2015-2016 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.  Major holidays for each tradition are noted in bold type. 

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 2015

Monday

13

Laylat al-Qadr

Islam Special Worship

Saturday-Tuesday

18-21

Eid al Fitr

Islam

Special Worship

September 2015

Saturday

5

 Krishna Janmashtami

Hinduism

Special Worship

Sunday (sundown) - Tuesday

13-15

  Rosh Hashanah

Judaism

Work Restriction

Thursday

17

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hinduism

Special Worship

Tuesday

22

The Day of Arafat

Islam

Food Restriction

Tuesday (sundown) to Wednesday

22-23

Yom Kippur

Judaism

Work/Food Restriction

Wednesday

23

Mabon

Pagan

Special Worship

Wednesday-Saturday

 23-26

Eid-ul-Adha

 Islam

 Special Worship

 

Sunday (sundown) - Tuesday

27-29

Sukkot

Judaism

Work Restriction

Wednesday-Sunday

30-Oct. 4

Sukkot (Intermediate Days)

Judaism

Special Worship

 

October 2015

Tuesday-following Wednesday

13-21

Navratri (9 Days)

Hinduism

Special Worship

Monday (sundown) - Wednesday

12-14

Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah

Judaism

Work Restriction

Tuesday

20

Birth of the Báb

Baha'i

Work Restriction

Thursday

22

Dussera

Hinduism Work Restriction

Friday

23

Ashura

Islam Food Restriction

 

November 2015

Sunday

1

Samhain

Pagan

Special Worship

 

Saturday

 

1

 

All Saints’ Day

Roman Catholic / Unitarian

Universalist

 

Special Worship

 

Sunday

 

2

 

All Souls' Day

Christian / Unitarian

Universalist

 

Special Worship

Wednesday

11

Diwali

Sikh/Hinduism/Jain

Special Worship

Thursday

12

Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’í

Work Restriction

Wednesday

25

Guru Nanak’s Birthday

Sikh

Special Worship

Sunday

29

First Sunday of Advent

Christian

Special Worship

 

December 2015

Sunday (sundown) - Monday

6-14

Chanukah

Judaism

Special Worship

Tuesday

8

Immaculate Conception

Roman Catholic

Special Worship

Tuesday

8

Bodhi Day

Buddhism

Special Worship

Saturday

12

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Roman Catholic

Special Worship

Monday

21

Yule

Pagan

Special Worship

Wednesday

23

Joseph Smith’s Birthday

CJCLDS (Mormon)

Special Worship

 

Friday

 

25

 

Christmas

Christian / Unitarian

Universalist

 

Special Worship

Saturday-Friday

26 to Jan 1

Kwanzaa

African Heritage

Special Worship

 

January 2016

Friday

1

Solemnity of Mary

Roman Catholic

Special Worship

Wednesday

6

Epiphany

Christian

Special Worship

Wednesday

6

Nativity of Jesus Christ

Orthodox Christian/Julian

Special Worship

Thursday

15

Pongal

Hinduism

Special Worship

Sunday (sundown) - Monday

24-25

Tu B’Shvat

Judaism

Special Worship

 

February 2016

Tuesday

2

Imbolc

Pagan

Special Worship

Monday

8

Chinese New Year

Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist

Special Worship

Wednesday

10

Ash Wednesday (start of Lent)

Christianity Special Worship/Food Restriction

 

March 2016

Wednesday-Sunday

2-20

The 19 Day Fast begins

Baha'i

Food Restriction

Friday

4

Women's World Day of Prayer

Multifaith

Special Worship

Tuesday

8

Shivaratri

Hinduism

 

Sunday

20

Spring Equinox

Pagan

Special Worship

Sunday

20

Palm Sunday


Christian/Unitarian/Orthodox

Special Worship

Monday

21

Naw Ruz (New Year’s Day)

Bahá’í /Zoroastrian

Work Restriction

Tuesday 22

Fast of Esther

 Judaism Food Restriction
Wednesday 23

Holi

Hinduism Special Worship
Wednesday (sundown) to Thursday 23-24

Purim

Judaism Special Worship
 Thursday  24

 

 Holy Thursday

 

 Christian  Special Worship
 Friday  25   Good Friday  Christian/Unitarian Special Worship/Food Restriction 
 Sunday  27   Easter   Christian/Unitarian  Special Worship

 

April 2016

Thursday

 14

 Baisakhi

Hindu New Year/Sikh

 Special Celebration

 

Thursday

21

Ridvan

Baha'i

 

Friday (sundown) to Sunday

 

22-24

 

Passover

 

Judaism

 

Food/Work Restriction

Sunday

5

 

Orthodox Christian

Special Worship

Monday to Thursday

25-28

Passover (Intermediate Days)

Judaism

Food Restriction

Thursday (sundown) to Saturday

28-30

Passover (End Days)

Judaism

Work/Food Restriction

Sunday

24

Palm Sunday

Orthodox Christian

Special Worship

Friday

29

Great Friday

Orthodox Christian

Special Worship

Sunday 12   Orthodox Christian Special Worship

Monday

13

Baisakhi

Hindu New Year/Sikh

Special Worship

Wednesday (sundown) to Thursday

15-16

 

Judaism

Special Worship/Mourning

Monday (sundown)

20

 

Bahá’í

Work Restrictions

 

May 2016

Sunday

1

Easter

Orthodox Christian

Special Worship

Sunday

1

Beltane

Pagan

Special Worship

Monday

2

Twelfth Day of Ridvan

Bahá’í

Work/Food Restriction

Thursday

5

Yom HaShoah

Judaism

Special Worship/Mourning

Friday (sundown) to Saturday

 6-7

Lag B’Omer

Judaism

Special Worship

Saturday

21

Declaration of the Bab

Bahá’í

Work Restriction

Tuesday 24 Pentecost Christian Special Worship

Sunday

29

Ascension of the Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’í

Work Restriction