Religious Holidays Comprehensive Calendar-Academic Yr. 2016-2017

Religious Holidays Comprehensive Calendar
Academic Year 2016-2017

Faculty (including coaches) receive annual reminders of this policy, and are encouraged to work carefully with students in anticipating and resolving conflicts to their mutual satisfaction.

The list that follows is not exhaustive; it includes major festivals and holy days for many, though by no means all, religious traditions represented in the Williams community. (If it does not include an important date in the religious calendar of your particular tradition, please let us know.) Every effort has been made to insure that this information is accurate. Note that some holidays in some traditions are tied to the lunar calendar or to particular cultural patterns that vary by region or by sect which make their location in the calendar somewhat more fluid. Dates marked with a double asterisk (**) denote occasions on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of nearly all its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.

Islamic Holidays: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

For holidays associated with Christianity, the following notations are used to denote observance by particular strands of the Christian traditionRC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox

2016

DAYS

HOLIDAY

RELIGION

Sep. 12
Sep. 13
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
Eid al Adha
(date can vary by a day)
Islam
Oct. 1
Oct. 9
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Navaratri Hinduism
Oct. 1
Oct. 2
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Muharram/New Year
(date can vary by a day)
Islam
Oct. 2
Oct. 4
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Rosh Hashanah (2 days) Judaism
Oct. 11 Tuesday Dussehra/Dasara Hinduism
Oct. 11
Oct. 12
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
**Yom Kippur Judaism
Oct. 11
Oct. 12
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Ashura Islam
Oct. 16
Oct. 23
Sundown-Sunday
Sundow-Sunday
**Sukkot (1st 2 days) Judaism
Oct. 23
Oct. 25
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Shemini Atzeret
**Simchat Torah
Judaism
Oct. 19
Oct. 20
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
**Birth of the Báb Bahá’í
Oct. 30
Nov. 3
Sunday
Thursday
Diwali Hinduism -Jain – Sikh
Nov. 1 Tuesday All Saints Day Christianity (RC, P)
Nov. 2 Wednesday All Souls Day Christianity (RC, P)
Nov. 11
Nov. 12
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
**Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í
Nov. 14 Monday Guru Nanak Jayanti Birthday Sikh
Nov. 27
Dec. 24
Sunday
Saturday
Advent Begins Christianity (O, P, RC)
Dec. 8 Thursday Bodhi Day Buddhism
Dec. 8 Thursday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 13
Dec. 14
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Mawlid al Nabi
(dates can vary by a day)
Islam
Dec. 21 Wednesday Winter Solstice Zoroastrian
Dec. 24
Jan. 1
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Hanukkah Judaism
Dec. 25 Sunday Christmas Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 26
Jan. 1
Monday
Sunday
Kwanzaa African American

2017

DAYS

HOLIDAY

RELIGION

Jan. 6 Friday Epiphany/Theophany Christianity (RC, P, O)
Jan. 6 Friday Nativity of Christ Armenian Orthodox Christian
Jan. 7 Saturday Christmas O
Jan. 12
Jan. 15
Thursday
Sunday
Mahayana New Year Buddhism
Jan. 28 Saturday Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
Feb. 5 Sunday Four Chaplains Sunday Interfaith
Feb. 15 Wednesday Nirvana Day Buddhism, Jain, Sikh
Feb. 25 Saturday Maha Shivaratri Hinduism
Feb. 27 Monday Great Lent begins-Clean Monday Christianity (O)
Feb. 28 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday Christianity (RC, P)
Mar. 1 Wednesday Ash Wednesday, Lent begins Christianity (RC, P)
Mar. 1
Mar. 20
Sunrise-Wednesday
Sundown-Monday
Nineteen Day Fast begins Bahá’í
Mar. 11
Mar. 12
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
**Purim Judaism
Mar. 12 Sunday Magha Puja Day Buddhism
Mar. 13
Mar. 14
Monday
Tuesday
Holi Hinduism
Mar. 20
Mar. 21
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Naw-Ruz (New Year) Bahá’í, Zoroastrian
Mar. 28 Tuesday New Year Hinduism
Apr. 5 Wednesday Ram Navami Hinduism
Apr. 8 Saturday Buddha’s Birthday/Hanamatsuri Buddhism
Apr. 9 Sunday Palm Sunday Christianity (RC, P, O)
Apr. 10
Apr. 18
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Pesach (1st 2 days and last 2 days of Passover) Judaism
Apr. 14 Friday Good Friday/Holy Friday Christianity (RC, P, O)
Aprl. 14 Friday Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) Sikh
Apr. 16 Sunday Easter/Pascha Christianity (RC, P, O)
Apr. 20
Apr. 21
Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
**Ridván (1st day) Bahá’í
Apr. 22
Apr. 23
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Yom HaShoah Judaism
Apr. 23
Apr. 24
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
Lailat al Mi’raj Islam
Apr. 28
Apr. 29
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
**Ridván (9th day) Bahá’í
Apr. 30
May 1
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Judaism
May 1
May 2
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Ridván (12th day) Bahá’í
May 4 Thursday National Day of Prayer Interfaith
May 10 Wednesday Vesak/Visakha Puja Buddhism
May 10 Wednesday Wesak (Birth of Buddha) Buddhism
May 22
May 23
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Declaration of the Báb Bahá’í
May  25 Thursday Ascension of Jesus Christianity (RC, P, O)
May 26
May 27
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
Ramadan Islam
May 28
May 29
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
**Ascension of Baha’u’lláh Bahá’
May 30
June 1
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Thursday
Shavuot Judaism
Jun. 4 Sunday Pentecost Christianity (RC, P, O)
Jun. 24
Jun. 25
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Wednesday
Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by a day) Islam