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Through partnership with the Interfaith Partners of South Carolina, this calendar showcases religious holy days, observances, and recommended accommodations for students, staff, and faculty. To learn about which days the University is formally closed or class is not in session, please visit the University's holiday schedule as well as the 2022-2023 Academic Calendar

Religious Holy Days & Observances

Holy Day 2022  2023 Description Tradition Recommended Accommodation Keywords
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Eid al-Adha 07/09/2022   Eid al-Adha is the second of the two official Muslim holidays celebrated within Islam. It honors the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son Ismael as an act of obedience to God's command. Before Ibrahim could sacrifice his son, however, God provided a lamb to sacrifice instead. This Festival falls in the midst of the days of HAJJ, or pilgrimage to Mecca (July 7-12, 2022). For Muslims worldwide Fasting is observed when not on Pilgrimage on July 8, 2022. Islam Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Muslim students and employees may be fasting.  
Martyrdom of the Bab 07/10/2022   In the Baha’i faith, the Martyrdom of the Ba̒b is a solemn commemoration of the sacrifice of the life of the Bab in 1850. Work is suspended. Baha'i Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Baha'i students and employees will likely request this day off.  
Pioneer Day 07/24/2022   The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints celebrates Pioneer Day on July 24th, the anniversary of the day when the first Church of Latter Day Saints pioneers entered the Great Salt Lake Valley. Celebrations include pageants, concerts, parades, reenactments, and other pioneer-themed events. Christianity    
New Year of Islam, Al-Hijra 1444 Murharram 1,1444 07/30/2022   Muharram is the first of the 12 months in the Islamic Lunar calendar, or 12 full cycles of the Moon, roughly 354 days, which is ten days less than the solar year..Islamic New Year, Al-Hijra, is celebrated on the first day of the month of Muharram, and begins at sundown. It marks the first Hijra in 622 CE, when the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) moved from Mecca to Medina and set up the first Muslim state. Islam    
Imbolc (Southern Hemisphere) 08/01/2022   Wiccan/Pagan holy day in the Southern Hemisphere that begins at sundown the evening before. Imbolc is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring, held about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid, during which feasts were held, holy wells were visited, and Brigid was invoked to protect homes and livestock. Although many of its customs died out in the 20th century, it is still observed as a religious holy day by Celtic Neopagans and Wiccans today. Wicca; Paganism   tag 1, tag2
Lughnassad (Northern Hemisphere) 08/01/2022   Wiccan/Pagan holy day in the Northern Hemisphere that begins sundown the evening before. Lughnasadh is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of harvest season, held about halfway between the summer solstice and the fall equinox. The festival itself is named after the god Lugh, and involved great gatherings including religious ceremonies, ritual athletics, feasting, matchmaking, and trade. Although many of its customs died out in the 20th century, it is still observed as a religious holy day by Celtic Neopagans and Wiccans today. Wicca; Paganism    
Transfiguration of Christ (Roman Catholic) 08/06/2022   The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported in the New Testament when Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain. On the mountain, Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then, the prophets Moses and Elijah appear with Jesus and Jesus speaks with them. The Feast of the Transfiguration is celebrated by various Christian denominations, and falls at different points in the liturgical calendar depending on the denomination. Christianity; Roman Catholic    
Dormition of the Theotokos/Mother of God 08/15/2022   The Feast of Dormition of the Mother of God is celebrated in Orthodox Christian Churches, and it commemorates the ‘falling asleep’ or ‘death’ of the Mother of God, her resurrection, and ascension. Christianity; Orthodox Christian    
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 08/15/2022   Roman Catholic holy day commemorating the ascension of the Virgin Mary to heaven. For many, her bodily assumption symbolizes what Jesus promised for all who will rise to paradise. Christianity; Roman Catholic    
Ashura 08/07/2022 - 08/08/2022   Beginning at sunset, on the tenth day of the month of Muharram, Shia Muslims observe Ashura or Yom Ashura. This holy day commemorates the martyrdom of Husayn Ibn Ali at Karbala. Islam Muslim students and employees may be fasting.  
Krishna Janmashtami 08/18/2022 - 08/19/2022   Hindu celebration of the birth of the god Krishna. Celebrations typically include fasting, devotional singing, prayer, night vigils, and dance-drama events reenacting the life of Krishna. Hinduism Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on this day. Hindu students and employees may have had little sleep and may be fasting.  
Paryushana 08/24/2022 - 08/31/2022   Jain holy day, meaning "abiding and coming together." Jains will take on vows of study and fasting, and there are no set rules of celebration. Jainism Jain students and employees may be fasting.  
National Hispanic Heritage Month 09/01/2022          
Water Ceremony 09/01/2022   Unitarian Universalists celebrate the beginning of fall/end of summer with a Water Ceremony.  People often share samples of water from where they live/vacationed over the summer.  This water is blessed and used for other ceremonial gatherings such as child dedications. Unitarian Universalism    
Rosh Hashanah 09/25/2022 - 09/27/2022   The Jewish New Year. High Holy Days, beginning at sunset on September 6 and ending at sunset on September 8. Work is suspended. At synagogue, the shofar (ram’s horn) is blown 100 times both days, beginning the 10-day period from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, which is known as the Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe). It is believed that during this time G-d decides who will live and die in the coming year, and Jewish people reaffirm G-d as their creator and sustainer, repent for their sins of the previous year, make amends with those they have wronged, resolve to improve themselves, bless one another, pray for prosperity, and eat apples dipped in honey for a sweet year. Judaism Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. If planning an event, provide food accommodations if requested (kosher dietary restrictions apply)  
Yom Kippur 10/04/2022 - 10/05/2022   Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is the holiest of days in the Jewish faith. It begins at sunset on the 4th and continues until sunset on the 5th. Work is suspended, and fasting takes place for 25 hours. A day of reconciliation, Yom Kippur is the longest synagogue service of the year, where Jews seek forgiveness for their sins through teshuvah (repentance), prayer, and fasting, striving to improve themselves and make amends with those they have wronged to make peace with G-d and their fellow human beings. Judaism Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Jewish students and employees may be fasting.  
