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

Source: Interfaith Calendar (Primary sacred times for world religions)

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2016

DAYS

HOLIDAY

RELIGION

Sep. 5

Saturday

**Krishna Janmashtami

Hinduism

Sep. 13
Sep. 15

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday

**Rosh Hashanah

Judaism

Sep. 22
Sep. 23

Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday

**Yom Kippur

Judaism

Sep. 22
Sep. 26

Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Saturday

Eid al Adha
(beginning date can vary by a day)

Islam

Sep. 27
Oct. 4

Sundown-Sunday
Sundow-Sunday

Sukkot (1st 2 days)

Judaism

Oct. 4
Oct. 6

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday

Shemini Atzeret
Simchat Torah

Judaism

Oct. 13
Oct. 21

Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday

Navaratri

Hinduism

Oct. 13
Nov. 12

Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Thursday

Muharram/New Year

Islam

Oct. 19
Oct. 20

Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday

Birth of the Báb

Bahá’í

Oct. 21

Wednesday

Dussehra

Hinduism

Oct. 22

Oct. 23

Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday

Ashura

Islam

Nov. 1

Saturday

All Saints Day

Christianity (RC, P)

Nov. 2

Sunday

All Souls Day

Christianity (RC, P)

Nov. 11

Wednesday

Diwali

Hinduism -Jain – Sikh

Nov. 11
Nov. 12

Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’í

Nov. 25

Wednesday

Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday

Sikh

Nov. 29

Sunday

Advent Begins

Christianity (O, P, RC)

Dec. 6
Dec. 14

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday

Chanukah

Judaism

Dec. 8

Tuesday

Rohatsu

Buddhism

Dec. 8

Tuesday

Feast of the
Immaculate Conception

Christianity (RC, P)

Dec. 21

Monday

Winter Solstice

Zoroastrian

Dec. 22
Dec. 23

Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday

Mawlid an Nabi

Islam

Dec. 25

Friday

Christmas

Christianity (O, RC, P)

Dec. 26
Jan. 1

Saturday
Friday

Kwanzaa

African American

2017

DAYS

HOLIDAY

RELIGION

Jan. 3

Sunday

Epiphany of the Lord

Christianity (RC)

Jan. 6

Wednesday

Epiphany

Christianity (P)

Jan. 6

Wednesday

Nativity of Christ

Armenian Orthodox Christian

Jan. 7

Thursday

Feast of the Nativity

Christianity (O)

Feb. 8

Monday

Chinese New Year

Confucian, Daiost, Buddhist

Feb. 9

Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday

Christianity (RC, P)

Feb. 10

Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, Lent begins

Christianity (RC, P)

Feb. 15

Monday

Nirvana Day

Buddhist

Mar. 2

Mar. 21

Sunrise-Wednesday
Sundown-Monday

Nineteen Day Fast begins

Bahá’í

Mar. 7
Mar. 8

Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday

Maha Shivaratri

Hinduism

Mar. 14

Monday

Lent begins, Clean Monday

Christianity (O)

Mar. 20

Sunday

Palm Sunday

Christianity (RC, P)

Mar. 20
Mar. 21

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday

Naw-Ruz

Bahá’í, Zoroastrian

Mar. 22
Mar. 23

Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday

Holi

Hinduism

Mar. 23

Wednesday

Magha Puja

Buddhist

Mar. 23
Mar. 24

Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

Purim

Judaism

Mar. 24

Thursday

Maundy Thursday

Christianity (RC, P)

Mar. 25

Friday

Good Friday

Christianity (RC, P)

Mar. 27

Sunday

Easter

Christianity (RC, P)

Mar. 27

Sunday

Palm Sunday

Christianity (O)

Apr. 8

Friday

New Year

Hinduism

Apr. 20
Apr. 21

Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

**Ridván (1st day)

Bahá’í

Apr. 22
Apr. 23

Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday

Pesach (1st day of Passover)

Judaism

Apr. 29

Friday

Good Friday

Christianity (O)

Apr. 28
Apr. 29

Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday

**Ridván (9th day)

Bahá’í

May 1

Sunday

Pascha (Easter)

Christianity (O)

May 1
May 2

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday

**Ridván (12th day)

Bahá’í

May 4

May 5

Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

Yom HaShoah

Judaism

May 4
May 5

Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

Lailat al Mi’raj

Islam

May 5

Thursday

Ascension of Jesus

Christianity (P)

May 8

Sunday

Ascension of the Lord

Christianity (RC)

May 11
May 12

Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Judaism

May 15

Sunday

Visakha Puja

Buddhist

May 15

Sunday

Pentecost

Christianity (RC, P)

May 21

Saturday

Wesak (Buddha Day)

Buddhism

May 22
May 23

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday

Declaration of the Báb

Bahá’í

May 28
May 29

Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday

**Ascension of Baha’u’lláh

Bahá’

Jun. 5
Jul. 6

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Wednesday

Ramadan

Islam

Jul. 6
Jul. 9

Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Saturday

Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by a day)

Islam

Jun. 11

Jun. 13

Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Monday

Shavuot

Judaism