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Religious & Spiritual Life

Holy Days With Restrictions/Obligations

We are working to update this list for the 2019-20 school year. In the meanwhile, please check the interfaith calendar.

2018

JANUARY

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

  • Monday, January 1 | Temple Day | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Monday, January 1 | Gantan-sai | Shinto | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, January 2 | Mahay'ana New Year | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, January 4 | Ghambar Maidyarem ends | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Friday, January 5 | Birth of Guru Gobind Singh Ji | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, January 6 | Epiphany | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Saturday, January 6 | Theophany | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Saturday, January 6 | Armenian Christmas | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Sunday, January 7 | Orthodox Christmas | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Monday, January 8 | Seijin-no-hi | Shinto | Special Worship
  • Saturday, January 13 | Maghi | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, January 14 | Makar Sankranti | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, January 14 | Orthodox New Year | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Thursday, January 18 | Week of Prayer for Christian Unity | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Thursday, January 18 | Sultán | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Friday, January 19 | Feast of Theophany | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Sunday, January 21 | World Religion Day | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Monday, January 22 | Vasanta Panchami | Hinduism | Special Worship*
  • Thursday, January 25 | Honen Shonin Memorial | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, January 27 | Lunar New Year | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, January 30 | Eve of Tu B'Shevat | Judaism | Special Worship*
FEBRUARY

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

  • Friday, February 2 | Imbolc | Wicca | Special Worship
  • Saturday, February 3 | Setsuban-sai | Shinto | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, February 13 | Shrove Tuesday | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, February 14 | Mahashivaratri | Hinduism | Special Worship*
  • Wednesday, February 14 | Ash Wednesday | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Thursday, February 15 | Nehan-e | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Friday, February 16 | Losar (Tibetan New Year) | Hinduism | Special Worship*
  • Monday, February 19 | Great Fast (Lent) begins | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Sunday, February 25 | Ayyám-i-Há | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, February 28 | Eve of Purim | Judaism | Special Worship*
MARCH

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

  • Thursday, March 1 | Magha (Sangha Day) | Buddhism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Thursday, March 1 | Purim | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Friday, March 2 | World Day of Prayer | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Friday, March 2 | 'Ala' | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Friday, March 2 | 19-day Fast begins | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Friday, March 2 | Holi | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Friday, March 2 | Hola Molhalla | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, March 13 | Birth date of L. Ron Hubbard | Scientology | None
  • Wednesday, March 14 | Memorial of Shan-tao/Zendo Daishi | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, March 14 | Sikh New Year's Day | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Friday, March 16 | Ghambar Hamaspathmaedem begins | Zarathushti/ Zoroastrianism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, March 17 | Festival of Higan-e | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, March 18 | Navvarsha | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, March 18 | Ramayana Week begins | Hinduism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Tuesday, March 20 | 19-day Fast ends | Bahá'í | Special Worship*
  • Tuesday, March 20 | Shūbun-no-Hi | Shinto | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, March 20 | Ostara | Wicca | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, March 20 | Ghambar Hamaspathmaedem ends | Zarathushti/Zoroastrianism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, March 21 | Bahá & Naw-Rúz | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, March 21 | Now Ruz | Zarathushti/Zoroastrianism | Special Worship*
  • Saturday, March 24 | Aymbil Ori (First Half) begins | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, March 25 | Palm Sunday (Western Calendar) | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Sunday, March 25 | Holy Week begins (Western Calendar) | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Monday, March 26 | Birth of Prophet Zarathustra | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Monday, March 26 | Ramanavi | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, March 29 | Holy (Maundy) Thursday (Western Calendar) | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Thursday, March 29 | Mahavira-jayanti | Jainism | Special Worship*
  • Friday, March 30 | Holy (Good) Friday | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Friday, March 30 | Eve of Pesah | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Saturday, March 31 | Holy Saturday (Western Calendar) | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Saturday, March 31 | Lazarus Saturday (Eastern Calendar) | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Saturday, March 31 | Hanuman Jayanti | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, March 31 | Aymbil Ori ends | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, March 31 | First day of Pesah (Passover) | Judaism | Food Restriction-Special Worship*
APRIL

