2013-2014

The calendar is a month-by-month listing of religious observances from July 2008-June 2009.  This list includes the dates for most of the important celebrations of the major religions.  This list is by no means meant to be comprehensive.  If you discover significant omissions or errors, please contact our office.

2013-2014 Major Religious Holidays
(July 2013 - June 2014)

1st Semester

Beginning of Ramadan

Islamic

July. 9*#

Tuesday

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

Islamic

Aug. 8*#

Thursday.

Rosh Hashanah
[New Year]

Jewish

Sept. 5–6*

Thur.–Fri.

Yom Kippur
[Day of Atonement]

Jewish

Sept. 14*

Saturday

Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles]

Jewish

Sept. 19–20*

Thur.–Fri.

Autumn Equinox (EST)

 

Sept. 22

Sunday

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Jewish

Sept. 26-27*

Thur.–Fri.

Eid al-Adha

Islamic

Oct. 15*#

Tuesday

Birth of the Báb

Bahá'i

Oct. 19–20*

Sat.–Sun.

Al-Hijra (Muharram) [New Year]

Islamic

Nov. 4*

Monday

Birth of Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá'i

Nov. 11–12*

Mon.–Tues.

Ashura (10th day of Muharram)

Islamic

Nov. 13*#

Wednesday

Hanukkah (Chanukah)
[8-day Feast]

Jewish

Nov.. 28–Dec. 5*

Thur.-Thur.

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)

Buddhist

Dec. 8

Sunday

Winter Solstice (EST)

 

Dec. 21

Saturday

Christmas

Western Christian

Dec. 25

Wednesday

Kwanzaa

Interfaith / African-American

Dec. 26–
Jan. 1

Thur.–Wed

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

# All dates are from Fiqh Council of 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 dates.

2nd Semester

Gantan-sai
(New Years)

Shinto

Jan. 1

Wednesday

Mawlid-al-Nabi [Muhammed's birthday]

Islamic

Jan..13*#

Monday

Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Horse]

Chinese

Jan. 31

Friday

 Ash Wednesday

 

 Mar. 5

Wednesday

Purim

Jewish

Mar. 16*

Sunday

Vernal Equinox (EST)

 

Mar. 20

Thursday

Naw-Ruz / Iranian New Year

Bahá'i

Mar. 20-21*

Thur.-Fri.

Palm Sunday

Western Christian & Eastern Orthodox

Apr. 13

Sunday

Passover (Pesach),
1st two days

Jewish

Apr. 15-16*

Tue.-Wed..

Good Friday /
Holy Friday

Western Christian & Eastern Orthodox

Apr. 18

Friday

Easter / Pascha

Western Christian & Eastern Orthodox

Apr. 20

Sunday

Ridvan Festival,
1st of 12 days

Baha'i

Apr. 20–21*

Sun.–Mon.

Passover (Pesach), concluding days

Jewish

Apr. 21-22*

Mon.-Tue.

9th Day of Ridvan

Bahá'i

Apr. 28–29*

Mon.-Tues.

12th Day of Ridvan

Bahá'i

May 1–2*

Thur.-Fri.

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

# All dates are from Fiqh Council of 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 dates.

Summer Sessions

Declaration of the Báb

Bahá'i

May 22–23*

Thur.-Fri.

Ascension of Baha'u'llah

Bahá'i

May 28-29*

Wed.-Thur.

Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)

Jewish

June 4-5*

Wed.-Thur.

Summer Solstice (EST)

 

June 21

Saturday

Martyrdom of the Báb

Bahá'i

July 8–9*

Tue.-Wed.

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

# All dates are from Fiqh Council of 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 dates.