Missouri State University

2010-2011

The calendar is a month-by-month listing of religious observances from July 2010-June 2011.  This list includes the dates for most of the important religious 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.

2010-2011 Major Religious Holidays
(July 2010 - June 2011)

1st Semester

Beginning of Ramadan

Islamic

Aug. 10–11*#

Thurs.-Fri.

Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 26 Thursday

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

Islamic

Sept. 8–9*#

Wed..–Thurs.

Rosh Hashanah
[New Year]

Jewish

Sept. 8–10*

Wed.–Fri.

Yom Kippur
[Day of Atonement]

Jewish

Sept. 17–18*

Fri.–Sat.

Autumn Equinox (EST)

 

Sept. 22

Wednesday

Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles]

Jewish

Sept. 22–29*

Wed.–Wed.

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Jewish

Sept. 30*

Thursday

Navaratri/Dassera Hindu Oct 3-12 Sun.-Tues.

Birth of the Báb

Bahá'i

Oct. 19–20*

Tue.–Wed.

Diwali Hindu Nov 1 Monday

Birth of Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá'i

Nov. 11–12*

Thurs.–Fri.

Eid al-Adha

Islamic

Nov. 15-16*#

Mon.–Tue.

Hanukkah (Chanukah)
[8-day Feast]

Jewish

Dec. 1–9*

Wed.–Thurs.

Al-Hijra (Muharram) [New Year]

Islamic

Dec. 6–7*#

Mon.–Tue.

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)

Buddhist

Dec. 8

Wednesday

Ashura (10th day of Muharram)

Islamic

Dec. 15-16*#

Wed.–Thurs.

Winter Solstice (EST)

 

Dec. 21

Tuesday

Christmas

Western Christian

Dec. 25

Saturday

Kwanzaa

Interfaith / African-American

Dec. 26–
Jan. 1

Sun.–Sat.

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

#some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.

2nd Semester

Gantan-sai
(New Years)

Shinto

Jan. 1

Saturday

Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Hare/Rabbit]

Chinese

Feb. 3

Thursday

Mawlid-al-Nabi [Muhammed's birthday]

Islamic

Feb. 14–15*#

Mon.–Tue.

 

Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb. 26 Saturday
Ash Wednesday   Mar. 9 Wednesday
Holi Hindu Mar 13-14 Sun.-Mon.

Purim

Jewish

Mar. 19-21*

Sat.-Mon.

Vernal Equinox (EST)

 

Mar. 20

Sunday

Naw-Ruz / Iranian New Year

Bahá'i

Mar. 20-21*

Sun.-Mon.

Ramanavami Hindu Apr 6 Wednesday
Varsakhi Hindu Apr 14 Thursday

Palm Sunday

Western Christian & Eastern Orthodox

Apr. 17

Sunday

Passover (Pesach),
1st two days

Jewish

Apr. 18–20*

Mon.-Wed.

Ridvan Festival,
1st of 12 days

Baha'i

Apr. 20–21*

Wed.–Thurs.

Good Friday /
Holy Friday

Western Christian & Eastern Orthodox

Apr. 22

Friday

Easter

Western Christian

Apr. 24

Sunday

Passover (Pesach), concluding days

Jewish

Apr. 24-26*

Sun.-Tue.

9th Day of Ridvan

Bahá'i

Apr. 28–29*

Thurs.-Fri.

12th Day of Ridvan

Bahá'i

May 1–2*

Sun.-Mon.

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

#some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.

2011

Summer Sessions

Declaration of the Báb

Bahá'i

May 22–23*

Sun.-Mon.

Ascension of Baha'u'llah

Bahá'i

May 28-29*

Sat.-Sun.

Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)

Jewish

June 7–9*

Tue.-Thurs.

Summer Solstice (EST)

 

June 21

Tuesday

Martyrdom of the Báb

Bahá'i

July 8–9*

Fri.-Sat.

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

#some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.