All Religious Holiday Events

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

All Day

Tu Bishvat [Jewish]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

The 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar—is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees. This is the season in which the earliest-blooming trees in the Land of Israel emerge from their winter sleep and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

All Day

Amaha Shivaratri [Hindu]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

On Shiva’s night, the Hindu deity Lord Shiva performed the Tandav, the cosmic dance of creation and destruction. A 24-hour fast is kept devotees make pilgrimages to major shrines for worship.

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

All Day

Ash Wednesday [Christian]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: May mandate attendance at religious service or Mass

This day marks the beginning of Lent. Ash symbolizes sorrow for wrong doings and foreheads of churchgoers are marked with the shape of the cross with ashes as a sign of penitence.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

All Day

Lent [Christian]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

A solemn observance in the liturgical year of many Christian denominations, lasting for a period of approximately six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

All Day

Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year [Cultural/Buddhist/ Confucianist/Daoist]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

The year of the snake, this is the year 4711 in the Chinese Lunar calendar and the most important holiday.  The Chinese clean and decorate their homes with the 5 lucky signs of happiness; new clothes are worn and even the poorest buy new shoes, for it is considered bad…

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

All Day

The Fast of Esther [Jewish]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

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

This day remembers God’s deliverance of the Jewish people from the evil scheming of Haman during the reign of the Persian King as describes in the Biblical book of Esther.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

All Day

Purim [Jewish]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

A Jewish holiday that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire, with the aid of the Iranian king Xerxes, from destruction in the wake of a plot by Haman.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

All Day

Gaura Purnima [Hare Krishna]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: Fast until moon-shine

Is a Vaisnava festival that occurs in March celebrating the divine appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Gaura Purnima means "Golden Full Moon", a reference to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. His followers spend this festival fasting and chanting…

Friday, March 6, 2015

All Day

Holi [Hindu/Sikh]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

The festival of color celebrates Spring, where people play with liquid and powdered colors, light bonfires and blow horns to celebrate the destruction of Holika.

Friday, March 20, 2015

All Day

Vernal Equinox [Pagan/Wiccan/Earth-based]

Campus Multi-Faith Cooperative, Religious Holiday

Schedule Consideration: None

Ostara is the day of equal daylight and equal darkness. The lethargy of winter is dissipating and there is the promise of life becoming more exuberant. Soon, the fields will be green. The leaves will return to the trees, flowers will bloom and seeds will be sown for…