Sukkot 10/09/2022 - 10/16/2022   The first two days - sunset on the 9th through sunset on the 16th - are considered holy days and work is suspended. Sukkot (the Festival of the Huts) takes place five days after Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) and commemorates the 40-year period that the Jewish people wandered in the desert after their enslavement in Egypt, living in temporary shelters. During this time, Moses was given the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Season of Our Rejoicing, as it is also known, is celebrated by building a sukkah (hut) that Jews make their “home,” where they eat, entertain, and sometimes even sleep for the seven-day festival, in thanksgiving for G-d’s protection and the harvest. Judaism Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Jewish students and employees may be fasting.  
UN International Day of Peace 09/21/2022   Also known as World Peace Day.      
Autumn Equinox/Mabon (Northern Hemisphere) 09/22/2022   Pagan holy day, known as Mabon in Wicca. Fall equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, which begins at sundown the evening before. It is a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth. Wicca; Paganism    
Spring Equinox/Ostara (Southern Hemisphere) 09/22/2022   Pagan holy day, known as Ostara in Wicca. Spring equinox in the Southern Hemisphere, which begins at sundown the evening before. It is a time of new beginnings at which light and darkness are in balance. Wicca; Paganism    
Meskel 09/27/2022   Ethiopian Christian holy day commemorating the discovery of the True Cross by the Roman Empress Helena. The traditional celebration involves burning a large bonfire decorated with daisies to commemorate the bonfire Empress Helena used to determine the location of the True Cross. Christianity    
Shemini Atzeret 10/17/2022   Jewish holy day begins at sundown on the 16th, and work is suspended until sundown on the 17th. Shemini Atzeret (the Eighth Day of Assembly) immediately follows the harvest festival of Sukkot, and marks the beginning of the rainy season. Numbers 29:35 instructs: "On the eighth day you should hold a solemn gathering; you shall not work at your occupation." Judaism Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on this day. Jewish students and employees may request this day off.  
Simchat Torah 10/18/2022   Jewish holy day begins at sundown on the 17th, and work is suspended until sundown on the 18th. After the festival of Sukkot, which commemorates when the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years and G-d gave Moses the Torah, Simchat Torah (Rejoicing in the Law) marks the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings. The Torah scrolls are taken from the Ark and carried in a procession, with singing and dancing, around the synagogue seven times to celebrate the way Jews incorporate the Torah into their lives. The last book of D’varim (Deuteronomy) is read followed by the first book of B'reishit (Genesis), starting the cycle of Torah reading again. Judaism    
Feast Day of Saint Francis 10/04/2022   Roman Catholic holy day commemorating the life of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals and the environment. Christianity; Roman Catholic    
National Bullying Prevention Month 10/01/2022          
Indigenous Peoples’ Day 10/10/2022   Honors America’s first inhabitants and the Tribal Nations that continue to thrive today.      
National Coming Out Day 10/11/2022   The day Unitarian Universalists celebrate people who have come out as LGBTQ+ and those who are in the process of doing so. They also hold space for people who identify as LGBTQ+ but who have not, and may not ever feel as though coming out is the right choice for them. Unitarian Universalism    
Dasara 10/05/2022   Hindu festival celebrated in different regions throughout South Asia. Depending on where it is celebrated, this holy day can commemorate either Durga’s victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura, Rama’s victory over the Ravan, or reverence for aspects of the goddess Devi. Celebrations include processions to a body of water where individuals will carry clay statues of figures such as Durga, Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha, and Kartikeya. Hinduism    
Installation of Scriptures Guru Granth 10/20/2022   Sikh holy day. On this day in 1708 CE, the 10th Sikh guru announced that following his death, Sikhs should look to the sacred text known as Granth Sahib for guidance. Sikhism    
Reformation Day 10/31/2022   Protestant Christian holy day. Martin Luther, a Roman Catholic priest, nailed 95 Theses to the doors of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany on October 31st in 1517, protesting many Roman Catholic practices and seeking to reform the Roman Catholic Church. This sparked the Protestant Reformation which led to bloody clashes and the many Protestant denominations that exist today. Protestants commemorate this event, which led to profound religious and social changes for Christianity worldwide, on Reformation Sunday. Christianity; Protestant    
Beltane 10/31/2022   Pagan/Wiccan holy day in the Southern Hemisphere, begins at sunset. As Pagans in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate Samhain and the coming of winter, Pagans in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate Beltane and the fertility and new life of the spring, often with a Maypole dance and Goddess ritual celebrating the sacred feminine and fertility. Wicca; Paganism    
Samhain 10/31/2022   Pagan/Wiccan holy day in the Northern Hemisphere begins at sunset. Samhain, one of the 8 Sabbaths of the Wheel of the Year, is a Celtic Festival of the Dead that honors the ancestors, when the veil between this world and the next is the thinnest. This ancient tradition survives in secular culture as Halloween. Neo-pagans reclaiming this harvest festival consider it the Witches’ New Year and the most important holy day of the year. Wicca; Paganism    
Native American Heritage Month 11/02/2022          
All Saints Day 11/01/2022   Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day. For Roman Catholics, All Saints’ Day is a solemnity for all the saints, especially those who do not have their own feast day. Services on the night before gave it the name All Hallows’ Eve (Halloween) and appear to have been purposely planned on top of the Celtic Pagan Festival of the Dead, Samain. Similarly, Dia De Los Muertos is a mixture of the Roman Catholic Church’s All Saints’ Day and Aztec traditions from 3,000 years ago. For Protestants, All Saints’ Day is a time to remember all those who have died in one’s family and congregation (like All Souls’ Day for Roman Catholics). Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant    
All Souls Day 11/02/2022   Roman Catholic Christian holy day. Immediately after All Saints’ Day, which commemorates all the saints of the Roman Catholic Church, All Souls’ Day is when Roman Catholics honor all the souls of the deceased, praying for all who have died, especially in one’s family and congregation. Christianity; Roman Catholic    
Diwali 10/24/2022   Hindu, Jain, Sikh, & Buddhist holyday. Diwali (the Festival of Lights) is the biggest festival in India. An ancient harvest festival, Diwali is a 4-day celebration for Hindus of the triumph of good over evil, grounded in tales of the Gods & Goddesses including Rama, Kali, Ganesha, Krishna, Lakshmi, Parvati, and Shiva, associated with wealth, prosperity, and goodness, and celebrated by lighting lamps and exchanging gifts. Some Buddhists celebrate this as the day Emperor Ashoka converted from Hinduism to Buddhism in 262 BCE. For Jains, it marks Lord Mahavir’s attainment of Nirvana in 527 BCE and the beginning of the New Year. Sikhs remember Diwali as Bandi Chhor Diwas (Day of Liberation) when the 6th Guru and 52 princes were freed from prison by the Muslim Mughal emperor in 1619 CE. Diwali is a significant occasion for South Asians from many religious traditions. Hinduism; Jainism; Sikhism; Buddhism Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Hindu, Jain, and Sikh students and employees may request this day off.  
