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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 2017 - December 2017

Holiday Denomination Date Day of the Week
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian January 1 Sunday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist January 5 Thursday
Christmas Eastern Orthodox January 7 Saturday
Asian Lunar New Year Confusian; Taoist; Buddhist January 28 Wednesday
Orthodox Great Lent Eastern Orthodox February 27 - April 1 Monday
Ash Wednesday Christian March 1 Wednesday
Lenten Season Protestant; Roman Catholic March 1 - April 15 --
Holi Hindu March 13 - 14 Monday - Tuesday
Purim Jewish March 11 - 12* Sunday - Monday
Palm Sunday Christian April 9 Sunday
Mahavir Jayanti Jain April 10 Monday
Passover (Pesach - 8 days) Jewish April 11 - 12* Tuesday - Wednesday
Passover (Pesach) concluding days Jewish April 17 - 18* Monday - Tuesday
Vaisakhi Hindu; Sikh; Buddhist April 13 - 14 Thursday - Friday
Good Friday Christian April 14 Friday
Easter Vigil Christian April 15 Saturday
Easter Christian April 16 Sunday
Pascha Orthodox Easter April 16 Sunday
Ridvan Bahá'i April 21 Friday
Vesak (Buddha Day) Buddhist May 10 Wednesday
Declaration of the Báb Bahá'i May 23* Tuesday
Ramadan (30 days) Islamic May 27 - June 25*# --
Shavuot Jewish May 31 - June 1 Wednesday - Thursday
Eid al Fitr Islamic May 27 - June 25*# Saturday - Sunday
Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu August 25 Friday
Paryushana Parva Jain September 6 - 15 Tuesday
Eid al Adha Islamic August 31 - September 1*# Thursday - Friday
Rosh Hashana (New Year) Jewish September 21 - 22* Thursday - Friday
First of Muharram Islamic September 22* Friday
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish September 29 - 30* Friday - Saturday
Ashura Islamic October 1* Sunday
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) & Shemini Atzeret Jewish October 5 - 12* Wednesday - Wednesday
Simchat Torah Jewish October 13* Tuesday
Birth of the Báb Bahá'i October 20* Friday
Diwali Jain; Sikh; Hindu October 19 Thursday
All Saints Day Christian November 1 Wednesday
Day of the Dead Latinx November 1 Wednesday
Guru Nanak Gurpurab Sikh November 4 Saturday
Samhain; Beltane Wicca; Pagan November 1* Wednesday
Navratri Hindu November 21 - 29 Thursday - Friday
Advent Christian December 3 - 24 --
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian December 8 Thursday
Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian December 12 Monday
Chanukah (8 days) Jewish December 13 - 20 --
Christmas Christian December 25 Sunday
Kwanzaa African-American December 26 - January 1 --

* 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

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

Last Updated: 1/12/17