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Religious Calendar for 2013 - 2014

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

The list is designed primarily as an aid to academic planning. 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 2-20, 2014 - from sunrise to sunset). Work is not forbidden, but due to the 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 the fast, exams may be easier to take in the morning or evening. Ramadan begins on July 9 in 2013. The end of the fast, Eid al-Fitr, is a feast, beginning at sundown; in 2013, it falls on August 8.

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 (also observed by 7th 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 which are marked * begin at sundown before the given date.                            

DATE

HOLIDAY

July 9, 2013

Martyrdom of the Bab (Bahá'i)*

September 5-6, 2013

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)*

September 14, 2013

Yom Kippur (Jewish)*

September 19-25, 2013

Sukkot (Jewish)*

September 26, 2013

Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)*

September 27, 2013

Simchat Torah (Jewish)

October 20, 2013

Birth of the Bab (Bahá'i)

November 12, 2013

Birth of Baha’u’llah (Bahá'i)

March 21, 2014

Naw-Ruz (Bahá'i)*

April 15-22, 2014

Passover (Jewish)*

April 21, 2014

First day of Ridvan (Bahá'i)

April 29, 2014

Ninth day of Ridvan (Bahá'i)

May 2, 2014

Twelfth day of Ridvan (Bahá'i)

May 23, 2014

Declaration of the Bab (Bahá'i)

May 29, 2014 Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Bahá'i)

June 4-5, 2014

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.

DATE

HOLIDAY

July 9, 2013

Ramadan begins (Muslim)*

August 8, 2013

Ramadan ends (Muslim)*

August 8, 2013

Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)*

October 14, 2013

Dasera (Hindu)

October 15, 2013

Eid al-Adha (Muslim)

November 3, 2013

Diwali (Hindu)

November 4, 2013

Al-Hijra New Year (Muslim)*

November 13, 2013

Ashura (Muslim-Shia)*

November 17, 2013

Guru Nanak Birthday (Sikh)

December 8, 2013

Bodhi Day (Buddhist)

November 28-December 5, 2013

Hanukah (Jewish)*

December 25, 2013

Christmas (Christian)

December 26, 2013

Kwanzaa begins

January 1, 2014

Kwanzaa ends

January 7, 2014

Orthodox Christmas

January 31, 2014

Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

February 24, 2014

Purim (Jewish)*

March 5, 2014

Ash Wednesday (Christian)

March 16, 2014

Magha Puja Day (Buddhist)

March 17, 2014

Holi (Hindu)

April 14, 2014

Baisakhi (Sikh)

April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday (Christian)

April 18, 2014

Good Friday (Christian/Orthodox Christian)

April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday (Christian/Orthodox Christian)

April 20, 2014

Easter Sunday (Christian/Orthodox Christian)

May 14, 2014

Buddha Day (Buddhist)