Birth of Bab 10/26/2022   Baha'i holy day commemorating the birth of Siyyid Ali-Muhammad, who came to be known as the Bab (meaning “the Gate” in Arabic). The Bab marked the gate between past ages of prophecy and a new age of unification of humanity through shared spiritual and material prosperity. Baha'i Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Baha'i students and employees suspend work on this day and will likely request off.  
Birth of Baha'u'llah 10/27/2022   Baha'i holy day. On this day in 1817, Mirza Husayn ‘Ali, who came to be known as Baha’u’llah (the Blessed Perfection), was born in Persia. As the last Manifestation of God in the world’s great succession of prophets including Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad, the founder of the Baha’i faith proclaimed the beginning of the age of universal love and the equality of humanity. Baha'i Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Baha'i students and employees suspend work on this day and will likely request off.  
Birth of Guru Nanak 11/08/2022   Sikh holy day. Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, was born in the Punjab in 1469. Sikhs honor the birthdays of all 10 Gurus, with Guru Nanak’s birthday being one of the most sacred, celebrated with a 48-hour reading of the Adi Granth (the sacred text), hymns, poetry, and praise. Sikhism Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Sikh students and employees may request this day off.  
Transgender Day of Remembrance 11/20/2022   Transgender Day of Remembrance (#TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 honoring the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Many Unitarian Universalist congregations plan services and join community events in support of this day. Unitarian Universalism    
Day of the Covenant 11/26/2022   Baha’i holy day that celebrates the appointment of `Abdu'l-Bahá as the Centre of Baha'u'llah's Covenant. Baha'i    
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha 11/28/2022   Baha’i holy day that commemorates the death of Abdu’l-Baha, the eldest son of Baha’u’llah. Baha'i    
First Sunday in Advent 11/27/2022   Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day. Advent is a month of reflection that precedes Christmas, which commemorates the arrival of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago and anticipates the Second Coming. One candle is lit each Sunday during Advent, reminding Christians of hope, peace, love, and joy. Purple, the color of penitence, fasting, and royalty, is associated with Advent. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant Orthodox Christian students and employees may be fasting  
Chanukah 12/18/2022 - 12/26/2022   Chanukah (Dedication) begins at sunset on the 25th day of the month of Kislev, sunset on December 18, 2022, in remembrance of how the vastly outnumbered Jewish people, led by the Maccabees, miraculously won a major victory in 168 BCE against the occupying Syrians, who had outlawed Judaism and defiled the Temple of Jerusalem by worshiping idols of Greek Gods. After their victory, the Jewish people rededicated the Holy Temple to G-D by relighting the Ner Tamid (Eternal Light), but there was only enough oil for one day. Miraculously, the oil lasted 8 days, until more could be secured so the light of the Temple could burn constantly. A celebration of Jewish identity, religious freedom, and the triumph of light over darkness, the Festival of Lights is characterized by lighting an additional candle in the menorah each night. Other customs include making latkes, giving children Chanukah gelt (money or chocolate coins), and playing dreidel (a spinning top with the Hebrew letters Nun, Gimel, Hei and Shin which stands for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham, meaning "a Great Miracle Happened There”). There are no restrictions during Chanukah. Judaism Academics and work are permitted. Provide food accommodations as requested (kosher restrictions apply; potato pancakes, donuts, and other fried foods are customary).  
Universal Human Rights Month 12/01/2022          
Second Sunday in Advent 12/04/2022   Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day. Advent is a month of reflection that precedes Christmas, which commemorates the arrival of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago and anticipates the Second Coming. One candle is lit each Sunday during Advent, reminding Christians of hope, peace, love and joy. Purple, the color of penitence, fasting, and royalty, is associated with Advent. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant    
Saint Nicholas Day 12/06/2022   Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Christian holy day. The Feast Day of St. Nicholas, Archbishop of Myra, who was influential in present-day Turkey in the 4th century during the reign of Constantine the Great. In parts of Europe on St. Nicholas Eve, St. Nicholas is said to visit in his red bishop’s robe and hat to reward good children with gifts and to punish bad children. The British “Father Christmas” and American “Santa Claus” were derived from the St. Nicholas tradition and conflated with the celebration of Christmas. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Greek Orthodox    
Chalica 12/05/2022 - 12/11/2022   Chalica is a holiday celebrated by some Unitarian Universalists. It traditionally begins on the first Monday in December and lasts seven days. It's an invitation to spend a day with each of the Principles, reflecting on their meaning and doing a good deed. Unitarian Universalism    
Bodhi Day 12/08/2022   Buddhist holy day. Bodhi Day (Day of Enlightenment) celebrates Siddhartha Gautama’s attainment of Enlightenment while meditating under a fig tree 2,600 years ago, when he perceived the nature of the world and the cause of suffering, becoming the Buddha (Awakened One). On this day of remembrance and meditation, Pure Land Buddhists reflect on the cycle of life, the Eightfold Path, and the Four Noble Truths throughout the night. They eat a meal of rice and milk, which the young girl Sujata offered the Buddha after the Awakening. Homes may be decorated with fig trees and images of the Buddha, and candles may be lit or lights may be turned on in the evening for the next 30 days to symbolize Enlightenment. In Japan, Bodhi Day is celebrated on December 8 every year; in other parts of the world, it is instead celebrated on the 8th day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar, which is January 21, 2021 by the western calendar. Buddhism Buddhist students and employees may have had little sleep and may request this day off.  
Immaculate Conception of Mary 12/08/2022   Roman Catholic Christian holy day. The Immaculate Conception of Mary celebrates that Mary was conceived in the womb of her mother, Saint Anne, free from the stain of original sin by a singular grace granted by God. The Immaculate Conception of Mary on December 8th is exactly 9 months before the Nativity of Mary on September 8th. Christianity; Roman Catholic    
Saint Juan Diego Feast Day 12/09/2022   Saint Juan Diego was born in 1474 as Cuauhtlatoatzin, a native to Mexico. He became the first Roman Catholic Indigenous saint from the Americas. He is the patron saint of Indigenous people.      
