Religious Holidays Calendar

Below is a list of cultural, religious, and spiritual celebrations/observances that are most prominent in the lives of students, faculty, and staff at the College of Wooster community. These three-year outlooks are not exhaustive, but meant to be a resource for those planning classes and programs, so that our values for diversity, equity, and inclusion can be reflected in our practices. By providing this resource, we hope to better highlight, uplift, and affirm the traditions and holy days that are most meaningful, and provide opportunities for education and community-building across lines of difference.

* = Indicates observance usually begins at sundown on that day

** = Local/regional or lunar sightings may impact observance

Holiday Community 2021 2022 2023
Mary, Mother of God Holy Day Christian Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Jan. 1
Shogatsu / Gantan-sai Shinto Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Jan. 1
Epiphany / Theophany / Día de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) Christian Jan. 6 Jan. 6 Jan. 6
Orthodox Christmas Orthodox Christian Jan. 7 Jan. 7 Jan. 7
Maghi-Lohri Sikh Jan. 13 Jan. 13 Jan. 13
Maker Sankranti Hindu Jan. 14 Jan. 14 Jan. 14
Timkat Ethiopian Christian Jan. 19 Jan. 19 Jan. 19
Birth of Guru Gobind Singh Ji Gurpurab Sikh Jan. 20 Jan. 9 Jan. 5
Tu B’Shvat Jewish Jan. 27*-28 Jan. 16*-17 Feb. 5*-6
Imbolc / St. Brigid’s Day** Wiccan/Pagan Feb. 1*-2 Feb. 1*-2 Feb. 1*-2
Setsebun Shinto Feb. 3 Feb. 3 Feb. 3
Lunar New Year East Asian; Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist Feb. 12 Feb. 1 Jan. 22
Nirvana Day** Buddhist Feb. 15 Feb. 15 Feb. 15
Vasant Panchami (Saraswati Puja) Hindu, Jain, Sikh Feb. 16 Feb. 4 Jan. 26
Ash Wednesday (Lent begins) Christian Feb. 17 Mar. 2 Feb. 22
Purim Jewish Feb. 25*-26 Mar. 16*-17 Mar. 6*-7
Magha Puja Buddhist Feb. 26 Feb. 16 Mar. 6
Lailat al-Mi’raj Islamic Mar. 10*-11 Feb. 28*-Mar. 1 Feb. 17*-18
Maha Shivratri Hindu Mar. 11 Mar. 1 Feb. 18
Clean Monday (Great Lent begins) Orthodox Christian Mar. 15 Mar. 7 Feb. 27
Naw-Rúz / Nowruz (Persian New Year) Bahá’í, Zoroastrian Mar. 19*-20 Mar. 19*-20 Mar. 19*-20
Ostara (Spring Equinox) Wiccan/Pagan Mar. 19*-20 Mar. 19*-20 Mar. 19*-20
Passover / Pesach (begins) Jewish Mar. 27*-Apr. 4 Apr. 15*-23 Apr. 5*-13
Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) Zoroastrian Mar. 28 Mar. 28 Mar. 28
Palm Sunday (Holy Week begins) Christian Mar. 28 Apr. 10 Apr. 2
Lailat al Bara’ah Islamic Mar. 28*-29 Mar. 18*-19 Mar. 7*-8
Holi – Gaura Purnima Hindu Mar. 29 Mar. 18 Mar. 8
Hola Mohalla Sikh Mar. 29-31 Mar. 18-20 Mar. 8-10
Holy / Maundy Thursday Christian Apr. 1 Apr. 14 Apr. 6
Good Friday Christian Apr. 2 Apr. 15 Apr. 7
Holy Saturday / Easter Vigil Christian Apr. 3 Apr. 16 Apr. 8
Easter** Christian Apr. 4 Apr. 17 Apr. 9
Buddha Day** East Asian/Buddhist Apr. 8 Apr. 8 Apr. 8
Yom ha-Shoah Jewish Apr. 8*-9 Apr. 27*-28 Apr. 17*-18
Ramadan (begins) Islamic Apr. 12*-May 11 Apr. 2*-May 3 Mar. 22*-Apr. 20
Chaitra Navratri Hindu Apr. 13-22 Apr. 2-11 Mar. 22-31
Vaisakhi (Birth of the Khalsa Panth) Sikh Apr. 14 Apr. 14 Apr. 14
Guru Angad Dev Ji Gurpurab (Birthday) Sikh Apr. 18 Apr. 18 Apr. 18
Festival of Ridván (1st, 9th, 12th days are holiest) Bahá’í Apr. 19*-May 1 Apr. 18*-May 1 Apr. 20*-May 2
Rama Navami Hindu Apr. 21 Apr. 10 Mar. 30
Mahavir Jayanti Kalyak Jain Apr. 25 Apr. 4 Apr. 21
Holy Thursday Orthodox Christian Apr. 29 Apr. 21 Apr. 13
Holy Friday Orthodox Christian Apr. 30 Apr. 22 Apr. 14
Beltane** Wiccan/Pagan Apr. 30*-May 1 Apr. 30*-May 1 Apr. 30*-May 1
Holy Saturday Orthodox Christian May 1 Apr. 23 Apr. 15
