Religious Life

Religious Holidays 2018-2019

Below are many of the religious holidays observed by members of the Muhlenberg community. Please note that individual practices may vary.


Fall 2018

August 21: Eid al-Adha – Feast of the Sacrifice (Islam) *begins sundown August 20th

September 1: Leil Selichot – Prayers for forgiveness for the New Year (Judaism) *takes place late evening September 1st

September 10-11: Rosh HaShanah – The Jewish New Year (Judaism) *work restriction, begins at sundown September 9th

September 12: Tzom Gedaliah – Fast of the Seventh Month (Judaism) *fasting begins at dawn

September 19: Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement (Judaism) *fasting, work restriction, begins sundown September 18th

September 24-30: Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles (Judaism) *work restriction September 24-25, begins sundown September 23rd

October 1: Shemini Atzeret – Eighth Day of Assembly (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown September 30th

October 2: Simchat Torah – Celebrating the Torah (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown October 1st

November 1: All Saints Day (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

November 2: All Souls Day (Christianity)(Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

November 7: Diwali – Festival of Lights (Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism)

December 3-10: Hanukkah – Festival of Lights (Judaism) *begins sundown December 2nd

December 8: Bodhi Day (Buddhism)

December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic)

December 18: Asarah B'Tevet – The Tenth of Tevet (Judaism) *fasting

December 25: Christmas (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)


Spring 2019 

January 1: Solemnity of Mary Mother of God (Roman Catholic)

January 7: Christmas (Orthodox Christianity)

January 21: Tu B’Shvat – New Year of Trees (Judaism) *begins at sundown January 20th

February 5: Chinese/Lunar New Year (Confucianism/Daoism/Buddhism)

March 6: Ash Wednesday (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity) *fasting

March 20: Ta'anit Esther – Fast of Esther (Judaism) *fasting

March 21: Purim – Festival of Lots (Judaism) *begins sundown March 20th

March 21-22: Holi – Festival of Colors (Hinduism) *fasting

April 14: Palm Sunday (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

April 19: Good Friday/Holy Friday (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity) *fasting

April 20-27: Passover – Festival of Freedom (Judaism) *work restriction April 20, 21, 26, and 27th, begins at sundown on April 19th with Ritual Meal *fasting on April 19th

April 21: Easter (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

April 21: Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christianity)

April 26: Good Friday (Orthodox Christianity)

April 28: Easter (Orthodox Christianity)

May 2: Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day (Judaism) *begins sundown May 1st

May 6-June 4: Ramadan (Islam) *month of fasting, begins sundown May 5th

May 8: Yom HaZikaron – Israeli Memorial Day (Judaism) *begins sundown May 7th

May 9: Yom HaAtzma'ut – Israeli Independence Day (Judaism) *begins sundown May 8th

May 23: Lag B’Omer – 33rd day of counting the Omer (Judaism) *begins sundown May 22nd

May 30: Ascension (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

June 4: Eid al-Fitr (Islam) *begins evening of June 3rd

June 6: Ascension (Orthodox Christianity)

June 9-10: Pentecost (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

June 9: Shavuot – Festival of Weeks (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown June 8th


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

http://www.muhlenberg.edu/main/campuslife/religiouslife/