Third Sunday in Advent 12/11/2022   Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day. Advent is a month of reflection that precedes Christmas, which commemorates the arrival of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago and anticipates the Second Coming. One candle is lit each Sunday during Advent, reminding Christians of hope, peace, love and joy. Purple, the color of penitence, fasting, and royalty, is associated with Advent. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant    
Fourth Sunday in Advent 12/18/2022   Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day. Advent is a month of reflection that precedes Christmas, which commemorates the arrival of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago and anticipates the Second Coming. One candle is lit each Sunday during Advent, reminding Christians of hope, peace, love and joy. Purple, the color of penitence, fasting, and royalty, is associated with Advent. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant    
Midsummer/Litha (Southern Hemisphere) 12/21/2022   Midsummer is a Pagan holy day, known as Litha in Wicca. The Summer Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Many agricultural societies have observed the longest day of the year in some way: Stone Henge was created to glorify the rising of the sun on the Summer Solstice, the Saxons and Celts built bonfires to celebrate the power of the sun over darkness, and the Romans had a festival for Juno, wife of Jupiter, the Goddess of marriage, women, menstruation, and children during Midsummer. A time of fertility, growth, warmth, and light, Midsummer/Litha is one of the 8 Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year for modern Pagans and Wiccans. Wicca; Paganism    
Midwinter/Yule (Northern Hemisphere) 12/21/2022   Midwinter is a Pagan holy day in the northern hemisphere, known as Yule in Wicca. In the darkest of winter, Yule celebrates the return of the sun, when the days begin to get longer again and bring more light into the world, with feasting and merrymaking. Decorating a tree, wreathes, the Yule log, and caroling come from ancient Norse traditions. Yule is associated with Odin and the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession of horsemen through the sky—which became Santa Claus and his flying reindeer. Romans held feasts, decorated trees with tin ornaments, practiced fertility rites under mistletoe, and exchanged gifts during the week-long festival of Saturnalia. The Celts believed the Oak King and the Holly King fought at this time of year to see if light or darkness would win out, which some Wiccans re-enact as part of their celebrations today. Midwinter/Yule is one of the 8 Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year for modern Pagans and Wiccans. Wicca; Paganism    
Christmas Day 12/25/2022   Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day. Christmas (Christ’s Mass) is the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus, the Child of God, born to the Virgin Mary. Christians typically go to Christmas Eve service and decorate their homes with nativity scenes. Many Christmas traditions such as Christmas trees, wreaths, Yule logs, mistletoe, feasting, gift-giving, and caroling have roots in Pagan celebrations of Yule, the Winter Solstice. Other deities including Horus, Attis, Mithra, Dionysus, Krishna, and some historical figures such as Zoroaster, Romulus, and Alexander the Great were also believed to have been born of a virgin, a number of them on December 25th. Various cases have been made in the history of the church for celebrating Christ's birth in May, April, March, January, and December. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Catholic and Protestant Christian students and employees will likely request this day off.  
Zartosht No-Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) 12/26/2022   Zoroastrian holy day. On this solemn occasion, Zoroastrians pray at home or at fire temples and hear discourses on the life and teachings of Zarathustra to commemorate his death. Zarathustra, the world’s first Prophet, lived in Iran three or more millennia ago. Zoroastrianism, an ancient monotheistic religion concerned with the battle between good and evil, harmony between nature and humanity, purity, honesty, final judgment, and the reordering of the world, has ties to Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Male priests in a hereditary line offer prayers to God, known as Ahura Mazda (the Wise “Lord”), on behalf of individuals in the sacred Avestan language. Today, Zoroastrians number only 100,000 worldwide and are a tolerated minority in Muslim Iran. Zoroastrianism    
Interfaith Harmony Month in SC   01/01/2023        
Gantan Sai   01/01/2023 Shinto holy day marking a new year. Traditionally, Shinto practitioners observe this New Year holy day by visiting the shrines, mostly at midnight and praying for the renewal of their heart, prosperity and health in the year to come. It is also common to visit close friends and family to express good wishes. Gantan Sai has become a national holy day in Japan and has expanded out past the Shinto religious practices. Shintoism Shinto students and employees may request this day off.  
Mary Mother of God   01/01/2023 The Solemnity of Mary the Holy Mother of God is a feast day within the Roman Catholic Church, and is considered a “holy day of obligation,” meaning that Catholics are expected to attend Mass on this day. It is meant to commemorate the part played by Mary in the incarnation of Jesus, who some Christians believe to be divine. Christianity; Roman Catholic    
Feast Day of Saint Basil   01/02/2023 Religious observance in honor of Saint Basil of Caesarea. Observed by the Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran churches on this day. (The Eastern Orthodox Church observes the Feast Day of St. Basil on January 1.) Christianity; Roman Catholic; Anglican; Lutheran    
Day of the Holy Kings - Dia de los Reyes   01/06/2023 Roman Catholic holy day is celebrated in multiple Spanish speaking countries and it commemorates the Three Holy Kings. Many Roman Catholic children in the Spanish-speaking world receive presents on this day. Christianity; Roman Catholic    
Epiphany   01/06/2023 Protestant and Roman Catholic Christian holy day celebrating the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. In Western Christianity, this holy day commemorates the visit of the Magi and Jesus’ physical manifestation to the Gentiles, whereas in Eastern Christianity, it commemorates the baptism of Jesus and his manifestation to the world as Child of God. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant    
Nativity of Christ   01/07/2023 Orthodox Christian churches that follow the Julian calendar (the calendar created under the reign of Julius Caesar in 45 BCE) celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ on what most of the world views as January 7. The Feast of the Nativity is preceded by 40 days of fasting and austerity, similar to Lent. Christianity; Orthodox Christian Orthodox Christian students and employees will likely request this day off.  
