2012-2013

Below is a list of the major Jewish, Islamic, Christian, Hindu, and Orthodox Christian holidays for the 2007-2008 academic year. The dates have been determined by checking the sources listed below. In the cases where variant dates were listed in these sources, we have listed the most frequently listed date.

2012-2013 Major Religious Holidays

(July 2012 - June 2013)

First Semester

Beginning of Ramadan

Islamic

July 20-21*#

Fri.-Sat.

Eid al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Shawwal)

Islamic

Aug. 19*

Sunday

Rosh Hashanah [New Year]

Jewish

Sept. 17-18*

Mon.-Tue.

Autumn Equinox (EDT)

 

Sept. 22

Saturday

Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement]

Jewish

Sept. 26*

Wednesday

Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles]

Jewish

Oct. 1-2*

Mon.-Tue.

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Jewish

Oct. 8-9*

Mon.-Tue.

Birth of the Báb

Bahá'i

Oct. 19-20*

Fri.-Sat.

Eid al-Adha

Islamic

Oct. 26*

Friday

Birth of Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá'i

Nov. 11-12*

Sun.-Mon.

Al-Hijra (Muharram) (New Year)

Islamic

Nov. 15*

Thursday

Ashura (10th day of Muharram)

Islamic

Nov. 24*

Saturday

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)

Buddhist

Dec. 8

Saturday

Hanukkah (Chanukah) [8-day Feast]

Jewish

Dec. 9-16*

Sun.-Sun.

Winter Solstice (EST)

 

Dec. 21

Friday

Christmas

Western Christian

Dec. 25

Tuesday

Kwanzaa

Interfaith / African-American

Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Wed.-Tue.

*holy days start at sundown of beginning date and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date

#All dates are from Fiqh Council O North America adopted Islamic Calendar.  For events based on sightability of the moon in North America, those denoted with "#" will be the next day from these dtates.

2nd Semester

Gantan-sai (New Years)

Shinto

Jan. 1

Tuesday

Mawlid-al-Nabi (Muhammed's birthday)

Islamic

Jan. 24*

Thursday

Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Snake]

Chinese

Feb. 10

Sunday

 Ash Wednesday

 

 Feb. 13

 Wednesday

Purim

Jewish

Feb. 24-26*

Sun.-Tue.

Vernal Equinox (EDT)

 

Mar. 20

Wednesday

Naw-Ruz / Iranian New Year

Bahá'i

Mar. 20-21*

Wed.-Thurs.

Palm Sunday

Western Christian

Mar. 24

Sunday

Passover (Pesach), 1st two days

Jewish

Mar. 26-27*

Tue.-Wed.

Good Friday

Western Christian

Mar. 29

Friday

Easter

Western Christian

Mar. 31

Sunday

Passover (Pesach), concluding days

Jewish

Apr. 1-2*

Mon.-Tue.

Ridvan Festival, 1st of 12 days

Baha'i

Apr. 20-21*

Sat.-Sun.

Palm Sunday

Eastern Orthodox

Apr. 28

Sunday

9th Day of Ridvan

Bahá'i

Apr. 28-29*

Sun.-Mon.

12th Day of Ridvan

Bahá'i

May 1-2*

Wed.-Thurs.

Holy Friday

Eastern Orthodox

May 3

Friday

Pascha

Eastern Orthodox

May 5

Sunday

*holy days start at sundown of beginning date and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date

#All dates are from Fiqh Council O North America adopted Islamic Calendar.  For events based on sightability of the moon in North America, those denoted with "#" will be the next day from these dtates.

2013

Summer Sessions

Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)

Jewish

May 15-16*

Wed.-Thurs.

Declaration of the Báb

Bahá'i

May 22-23*

Wed.-Thurs.

Ascension of Baha'u'llah

Bahá'i

May 28-29*

Tue.-Wed.

Summer Solstice (EDT)

 

June 21

Friday

Martyrdom of the Báb

Bahá'i

July 8-9*

Mon.-Tue.

*holy days start at sundown of beginning date and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date

#All dates are from Fiqh Council O North America adopted Islamic Calendar.  For events based on sightability of the moon in North America, those denoted with "#" will be the next day from these dtates.