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: