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Religious Calendar (2013-2014)

Fall Term 2013

 September 3
Faculty Convocation
 September 4-6
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
Begins sundown Sept 16, ends sundown Sept 18
This marks the beginning of the Jewish year and the beginning
of the High Holy Days
 September 8
Reception for all Faith Groups
 September 8
Roman Catholic Mass (as part of Orientation Schedule)
 September 8
Matriculation Ceremony (New Students Only)
 September 13-14
Yom Kippur (Jewish)
Begins sundown Sept 13, ends sundown Sept 14
The “Day of Atonement”, marked by prayer, fasting, and

 September 18-25
Sukkot (Jewish)
Begins sundown Sept 18, ends sundown Sept 25
The feast of the Tabernacles, commemorating the dwelling of Israelites in the wilderness
 September 26-27
Simchat Torah (Jewish)
Begins sundown Sept 26, ends sundown Sept 27
The “Rejoicing of the Torah” is the end of the Torah reading
 October 13-18
Hajj (Muslim)
Time designated for the obligatory pilgrimage to Mecca. *Based on lunar cycle
 October 15-18
Eid al Adha (Muslim)
“Festival of Sacrifice”, recalling Abraham’s devotion in offering his son as a sacrifice.
 October 18-20
Parents' Weekend
 October 20
Interfaith Worship Service (Parents’ Weekend)
 October 31
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 3
Diwali Celebration (Hindu)
The “Festival of Lights” celebrates different sacred stories in the Hindu tradition.
 November 11
Veteran's Day
 November 22- Dec 4
Thanksgiving Vacation
 November 28
 November 28- December 5
Hanukkah (Jewish)
Begins sundown Nov 27, ends sundown Dec 5
The “Festival of Lights”, commemorating the victory of the
Maccabees and the rededication of the Temple

Winter Term 2014

 December 1
Advent (Christian)
The season of preparation for the birth of Jesus.
 December 6
Messiah Sing
 December 8
Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
Marks the Buddha's attainment of Enlightenment
 December 15
Lessons and Carols Service
 December 18- January 6
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 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
 February 15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
Celebrates the death of the Gautama when he reached total Nirvana
 February 28
Mahashivratri (Hindu)
A celebration for the devotees of Shiva.
 March 4 Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
 March 5
Ash Wednesday (Christian)
 March 6-24
Spring Vacation
 March 13
L. Ron Hubbard’s Birthday
Scientology founder
 March 15-16
Purim (Jewish)
 March 17
Holi (Hindu)
A festival that includes throwing colored water or powder
in celebration of episodes in the life of Krishna.

Spring Term 2013

April 8
Ramanavami (Hindu)
Nine-day festival in honor of Ram
April 13 Palm Sunday (Christian)
The beginning of “Holy Week”.
April 14-22 Passover (Jewish)
Begins sundown April 14, ends sundown April 22
Commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage.
April 17 Maundy Thursday (Christian)
Marks the “Last Supper” of Jesus and his disciples
April 18 Good Friday (Christian)
Recalls the crucifixion of Jesus.
April 20 Easter (Christian)
Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.
April 25-26 Non Sibi Weekend
May 14 Visakha Puja (Buddhist)
Holiest of days in the Buddhist year, celebrates the birth of the Buddha.
May 26 Memorial Day
June 3-5 Shavuot (Jewish)
Begins sundown June 3, ends sundown June 5
The “Feast of Weeks”, celebrates the giving of the Torah at
Mount Sinai
June 5 Senior Prom
June 6 Senior/Faculty Convocation
June 7 Baccalaureate Service
June 8 Commencement
June 8 Pentecost (Christian)
Marks the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Jesus.
Considered the founding of the Christian Church.
June 13-15 Reunion Weekend
June 21 Summer Solstice (Pagan/Wiccan)
Longest day of the year.