Maghi   01/13/2023 Sikh holy day. Maghi is the Punjabi name for the festival of Makar Sankranti which is celebrated all over India as a winter harvest festival. Maghi is celebrated on the first day of Magh as per the Punjabi calendar and is celebrated in Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, and Haryana. It is a cultural, seasonal and religious festival marking the agricultural New Year and the increase in daylight. For Sikhs, the day of Maghi is observed to honor the heroic fight of the Chali Mukte, or the Forty Liberated Ones, who sacrificed their own lives defending an attack by the imperial army on 29 December 1705. Pilgrims take a holy dip in sacred waters and also visit shrines. Sikhism    
Tu B'Shevat   02/06/2023 Tu B'Shvat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, begins at sunset on the 5th and lasts until sunset on the 6th. Known as the New Year for Trees, Tu B’Shevat is the New Year for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing. The Torah states that fruit from trees may not be eaten during the first three years; the fourth year's fruit is for G-d, and after that, you can eat the fruit. Each tree is considered to have aged one year as of Tu B’Shevat. One custom is to eat a new fruit on this day, or to plant a new tree. Judaism    
Martin Luther King Jr. Day   01/16/2023 Unitarian Universalists observe Martin Luther King Day, often hosting a social justice program related to race relations. Unitarian Universalism    
Mahayana New Year   01/07/2023 Mahayana Buddhist New Year. Many Mahayana Buddhists celebrate the New Year on December 31 or January 1 together with the rest of the world, but some wait for the first full moon in January. New Year’s is celebrated by visiting a nearby temple to light candles to bring happiness and good luck for the coming year. Righting the mistakes of the previous year is a common New Year’s resolution. Buddhism    
Black History Month   02/01/2023        
Lunar New Year   01/22/2023 Many Asian religions celebrate a New Year that follows a calendar coordinated to the cycles of the moon as well as the sun. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between the 21st of January and the 20th of February, and is celebrated with food, fireworks, and a thorough cleaning of living spaces of the dust and bad feelings from the previous year.   Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Students and employees who are adherents to these faiths may request to have this day off.  
Imbolc (Northern Hemisphere)   02/01/2023 Wiccan/Pagan holy day in the Northern Hemisphere begins at sundown the evening before. Imbolc is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of spring, held about halfway between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It was originally a pagan festival associated with the goddess Brigid, during which feasts were held, holy wells were visited, and Brigid was invoked to protect homes and livestock. Although many of its customs died out in the 20th century, it is still observed as a religious holy day by Celtic Neopagans, Wiccans, and others today. Wicca; Paganism    
Lughnasadh (Southern Hemisphere)   02/01/2023 Wiccan/Pagan holy day in the Southern Hemisphere begins sundown the evening before. Lughnasadh is a Gaelic traditional festival marking the beginning of harvest season, held about halfway between the summer solstice and the fall equinox (making its placement dependent on whether you live in the northern or southern hemisphere). The festival itself is named after the god Lugh, and involved great gatherings that included religious ceremonies, ritual athletics, feasting, matchmaking, and trade. Although many of its customs died out in the 20th century, it is still observed as a religious holy day by Celtic Neopagans and Wiccans today. Wicca; Paganism    
Presentation of Christ in the Temple   02/02/2023 Also called “Candlemas,” this Christian holy day celebrates the baby Jesus being presented at the Temple in Jerusalem. Traditionally, this is when the last Christmas decorations are taken down, and candles are blessed for use for the rest of the liturgical year. Christianity    
Setsubun   02/03/2023 “Setsubun” literally means “seasonal division” and it is celebrated in Japan the day before the beginning of the spring. Buddhist and Shinto temples all across the country celebrate Setsubun as part of the Spring Festival. Buddhism; Shintoism    
Vasant Panchami   01/26/2023 Hindu holy day marking the preliminary preparations for the arrival of spring and celebrated forty days before Holika and Holi. Also known as Saraswati Puja, for many Hindus this festival is dedicated to Saraswati, goddess of knowledge, language, music, and arts. Hinduism    
Nirvana Day   02/15/2023 Nirvana Day, also called Parinirvana Day, is a Mahayana Buddhist holy day celebrated in East Asia. It celebrates the day when the Buddha is said to have achieved complete Nirvana, upon the death of his physical body. Passages from the Nirvana Sutra describing the Buddha's last days of life are often read on Parinirvana Day. Other observances include meditation and visits to Buddhist temples. The day is also a time to think about one's own future death and the deaths of loved ones. This thought process reflects the Buddhist teachings on impermanence. Buddhism    
Waccamaw Recognition Day   02/17/2023 At the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs meeting on February 17, 2005, the Waccamaw Indian People made history by becoming the first of two state recognized tribes in the history of the state of South Carolina. Today there are eight state – recognized tribes in South Carolina.      
Ayyám-i-Há   02/25/2023 - 03/01/2023 In the Baha’i Faith, Ayyám-i-Há (also known as the Intercalary Days) is a period of celebration devoted to charity, gift-giving and festivities prior to the annual period of fasting. Baha'i    
Meatfare Sunday   02/19/2023 This is traditionally the last day before Easter for eating meat in the Orthodox Christian tradition. Christianity; Orthodox Christian    
Women's History Month   03/01/2023        
Maha Shivaratri   02/18/2023 Beginning at sunset, Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in honor of Shiva. It is a major festival in Hinduism, but one that is solemn. It marks a remembrance of "overcoming darkness and ignorance" in life and in the world. It is observed by remembering Shiva and chanting prayers, fasting, doing yoga, and meditating on ethics and virtues such as self-restraint, honesty, non-injury to others, forgiveness, and the discovery of Shiva. Ardent devotees keep awake all night. Others visit one of Shiva’s temples. Hinduism Hindu students and employees may have had little sleep and may request this day off.  
Shrove Tuesday   02/21/2023 Shrove Tuesday (known in some countries as Pancake Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras) is a Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day that takes place the day before Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, United Methodists, and Roman Catholics, who make a special point of considering amendments of life or areas of spiritual growth that they especially need to ask God's help in dealing with. In many communities this is a carnival day, and the last day of indulging in foods and luxuries before the fasting period of Lent. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant    
Ash Wednesday   02/22/2023 Roman Catholic and Protestant holy day. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent. It is traditionally celebrated with prayer, fasting, and repentance. Participants receive ashes on their foreheads with the instructions, “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant    
Month of Fasting   03/02/2023 - 03/20/2023 The month of fasting, during which members of the Baha’i Faith, from the age of 15, abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. There are exemptions, including for those who are ill, elderly, traveling, pregnant or breastfeeding. Baha'i Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Baha'i students and employees may be fasting.  
