Religious Holidays

Here is a calendar of religious holidays recognized by Beloit College. Below are listed the 2015-16 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 2016

June 6 (begins sundown on 5th)
First day of Ramadan – Muslim

July 7 (begins sundown on 6th)
Eid al-Fitr
(end of Ramadan) - Muslim
Some variation is possible; date depends on lunar sighting.

September 11-14 (begins sundown on 10th)
Eid al Adha - Muslim

 September 23 (begins sundown on 22nd)
Mabon (Harvest Home) – Pagan

October 3-4 (begins sundown on 2nd)
Rosh Hashanah – Jewish

October 12 (begins sundown on 11th)
Yom Kippur - Jewish

October 12 (begins sundown on 11th)
Ashura- Muslim (predominantly Shi'a)
Some variation is possible; date depends on lunar sighting.

 October 17 - 23 (begins sundown on 16th)

Sukkot - Jewish

October 20 (begins sundown on 19th)
Birthday of the Bab - Baha'i

October 24 (begins sundown on 23rd)
Shemini Atzeret – Jewish

October 25
(begins sundown on 24th)
Simchat Torah – Jewish

October 30
Diwali - Hindu, Sikh and Jainist

October 31 (begins sundown on 31st)

Samhain- Pagan

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

November 2 (begins sundown on 1st)
The Birth of Baha'u'llah- Baha'i

November 27
First Sunday of Advent- Christian

December 8
Immaculate Conception - Roman Catholic
Bodhi Day– Buddhist

December 21
Yule- Pagan

December 25
Christmas - Christian

December 25-January 1 (begins sundown on 24th)
Hanukkah - Jewish

December 26- January 1
Kwanzaa - African Heritage

Spring 2017

January 28
Chinese New Year - Confucian and Taoist (Monkey)

February 2
Imbolc
- Pagan

March 1
Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent – Christian

March 12
Purim- Jewish (begins sundown on the 11th)

March 13
Holi - Hindus, Sikhs, and Jainists

March 20
Ostara- Pagan (begins sundown on the 19th)

March 21 (begins sundown on the 20th)
Naw Ruz- Baha'i and Zoroastrian

March 28
Khordad Sal - Zoroastrian

April 2

Palm Sunday and beginning of Holy Week - Christian   

April 11

Memorial of Christ's Death - Jehovah's Witnesses

April 11 - 18 (begins sundown on the 10th)
Passover – Jewish

April 13 

Maundy (Holy) Thursday - Catholic and Protestant                                                                                                          

April 14
Baisakhi - Sikh

Good Friday Catholic and Protestant

April 16
Easter Sunday- Catholic and Protestant

April 21 - May 2 (begins sundown on the 20th)
Ridvan
- Baha'i

May 1
Beltane- Pagan

"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, Chinese folk religions, Islam, Baha'i, Hinduism, various Pagan religions, Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism and Sikhism.  If there is a holiday you observe which is not included in this list, please contact Bill Conover about including it; he can also advocate with you for specific accommodations needed from professors and supervisors.