All Religious Holiday Events

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

All Day

Hanukkah [Jewish]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

The Jewish festival of lights; a holiday that commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

All Day

Winter Solstice [Pagan/Wiccan/Earth-Based]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

The shortest day and the longest night is a time for Wiccans and Pagans to celebrate the return of the light in the depth of midwinter.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

All Day

Christmas [Christian]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

This day celebrates Jesus Christ’s birth over 2000 years ago. Customs include candle lighting, exchanging gifts and using evergreen decorations to celebrate this day, the most widely observed Christian festival of the year.

Friday, December 26, 2014

All Day

Kwanzaa [African-American/African Diasporic]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

A professor who wanted to encourage blacks to celebrate their heritage started Kwanzaa in California in 1966.Kwanzaa means first fruit in Swahili and is a harvest festival. Families exchange gifts and have African-style feasts. Seven pronged candleholders are lit on…

Thursday, January 1, 2015

All Day

Gattan-Sai (New Year's) [Shinto]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

Referred to as Shogatu is the Shinto New Year holiday. The faithful visit shrines, often at midnight, praying for the renewal of heart, faith and prosperity. During the seven-day holiday, people wear their best clothing and visit the homes of friends and family to…

Thursday, January 1, 2015

All Day

Asara B'Tevet [Jewish]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: Minor fast (daybreak to hour after sunset)

It is a "low fast" observed from sunrise to sunset. The fast commemorates the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylonia—an event that began on that date and ultimately culminated in the destruction of Solomon's Temple…

Friday, January 2, 2015

All Day

Mawlid an-Nabī (Birth of the Prophet) [Islamic]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

A special day in Islamic calendar to remember the birth of Prophet Muhammad. The day falls on the 12th day of Rabiul Awal of Islamic lunar calendar every year. Every year, Muslims around the world celebrate the day by large street processions, distributing food and…

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

All Day

Nativity of Christ [Orthodox Christian]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

Refers to the accounts of the birth of Jesus, primarily based on the two accounts in the gospels of Luke and Matthew, and secondarily on some apocryphal texts.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

All Day

Makar Sankranti [Hindu]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

The transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn during the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.

Monday, January 19, 2015

All Day

Timkat/ Theophany [Eastern Orthodox]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

Epiphany or Theophany is a Christian festival which marks the end of Christmas season. Normally, Christian people celebrate Epiphany on the twelfth day after Christmas.