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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 2014

** 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.

June 29 **
First day of
Ramadan – Muslim

July 29 **
Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan) - Muslim
Some variation is possible; date depends on lunar sighting.

September 22
(Harvest Home) – Pagan

September 25-26 **
Rosh Hashanah – Jewish

October 4 **
Yom Kippur - Jewish

October 5 **
Eid al Adha
- Muslim

October 9-15 **
Sukkot - Jewish

October 16 **
Shemini Atzeret – Jewish

September 17 **

Simchat Torah – Jewish

October 20
Birthday of the Bab - Baha'i

October 23
Diwali - Hindu, Sikh and Jainist

October 31-November 1
Samhain- Pagan

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

November 3 **
- Muslim (predominantly Shi'a)
Some variation is possible; date depends on lunar sighting.

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

December 1
First Sunday of Advent- Christian

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

November 17-December 24 **
Hanukkah - Jewish

December 21
Yule- Pagan

December 25
Christmas - Christian

December 26- January 1
Kwanzaa - African Heritage


Spring 2015

February 2
- Pagan

February 18
Ash Wednesdayand the beginning of Lent – Christian

February 19
Chinese New Year - Confucian and Taoist (Sheep)

March 5 **
Purim- Jewish

March 6
Holi - Hindus, Sikhs, and Jainists

March 19
Feast of Saint Joseph- Roman Catholic Christian

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

March 26
Khordad Sal - Zoroastrian

March 29
Palm Sunday and beginning of Holy Week - Christian

April 2
Maundy (Holy) Thursday - Catholic and Protestant

April 3
Memorial of Christ's Death - Jehovah's Witnesses
Good Friday Catholic and Protestant

April 4 ** -  11
Passover – Jewish

April 5
Easter Sunday- Catholic and Protestant

April 14
Baisakhi - Sikh

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

May 1
Beltane- Pagan

May 29
Ascension of the Lord - Roman Catholic

June 1
Wesak - Buddhist

"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.