Religious Holidays 2019-2020

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

Please note that individual practices may vary.

 

 

Fall 2019

August 11: Eid-al-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (Islam) *begins at sundown August 10

September 21: Leil Selichot - Prayers for forgiveness for the New Year (Judaism) *takes place late evening September 21

September 29 - October 1: Rosh Hashanah - The Jewish New Year (Judaism) *work restriction both days, begins at sundown September 28

October 2: Tzom Gedaliah - Fast of the Seventh Month (Judaism) *minor fast, no work restriction

October 8 (6:14 pm) - Oct. 9 (7:20 pm): Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement (Judaism) *fast and work restriction, begins sundown October 8

October 14 - October 15: Sukkot - Feast of Tabernacles (Judaism) *work restriction, begins at sundown October 13

October 21 -: Shmini Atzeret - Eighth Day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown October 20

October 22: Simchat Torah - Celebrating the Beginning of the Annual Torah reading cycle (Judaism) *work restriction, begins at sundown October 21

October 27: Diwali - Festival of Lights (Hinduism, Jain, Sikh)

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

November 2: All Souls Day (Christianity)

December 8: Bodhi Day (Buddhism)

December 23-30:  Hanukkah - Festival of Lights (Judaism) *begins at sundown December 22

December 25: Christmas (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

 

 

Spring 2020

January 7: Asara B'Tevet - The Tenth of Tevet (Judaism) *fasting

January 7: Christmas (Orthodox Christianity)

February 10: Tu BiShvat - New Year of Trees (Judaism) *begins at sundown February 9, No restrictions

February 26: Ash Wednesday (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity) *fasting

March 9 Ta'anit Esther - Fast of Esther (Judaism) *minor fast only when sun up

March 9 (evening) - March 10: Purim - Festival of Lots (Judaism) *no restriction

March 10-11 Holi - Festival of Colors (Hinduism) *fasting

April 5: Palm Sunday (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

April 9 - April 16: Passover - Festival of Freedom (Judaism) *work restrictions on following set of days: 4/8 evening-4/10 evening and 4/14 evening-4/16 evening, *begins at sundown April 8

April 10: Good Friday (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

April 12: Easter (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

April 17: Good Friday (Orthodox Christianity)

April 19: Easter (Orthodox Christianity)

April 21: Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Memorial Day (Judaism) *no restrictions, begins at sundown April 20

April 23-May 23: Ramadan (Islam) *month of fasting, dawn until dusk or sundown

April 28: Yom HaZikaron - Israeli Memorial Day (Judaism) *no restrictions, begins at sundown April 27

April 29: Yom HaAtzma'ut - Israeli Independence Day (Judaism) *no restrictions, begins at sundown April 28

May 12: Lag B’Omer - 33rd day of counting the Omer (Judaism) *no restrictions, begins at sundown May 11

May 23: Eid al-Fitr (Islam) *begins evening of May 22

May 28 (evening) - May 30: Shavuot - Festival of Weeks (Judaism) *work restrictions

May 29: Ascension (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

May 31: Pentecost (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity

June 5: Ascension (Orthodox Christianity)

June 7: Pentecost (Orthodox Christianity)

 


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

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