Multifaith Awareness Calendar for the 2013-2014 Academic Year

IWU's Council on Religious Life, The Office of University Chaplain and The Mellon Center offer this Multifaith Awareness Calendar to the campus so that we might all become better aware of the many religious holidays observed by students, faculty, and staff at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Most dates include a link to an article about the specific practices and traditions surrounding each holiday or observance.

If your religious or spiritual tradition is not represented in this calendar, please let us know by emailing University Chaplain Elyse Nelson Winger at chaplain@iwu.edu.

Special thanks to the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Wellesley College for permission to adapt and use its calendar.

July 2013

Tuesday

9

First Day of Ramadan

Islam

Food Restriction

August 2013

Saturday

3

Laylat al-Qadr

Islam

Special Worship

Thursday

8

Eid al Fitr

Islam

Special Worship

Wednesday

28

Krishna Janmashtami

Hinduism

Special Worship

September 2013

Wednesday (sundown) Thursday to Friday

 

4 (sundown) 5-6

 

Rosh Hashanah

 

Judaism

 

Work Restriction

Monday

9

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hinduism

Special Worship

Friday (sundown) to Saturday

 

13 (sundown) to 14

 

Yom Kippur

 

Judaism

 

Work/Food Restrictions

Wednesday (sundown) Thursday to Friday

 

18 (sundown) 19-20

 

Sukkot

 

Judaism

 

Work Restriction

 

Saturday to Wednesday

 

21-25

 

Sukkot (Intermediate Days)

 

Judaism

 

Special Worship

 

Wednesday (sundown), Thursday to Friday

 

25 (sundown) 26-27

 

Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah

 

Judaism

 

Work Restriction

Sunday

22

Mabon

Pagan

Special Worship

 

October 2013

 

Saturday

 

5

Navratri Begins (9 Day

Celebration)

 

Hinduism

 

Special Worship

Monday

14

Dussera

Hinduism

Work Restriction

Monday

14

The Day of Arafat

Islam

Food Restriction

Tuesday

15

Eid-ul-Adha

Islam

Special Worship

Sunday

20

Birth of the Báb

Bahá’í

Work Restriction

Thursday

31

Samhain

Pagan

Special Worship

 

November 2013

 

Friday

 

1

 

All Saints’ Day

Roman Catholic / Unitarian

Universalist

 

Special Worship

 

Saturday

 

2

 

All Souls' Day

Christian / Unitarian

Universalist

 

Special Worship

Sunday

3

Diwali

Sikh/Hinduism/Jain

Special Worship

Tuesday

12

Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’í

Work Restriction

Thursday

14

Ashura

Islam

Special Worship

Sunday

17

Guru Nanak’s Birthday

Sikh

Special Worship

Wednesday (sundown) to Thursday

 

11/27 - 12/5

 

Hanukkah

 

Judaism

 

Special Worship

 

December 2013

Sunday

1

First Sunday of Advent

Christian

Special Worship

Sunday

8

Immaculate Conception

Roman Catholic

Special Worship

Sunday

8

Bodhi Day

Buddhism

Special Worship

Thursday

12

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Roman Catholic

Special Worship

Saturday

21

Yule

Pagan

Special Worship

Monday

23

Joseph Smith’s Birthday

CJCLDS (Mormon)

Special Worship

 

Wednesday

 

25

 

Christmas

Christian / Unitarian

Universalist

 

Special Worship

Thursday - Wednesday

26 to Jan 1

Kwanzaa

African Heritage

Special Worship

 

January 2014

Wednesday

1

Solemnity of Mary

Roman Catholic

Special Worship

Monday

6

Epiphany

Christian

Special Worship

Tuesday

7

Nativity of Jesus Christ

Orthodox Christian/Julian

Special Worship

Tuesday

14

Pongal

Hinduism

Special Worship

Wednesday (sundown) - Thursday

 

15 (sundown) to 16

 

Tu B’Shvat

 

Judaism

 

Special Worship

Friday

31

Chinese New Year

Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist

Special Worship

 

February 2014

Sunday

2

Imbolc

Pagan

Special Worship

Friday

28

Shivaratri

Hinduism

Special Worship

 

March 2014

Sunday

2

The 19 Day Fast begins

Baha’i

Food Restriction

Monday

3

Clean Monday

Orthodox Christian

Special Worship

Wednesday

5

Ash Wednesday (start of Lent)

Christian

Special Worship

Friday

7

Women’s World Day of Prayer

Multifaith

Special Worship

Thursday

13

Fast of Esther

Judaism

Food Restriction

Saturday (sundown) to Sunday

 

15 (sundown) to 16

 

 Purim

 

 Judaism

 

 Special Worship

Monday to Tuesday

17 to 18

Holi

Hinduism

Special Worship

Thursday

20

Spring Equinox

Pagan

Special Worship

Friday

21

Naw Ruz (New Year’s Day)

Bahá’í /Zoroastrian

Work Restriction

 

April 2014

 

Sunday

 

13

 

Palm Sunday

Christian / Unitarian

Universalist / Orthodox

 

Special Worship

Monday

14

Baisakhi

Hindu New Year/Sikh

Special Celebration

Monday (sundown) Tuesday to Wednesday

 

14 (sundown) 15-16

 

Passover

 

Judaism

 

Food/Work Restriction

Wednesday to Sunday

16-20

Passover (Intermediate Days)

Judaism

Food Restriction

Sunday (sundown) Monday to Tuesday

 

20 (sundown) 21-22

 

Passover

 

Judaism

 

Food/Work Restriction

Thursday

17

Holy Thursday

Christian

Special Worship

 

Friday

 

18

 

Good Friday

Christian / Orthodox / Unitarian

Universalist

 

Special Worship/Food Restriction

 

Sunday

 

20

 

Easter

Christian / Orthodox / Unitarian

Universalist

 

Special Worship

Sunday

27

Yom HaShoah

Judaism

Special Worship/Mourning

Monday to Friday

21 to May 2

Ridvan

Bahá’í

Work Restrictions

 

May 2014

Thursday

1

Beltane

Pagan

Special Worship

Friday

2

Twelfth Day of Ridvan

Bahá’í

Work/Food Restriction

Tuesday

6

Buddha’s Birthday

Buddhism - Japan, Korea

Special Worship

Wednesday

14

Vesak

Buddhism/ Southeast Asia

Special Worship

Saturday (sundown) to Sunday

 17 (sundown) to 18

Lag B’Omer

Judaism

Special Worship

Friday

23

Declaration of the Bab

Bahá’í

Work Restriction

Thursday

29

Ascension of the Lord

Christian / Orthodox

Special Worship

Thursday

29

Ascension of the Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’í

Work Restriction