Cheesefare Sunday   02/26/2023 Also known as Maslenitsa or Forgiveness Sunday, Cheesefare is an Orthodox Christian religious holy day and Slavic folk festival celebrated during the last week before Great Lent. Friends and relatives offer each other small gifts and ask for each other’s forgiveness. Since Lent excludes parties, secular music, dancing, and other distractions from spiritual life, Cheesefare represents the last chance to take part in social activities that are not appropriate during the more prayerful, sober, and introspective Lenten season. This includes eating foods that are forbidden during Lent, such as cheese and wine. Christianity; Orthodox Christian    
Clean Monday   02/27/2023 Clean Monday is the first day of Great Lent, as Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox refer to the Lenten season. Clean Monday is a reminder that we should begin Lent with good intentions and a desire to clean our spiritual house. It is a day of strict fasting for Eastern Catholics, including abstinence not only from meat but from eggs and dairy products as well. It is customary to go to confession during this week, and to clean the house thoroughly. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Orthodox Christian    
Edisto Natchez-Kusso Recognition Day   03/12/2023 The Natchez-Kusso Tribe of SC, also known as the Edistos, is a Native American tribe located in Dorchester and Colleton Counties.They became recognized as a Tribe in South Carolina on March 12, 2010.      
Santee Recognition Day   03/14/2023 The Santee were recognized as a Tribe in South Carolina on March 14, 2006.      
Chaloklowa Chicksaw Recognition Day   03/14/2023 The Chaloklowa Chicksaw were recognized as a Group in South Carolina on March 14, 2006.      
Pee Dee Recognition Day   03/15/2023 The Pee Dee people, located along the Pee Dee River, were recognized as a Tribe in South Carolina on March 15, 2006.      
Fast of Esther   03/06/2023 In Judaism, the Fast of Esther is a fast from dawn until dusk on Purim eve, commemorating the three-day fast observed by the Jewish people in the story of Purim. As the Fast of Esther is not one of the four public fasts ordained by the Prophets, the laws concerning its observance are more lenient. Judaism Jewish students and employees may be fasting.  
Feast Day of Saint Patrick   03/17/2023 Roman Catholic holy day also known as Saint Patrick’s Day. The Feast of St. Patrick commemorates the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Christianity; Roman Catholic    
Purim   03/07/2023 Begins at sundown March 6th. Purim is one of the most joyous holy days on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. It is customary to hold carnival-like celebrations on Purim, to perform plays and parodies, to give to charity, and to eat and drink. The primary commandment related to Purim is to hear the reading of the book of Esther. It is customary to boo, hiss, stamp feet, and rattle noise makers whenever Haman, the genocidal character in the story, is mentioned in the service. The purpose of this custom is to "blot out the name of Haman." Judaism Purim is not subject to work restrictions, but some sources indicate Jewish students and employees should not go about ordinary business at Purim in order to respect the festival. If planning and event, provide food accommodations if requested (kosher dietary restrictions apply).  
Holi   03/08/2023 Holi is celebrated by Hindus at the end of winter, on the last full moon day of the lunar month Phalgun, which usually falls in March, or sometimes in late February. The festival has many purposes; most prominently, it celebrates the beginning of spring. The night before Holi, bonfires are lit in a ceremony known as Holika Dahan or Little Holi. People gather near fires, sing, and dance. The next day, people pour into the streets and temples to spray colored powder solutions at each other, laugh, and celebrate. After playing with colors, people bathe, put on clean clothes, and visit friends and family. Hinduism    
Lailat al Bara'ah   03/07/2023 - 03/08/2023 Begins at sunset on the 7th. This Muslim holy day marks Allah’s writing of everyone’s destiny for the coming year. Many Muslims try to stay awake the entire night in prayer and worship, hoping for good fortune and forgiveness. For the majority of Muslims worldwide, Lailat al Bara’ah is a cause for celebration, fireworks, and food. Families that have lost a member in the past year are showered with sweet treats by friends, and acts of charity are performed. Islam Muslim students and employees may have had little sleep.  
Feast Day of Saint Joseph   03/19/2023 The Feast Day of St. Joseph is a Roman Catholic holy day that commemorates Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary. Christianity; Roman Catholic    
Spring Equinox/Ostara (Northern Hemisphere)   03/20/2023 Pagan holy day, known as Ostara in Wicca, is a celebration of the spring equinox, named for a Germanic goddess of spring and fertility. Similar to those observed at Easter, symbols for Ostara include eggs, rabbits, flowers, and seeds. These symbols represent the fecundity of spring and are incorporated into rituals, altars, and celebratory feasts. Wicca; Paganism    
Autumn Equinox/Mabon (Southern Hemisphere)   03/20/2023 Pagan holy day, known as Mabon in Wicca. A harvest festival, the second of three, encourages pagans to “reap what they sow,” both literally and figuratively. It is the time to reflect on the previous year to celebrate successes (likened to bringing in the harvest) and assess which crops, projects, or dreams didn’t come to fruition. Wicca; Paganism    
Nowruz   03/21/2023 Nowruz, meaning “New Day,” is the Zoroastrian and Baha’i New Year. Nowruz is typically celebrated with fireworks, flowers, and spring cleaning. Work is suspended. Baha'i; Zoroastrianism    
Annunciation of the Virgin Mary   03/25/2023 The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary is a Christian celebration of the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Child of God. Many Christians observe this event, an approximation of the northern vernal equinox nine full months before Christmas, the ceremonial birthday of Jesus. Christianity    
International Transgender Day of Visibility   03/31/2023 Unitarian Universalist’s LGBTQ social justice observance. Unitarian Universalism    
Month of Ramadan Begins   03/22/2023 - 04/22/2023 The Holy month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, which begins at sunset. It is observed by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the revelation of the Holy book, The Qur’an to Muhammad {Peace be upon him(PBUH)}. Muslims fast from dawn to sunset but also engage in enhanced prayer, reflection, compassion and charity towards humanity as it is a month when Spiritual rewards and closeness to Allah is multiplied especially by sharing of meals. This annual observance is obligatory for all healthy adults, and is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon. Eid al Fitr, or the Festival of Breaking the Fast, commemorates the end of Ramadan and is expected on April 21-22. Islam Muslim students and employees will be fasting for an extended time during daylight hours, which may result in less stamina. For evening events, provide food accommodations as requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).  
