»Religious Holiday Schedule

Below is a list of religious holidays that might pose conflicts with the 2013 and 2014 academic calendars. This list is not exhaustive of religious holidays but includes major holidays as suggested to us by religious organizations. 

Click here to see a link to the Chancellor's Religious Accommodation Statement

To inquire about holidays not listed here or to suggest important additions please contact us at interfaith@chapman.edu 

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  • Holiday Religion Date Description

    Ramadan**

    Islam

    Jun 28 - Jul 27

    Fast from sunrise to sunset held during the month of Ramadan

    Eid al-Fitr

    Islam

    Jul 28 - 31

    Feast to celebrate the end of Ramadan

    Rosh Hashanah

    Judaism

    Sep 24 - 26

    Jewish New Year

    Paryushana**

    Jain

    Aug 30

    8-10 day celebration which involves fasting and studying scriptures

    Yom Kippur

    Judaism

    Oct 3 - 4

    Day of Atonement - Fast

    Eid al-Adha

    Islam

    Oct 4 - 7

    Feast to celebrate Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, at the command of God

    Birth of the Bab

    Baha'i

    Oct 20

    Celebrates the birth of the Bab, who was said to prepare the way for the founder of Baha'i, Baha'u'llah

    Diwali**

    Hindu, Sikh, Jain

    Oct 23

    5-day festival of lights that celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the goddess Lakshmi

    Birth of Baha'u'llah

    Baha'i

    Nov 12

    Celebrates the birth of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith

    Bodhi Day

    Buddhist

    Dec 8

    Commemorates Gautama Buddha's enlightenment

    Hanukkah

    Judaism

    Dec 16 - 24

    Celebrates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees rebelled against the Seleucid empire in the 2nd century BCE

    Christmas

    Christian (Roman Catholic & Protestant)

    Dec 24 - 25

    Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ

    Makar Sankranti

    Hindu

    Jan 14

    Harvest festival that celebrates the beginning of spring in India

    Chinese New Year

    Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist

    Jan 31

    Lunar New Year for Chinese people

    Purim

    Judaism

    Mar 15 - 16

    Commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to destroy them while they were exiled in Persia

    Month of Fasting

    Baha'i

    Mar 2 - 20

    19-day fast observed from sunrise to sunset

    Naw Ruz

    Baha'i

    Mar 21

    Traditional Iranian new year holiday

    Passover*

    Judaism

    Apr 14 - 22

    Commemorates God delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt

    Holi

    Hindu

    Mar 17

    Festival of color that celebrates the arrival of spring

    Good Friday

    Christian (Roman Catholic & Protestant)

    Apr 18

    Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

    Easter

    Christian (Roman Catholic & Protestant)

    Apr 20

    Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ

    Vaisakhi

    Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist

    Apr 14

    Commemorates the foundation of Sikhism and serves as a festival of thanksgiving. Also begins the Hindu New Year.

    Visakha Puja

    Buddhist

    May 6

    Celebrates the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha

    Ascension of Baha’u'llah

    Baha'i

    May 29

    Commemorates the death of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith

    * Jewish holy days begin and end at sundown on the first and last days listed. 
    ** These holidays are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate.
  • Holiday Religion Date Description

    Ramadan**

    Islam

    Jun 18 -Jul 18

    Fast from sunrise to sunset held during the month of Ramadan

    Eid al-Fitr

    Islam

    Jul 17 - 21

    Feast to celebrate the end of Ramadan

    Rosh Hashanah

    Judaism

    Sep 13 - 15

    Jewish New Year

    Paryushana**

    Jain

    Sep 18

    8-10 day celebration which involves fasting and studying scriptures

    Yom Kippur

    Judaism

    Sep 22 - 23

    Day of Atonement - Fast

    Eid al-Adha

    Islam

    Sep 23 - 26

    Feast to celebrate Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael, at the command of God

    Birth of the Bab

    Baha'i

    Oct 20

    Celebrates the birth of the Bab, who was said to prepare the way for the founder of Baha'i, Baha'u'llah

    Diwali**

    Hindu, Sikh, Jain

    Nov 11

    5-day festival of lights that celebrates the triumph of good over evil and the goddess Lakshmi

    Birth of Baha'u'llah

    Baha'i

    Nov 12

    Celebrates the birth of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith

    Bodhi Day

    Buddhist

    Dec 8

    Commemorates Gautama Buddha's enlightenment

    Hanukkah

    Judaism

    Dec 6 - 14

    Celebrates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees rebelled against the Seleucid empire in the 2nd century BCE

