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Religious and Spiritual Holy Day Calendar

The calendar below is a month-by-month listing of religious observances in 2017. This list includes the dates for some of the most important religious celebrations of the major religions. Some of these holy days include fasting or abstaining from specific food or drink for specified periods ranging from a month, to a day, to daylight hours (sunrise to sundown).

This list is by no means comprehensive. For additional holy day listings and descriptions, please consult the global Interfaith Calendar.

Major Religious Holidays January 2018 - December 2018

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Monday, January 1
Christian

Christmas (Feast of the Epiphany)
Saturday, January 6
Eastern Orthodox

Asian Lunar New Year
Friday, February 16
Confucian/Taoist/Buddhist

Orthodox Great Lent
Monday, February 19 – Saturday, April 7
Eastern Orthodox

Ash Wednesday (Protestant and Roman Catholic Lenten Season)
Wednesday, February 14
Christian

Holi
Friday, March 2 – Saturday, March 3
Hindu

Purim
Thursday, March 1 – Friday March 2*
Jewish

Palm Sunday
Sunday, March 25
Christian

Mahavir Jayanti
Thursday, March 29
Jain

Good Friday
Friday, March 30
Christian

Easter
Sunday, April 1
Christian

Passover (Pesach – 8 days)
Saturday, March 31 – Sunday, April 1*
Jewish

Passover (Pesach)
Friday, April 6 – Saturday, April 7*
Jewish

Pascha
Sunday, April 8
Orthodox Easter

Vaisakhi
Friday, April 13 – Saturday, April 14
Hindu/Sikh/Buddhist

Ridvan
Saturday, April 21 – Wednesday, May 2
Baha'i

Beltane
Tuesday, May 1
Wicca/Pagan

Ramadan (30 days)
Wednesday, May 16 – Friday, June 15*#
Islamic

Feast of Pentecost
Sunday, May 20
Christian

Shavuot
Sunday, May 20 – Monday, May 21
Jewish

Buddah's Birthday
Tuesday, May 22
Buddhist

Declaration of the Bab
Wednesday, May 23*
Baha'i

Vesak (Buddha Day)
Tuesday, May 29
Buddhist

Eid al Fitr
Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17*#
Islamic

Eid al Adha
Wednesday, August 22 – Saturday, August 25*#
Islamic

Paryushana Parva
Thursday, September 6
Jain

Rosh Hashanah (New Year)
Monday, September 10 – Tuesday, September 11*
Jewish

First of Muharram
Monday, September 10 – Tuesday, September 11*
Islamic

Ganesh Chaturthi
Wednesday, September 12
Hindu

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
Tuesday, September 19 – Wednesday, Septemer 20*
Jewish

Ashura
Friday, September 21
Islamic

Mabon
Saturday, September 22
Wicca/Pagan

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) and Shemini Atzeret
Monday, September 24 – Monday, October 1*
Jewish

Simchat Torah
Tuesday, October 2*
Jewish

Navratri
Tuesday, October 9 – Tuesday, October 16?
Hindu

Birth of the Bab
Saturday, October 20*
Baha'i

All Saints Day/Day of the Dead
Thursday, November 1
Christian/Latinx

Samhain
Wednesday, October 31 – Thursday, November 1*
Wicca/Pagan

Diwali
Wednesday, November 7
Jain/Sikh/Hindu

Guru Nanak Gurpurab
Friday, November 23
Sikh

Advent
Sunday, December 2 – Monday, December 24
Christian

Chanukah (8 Days)
Monday, December 3 – Monday, December 10
Jewish

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary/Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Saturday, December 8
Christian

Bodhi day (Rohatsu)
Saturday, December 8
Buddhist

Our Lady of Guadalupe
Wednesday, December 12
Christian

Christmas
Tuesday, December 25
Christian

Feast of the Holy Family
Sunday, December 30
Christian

Kwanzaa
Wednesday, December 26 – Tuesday, January 1
African-American

* Some holy days start at sundown of the evening before the listed start date and end at sundown or nightfall of the concluding date listed.

# Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar, but are based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.

For additional information, please contact the Tucker Center at (603) 646-3870 or Tucker.Center@Dartmouth.edu

Please see our Religious Accommodations page for information on Dartmouth's accommodations policy for religious observances.

Last Updated: 1/31/18