Multifaith Calendar


2022 Multifaith Holiday Calendar

Below are many of the religious holidays observed by members of the PVCC community

Please note that individual practices may vary

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.

 

DATE DAYS HOLIDAY RECOMMENDED ACCOMODATIONS
January 1 Saturday Gantan-Sai (Shinto) – New Year festival, commemorated by going to shrine, prayer for inner renewal, prosperity, and health Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on this date
January 6 Thursday Epiphany (Christian) – Feast day commemorating the revelation of God through Jesus Christ None
January 7 Friday Christmas (Orthodox Christian) — Day commemorating the birth of Jesus Many Eastern Orthodox employees/students will probably request this day off
February 1 Tuesday **Chinese New Year (Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism) – the most important of traditional Chinese holidays Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on this date. Many Chinese employees/students will probably request this day off.
February 15 Tuesday Parinirvana (Buddhist) – Festival commemorating the death of the
Buddha and attainment of parinirvana
None
March 2 -
March 20
Wednesday
Sunday
**Nineteen Day Fast (Baha’i) – Sunrise to sunset fast also marked with prayer to reinvigorate soul and bring closer to God Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on the date. Bahá’ís employees/students may be fasting
March 2 Wednesday Ash Wednesday (Christian) - Day of fasting that commemorates first day of Lent Provide food accommodation as requested—prohibitions include animal products.
March 7 Monday Great Lent begins, Clean Monday (Orthodox Christian) –  Day of fasting and spiritual purification and reflection Note: Employees/students may be fasting.
March 15 -
March 16
Sundown Tuesday
Sundown Wednesday
Purim (Judaism) – Commemorates the story of Esther Purim is not subject to the restrictions on work that affect some other holidays; however, some sources indicate that Jewish employees/students should not go about their ordinary business at Purim out of respect for the festival. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (kosher restrictions apply)
March 18 -
March 19
Sundown Friday
Sundown Saturday
Holi (Hindu) – "Festival of Colors" celebrated over two days with throwing of colored powder and water; commemorating the triumph of good over evil. Flexibility when scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on this date. Hindu employees/students may request a vacation day on this date
March 20 -
March 21
Sundown Sunday
Sundown Monday
Nowruz (Baha’i) –  Marks the first day of spring None
April 3 -
May 1
Sundown Friday
Sundown Sunday
**Ramadan (Islam) – Month of fasting to commemorate first revelation of the Qur’an to Muhammad Avoid scheduling major academic deadlines during this time. Be sensitive to the fact that employees/students celebrating Ramadan will be fasting during the day (continuously for 30 days) and will likely have less stamina as a result. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (halal restrictions apply).
April 10 Sunday Palm Sunday (Christian) – A commemoration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem None
April 10 Sunday Rama Navami (Hindu) – Celebration of birth of Prince Rama, avatar of the Hindu God Vishnu, to King Dasharatha and Queen Kausalya in Ayodhya None
April 14 Thursday Vaisakhi (Sikh) – New year festival and commemorates 1699, the year Sikhism was born. Vaisakhi is also a long-established harvest festival None
April 14 Thursday Mahavir Jayanthi (Jain) – Celebrates birth of Mahavira, the founder of Jainism None
April 15 Friday Good Friday (Christian) – Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary Provide food accommodation as requested—meat (fish is not considered meat) is prohibited during meals for some.
April 16 Saturday Hanuman Jayantï (Hindu) – Celebration of birthday of Hanuman, foremost devotee of Sri Rama and Sita None
April 15 -
April 23
Sundown Friday
Sundown Saturday
**Passover (Judaism) – Week-long observance commemorating liberation of Israelites by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under leadership of Moses Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on the first two and last two days of the holiday, provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply—the use of leavening is prohibited so, for example, matzah is eaten in place of bread.)
April 17 Sunday Easter (Christian) – Annual commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ Because this holiday falls on Sunday, academic accommodations may not be required.
April 20 -
May 1
Wednesday
Sunday
Ridván (Bahá’í) – Twelve-day festival when founder Bahá’u’lláh declared his mission Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on the 1st day, 9th day, and 12th day of Ridván
April 24 Sunday Pascha (Orthodox Christian) – Annual commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ Because this holiday falls on Sunday, academic accommodations may not be required.
April 27 -
April 28
Sundown Wednesday
Sundown Thursday
Yom Ha’shoah (Judaism) – Holocaust Remembrance Day Provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply).
May 2 -
May 3
Sundown Monday
Sundown Tuesday
Eid al-Fitr (Islam) – Eid al-Fitr means "break the fast", and is the last day of Ramadan, marking the end of a month of fasting Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. Employees will likely ask to take a vacation day on this day. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).
May 24 Tuesday Declaration of the Báb (Bahá’í) – Commemorates declaration of the Báb, the forerunner of Bahá’u’lláh the founder of the Bahá’í Faith Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities.
May 26 Thursday Ascension Day (Christian) – Celebrates the departure of Christ from Earth into the presence of God None
May 28 -
May 29 
Sundown Saturday
Sundown Sunday
