2011-2012

The calendar is a month-by-month listing of religious observances from July 2011-June 2012.  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.

2011-2012 Major Religious Holidays
(July 2011 - June 2012)

1st Semester

Beginning of Ramadan

Islamic

July 31– Aug.1*#

Sun.-Mon.

Janmashtami Hindu Aug 26 Friday

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

Islamic

Aug. 29–30*#

Mon.–Tue.

Autumn Equinox (EST)

 

Sept. 23

Friday

Rosh Hashanah
[New Year]

Jewish

Sept. 28–30*

Wed.–Fri.

Yom Kippur
[Day of Atonement]

Jewish

Oct. 7–8*

Fri.–Sat.

Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles]

Jewish

Oct. 12–19*

Wed.–Wed.

Navaratri/Dassera Hindu Oct. 3-12 Mon.-Wed.

Birth of the Báb

Bahá'i

Oct. 19–20*

Wed.–Thurs.

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Jewish

Oct. 20*

Thursday

Diwali Hindu Nov 1 Tuesday

Eid al-Adha

Islamic

Nov. 5-6*#

Sat.–Sun.

Birth of Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá'i

Nov. 11–12*

Fri.–Sat.

Al-Hijra (Muharram) [New Year]

Islamic

Nov. 25–26*#

Fri.–Sat.

Ashura (10th day of Muharram)

Islamic

Dec. 4-5*#

Sun.–Mon.

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)

Buddhist

Dec. 8

Thursday

Hanukkah (Chanukah)
[8-day Feast]

Jewish

Dec. 20–28*

Tue.–Wed.

Winter Solstice (EST)

 

Dec. 22

Thursday

Christmas

Western Christian

Dec. 25

Sunday

Kwanzaa

Interfaith / African-American

Dec. 26–
Jan. 1

Mon.–Sun.

*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

Sunday

Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Dragon]

Chinese

Jan. 23

Monday

Mawlid-al-Nabi [Muhammed's birthday]

Islamic

Feb. 3–4*#

Fri.–Sat.

Ash Wednesday   Feb. 22 Wednesday
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb 26 Sunday

Purim

Jewish

Mar. 7-9*

Wed.-Fri.

Holi Hindu Mar. 13-14 Tues.-Wed.

Vernal Equinox (EST)

 

Mar. 20

Tuesday

Naw-Ruz / Iranian New Year

Bahá'i

Mar. 20-21*

Tue.-Wed.

Palm Sunday

Western Christian

Apr. 1

Sunday

Good Friday

Western Christian

Apr. 6

Friday

Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 6 Friday

Passover (Pesach),
1st two days

Jewish

Apr. 6–8*

Fri.-Sun.

Palm Sunday

Eastern Orthodox

Apr. 8

Sunday

Easter

Western Christian

Apr. 8

Sunday

Passover (Pesach), concluding days

Jewish

Apr. 12-14*

Thurs.-Sat.

Holy Friday

Eastern Orthodox

Apr. 13

Friday

Varsakhi Hindu Apr 14 Saturday

Pascha

Eastern Orthodox

Apr. 15

Sunday

Ridvan Festival,
1st of 12 days

Baha'i

Apr. 20–21*

Fri.–Sat.

9th Day of Ridvan

Bahá'i

Apr. 28–29*

Sat.-Sun.

12th Day of Ridvan

Bahá'i

May 1–2*

Tue.-Wed.

*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.

2012

Summer Sessions

Declaration of the Báb

Bahá'i

May 22–23*

Tue.-Wed.

Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)

Jewish

May 26–28*

Sat.-Mon.

Ascension of Baha'u'llah

Bahá'i

May 28-29*

Mon.-Tue.

Summer Solstice (EST)

 

June 20

Wednesday

Martyrdom of the Báb

Bahá'i

July 8–9*

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.