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Religious Holidays

Here is a calendar of religious holidays recognized by Beloit College*.  Below are listed the 2013-14 date for each one, the faith tradition(s) in which it is celebrated, and a helpful link to follow if you want to find out more.

Click here for more information about college policy regarding religious holidays and excused absences from class and/or work.

Fall 2013

** Please note: in the Jewish and Muslim calendars, a holiday begins at sunset the day beforehand. Holidays marked here with ** begin at sunset of the day before the date given.

July 9 **
First day of
Ramadan – Muslim

August 8
Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan) - Muslim
Some variation is possible; date depends on lunar sighting.

September 5-6 **
Rosh Hashanah – Jewish

September 14 **
Yom Kippur - Jewish

September 19-26 **
Sukkot - Jewish

September 22

Mabon (Harvest Home) – Pagan

September 26 **
Shemini Atzeret – Jewish

September 27 **

Simchat Torah – Jewish

October 15 **
Eid al Adha - Muslim

October 20
Birthday of the Bab - Baha'i

October 31-November 1
Samhain- Pagan

November 1
All Saints Day - Christian (particularly Roman Catholics, Anglicans, and Lutherans)

November 3
Diwali - Hindu, Sikh and Jainist

November 12
The Birth of Baha'u'llah- Baha'i

November 14 **
Ashura- Muslim (predominantly Shi'a)

November 28-December 5 **
Hanukkah - Jewish

December 1
First Sunday of Advent- Christian

December 8
Immaculate Conception - Roman Catholic Christian
Bodhi Day– Buddhist

December 21
Yule- Pagan

December 25
Christmas - Christian

December 26- January 1
Kwanzaa - African Heritage


Spring 2014

January 31
Chinese New Year - Confucian and Taoist (Horse)

February 2
Imbolc- Pagan

March 5
Ash Wednesdayand the beginning of Lent – Christian

March 16 **
Purim- Jewish

March 17
Holi - Hindus, Sikhs, and Jainists

March 19
Feast of Saint Joseph- Roman Catholic Christian

March 20
Ostara- Pagan

March 21 **
Naw Ruz- Baha'i and Zoroastrian

March 26
Khordad Sal - Zoroastrian
Memorial of Christ's Death - Jehovah's Witnesses

April 13
Palm Sunday and beginning of Holy Week - Christian

April 14
Baisakhi - Sikh

April 15 ** -  22
Passover – Jewish

April 17
Maundy (Holy) Thursday - Catholic and Protestant

April 18
Good Friday Catholic and Protestant

April 20
Easter Sunday- Catholic and Protestant

April 21 ** - May 2
Ridvan- Baha'i

May 1
Beltane- Pagan

May 13
Wesak - Buddhist

May 29
Ascension of the Lord - Roman Catholic


* "Recognized by Beloit College":  This list is not exhaustive, but indicates the major holidays of religious faiths currently represented in our campus community. These religions are, in descending order according to population percentage on campus, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Baha'i, Hinduism, various Pagan religions, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, Sikhism and the Chinese folk religions.