Religious Life

Religious Holidays 2017-2018


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

Please note that individual practices may vary.


Fall 2017

August 15: Feast of the Assumption (Roman Catholic)

September 1: Eid al-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (Islam), begins sundown August 31

September 16: Leil Selichot - Prayers for forgiveness for the new year (Judaism), begins late evening September 16

September 21-22: Rosh HaShanah - The Jewish New Year (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown September 20

September 24: Tzom Gedaliah - Fast of the Seventh Month (Judaism) *fasting, begins at dawn

September 30: Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement (Judaism) *fasting, work restriction, begins sundown September 29

October 5-11: Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles (Judaism) *work restriction October 5-6, begins sundown October 4

October 12: Shemini Atzeret - Eighth Day of Assembly (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown October 11

October 13: Simchat Torah - Celebrating the Torah (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown October 12 

October 19: Diwali - Festival of Lights (Hinduism, Jain, Sikh)

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

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

December 8: Bodhi Day (Buddhism)

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

December 13-20: Hanukkah - Festival of Lights (Judaism) begins sundown December 12

December 25: Christmas (Roman Catholics, Protestants, some Orthodox Christians)

December 28: Asarah B'Tevet - The Tenth of Tevet (Judaism) *fasting


Spring 2018

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

January 7: Christmas (Orthodox Christianity)

January 31: Tu B'Shvat - New Year for Trees (Judaism), begins at sundown January 30

February 14: Ash Wednesday (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity) *fasting

February 16: Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year (Confucianism/Daoism/Buddhism)

February 28: Ta'anit Esther - Fast of Esther (Judaism) *fasting

March 1: Purim - Festival of Lots (Judaism), begins sundown February 28

March 2-3: Holi - Festival of Colors (Hinduism) *fasting

March 25: Palm Sunday (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

March 30: Good Friday/Holy Friday (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity) *fasting

March 31-April 7: Passover - Festival of Freedom (Judaism) *work restriction March 31 & April 1, 6 & 7, begins sundown on March 30 with Ritual Meal *fasting on March 30

April 1: Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christianity)

April 1: Easter (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christianity)

April 6: Good Friday (Orthodox Christianity)

April 8: Easter (Orthodox Christianity)

April 12: Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Memorial Day (Judaism) begins sundown April 11

April 18: Yom HaZikaron - Israeli Memorial Day (Judaism) begins sundown April 17

April 19: Yom HaAtzma'ut - Israel Independence Day (Judaism) begins sundown April 18

May 3: Lag B'Omer - 33rd day of counting the Omer (Judaism) begins sundown May 2

May 10: Ascension (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christianity)

May 16: Ramadan begins (Islam) *month of fasting, begins sundown May 15

May 17: Ascension (Orthodox Christianity)

May 20-21: Shavuot (Judaism) - Festival of Weeks *work restriction, begins sundown May 19

May 20: Pentecost (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christianity)

May 27: Pentecost (Orthodox Christianity)



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