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

  • Sunday, April 1 | Easter (Western Calendar) | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Sunday, April 1 | Palm Sunday (Eastern Calendar) | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Sunday, April 1 | Second day of Pesah (Passover) | Judaism | Food Restriction-Special Worship*
  • Thursday, April 5 | Holy Thursday (Eastern Calendar) | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Thursday, April 5 | Shrimad Rajchandra Dehvilay | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Friday, April 6 | Holy Friday (Eastern Calendar) | Christianity | Special Worship*
  • Friday, April 6 | Seventh day of Pesah (Passover) | Judaism | Food Restriction-Special Worship*
  • Saturday, April 7 | Eighth (Last) day of Pesah (Passover) | Orthodox Judaism | Food Restriction-Special Worship*
  • Saturday, April 7 | Lazarus Saturday | Christianity (Eastern Calendar) | Special Worship
  • Sunday, April 8 | Buddha's Birthday date | Bhuddism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, April 8 | Pascha/Orthodox Easter (Eastern Calendar) | Christianity | Special Worship*
  • Monday, April 9 | Jalal | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, April 11 | Eve of Yom HaShoah | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Thursday, April 12 | Yom HaShoah | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Friday, April 13 | Laylat al Mi'rāj | Islam | Food Restriction- Special Worship*
  • Saturday, April 14 | Vaisakhi | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Saturdday, April 14 | Vaisakhi | Sikhism | Special Worship*
  • Saturday, April 15 | Holy Saturday | Christianity | Special
  • Wednesday, April 18 | Akshaya-tritiya | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, April 21 | First Day of Ridván | Bahá'í | Work Restriction- Special Worship
  • Saturday, April 28 | Jamál | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Saturday, April 28 | Nichiren Foundation Day | Buddhism | None
  • Sunday, April 29 | Ninth Day of Ridván | Bahá'í | Work Restriction
  • Monday, April 30 | Ghambar Maidyozarem begins | Zarathushti/Zoroastrianism | Special Worship
  • Monday, April 30 | Theravāda New Year | Buddhism | Special Worship
MAY

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

  • Tuesday, May 1 | Beltane - Samhain | Wicca - Pagan | Food and Work Restriction
  • Tuesday, May 1 | Laylat al Bara'at | Islam | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, May 2* | Ridvan - Twelfth Day | Bahá'í | Food and Work Restriction
  • Friday, May 4 | Ghambar Maidyozarem ends | Zarathushti/Zoroastrianism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, May 9 | Dianetics Day | Scientology | None
  • Thursday, May 10 | Ascension | Christianity (Western Calendar) | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, May 16 | Ramādan begins | Islam | Food Restriction- Special Worship*
  • Thursday, May 17 | 'Azamat | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Thursday, May 17 | Ascension | Christianity (Eastern Calendar) | Special Worship
  • Saturday, May 19 | Sanja Matsuri | Shinto | Special Worship
  • Saturday, May 19 | Eve of Shavuot | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, May 20 | First Day of Shavuot | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Saturday, May 19 | Eve of Shavuot | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Monday, May 21 | Second (last) Day of Shavuot | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Tuesday, May 22 | Aboriginal Awareness Week | Aboriginal Spirituality | Special Worship
  • Thursday, May 24 | Declaration of The Báb | Bahá'í | Work Restriction*
  • Sunday, May 27 | Pentecost | Christianity (Eastern Calendar) | Special Worship
  • Sunday, May 27 | Trinity Sunday | Christianity (Western Calendar) | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, May 29 | Ascension of the Bahá'u'lláh | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, May 29 | Wesak (Buddha Day)* | Buddhism | Special Worship
JUNE

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

  • Sunday, June 3 | All Saints Day | Christianity (Eastern Calendar) | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, June 5 | Nur | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Friday, June 8 | Jum'at al-Wadā | Islam | Special Worship
  • Sunday, June 10 | Laylat al-Qadr | Islam | Food Restriction- Special Worship*
  • Monday, June 11 | National Day of Healing and Reconciliation (Canada) | Aboriginal Spirituality | Special Worship
  • Friday, June 15 | ʻĪd al-Fiṭr | Islam | Special Worship*
  • Saturday, June 16 | Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji | Sikhims | Special Worship
  • Monday, June 18 | Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Anniversary | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, June 21 | Litha - Yule | Wicca - Pagan | Special Worship
  • Thursday, June 21 | National Aboriginal Day (Canada) | Aboriginal Spirituality | Special Worship
  • Sunday, June 24 | Rahmat | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Thursday, June 28 | Poson | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Friday, June 29 | Ghambar Maidyoshem Begins | Zarathushti/Zoroastrianism | Special Worship
JULY

