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Religious Calendar for 2014 - 2015

This calendar covers holidays of the following religious groups:  
     Bahá'i, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh

This calendar is designed primarily as an academic planning aid. It is not all-encompassing. Religious groups whose significant holidays do not appear are encouraged to contact the Office of the Executive Vice President.

Bahá'i holidays begin at sunset on the day preceding the given date. Bahá'i observes 19 days of fasting (March 2 thru 20, 2015 -- from sunrise to sunset). Work is not forbidden, but due to fasting, exams may be easier to take in the morning or evening. Work is suspended on the following holidays: Naw Ruz; the first, ninth and twelfth days of Ridvan; Declaration of the Bab; Ascension of the Baha’u’llah; Martyrdom of the Bab; and the Birth of Baha’u’llah.

Christian holidays include those for Catholics, Protestants and Orthodox. Easter and Christmas are usually non-workdays for Christians. (Orthodox Easter differs from Easter as celebrated by Catholics and Protestants.) Sunday is the most widely observed day of worship.

Islamic dates are approximate. The official days can be plus/minus one day and depend upon the official physical sighting of the new moon. Fasting occurs during the month of Ramadan from sunrise to sunset. Work is not forbidden, but because of fasting, exams may be easier to take in the morning or evening. Ramadan begins on June 28 in 2014. The end of the fast, Eid al-Fitr, is a feast beginning at sundown; it falls on July 28 in 2014.

Friday is the day for services of prayer and instruction in Islam, usually at noon. Muslims are obligated to observe five daily times of prayer.

Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the day preceding the given date. Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath (observed by Seventh-Day Adventists), begins at sundown on Friday and ends at dusk on Saturday. No work is done on Shabbat by observant Jews. Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover and Shavu’ot are non-workdays for Jews.

The religious holidays listed below HAVE BEEN designated as non-workdays by the religions that observe them. Bold titles are primarily holy days of a tradition. Those marked with * begin at sundown before the given date.                            

2014

DATE

HOLIDAY

July 9

Martyrdom of the Bab (Bahá'i)*

September 24 - 26

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)*

October 3 & 4

Yom Kippur (Jewish)*

October 9 - 15

Sukkot (Jewish)*

October 16

Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)*

October 17

Simchat Torah (Jewish)

October 20

Birth of the Bab (Bahá'i)

November 12

Birth of Baha’u’llah (Bahá'i)

2015

March 21

Naw-Ruz (Bahá'i)*

April 3 - 11

Passover (Jewish)*

April 21

First day of Ridvan (Bahá'i)

April 29

Ninth day of Ridvan (Bahá'i)

May 2

Twelfth day of Ridvan (Bahá'i)

May 21

Declaration of the Bab (Bahá'i)

May 29

Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Bahá'i)

May 24 & 25

Shavu’ot (Jewish)*

The religious holidays listed below have NOT been designated as non-workdays by the religions that observe them. However, those designated in bold are major holidays or fast days of the tradition.

2014

DATE

HOLIDAY

June 28

Ramadan begins (Muslim)*

July 28

Ramadan ends (Muslim)*

July 29 - 31

Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)*

October 14

Dussehra (Hindu)

October 15 - 18

Eid al-Adha (Muslim)

October 23

Diwali (Hindu)

October 25

Al-Hijra New Year (Muslim)*

November 3

Ashura (Muslim-Shia)*

November 17

Guru Nanak Birthday (Sikh)

December 8

Bodhi Day (Buddhist)

December 17 - 24

Hanukkah (Jewish)*

December 25

Christmas (Christian)

December 26

Kwanzaa begins

2015

January 1

Kwanzaa ends

January 7

Orthodox Christmas

February 19

Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

March 4 & 5

Purim (Jewish)*

March 5

Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)

March 6

Holi (Hindu)

April 14

Baisakhi (Sikh)

April 2

Holy Thursday (Christian)

April 3

Good Friday (Christian/Orthodox Christian)

April 4

Holy Saturday (Christian/Orthodox Christian)

April 5

Easter Sunday (Christian/Orthodox Christian)

May 4

Buddha Day (Buddhist)