2017-2018 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.

Major holidays for each tradition are noted in bold type.  The Pluralism Project at Harvard University provides excellent resources for learning more about these religious traditions and holidays.  

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.

August 2017

31

Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day Islam Special Worship

September 2017

1-4

Eid-ul-Adha

Islam

Special Worship

21-22

Rosh Hashanah

Jewish

Work Restriction

21-22

New Year -- Hijra

Islam

Special Worship

21-29

Navratri (9 Days)

Hinduism

Special Worship

22

Mabon/Autumnal Equinox

Paganism

Special Worship

30

Yom Kippur

Judaism

Work Restriction

30

Dasara

Hinduism

Work Restriction

 

October 2017

1

Ashura

Islam

 

4

St. Francis Day and Blessing of the Animals

Christian

Special Worship

5-11

Sukkot

Judaism Special Worship

12

Shemini Atzeret

Judaism  Work Restriction

13

Simchat Torah

Judaism Work Restriction

19

Diwali

Hinduism/Sikhism/Jainism Special Worship

20

Birth of the Bab

Baha'i Special Worship

20

Installation of the Scriptures as Guru Ganath

Sikh  

20

Jain New Year

Jain  

31

All Hallow's Eve

Christian Special Worship

 November 2017

 1

All Saints’ Day

Roman Catholicism/Unitarian Universalist

 Special Worship

1

Samhain

Pagan

Special Worship

 2

All Souls' Day

Christianity / Unitarian Universalist

 Special Worship

4

Birthday of Guru Nanak

Sikhism

Special Worship

12

Birth of Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’í

Work Restriction

December 2017

3-24

Advent

Christian

Special Worship

8

Immaculate Conception

Roman Catholicism

Special Worship

8

Bodhi Day

Buddhism

Special Worship

13-20

Hanukkah

Jewish

Special Worship

12

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Roman Catholicism

Special Worship

21

Yule

Paganism

Special Worship

23

Joseph Smith’s Birthday

CJCLDS (Mormon)

Special Worship

  25

Christmas

Christianity / Unitarian  Universalist

  Special Worship

26  - Jan 1

Kwanzaa

African Heritage

Special Worship

 January 2018

1

Solemnity of Mary

Roman Catholicism

Special Worship

2-4

Mahayana New Year

Buddhism

 

6

Epiphany

Christianity

Special Worship

31

Tu B'Shvat

Judaism

Special Worship

 February 2018

2

Imbolc

Paganism

Special Worship

4

Four Chaplains Sunday

Interfaith

Special Worship

14

Ash Wednesday - Lent Begins

Christianity

Special Worship

14

Shivaratri

Hinduism

 

16

Chinese New Year

Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism

Special Worship

 March 2018

1

Purim

Judaism

Special Worship

2-20

The 19 Day Fast begins

Baha'i

Food Restriction

3

Holi

Hinduism

Special Worship

21

Naw Ruz (New Year’s Day)

Bahá’í /Zoroastrian

Work Restriction

30

Good Friday

Christianity

Special Worship/Food Restriction

31-April 7

Passover

Judaism

Food Restriction

 April 2018

1

Easter

Christianity

Special Worship

14

Baisakhi

Hinduism/Sikhism

Special Celebration

21

Ridvan 

Baha'i

 

 May 2018

1

Beltane

Pagan

Special Worship

2

Twelfth Day of Ridvan

Bahá’í

Work/Food Restriction

3

Lag B’Omer

Judaism

Special Worship

16 - June 15

Ramadan

Islam

Food Restriction

23

Declaration of the Bab

Bahá’í

Work Restriction

26 - June 25

Ramadan

Islam

Food Restriction

29

Ascension of the Bahá’u’lláh

Bahá’í

Work Restriction