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

  • Tuesday, July 3 | Ghambar Maidyoshem Ends | Zoroastrianism | Special Worship
  • Friday, July 6 | Birth date of H.H. Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, July 10 | Martyrdom of the Báb | Bahá'í | Work Restriction*
  • Friday, July 13 | Kalimát | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Saturday, July 21 | Eve of Tish'a B'Av | Judaism | Food Restriction- Special Worship*
    Sunday, July 22 | Tish'a B'Av | Judaism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Friday, July 27 | Asalha Puja (Dhamma Day) | Bhuddism | Special Worship
  • Friday, July 27 | Vassa (Rains Retreat) begins | Bhuddism | Special Worship
  • Monday, July 30 | Oh-harai-taisai | Shinto | Special Worship
AUGUST

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

  • Wednesday, August 1 | Kamal | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, August1 | Lammas | Wicca | Special Worship
  • Monday, August 6 | Transfiguration Day | Christianity (Western/New Calendar) | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, August 8 | Fravardeghan Days begin (Shenshai) | Zarathushti/Zoroastrianism | Special Worship
  • Friday, August 17 | Fravardeghan Days end (Shenshai) | Zarathushti/Zoroastrianism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, August 18 | Nowruz | Zarathushti | Special Worship*
  • Sunday, August 19 | Transfiguration Day | Christianity (E) | Special Worship
  • Monday, August 20 | Asma' | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Monday, August 20 | Day of Hajj | Islam | Special Worship*
  • Tuesday, August 21 | ʻĪd al-Adha | Islam | Special Worship*
  • Friday, August 24 | Birth of Prophet Zarathustra | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Sunday, August 26 | Festival of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, August 26 | Raksha Bandhan | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, August 26 | Guru Purnima | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, August 26 | Chatarmas begins | Bhuddism | Special Worship
SEPTEMBER

