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Religious Calendar (2016-2017)

Fall Term 2016

 August 31
Faculty Convocation
 September 6*
Hajj Begins (Muslim)
Annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Obligatory for all Muslims, who are physically and financially able, to perform once in a lifetime. It is of Abrahamic origin and employs different devotional rites and rituals. The Hajj is performed each year by over two million pilgrims from all over the world.
*Based on lunar cycle
 September 7
Matriculation Ceremony (New Students Only)
 September 11 Ice Cream Truck Reception (for members of all faith groups)
 September 11 Roman Catholic Mass (as part of Orientation Schedule)
 September 12-14* Eid al Adha Celebration (Muslim)
Begins sundown of September 11
*In North America, Eid on September 12, beginning at sundown on September 11
Marks the close of the Hajj and commemorates the Prophet Abraham’s sacrifice and devotion. It is celebrated with a special congregational prayer and the exchange of gifts.
 September 13* Classes Begin (Fall Term)
*This designates the first full day of classes.
An abbreviated class schedule held on September 8 and 9.
 October 3-4
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
Begins sundown October 2
This marks the beginning of the Jewish year and the beginning
of the High Holy Days
 October 11
Ashura (Muslim)
Begins sundown on October 10
For Sunnis this observance commemorates Moses and the liberation of the Israelites and is a “Day of Atonement” during which fasting is recommended. For the Shi’a it honors the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali at the Battle of Karbala in 680 C.E.
 October 12
Yom Kippur (Jewish)
Begins sundown October 11
The “Day of Atonement”, marked by prayer, fasting, and repentance.
 October 16 Dusshera (Hindu)
The celebration of the Hindu New Year, marked by the blessing of work-related tools, such as books and computers.
 October 17-23
Sukkot (Jewish)
Begins sundown October 16
The feast of the Tabernacles, commemorating the dwelling of Israelites in the wilderness
 October 25
Simchat Torah (Jewish)
Begins sundown Oct 24
The “Rejoicing of the Torah” is the end of the Torah reading
 October 28-30
Family Weekend
 October 30*
Diwali Celebration (Hindu)
The “Festival of Lights” celebrates different sacred stories in the Hindu tradition. *The observance of this festival begins two days prior to the date and continues for two days thereafter.
 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 7-11
No Faith Group Meetings
(Penultimate Week)
 November 10-12
Trustee Meetings
 November 11
Veteran's Day
 November 18 Final Day of Fall Term
 November 19-30
Fall Vacation
 November 24
 November 27
First Sunday of Advent (Christian)
The season of preparation for the birth of Jesus.

Winter Term 2016-17

 December 1
Classes Begin (Winter Term)
 December 3
Messiah Sing
 December 4
Lessons and Carols Service
 December 8
Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
Marks the Buddha's attainment of Enlightenment.
 December 11
Mawlid al-Nabi (Muslim)
Begins sundown of December 10
Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. While not formally recognized in scripture, the Mawlid has nonetheless taken on cultural and spiritual importance in much of the Muslim world. It is a national holiday in most Muslim majority countries.
 December 17-January 4
Winter Vacation
 December 21
Winter Solstice (Pagan/Wiccan)
The shortest day of the year.
 December 25-January 1
Hanukkah (Jewish)
Begins sundown December 24
The “Festival of Lights”, commemorating the victory of the
Maccabees and the rededication of the Temple
 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 9
Winter Classes Resume
 January 12-15
Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)
 January 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
 January 27-29
Jewish Cultural Weekend
 January 28 Chinese New Year
 February 1-7 World Interfaith Harmony Week
An initiative design to promote peace, dialogue, and the promotion of love of God and love of neighbor.
 February 9-11
Trustee Meeting
 February 15 Nirvana Day (Buddhist)
Celebrates the death of the Gautama when he reached total Nirvana
 February 20-24
No Faith Group Meetings
Wellness Week
February 25
Mahashivratri (Hindu)
A celebration for the devotees of Shiva.
 February 28
Shrove Tuesday (Christian)
 March 1
Ash Wednesday (Christian)
Marks the first day of Lent
 March 3  Final Day of Winter Term
 March 4-20
Spring Vacation
 March 12
Purim (Jewish)
Begins sundown of March 11
Commemoration of the defeat of Haman's plot to massacre the Jews.
 March 13
L. Ron Hubbard’s Birthday
Scientology founder
 March 13
Holi (Hindu)
A festival that includes throwing colored water or powder
in celebration of episodes in the life of Krishna.

Spring Term 2017

 March 21
Classes Begin (Spring Term)
 March 28
New Year Celebration (Hindu)
 April 5
Ramanavami (Hindu)
Nine-day festival in honor of Ram
 April 9
Palm Sunday (Christian)
The beginning of “Holy Week.”
 April 11-18
Passover (Jewish)
Begins sundown April 10
Commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage.
 April 13
Maundy/Holy Thursday (Christian)
Marks the "Last Supper" of Jesus and his disciples.
 April 14
Good Friday (Christian)
Recalls the crucifixion of Jesus.
 April 16
Easter (Christian)
Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus.
 April 17
Patriots' Day
No Classes.
 April 21-22
Non Sibi Weekend
Friday and Saturday Projects
 April 24 Yom Hashoah/Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jewish)
Marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising.
 May 2 Yom Ha’atzmaut/Independence Day (Jewish)
Begins sundown of May 1
Independence Day commemorates the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948.
 May 4
National Day of Prayer (Interfaith)
 May 4-6
Trustee Meeting
 May 10 Visakha Puja (Buddhist)
Holiest of days in the Buddhist year, celebrates the birth of the Buddha.
 May 13
Grandparents' Day
 May 14
Mother's Day, Roman Catholic Confirmation
 May 22-26
No Faith Group Meetings
(Penultimate Week)
 May 27-June 25
Ramadan (Muslim)
Begins sundown of May 26
The ninth month of the Muslim calendar. Food, drink, and sexual relations are to be abstained from during daylight hours. The month is seen as a time of devotion and spiritual self-purification..
 May 29
Memorial Day
No Classes.
 May 31-June 1 Shavuot (Jewish)
Begins sundown May 30
The “Feast of Weeks”, celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
 June 1
Final Day of Spring Term
 June 1 Senior Prom
 June 2 Senior/Faculty Convocation
 June 3 Baccalaureate Service
 June 4
Pentecost (Christian)
Marks the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples of Jesus.
Considered the founding of the Christian Church.
 June 4 Commencement
 June 9-11 Reunion Weekend
 June 21 Summer Solstice (Pagan/Wiccan)
Longest day of the year.
 June 25 Eid al Fitr (Muslim)
Begins sundown of June 24
The festival of the breaking of the fast marks the end of Ramadan. It is celebrated with a special congregational prayer and the exchange of gifts.
 June 26-July 30 Summer Session
(Tentative Dates)