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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 2015

June 18 (begins sundown on 17th)
First day of Ramadan – Muslim

July 18 (begins sundown on 17th)
Eid al-Fitr
(end of Ramadan) - Muslim
Some variation is possible; date depends on lunar sighting.

September 14-15 (begins sundown on 13th)
Rosh Hashanah – Jewish

September 23 (begins sundown on 22nd)
Yom Kippur - Jewish

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

September 23-26 (begins sundown on 22nd)
Eid al Adha - Muslim

September 28 - October 4 (begins sundown on Sept 27th)
Sukkot - Jewish

October 5 (begins sundown on 4th)
Shemini Atzeret – Jewish

October 6
(begins sundown on 5th)
Simchat Torah – Jewish

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

October 23 (begins sundown on 22nd)
Ashura- Muslim (predominantly Shi'a)
Some variation is possible; date depends on lunar sighting.

October 31 (begins sundown on 30th)
Samhain- Pagan

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

November 11
Diwali - Hindu, Sikh and Jainist

November 12 (begins sundown on 11th)
The Birth of Baha'u'llah- Baha'i

November 29
First Sunday of Advent- Christian

December 7-14 (begins sundown on 6th)
Hanukkah - Jewish

December 8
Immaculate Conception - Roman Catholic
Bodhi Day– Buddhist

December 21
Yule- Pagan

December 25
Christmas - Christian

December 26- January 1
Kwanzaa - African Heritage

Spring 2015

February 2
- Pagan

February 8
Chinese New Year - Confucian and Taoist (Monkey)

February 10
Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent – Christian

March 20
Ostara- Pagan (begins sundown on the 19th)
Palm Sunday and beginning of Holy Week - Christian

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

March 23
Holi - Hindus, Sikhs, and Jainists

March 24
Purim- Jewish (begins sundown on the 23rd)
Maundy (Holy) Thursday - Catholic and Protestant

March 25
Memorial of Christ's Death - Jehovah's Witnesses
Good Friday Catholic and Protestant

March 27
Easter Sunday- Catholic and Protestant

March 28
Khordad Sal - Zoroastrian

April 14
Baisakhi - Sikh

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

April 23 - 30 (begins sundown on the 22nd)
Passover – Jewish

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.