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

  • Saturday, September 1 | First Parkash | Sikhism | Special Worship
  • Monday, September 3 | Sri Krishna Jayanti | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Friday, September 7 | Birth Date of H.H. Sakya Trizin | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, September 8 | 'Izzat | Bahá'í | Special Worship
  • Sunday, September 9 | Eve of Rosh Hashanah | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Monday, September 10 | Rosh Hashanah (first day) | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Tuesday, September 11 | First of Muharram | Islam | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, September 11 | Rosh Hashanah (second day) | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Wednesday, September 12 | Anniversary of the Tatsunokuchi Persecution | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, September 12 | Ghambar Paitishem begins | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Thursday, September 13 | Ganesh Chaturthi | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Friday, September 14 | Paryushana-parva ends | Jainism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Friday, September 14 | Samvatsari | Jainism | Special Worship*
  • Friday, September 14 | Dashalakshani-parva begins | Jainism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Sunday, September 16 | Ghambar Paitishem ends | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, September 18 | Eve of Yom Kippur | Judaism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Wednesday, September 19 | Yom Kippur | Judaism | Food Restriction- Special Worship*
  • Thursday, September 20 | Festival of Higan-e | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, September 20 | ʿĀshūrāʾ | Islam | Food Restriction- Special Worship*
  • Saturday, September 22 | Eihei Dogen Kigen Memorial | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, September 23 | Eve of Sukkot | Judaism | Food Restriction- Special Worship*
  • Sunday, September 23 | Shūbun no Hi | Shinto Special Worship*
  • Sunday, September 23 | Mabon | Wicca | Special Worship*
  • Monday, September 24 | Ananta-chaturdasi | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Monday, September 24 | First Day of Sukkot | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Tuesday, September 25 | Pitru Paksha | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, September 25 | Ksamavani | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, September 25 | Dashalakshani-parva ends | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, September 25 | Second Day of Sukkot | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Wednesday, September 26 | Third Day of Sukkot | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Thursday, September 27 | Fourth Day of Sukkot | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Thursday, September 27 | Mashíyyat | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Friday, September 28 | Fifth Day of Sukkot | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Saturday, September 29 | Sixth Day of Sukkot | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Sunday, September 30 | Seventh (last) Day of Sukkot | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Sunday, September 30 | Eve of Shmini Atzeret | Judaism | Special Worship*
OCTOBER
  • Monday, October 1 | Shmini Atzeret | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Monday, October 1 | Eve of Simhat Torah | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Tuesday, October 2 | Simhat Torah | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Friday, October 5 | Bodhidharma Memorial | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 7 | World Communion Sunday | Christianity | Special Worship
  • Sunday, October 7 | International Association of Scientologists | Scientology | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, October 9 | Navaratri begins | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Friday, October 12 | Ghambar Ayathrem begins | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Saturday, October 13 | Nichiren Shonin Memorial | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, October 16 | 'Ilm | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, October 16 | Saraswati Puja | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, October 16 | Ghambar Ayathrem ends | Zarathushti | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, October 16 | Aymbil Ori (Second Half) begins | Jainism | Food Restriction- Special Worship
  • Thursday, October 18 | Navaratri ends | Hindusim | Special Worship
  • Friday, October 19 | Dassehra | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, October 20 | Installation of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji | Sikhism | Special Worship*
  • Wednesday, October 24 | Pavarana | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, October 25 | Kathina begins | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Saturday, October 27 | Karwa Chauth | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, October 31 | Samhain | Wicca | Special Worship
NOVEMBER
  • Thursday, November 1 | All Saints Day | Western Christianity | Special Worship
  • Sunday, November 4 | Qudrat | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, November 7 | Diwali | Hinduism | Special Worship*
  • Wednesday, November 7 | Mahavira Nirvana and Diwali | Jainism | Special Worship*
  • Wednesday, November 7 | Bandi Chhor Divas | Sikhism | Special Worship*
  • Thursday, November 8 | Vikram New Year | Hinduism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, November 8 | Jain New Year and Day of Enlightenment | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Friday, November 9 | Birth of the Báb | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Saturday, November 10 | Birth of Baháu'lláh | Baha'i | Special Worship*
  • Monday, November 12 | Jnana Panchmi | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Thursday, November 15 | Advent begins (Christmas Fast, Eastern Old Calendar) | Eastern Christianity | Special Worship
  • Tuesday, November 20 | Mawlid al-Nabiy | Islam | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, November 21 | Kathina ends | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Friday, November 23 | Qawl | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Friday, November 23 | Chaturmas ends | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Friday, November 23 | Dev Diwali | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Friday, November 23 | Birth date of Shrimad Rajchandra | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Friday, November 23 | Birth date of Guru Nanak Dev Ji | Sikhism | Special Worship*
  • Saturday, November 24 | Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji | Sikhism | Special Worship*
  • Monday, November 26 | Day of the Covenant | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, November 28 | Advent begins (Christmas Fast, Eastern New Calendar) | Eastern Christianity | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, November 28 | Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Bahá | Baha'i | Special Worship
DECEMBER
  • Sunday, December 2 | First Sunday of Advent | Western Christianity | Special Worship
  • Sunday, December 2 | Eve of Hanukkah (begins at sundown) | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Monday, December 3 | First Day of Hanukkah | Judaism | Special Worship*
  • Saturday, December 8 | Awakening Day | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Monday, December 10 | Last Day of Hanukkah | Judaism | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, December 12 | Masá'il | Baha'i | Special Worship
  • Wednesday, December 19 | Maunajiyaras | Jainism | Special Worship
  • Friday, December 21 | Tohji-taisai | Shinto | Special Worship
  • Friday, December 21 | Yule | Wicca | Special Worship
  • Saturday, December 22 | Sanghamitta Day | Buddhism | Special Worship
  • Monday, December 24 | Christmas Eve | Christianity | Special Worship*
  • Tuesday, December 25 | Christmas Day | Christianity | Special Worship*
  • Wednesday, December 26 | Death of Prophet Zarathustra | Zarathushti | Special Worship*
  • Wednesday, December 26 | Kwanzaa (until January 1 | Kwanzaa | Special Worship
  • Monday, December 31 | Sharaf | Islam | Special Worship
  • Monday, December 31 | Ghambar Maidyarem begins | Zarathushti | Special Worship