Orthodox Easter / Pascha Orthodox Christian May 2 Apr. 24 Apr. 16
Laila al-Qadr Islamic May 7*-8 Apr. 27*-28 Apr. 16*-17
Eid al Fitar (Ramadan ends) Islamic May 12*-13 May 2*-3 Apr. 21*-22
Ascension of the Lord Christian May 13 May 26 May 18
Akshaya Tritiya Hindu May 14 May 3 Apr. 23
Shavout Jewish May 16*-18 June 4*-6 May 25*-27
Pentecost Christian May 23 June 5 May 28
Declaration of Báb Bahá’í May 23 May 23 May 23
Marasinha Jayanti Hindu May 26 May 14 May 4
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í May 28 May 28 May 28
Martyrdom of Guru ArJan. Dev Sahib Sikh June 16 June 16 June 16
Pentecost (Orthodox) Orthodox Christian June 20 June 12 June 4
World Humanist Day Humanist, Secularist June 21 June 21 June 21
Litha (Summer Solstice)** Wiccan/Pagan June 21*-22 June 21*-22 June 21*-22
Martyrdom of Báb Bahá’í July 9 July 9 July 9
Eid al Adha Islamic July 19*-20 July 9*-10 June 28*-29
Asalha Puja Day Buddhist July 24 July 13 July 3
Pioneer Day Latter-day Saints/Mormon July 24 July 24 July 24
Lughnassad** Wiccan/Pagan July 31*-Aug. 1 July 31*-Aug. 1 July 31*-Aug. 1
Al-Hijra Islamic Aug. 9*-10 July 29*-30 July 18*-19
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic/Orthodox Christian Aug. 15 Aug. 15 Aug. 15
Ashura Islamic Aug. 18*-19 Aug. 7*-8 July 27*-28
Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 30 Aug. 18 Sept. 6
Paryushana Parva Jain Sept. 4 Aug. 23 Sept. 11
Rosh Hashanah Jewish Sept. 6*-7 Sept. 25*-27 Sept. 15*-17
Ganesh Chaturhi Hindu Sept. 10 Aug. 31 Sept. 19
Ethiopian New Year African Ancestral, Rastafarian Sept. 11 Sept. 11 Sept. 12
Yom Kippur Jewish Sept. 15*-16 Oct. 4*-5 Sept. 24*-25
Navaratri Hindu Sept. 17-24 Sept. 26-Oct. 5 Oct. 15-23
Sukkot Jewish Sept. 20*-27 Oct. 9*-16 Sept. 29*-Oct. 6
Mabon (Fall Solstice)** Wiccan/Pagan Sept. 21*-23 Sept. 21*-23 Sept. 21*-23
Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah Jewish Sept. 27*-29 Oct. 16*-18 Oct. 7*-8
Dasara / Dussehra Hindu Oct. 15 Oct. 4 Oct. 23
Gurupurab Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Birthday) Sikh Oct. 20 Oct. 20 Oct. 20
Karwa Chauth Hindu Oct. 23*-24 Oct. 12*-13 Oct. 31*-Nov. 1
Sarad Purnima Hindu Oct. 30 Oct. 9 Oct. 28
Samhaim** Wiccan/Pagan Oct. 30*-Nov. 1 Oct. 30*-Nov. 1 Oct. 30*-Nov. 1
All Saints / Souls Day Christian Nov. 1-2 Nov. 1-2 Nov. 1-2
Día de los Muertos Latin American Indigenous Nov. 1-2 Nov. 1-2 Nov. 1-2
Diwali Hindu, Sikh Nov. 4 Oct. 24 Nov. 12
Birth of Báb Bahá’í Nov. 6 Oct. 26 Oct. 16
Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í Nov. 7 Oct. 27 Oct. 17
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Sikh Nov. 24 Nov. 24 Nov. 24
Day of the Covenant Bahá’í Nov. 25 Nov. 25 Nov. 25
Ascension of ‘Abud’l-Bahá Bahá’í Nov. 27 Nov. 27 Nov. 27
Advent (begins) Christian Nov. 28-Dec. 24 Nov. 27-Dec. 24 Dec. 3-24
Hanukkah Jewish Nov. 28*-Dec. 6 Dec. 18*-26 Dec. 7*-15
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist Dec. 8 Dec. 8 Dec. 8
Immaculate Conception Catholic Christian Dec. 8 Dec. 8 Dec. 8
Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe Latin American Indigenous, Hispanic Christian Dec. 12 Dec. 12 Dec. 12
Gita Jayanti Hindu Dec. 14 Dec. 3 Dec. 22
Posadas Navidenas Latin American/Hispanic Christian Dec. 16-25 Dec. 16-25 Dec. 16-25
Yule (Winter Solstice) Wiccan/Pagan Dec. 20*-Jan. 1 Dec. 20*-Jan. 1 Dec. 20*-Jan. 1
Christmas Christian Dec. 24*-25 Dec. 24*-25 Dec. 24*-25
Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathustra) Zoroastrian Dec. 26 Dec. 26 Dec. 26
Kwanzaa African Ancestral Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Dec. 26-Jan. 1

If there are holidays, celebrations, or observances not listed here that should be added, please contact rsl@wooster.edu.