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


2018

DAYS

HOLIDAY

RELIGION

Aug. 20
Aug. 21

Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday

**Eid al-Adha (date can vary by a day)

Islam

Sep. 9
Sep. 11

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday

**Rosh Hashanah(first 2 days)

Judaism

Sep. 18
Sep. 19

Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday

**Yom Kippur

Judaism

Sep. 19
Sep. 20

Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

Ashura

Islam

Sep. 23
Sep. 25

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday

**Sukkot (1st 2 days)

Judaism

Sep. 30
Oct. 2

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday

**Shemini Atzeret
**Simchat Torah

Judaism

Oct. 19

Friday

Dassehra/Dasara

Hinduism

Nov. 1

Thursday

All Saints Day

Christianity (RC, P)

Nov. 2

Friday

All Souls Day

Christianity (RC, P)

Nov. 7

Wednesday

**Diwali

Hinduism -Jain – Sikh

Nov. 8
Nov. 9

Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday

Birth of the Báb

Bahá’í

Nov. 9
Nov. 10

Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday

**Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’í

Nov. 19
Nov. 20

Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday

Mawlid al Nabi
(dates can vary by a day)

Islam

Nov. 25
Nov. 26

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday

Day of the Covenant

Bahá’í

Nov. 27
Nov. 28

Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday

Ascension of Abdul’l-Baha

Bahá’í

Dec. 2

Sunday

Advent begins

Christianity (RC, P)

Dec. 2
Dec. 10

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday

Hanukkah

Judaism

Dec. 8

Saturday

Bodhi Day

Buddhism

Dec. 8

Saturday

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Christianity (RC, P)

Dec. 25

Tuesday

Christmas

Christianity (RC, P)

Dec. 26
Jan. 1

Wednesday
Tuesday

Kwanzaa

African American

2019

DAYS

HOLIDAY

RELIGION

Jan. 1

Tuesday

**Gantan-sai

Shinto

Jan. 6

Sunday

Epiphany (Theophany)

Christianity (RC, P, O)

Jan. 7

Monday

Feast of the Nativity (Christmas)

Orthodox Christian

Jan. 13

Sunday

Maghi

Hinduism

Feb. 5

Tuesday

**Chinese New Year.

Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist

Feb. 8

Friday

Nirvana Day

Buddhism, Jain, Sikh

Mar. 4

Monday

Maha Shivaratri

Hinduism

Mar. 5

Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday

Christianity (RC, P)

Mar. 6

Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, Lent begins

Christianity (RC, P)

Mar. 11

Monday

Lent begins-Clean Monday

Orthodox Christian

Mar. 20
Mar. 21

Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

Purim

Judaism

Mar. 20
Mar. 21

Sundown-Wednesday Sundown-Thursday

Holi

Hinduism

Mar. 20
Mar. 21

Sundown-Wednesday Sundown-Thursday

Naw-Rúz (New Year)

Bahá’í, Zoroastrian

Mar. 21

Thursday

Magha Puja Day

Buddhism

Apr. 8

Monday

Vesak (Buddha Day)

Buddhism

Apr. 13
Apr. 14

Sunrise-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday

Ram Navami

Hinduism

Apr. 16
Apr. 17

Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday

Mahavir Jayanti

Jainism

Apr. 19

Friday

Good Friday

Christianity (RC, P)

Apr. 19-22
Apr. 26-27

Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday

**Pesach (work restriction on first two and last two days)

Judaism

Apr. 20
Apr. 21

Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday

Ridván (1st day)

Bahá’í

Apr. 21

Sunday

Easter

Christianity (RC, P)

Apr. 21

Sunday

Palm Sunday

Orthodox Christian

Apr. 26

Friday

Holy Friday

Orthodox Christian

Apr. 28

Sunday

Easter/Pascha

Orthodox Christian

Apr. 28
Apr. 29

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday

Ridván (9th day)

Bahá’í

May 1
May 2

Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

Yom HaSho’ah

Judaism

May 1
May 2

Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday

Ridván (12th day)

Bahá’í

May 5
June 4

Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday

**Ramadan

Islam

May 8
May 9

Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday

Yom Ha’Atzmaut

Judaism

May 18

Saturday

Buddha Day- Visakha Puja

Buddhism

May 23
May 24

Sundown-Thursday
Sundow-Friday

Declaration of the Báb

Bahá’í

May 28
May 29

Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday

Ascension of Baha’u’lláh

Bahá’i

May  30

Thursday

Ascension of Jesus

Christianity (RC, P)

Jun. 4
Jun. 5

Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday

Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by a day)

Islam

Jun. 6

Thursday

Ascension of Jesus

Orthodox Christian

Jun. 8
Jun. 10

Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Monday

**Shavuot

Judaism

Jun. 9

Sunday

Pentecost

Christianity (RC, O, P)

Jun. 23

Sunday

All Saints Day

Orthodox Christian

Aug. 11
Aug. 12

Sundown-Sunday

Sundown-Monday

**Eid al-Adha (date can vary by a day)

Islam

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