WESLEYAN MULTIFAITH CALENDAR

From the Wesleyan Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

The list that follows is not exhaustive. It includes the more notable festivals and holy days that may require appropriate accommodations for students although not all religious traditions below are represented in the Wesleyan community. (If this calendar does not include a significant date of your religious tradition, please let the chaplains at ORSL know.) Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate. Note that some holidays in some traditions are tied to the lunar calendar or to particular cultural patterns that vary by region which make their location in the calendar somewhat more fluid. Dates marked with a double asterisk (**) denote occasions on which the precept of a particular tradition and the practice of nearly all its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.

We have also included information regarding food and religious observance so that faculty can better understand the diverse needs of the Wesleyan student community.

Islamic Holidays: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

Jewish Holidays: Begin at sundown on date listed below, and end aprox. 50 minutes after sunset on the last day of the holiday listed below

For holidays associated with Christianity, the following notations are used to denote observance by particular strands of the Christian tradition: RC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox

Please visit this link for more religious holidays.
INTERFAITH CALENDAR: Primary sacred times for world religions

2019

DAYS

HOLIDAY

RELIGION

Aug. 10
Aug. 11

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday

**Eid al-Adha (date can vary by a day)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on the first day. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).

Islam

Aug. 10
Aug. 11

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday

**Tisha B’ Av
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. Jewish students may be fasting all day.

Judaism

Aug. 24

Saturday

**Sri Krishna Jayanti (date may vary)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling major academic deadlines on this day, since it is likely that Hindu students will be operating on very little sleep.

Hinduism

Sep. 29
Oct. 1

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday

**Rosh Hashanah (first 2 days)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. Students may be observing at home with their families, or on campus. Many students do not write or use technology on these days.

Judaism

Oct. 8
Oct. 9

Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday

**Yom Kippur
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. Jewish students may be fasting all day. Students may be observing at home with their families, or on campus. Many students do not write or use technology on these days.

Judaism

Oct. 13
Oct. 15

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday

**Sukkot (1st 2 days)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on the first two days.

Judaism

Oct. 20
Oct. 22

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday

**Shemini Atzeret
**Simchat Torah
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date.

Judaism

Oct. 27

Sunday

Diwali (Deepavali)
Religious Accommodation: Religious accommodations may be requested.

Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism

Oct. 27

Sunday

Mahavira-Jayanti
Religious accommodation may be requested.

Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism

Nov. 8
Nov. 9

Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday

Mawlid al-Nabi (dates can vary by a day)
Muslim students may be fasting.

Islam

Dec. 22
Dec. 30

Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Monday

Hanukkah
Recommended Accommodations:
Academics and work permitted.

Judaism

Dec. 24
Dec. 25

Tuesday
Wednesday

**Christmas
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date.

Christianity (RC, P)

Dec. 26
Jan. 1

Thursday
Wednesday

Kwanzaa

African American

2020

DAYS

HOLIDAY

RELIGION

Jan. 7

Tuesday

Feast of the Nativity (Christmas)

Orthodox Christian

Feb. 26

Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, Lent begins
For Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent. Meat (fish not considered meat) is prohibited on Fridays during Lent. If planning an event please provide food accommodations if requested by the student(s).

Christianity (RC, P)

Mar. 2

Monday

Great Lent begins-Clean Monday

Orthodox Christian

Mar. 9
Mar. 10

Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday

Purim
Recommended Accommodations: Purim is not subject to the restrictions on work that affect some other holidays

Judaism

Apr. 8-10
Apr. 15-16

Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

**Pesach (first two and last two days)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on the first two and last two days of the holiday. Some students will only be eating food that is specifically kosher for Passover. If planning an event please provide food accommodations if requested by the student(s).

Judaism

Apr. 10

Friday

**Good Friday

Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Provide food accommodation if requested by student (s). Meat (fish not considered meat) is prohibited on Good Friday.

Christianity (RC, P)

Apr. 12

Sunday

**Easter Sunday
(Holy Day of Obligation) Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities.

Christianity (RC, P)

Apr. 12

Sunday

**Palm Sunday
Recommended Accommodations:
 Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities.

Orthodox Christian

Apr. 17

Friday

**Holy Friday
Recommended Accommodations: Great Friday is a strict day of fasting for many Greek Orthodox Christians in the United States.

Orthodox Christian

Apr. 19

Sunday

**Easter/Pascha
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities.

Orthodox Christian

Apr. 23– May 24

Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday

**Ramadan begins
Recommended Accommodations: Be aware of students fasting from sun up to sun down. Iftar (breaking of the fast) is always in the evenings. Please avoid scheduling important academic or event deadlines so that students can break their fast and eat. If planning an event please provide food accommodations if requested by the student(s). (In scheduling final exams, the registrar and accessibility offices are exploring a daily proctored 8 am alternative time slot for students who are fasting.)

Islam

May 23
May 24

Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday

**Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by a day)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic or event deadlines. If planning an event please provide food accommodations if requested by the student(s).

Islam

May 28
May 30

Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Saturday

**Shavuot
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on the first two and last two days of the holiday.

Judaism

July 29
July 30

Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

**Tisha B’ Av
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. Jewish students may be fasting all day.

Judaism

July 30
July 31

Sundown-Thursday

Sundown-Friday

**Eid al-Adha (date can vary by a day)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date.

Islam