Religious Life at Muhlenberg College

Religious Life at Muhlenberg College

Religious Holidays 2015-2016

 

Below are many of the religious holidays observed by members of the Muhlenberg community.

Please note that individual practices may vary.

 

Fall Semester 2015

  • September 5: Leil Selichot – Prayers for forgiveness for the new year (Judaism), late evening service on September 5.

  • September 14-15: Rosh HaShanah - The Jewish New Year (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown September 13.

  • September 16: Tzom Gedaliah - Fast of the Seventh Month (Judaism) *fasting, begins sundown September 15.

  • September 23: Eid al-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (Islam) begins sundown September 22.

  • September 23: Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement (Judaism) *fasting, work restriction, begins sundown September 22.

  • September 28-October 4: Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles (Judaism) *work restriction September 28 & 29, begins sundown September 27

  • October 5: Shemini Atzeret - Eighth Day of Assembly (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown October 4.

  • October 6: Simchat Torah - Celebrating the Torah (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown October 5.

  • November 1: All Saints Day (Christian)

  • November 2: All Souls Day (Christian)

  • December 7-14: Hanukkah - Festival of Lights (Judaism) begins sundown December 6.

  • December 8: Bodhi Day (Buddhism)

  • November 11: Diwali - Festival of Lights (Hinduism, Jain, Sikh)

  • December 22: Asara B’Tevet - The Tenth of Tevet (Judaism) *fasting

  • December 25: Christmas (Christian)

 

Spring Semester 2016

  • January 25: Tu B’Shvat - New Year for Trees (Judaism), begins at sundown January 24.

  • February 10: Ash Wednesday (Christianity) *fasting

  • March 20: Palm Sunday (Christianity)

  • March 23: Holi - Festival of Colors (Hinduism) *fasting

  • March 23: Ta’anit Esther - Fast of Esther (Judaism) *fasting

  • March 24: Purim - Festival of Lots (Judaism) begins sundown March 23.

  • March 25: Good Friday/Holy Friday (Christianity) *fasting

  • March 27: Easter (Christianity)

  • April 23-30: Pesach - Passover (Judaism) *fasting and work
  • restrictions on April 23 & 24 and 29-30, begins sundown April 22.

  • May 1: Easter (Orthodox Christianity)

  • May 5: Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Memorial Day (Judaism) begins sundown May 4.

  • May 5: Ascension (Christianity)

  • May 11: Yom HaZikaron - Israeli Memorial Day (Judaism) begins sundown May 10.

  • May 12: Yom HaAtzma’ut - Israeli Independence Day (Judaism) begins sundown May 11.

  • May 15: Pentecost (Christianity)

  • May 26: Lag B’Omer - 33rd day of counting the Omer (Judaism) begins sundown May 25. 

Feel free to contact a member of the Religious Life staff for more information:

www.muhlenberg.edu/religiouslife