Guru Nanak Dev Ji | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, November 15 | Advent begins | Christianity (E)| Food Restriction-Special Worship
  • Tuesday, November 22 | Qawl | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, November 24 | Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Friday, November 25 | Native American Heritage Day | Aboriginal Spirituality | none
  • Friday, November 25 | Day of the Covenant | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Sunday, November 27 | Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Sunday, November 27 | First Sunday of Advent | Christianity (W) | Special Worship
  • Monday, November 28 | Advent begins | Christianity (E) | Special Worship
DECEMBER

Date | Holy Day | Religion or Tradition | Observation - Restriction

  • Thursday, December 8 | Awakening Day |Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, December 10 | Maunajiyaras | Jainism | Food Restriction-Special Worship
  • Sunday, December 11 | Masa'il | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, December 13 | Mawlid al-Nabiy| Islam | Food Restriction-Special Worship
  • Wednesday, December 14 | Sanghamitta Day | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, December 21 | Tohji-taisai | Shinto | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, December 21 | Yule | Wicca | Special Worship
  • Saturday, December 24* | Eve of Hanukkah | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, December 25 | Christmas | Christianity (W,E)| Special Worship
  • Sunday, December 25 | First Day of Hanukkah | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Monday, December 26 | Death of Prophet Zarathustra | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Friday, December 30 | Sharaf | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Saturday, December 31 | Ghambar Maidyarem begins | Zarathushti | Special Worship