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Religious Calendar (2014-2015)

Fall Term 2014

 September 2
Faculty Convocation
 September 7
Reception for all Faith Groups
 September 7
Roman Catholic Mass (as part of Orientation Schedule)
 September 7
Matriculation Ceremony (New Students Only)
 September 24-26
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
Begins sundown Sept 24, ends sundown Sept 26
This marks the beginning of the Jewish year and the beginning
of the High Holy Days
 October 1-6 Hajj (Muslim)
Time designated for the obligatory pilgrimage to Mecca. *Based on lunar cycle
 October 3-4
Yom Kippur (Jewish)
Begins sundown Oct 3, ends sundown Oct 4
The “Day of Atonement”, marked by prayer, fasting, and

 October 4-7
Eid al Adha (Muslim)
“Festival of Sacrifice”, recalling Abraham’s devotion in offering his son as a sacrifice.
 October 8-15
Sukkot (Jewish)
Begins sundown Oct 8, ends sundown Oct 15
The feast of the Tabernacles, commemorating the dwelling of Israelites in the wilderness
 October 16-17
Simchat Torah (Jewish)
Begins sundown Oct 16, ends sundown Oct 17
The “Rejoicing of the Torah” is the end of the Torah reading
 October 23
Diwali Celebration (Hindu)
The “Festival of Lights” celebrates different sacred stories in the Hindu tradition.
 October 24-26
Family Weekend
 October 26
Reformation Day (Christian)
Protestant anniversary of their tradition and its emphasis
on the place of the Bible and religious freedom.
 November 1
All Saints Day (Christian)
Recognizes all those who have achieved beatification
 November 2
All Souls Day (Christian)
The day commemorating the faithful departed.
 November 11
Veteran's Day
 November 21 - Dec 3
Thanksgiving Vacation
 November 27
 November 30
Advent (Christian)
The season of preparation for the birth of Jesus.

Winter Term 2014

 December 5
Messiah Sing
 December 8
Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
Marks the Buddha's attainment of Enlightenment
 December 14
Lessons and Carols Service
 December 16 - 24
Hanukkah (Jewish)
Begins sundown Dec 16, ends sundown Dec 24
The “Festival of Lights”, commemorating the victory of the
Maccabees and the rededication of the Temple
 December 17 - January 4
Winter Vacation
 December 21
Winter Solstice (Pagan/Wiccan)
The shortest day of the year.
 December 25
Christmas (Christian)
The celebration of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
 December 26-Jan 1

An African-American celebration honoring African values and belief

 January 19
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
 February 15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
Celebrates the death of the Gautama when he reached total Nirvana
 February 17
Mahashivratri (Hindu)
A celebration for the devotees of Shiva.
 February 17
Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
 February 18
Ash Wednesday (Christian)
 March 4-5
Purim (Jewish)
 March 5-23
Spring Vacation
 March 6
Holi (Hindu)
A festival that includes throwing colored water or powder
in celebration of episodes in the life of Krishna.
 March 13
L. Ron Hubbard’s Birthday
Scientology founder

Spring Term 2015

March 28
Ramanavami (Hindu)
Nine-day festival in honor of Ram
March 29
Palm Sunday (Christian)
The beginning of “Holy Week”.
April 2 Maundy Thursday (Christian)
Marks the “Last Supper” of Jesus and his disciples
April 3 Good Friday (Christian)
Recalls the crucifixion of Jesus.
April 3 - 11
Passover (Jewish)
Begins sundown April 3, ends sundown April 11
Commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage.
April 5 Easter (Christian)
Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.
April 24 - 25 Non Sibi Weekend
May 4 Visakha Puja (Buddhist)
Holiest of days in the Buddhist year, celebrates the birth of the Buddha.
May 23 - 25
Shavuot (Jewish)
Begins sundown May 23, ends sundown May 25
The “Feast of Weeks”, celebrates the giving of the Torah at
Mount Sinai
May 24
Pentecost (Christian)
Marks the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Jesus.
Considered the founding of the Christian Church.
May 25 Memorial Day
June 4 Senior Prom
June 5 Senior/Faculty Convocation
June 6 Baccalaureate Service
June 7 Commencement
June 12-14 Reunion Weekend
June 21 Summer Solstice (Pagan/Wiccan)
Longest day of the year.