Calendar of Religious Holidays at Colby

The list that follows is not exhaustive; it includes major festivals and holy days for many, though by no means all, religious traditions present in the Colby community. (If it does not include an important date in the religious calendar of your particular tradition, please let us know.)

Every effort has been made to insure that this information is accurate. Note that some holidays in some traditions are tied to the lunar calendar or to particular cultural patterns that vary by region or by sect, which make their location in the calendar somewhat more fluid.

Dates marked with a double asterisk (**) denote occasions on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of nearly all its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.

A note on Islamic holidays

Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the new moon is first seen.

Notations for Christian holidays

For holidays associated with Christianity, the following notations are used to denote observance by particular strands of the Christian tradition: RC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox


DATESDAYSHOLIDAYRELIGION
8/11/2020 - 8/12/2020Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Sri Krishna JayantiHinduism
9/18/2020 - 9/20/2020
Sundown-Fri
Sundown-Sun
Rosh Hashanah (first 2 days)Judaism
9/20/2020 - 9/21/2020
Sun
Mon
Paryushana-Parva
Jainism
9/27/2020 -
9/28/2020
Sundown-Sun
Sundown-Mon
Yom Kippur
Judaism
10/2/2020 - 10/4/2020

Sundown-Fri
Sundown-Sun
Sukkot (1st 2 days)
Judaism
10/9/2020 - 10/11/2020
Sundown-Fri
Sundown-Sun
Shemini Atzeret
Simchat Torah

Judaism
10/17/2020 - 10/26/2020 Sundown-Sat
Sundown-Mon
Navaratri
Hinduism
10/19/2020 - 10/20/2020
Sundown-Mon
Sundown-Tue
Birth of the Báb
Bahá’í
10/28/2020 - 10/29/2020
Sundown-Wed
Sundown-Thu
Mawlid al-Nabi (dates can vary by a day)
Islam
11/11/2020 -
11/12/2020
Sundown-Wed
Sundown-Thu
Birth of Bahá’u’lláh
Bahá’í
11/14/2020 SatDiwali (Deepavali)
Jainism, Sikhism, Hinduism
11/30/20MondayGuru Nanak Jayanti Sikh
12/10/2020 - 12/18/2020
Sundown-Thu
Sundown-Fri
Hanukkah/Chanukah
Judaism
12/24/2020 - 12/25/2020 Thu
Fri
Christmas
Christianity (RC, P, O)
12/26/2020 - 1/1/2021
Sat
Fri
Kwanzaa
African American
1/1/2021FriGantan-sai
Shinto
1/7/2021ThursdayFeast of the Nativity (Christmas)
Orthodox Christian
2/12/2021FridayChinese New Year
Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
2/17/2021
WednesdayAsh Wednesday, Lent begins
Christianity (RC, P)
2/25/2021 - 2/26/2021
Sundown-Thu
Sundown-Fri
Purim
Judaism
3/1/2021 - 2/20/2021 Sunday
Friday
Alá’ (Loftiness) 19-day fast, sunrise to sunset each day.Bahá’í
3/15/2021
Mon

Great Lent begins-Clean MondayOrthodox Christian
3/27/2021 - 3/29/2021
4/2/2021 - 4/4/2021
Sundown-Sat
Sundown-Sun
Pesach/Passover (first two and last two days)Judaism
3/28/2021 - 3/29/2021
Sundown-Sun
Sundown-Mon
Holi – Festival of Colors (date may vary)
Hinduism
3/28/2021
SundayPalm SundayChristianity (RC, P, Eastern Orthodox)
4/2/2021
FridayGood Friday
Christianity (RC, P)
4/4/2021 SundayEaster
Christianity (RC, P)
4/6/2021 TueMahavira-Jayanti
Jainism, Sikhism, Hinduism
4/8/2021 - 4/9/2021
Sundown-Thu
Sundown-Fri
Yom HaSho’ah
Judaism
4/12/2021 - 5/11/2021
Sundown-Mon
Sundown-Tue
Ramadan (date can vary by a day)
Islam
4/20/2021 - 4/21/2021
Sundown-Tue
Sundown-Wed
Ridván (1st day) of Most Great Festival
Baha’is
4/28/2021 - 4/29/2021 Sundown-Wed
Sundown-Thu
Ridván (9th day)
Bahá’í
4/30/2021FridayHoly Friday
Orthodox Christian
5/1/2021 - 5/2/2021 Sundown-Sat
Sundown-Sun
Ridván (12th day)
Bahá’í
5/2/2021 Sun
Easter/PaschaOrthodox Christian
5/12/2021 - 5/13/2021
Sundown-Wed
Sundown-Thu
Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by a day)
Islam
5/16/2021 - 5/17/2021
Sundown-Sun
Sundown-Mon
Shavuot
Judaism
5/22/2021 - 5/23/2021 Sundown-Sat
Sundown-Sun
Declaration of the Báb
Bahá’í
5/28/2021 - 5/29/2021 Sundown-Fri
Sundown-Sat
Ascension of Baha’u’lláh
Bahá’
7/17/2021 - 7/18/2021

Sundown-Sat
Sundown-Sun
Tisha B’ Av
Judaism
7/19/2021 - 7/20/2021
Sundown-Mon
Sundown-Tue
Eid al-Adha (date can vary by a day)
Islam

Sources: Williams College Chaplains’ Office, when-is.com, jewfaq.org, bbc.co.uk/religion