Religious Life at Muhlenberg College

Religious Life at Muhlenberg College

Religious Holidays 2014-2015


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

Please note that individual practices may vary.


Fall Semester 2014

September 25-26: Rosh HaShanah - The Jewish New Year (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown September 24.

September 28: Tzom Gedaliah - Fast of the Seventh Month (Judaism) *fasting, begins sundown September 27.

October 4: Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement (Judaism) *fasting, work restriction, begins sundown October 3.

October 5: Eid ul Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (Islam) *work restriction, begins sundown October 4.

October 9-15: Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles (Judaism) *work restriction October 9 & 10, begins sundown October 8.

October 16: Shemini Atzeret - Eighth Day of Assembly (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown October 15.

October 17: Simchat Torah - Celebrating the Torah (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown October 16.

October 23: Diwali - Festival of Lights (Hinduism, Jain, Sikh)

November 1: All Saints Day (Christian)

November 2: All Souls Day (Christian)

December 8: Bodhi Day (Buddhism)

December 17-24: Hanukkah - Festival of Lights (Judaism) begins sundown December 16.

December 25: Christmas (Christian)


Spring Semester 2015

January 1: Asara B’Tevet - The Tenth of Tevet (Judaism) *fasting

February 4: Tu B’Shvat - New Year for Trees (Judaism), begins at sundown February 3.

February 18: Ash Wednesday (Christianity) *fasting

March 4: Ta’anit Esther - Fast of Esther (Judaism) *fasting

March 5: Purim - Festival of Lots (Judaism) begins sundown March 4.

March 6: Holi - Festival of Colors (Hinduism) *fasting

March 29: Palm Sunday (Christianity)

April 4-11: Pesach - Passover (Judaism) *fasting and work restrictions on April 4-5 and 10-11,

begins sundown April 3.

April 3: Good Friday/Holy Friday (Christianity) *fasting

April 5: Easter (Christianity)

April 12: Easter (Orthodox Christianity)

April 16: Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Memorial Day (Judaism) begins sundown April 15.

April 22: Yom HaZikaron - Israeli Memorial Day (Judaism) begins sundown April 21.

April 23: Yom HaAtzma’ut - Israeli Independence Day (Judaism) begins sundown April 22.

May 7: Lag B’Omer - 33rd day of counting the Omer (Judaism) begins sundown May 6.

May 14: Ascension (Christianity)


For information about Religious Holidays and Class Attendance: Religious Holiday Policy



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