Day of Silence   04/08/2023 Observed by Unitarian Universalists, the Day of Silence is a silent and peaceful protest to highlight bullying, harassment, and name calling directed towards LGBTQ community. Unitarian Universalism    
Palm Sunday   04/02/2023 Palm Sunday is a Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day that falls on the Sunday before Easter. This celebration commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem before the crucifixion. In many Christian denominations, worship services on Palm Sunday include a procession carrying palms, representing the palm branches that the crowd scattered in front of Jesus riding into Jerusalem. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant    
Ram Navami   03/30/2023 Hindu holy day that commemorates the birth of Rama. This day is typically celebrated with Rama Katha recitals, or reading of the stories of Rama. Some celebrate by visiting a temple or organizing community meals, while others pray or fast at home. It is often considered an opportunity for moral reflection. Hinduism Hindu students and employees may be fasting.  
Mahavir Jayanti   04/14/2023 Jain holy day that commemorates the birth of Mahavir, the twenty-fourth and last Tirthankara of present Avasarpiṇ. It is celebrated with a procession called rath yatra in which the idol of Lord Mahavir is carried out on a chariot. On this day, many Jains will practice acts of charity, pray, fast, and make offerings. Jainism Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Jain students and employees may be fasting.  
Maundy Thursday   04/06/2023 Maundy Thursday is the Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day that falls on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the Last Supper and the foot washing of followers by Jesus Christ. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday. The worship service is normally celebrated in the evening, and includes worshipers washing each other’s feet. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant    
Good Friday   04/07/2023 Good Friday is a Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. Specific practices of observance vary greatly among Christian denominations, but are generally somber and ascetic. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant Some Christian students and employees may be fasting.  
Passover   04/05/2023 - 04/13/2023 Passover begins on the evening of April 5, 2023. Work is restricted on the first two days (sunset on the 5th through sunset on the 7th) and the last two days (sunset on the 11th through sunset on the 13th). There are food restrictions (which vary based on families’ country of origin) for the duration of the holiday. Passover is a Jewish holy day to commemorate Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt. In the narrative of the Exodus, G-d helped the Children of Israel escape from their slavery in Egypt by the death of all Egyptian first-borns. The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb. Upon seeing this, the spirit of the G-d knew to pass over the first-born in these homes, hence the English name of the holy day. When Pharaoh freed the Israelites, it is said that they left in such a hurry that they could not wait for bread dough to rise. In commemoration, matzo (flat unleavened bread) is eaten during this holy day. Judaism Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Provide food accommodations as requested (kosher dietary restrictions apply; the use of leavening is prohibited).  
Cheraw Recognition Day   04/16/2023 The Cheraw were recognized as a Tribe in South Carolina on April 16, 2014.      
Theravada New Year   04/06/2023 In Theravadin Buddhist communities – primarily in Thailand, Burma, Sri Lanka, Cambodia and Lao – the New Year is celebrated for three days from the first full moon day in April. Practitioners may bathe Buddha images, sprinkle water, or build sand mounds at temples or on riverbanks. In Buddhist tradition, each grain of sand is representative of a wrongdoing. When the sand is washed away by the river or by other means, that bad deed is washed away, for a clean slate at the start of the year. Buddhism    
Easter   04/09/2023 Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day. On Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year. Many Christians believe that Jesus was raised from the dead three days after death on the cross, and that through death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin and purchased salvation for all who believe. Easter Sunday marks the end of Lent, a period of fasting and spiritual discipline. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Christian students and employees may be fasting.  
First Day of Ridvan   04/21/2023 Begins at sunset. Ridvan is a 12-day Baha’i festival that is one of the holiest celebrations in the Baha’i calendar. "Ridván" means paradise, and is named for the Garden of Ridván outside Baghdad, where Bahá'u'lláh stayed for twelve days before commencing his journey to Constantinople after the Ottoman Empire exiled him from the city. The festival starts two hours before sunset on the first day, and major celebrations also occur on the ninth and twelfth days. On those days, work is prohibited, and the celebration is usually observed with a community gathering where prayers are shared. Work is suspended. Baha'i Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Baha'i students and employees may request this day off.  
Earth Day   04/22/2023 This annual event demonstrates support for environmental protection.      
Holy Friday   04/14/2023 Holy Friday is an Orthodox Christian holy day commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. It is observed on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday. Christianity; Orthodox Christian Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Orthodox Christian students and employees may be fasting.  
Orthodox Easter   04/16/2023 Orthodox Christian holy day. On Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is celebrated. It is typically the most well-attended Sunday service of the year. Many Christians believe that Jesus was raised from the dead three days after his death on the cross, and that through his death, burial, and resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for sin and purchased salvation for all who believe. Easter Sunday marks the end of Lent, a period of fasting and spiritual discipline. Christianity; Orthodox Christian Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Orthodox Christian students and employees may request this day off.  
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)   04/18/2023 Begins at sunset on the 17th. Yom HaShoah is a day of remembrance for the events of the Holocaust. Most Jewish communities hold a solemn ceremony on this day, but there is no institutionalized ritual accepted by all Jews. Lighting memorial candles and reciting the Kaddish — the prayer for the departed — are common. In Israel, Yom HaShoah is a state holy day. Flags on public buildings are flown at half-mast. At 10:00 a.m., an air raid siren sounds throughout the country and almost everyone stops what they are doing, including motorists who stop their cars in the middle of the road, for two minutes of silent reflection as the siren is sounded. Judaism Academics and work are permitted. Provide food accommodations as requested (kosher dietary restrictions apply).  
Ninth Day of Ridván   04/29/2023 In the Baha’i Faith, this is the day on which Bahá’u’lláh’s family joined Him in the Garden of Ridván. Work is suspended. Baha'i Baha'i students and employees may request this day off.  
Jewish American Heritage Month   05/01/2023        
Flower Communion   05/01/2023 In Spring, many Unitarian Universalists celebrate a ritual called Flower Ceremony or Flower Communion.  The Flower Communion is an annual service in which we each bring a flower, create an altar full of bouquets, and end by each taking away a flower that another person brought.  It is a way to celebrate our diversity. Unitarian Universalism    
Beltane (Northern Hemisphere)   05/01/2023 Pagan/Wiccan holy day in the Northern Hemisphere that begins at sunset on the evening before. Beltane celebrates the fertility and new life of the spring, often celebrated with a Maypole dance and goddess ritual celebrating the sacred feminine and fertility. Wicca; Paganism    
Samhain (Southern Hemisphere)   05/01/2023 Pagan/Wiccan holy day begins in the Southern Hemisphere at sunset the evening before. Samhain, one of the 8 Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year, is a Celtic Festival of the Dead that honors the ancestors, when the veil between this world and the next is the thinnest. As Pagans in the Northern Hemisphere celebrate Beltane and the coming of Spring, Pagans in the Southern Hemisphere celebrate Samhain. This ancient tradition survives in secular culture as Halloween. Neo-pagans reclaiming this harvest festival consider it the Witches New Year and the most important holy day of the year. Wicca; Paganism    
Eid al-Fitr/ End Of Ramadan   04/21/2023 For Muslims, Eid al Fitr, or the Festival of Breaking the Fast, commemorates the end of Ramadan. It begins with the first sighting of the new moon, at sunset and it is a day of Celebration on which Muslims are not permitted to fast. Celebrations begin with the Eid prayer in large, open-air spaces and move on to feasts and festivals that vary by region. It is the first day of the 10th month of the Lunar calendar Islam Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Muslim students and employees may request this day off.  