    Christmas

    Christian (Roman Catholic & Protestant)

    Dec 24 - 25

    Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ

    Makar Sankranti

    Hindu

    Jan 14

    Harvest festival that celebrates the beginning of spring in India

    Chinese New Year

    Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist

    Feb 19

    Lunar New Year for Chinese people

    Purim

    Judaism

    Mar 4 - 5

    Commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to destroy them while they were exiled in Persia

    Month of Fasting

    Baha'i

    Mar 2 - 20

    19-day fast observed from sunrise to sunset

    Naw Ruz

    Baha'i

    Mar 21

    Traditional Iranian new year holiday

    Passover*

    Judaism

    Apr 4 - 11

    Commemorates God delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt

    Holi

    Hindu

    Mar 6

    Festival of color that celebrates the arrival of spring

    Good Friday

    Christian (Roman Catholic & Protestant)

    Apr 3

    Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

    Easter

    Christian (Roman Catholic & Protestant)

    Apr 5

    Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ

    Vaisakhi

    Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist

    Apr 14

    Commemorates the foundation of Sikhism and serves as a festival of thanksgiving. Also begins the Hindu New Year.

    Visakha Puja

    Buddhist

    May 25

    Celebrates the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha

    Ascension of Baha’u'llah

    Baha'i

    May 29

    Commemorates the death of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith

    * Jewish holy days begin and end at sundown on the first and last days listed. 
    ** These holidays are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate.
  • Holiday Religion Date Description

    Ramadan**

    Islam


    Jun 6 - Jul 5

    Fast from sunrise to sunset held during the month of Ramadan

    Eid al-Fitr

    Islam

    Jul 6

    Feast to celebrate the end of Ramadan

    Rosh Hashanah

    Judaism

    Oct 2-4

    Jewish New Year

    Paryushana**

    Jain

    Sept 6

    8-10 day celebration which involves fasting and studying scriptures

    Yom Kippur

    Judaism

    Oct 11-12

    Day of Atonement - Fast

    Eid al-Adha

    Islam

    Sept 12-13

    Feast to celebrate Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son, Ishmael,

    at the command of God

    Birth of the Bab

    Baha'i

    Oct 20

    Celebrates the birth of the Bab, who was said to prepare the way for

    the founder of Baha'i, Baha'u'llah

    Diwali**

    Hindu
    Sikh
    Jain

    Oct 30

    5-day festival of lights that celebrates the triumph of good over evil

    and the goddess Lakshmi

    Birth of Baha'u'llah

    Baha'i

    Nov 12

    Celebrates the birth of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith

    Bodhi Day

    Buddhist

    Dec 8

    Commemorates Gautama Buddha's enlightenment

    Hanukkah

    Judaism

    Dec 24 - Jan 1

    Celebrates the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem after the

    Maccabees rebelled against the Seleucid empire in the 2nd century BCE

    Christmas

    Christian
    (Roman Catholic & Protestant)

    Dec 24-25

    Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ

    Makar Sankranti

    Hindu

    Jan 14

    Harvest festival that celebrates the beginning of spring in India

    Chinese New Year

    Confucian
    Taoist
    Buddhist

    Feb 8

    Lunar New Year for Chinese people

    Purim

    Judaism

    Mar 23-24

    Commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from a plot to

    destroy them while they were exiled in Persia

    Month of Fasting

    Baha'i

    Mar 2-20

    19-day fast observed from sunrise to sunset

    Naw Ruz

    Baha'i

    Mar 21

    Traditional Iranian new year holiday

    Passover*

    Judaism

    Apr 22-30

    Commemorates God delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt

    Holi

    Hindu

    Mar 23

    Festival of color that celebrates the arrival of spring

    Good Friday

    Christian
    (Roman Catholic & Protestant)

    Mar 25

    Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ

    Easter

    Christian
    (Roman Catholic & Protestant)

    Mar 27

    Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ

    Vaisakhi

    Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist

    Apr 14

    Commemorates the foundation of Sikhism and serves as a festival of

    thanksgiving. Also begins the Hindu New Year.

    Visakha Puja

    Buddhist

    May 14

    Celebrates the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha

    Ascension of Baha’u'llah

    Baha'i

    May 29

    Commemorates the death of Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i faith

    * Jewish holy days begin and end at sundown on the first and last days listed. 
    ** These holidays are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate. 

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