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Bahá’í) – Anniversary of death of founder Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities.
June 4 -
June 6
Sundown Saturday
Sundown Monday
**Shavuot (Judaism) – Festival commemorating giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai  Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on the first two and last two days of the holiday. Provide food accommodation as requested. (Kosher restrictions apply—although it is customary to eat dairy).
June 5 Sunday Pentecost (Christian) – Celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the disciples of Jesus after his Ascension None
July 9 -
July 10
Sundown Saturday
Sundown Sunday
**Eid al-Adha (Islam) – Commemorates Ibrahim’s sacrifice of his son to God Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on the first day. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).
July 10 Sunday Martyrdom of the Báb (Bahá’í) – Date the Báb was executed None
August 5 -
August 6
Sundown Friday
Sundown Saturday
**Tisha B’Av (Judaism) – Day of mourning to commemorate many tragedies that have befallen Jewish people, many occurring on the ninth of Av Plan limited activities after a fast.
August 7 -
August 8
Sundown Sunday
Sundown Monday
Ashura (Islam) – For Shias, a commemoration of the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at Karbala None
August 11 Thursday Raksha Bhandan (Hindu) – A celebration harmony. The tying of the rakhi (woven
bracelet) signifies a special bond of unity and affection between two individuals
None
August 18 -
August 19
Thursday
Friday
**Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu) – Two-day festival celebrating the birth of Krishna, a widely-worshiped Hindu god Avoid scheduling major academic deadlines on this day, since it is likely that students will be operating on very little sleep.
September 26-October 5 Sundown Monday
Sundown Wednesday
Navaratri (Hindu) – Literally meaning “nine nights,” this is a major Hindu event that honors the Goddess Durga and celebrates the triumph of good over evil Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities. Note that members of the community may be hungry due to fasting
September 25 -
September 27
Sundown Sunday
Sundown Tuesday
**Rosh Hashanah (Judaism) – Beginning of the Jewish Year and High Holy Days Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. If planning an event, provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply).
October 4 -
October 5
Sundown Tuesday
Sundown Wednesday
**Yom Kipper (Judaism) – Day of atonement to reflect on sins and seek forgiveness from God Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date and after a day of fasting.
October 5 Wednesday Dussehra (Hindu) – The tenth and final day of the Hindu festival honoring Asuj Navratras None
October 7 -
October 8
Sundown Friday
Sundown Saturday
Mawlid al-Nabi (Islam) – Commemorates birthday of prophet Muhammad Muslim employees/students may be fasting
October 9 -
October 16
Sundown Sunday
Sundown Sunday
**Sukkot (Judaism) – The Feast of the Tabernacles and Harvest festival Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on the first two days. If planning an event, provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply).
October 16 -
October 18
Sundown Sunday
Sundown Tuesday
**Shemini Atzeret (Judaism) – Marks the end of Sukkot Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. If planning an event, provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply).
October 17 -
October 18
Sundown Monday
Sundown Tuesday
**Simchat Torah (Judaism) – Celebrates the conclusion of the annual cycle of public
Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle
Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. If planning an event, provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply).
October 24 Monday Diwali (Hindu) – A 5-day festival of light that combines several different festivals in honor of gods, goddesses, harvests, new year’s, etc. It is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains. Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on this date. Hindu employees will likely request a vacation day on this date.
October 25 -
October 26
Sundown Tuesday
Sundown Wednesday
**Birth of the Báb (Bahá’í) – Celebrates the birth of the Báb, one of the founders of the
Bahá’í Faith
Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. Baha’i employees suspend work on this day and will likely request to have this day off.
October 26 -
October 27
Sundown Wednesday
Sundown Thursday
Birth of Baha'u'llah (Bahá’í) – Celebrates the birth of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the
Bahá’í Faith
Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. Baha’i employees suspend work on this day and will likely request to have this day off.
November 15-December 24 Tuesday
Saturday
Nativity Fast (Orthodox Christian) – A period of abstinence and penance in preparation for the Nativity of Jesus The rules of fasting are not the same during the whole time of the Nativity Fast. Provide food accommodation as requested.
November 25 Thursday Day of the Covenant (Bahá’í) – Celebrates the appointment of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as the
Centre of Bahá’u’lláh’s Covenant
None
December 18 -
December 26
Sundown Sunday
Sundown Monday
Hanukkah (Judaism) – Festival of lights lasting for eight days. Hanukkah commemorates the Jewish struggle for religious freedom Provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply—potato pancakes, doughnuts or other fried food is customary).
December 25 Sunday Christmas (Christian) – Annual celebration commemorating the birth of Jesus National holiday in the United States, so special accommodations are likely not required.
December 26 -January 1 Monday
Sunday
**Kwanzaa (Non-religious) - Week-long celebration honoring African heritage in African-American culture Schools are usually closed during this time so specific accommodations may not be necessary