Twelfth Day of Ridván   05/02/2023 In the Baha’i Faith, this is the day on which Bahá’u’lláh and His family left the garden to travel to Constantinople. Work is suspended. Baha'i Baha'i students and employees may request this day off.  
Mother's Day   05/14/2023 Unitarian Universalists celebrate Mother’s Day by reading the Mother’s Day Proclamation written by Julia Ward Howe, an honored Unitarian. Unitarian Universalism    
Vesak   04/08/2023 Vesak, also called Buddha Day, is a holy day traditionally celebrated in Mahayana Buddhism to commemorate the birth of the Prince Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Gautama Buddha and the founder of Buddhism. Celebrations vary between the many East Asian countries that observe this holy day, but some commonalities are public processions, visits to shrines, and offerings of food and flowers. Buddhism Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Buddhist students and employees will likely request to have this day off.  
Lag B'Omer   05/09/2023 This Jewish holy day begins at sunset on the 8th and commemorates Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, a sage in the 2nd century, and the day on which he revealed the deepest secrets of kabbalah in the form of the Zohar (Book of Splendor), a landmark text of Jewish mysticism. This association has spawned several well-known customs and practices on Lag B’Omer, including the lighting of bonfires and pilgrimages to the tomb of Bar Yochai in the northern Israeli town of Meron. Judaism    
Declaration of the Bab   05/24/2023 Baha’i holy day celebrating the day on which The Bab (“the Gate”) declared a mission as a messenger of God and taught that the Baha’u’llah would soon appear with further revelations. Work is suspended. Baha'i Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Baha'i students and employees suspend work on this day and will likely request to have this day off.  
Ascension of Jesus Christ (Roman Catholic & Protestant)   05/18/2023 Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day. The Ascension of Jesus is the departure of Christ from Earth into the presence of God. It takes place 40 days after the Resurrection. The Feast of the Ascension is always celebrated on a Thursday on the 40th day of Easter. The Orthodox tradition has a different calendar up to a month later than in the Western tradition. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant    
Ascension of Baha'u'llah   05/29/2023 This Baha’i holy day commemorates the anniversary of the day that Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, passed away from this life in 1892. During this holy day, celebrants abstain from attending work and school, and reflect on their founder’s suffering and resilience throughout the whole day. This day is seen as a time to read through Baha’u’llah’s writings to understand a better vision for the world. Work is suspended. Baha'i Baha'i students and employees may request this day off.  
Ascension of Jesus Christ (Orthodox)   06/01/2023 Orthodox Christian holy day. The Ascension of Jesus is the departure of Christ from Earth into the presence of God. It takes place 40 days after the Resurrection. The Feast of the Ascension is always celebrated on a Thursday on the 40th day of Easter. The Orthodox tradition has a different calendar up to a month later than in the Western tradition. Christianity; Orthodox Christian    
Shavuot   05/25/2023 - 05/27/2023 Begins at sunset on May 25, 2023. Work is suspended until sunset on May 27, 2023. Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day G-d gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai. Shavuot is characterized by many customs, including dairy-heavy dishes and all-night Torah study. Judaism Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities.These are non-work days and Jewish students and employees may request these days off. Jewish students and employees may have had little sleep.  
Pentecost   05/28/2023 The Roman Catholic and Protestant Christian holy day of Pentecost is celebrated 50 days from Easter Sunday to commemorate events described in the New Testament, in which the Holy Spirit descends upon the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ. Christianity; Roman Catholic; Protestant    
Juneteenth Day   06/19/2023 Unitarian Universalists recognize Juneteenth Day as a day of remembrance and a call to social justice against racism. Unitarian Universalism    
Midsummer/Litha (Northern Hemisphere)   06/21/2023 Midsummer is a Pagan holy day, known as Litha in Wicca. The Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. Many agricultural societies have observed the longest day of the year in some way: Stone Henge was created to glorify the rising of the sun on the Summer Solstice, the Saxons and Celts built bonfires to celebrate the power of the sun over darkness, and the Romans had a festival for Juno, wife of Jupiter, the Goddess of marriage, women, menstruation, and children during Midsummer. A time of fertility, growth, warmth, and light, Midsummer/Litha is one of the 8 Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year for modern Pagans and Wiccans. Wicca; Paganism    
Midwinter/Yule (Southern Hemisphere)   06/21/2023 Midwinter is a Pagan holy day in the southern hemisphere, known as Yule in Wicca. In the darkest of winter, Yule celebrates the return of the sun, when the days begin to get longer again and bring more light into the world, with feasting and merrymaking. Decorating a tree, wreathes, the Yule log, and caroling come from ancient Norse traditions. Yule is associated with Odin and the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession of horsemen through the sky—which became Santa Claus and his flying reindeer. Romans held feasts, decorated trees with tin ornaments, practiced fertility rites under mistletoe, and exchanged gifts during the week-long festival of Saturnalia. The Celts believed the Oak King and the Holly King fought at this time of year to see if light or darkness would win out, which some Wiccans re-enact as part of their celebrations today. Midwinter/Yule is one of the 8 Sabbats of the Wheel of the Year for modern Pagans and Wiccans. Wicca; Paganism    
World Humanist Day   06/21/2023 Humanist groups around the world mark World Humanist Day with a wide variety of activities ranging from activism to parties. World Humanist Day may be recognized with official proclamations or promotional campaigns to educate people about the growth of the secular community and the ethical values of humanists.      


*Calendar adapted from Vanderbilt University and Suffolk University's Interfaith and Religious Life departments.


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