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Religious Holiday Observances for Academic Year 2017-2018

The list that follows is not exhaustive; it includes major festivals and holy days for many, though by no means all, religious traditions represented and celebrated in the Ramapo community. (If it does not include an important date in the religious calendar of your particular tradition, please let us know.) Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate. Note that some holidays in some traditions are tied to the lunar calendar or to particular cultural patterns that vary by region or by sect which make their location in the calendar somewhat more fluid.

Islamic Holidays: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

For holidays associated with Christianity, the following notations are used to denote observance by particular strands of the Christian tradition: RC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox

2017 Days Holidays Religion
Sep. 1
Sep. 5
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Eid al-Adha (date can vary by a day) Islam
Sep. 20
Sep. 22
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Friday
**Rosh Hashanah (2 days) Judaism
Sep. 21
Sep. 29
Thursday
Friday
Navaratri Hinduism
Sep. 29
Sep. 30
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
**Yom Kippur Judaism
Sep. 30 Saturday Dussenhra/Dasara Hinduism
Sep. 30
Oct. 1
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Ashura Islam
Oct. 1
Oct. 2
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
Muharram/New Year (date can vary by a day) Islam
Oct. 4
Oct. 6
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Friday
**Sukkot (1st 2 days) Judaism
Oct. 11
Oct. 13
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Friday
**Shemini Atzeret
**Simchat Torah
Judaism
Oct. 19
Oct. 20
Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
Birth of the Báb Bahá’í
Oct. 19 Thursday **Diwali Hinduism -Jain – Sikh
Nov. 1 Wednesday All Saints Day Christianity (RC, P)
Nov. 2 Thursday All Souls Day Christianity (RC,  P)
Nov. 4 Saturday Guru Nanak Jayanti Birthday Sikh
Nov. 11
Nov. 12
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
**Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’ í
Nov. 24
Nov. 25
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
Day of the Covenant Bahá’ í
Nov. 27
Nov. 28
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
Ascension of Adbul’l-Baha Bahá’ í
Nov. 30
Dec. 1
Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
Mawlid al Nabi (dates can vary by a day) Islam
Dec. 3
Dec. 24
Sunday
Sunday
Advent Begins Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 8 Friday Bodhi Day Buddhism
Dec. 8 Friday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 12
Dec. 20
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Wednesday
**Hanukkah Judaism
Dec. 25 Monday Christmas Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 26
Jan. 1
Tuesday
Monday
Kwanzaa African American
2018 Days Holiday Religion
Jan. 1 Monday **Gantan-sai Shinto
Jan. 2
Jan. 4
Tuesday
Thursday
Mahayana New Year Buddhism
Jan. 6 Saturday Epiphany (Theophany) Christianity (RC, P, O)
Jan. 7 Sunday Feast of the Nativity (Christmas) Christianity (O)
Jan. 13 Saturday Maghi Hinduism
Feb. 8 Thursday Nirvana Day Buddhism, Jain, Sikh
Feb. 12 Monday Clean Monday, Lent Begins Christianity (O)
Feb. 13 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday Christianity (RC, P)
Feb. 14 Wednesday Ash Wednesday, Lent Begins Christianity (RC, P)
Feb. 14 Wednesday Maha Shivaratri Hinduism
Feb. 16 Friday **Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
Feb. 28
Mar. 1
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
Purim Judaism
Mar. 1
Mar. 2
Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
Holi Hinduism
Mar. 20
Mar. 21
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Naw-Rúz (New Year) Bahá’ í, Zoroastrian
Mar. 25 Sunday Palm Sunday Christianity (RC, P)
Mar. 25
Mar. 26
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
Ram Navami Hinduism
Mar. 30 Friday Good Friday Christianity (RC, P)
Mar. 30-Apr. 1
Apr. 6 & 7
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Monday
**Pesach (1st 2 days and last 2 days of Passover) Judaism
Mar. 31 Saturday Magha Puja Day Buddhism
Apr. 1 Sunday Easter Christianity (RC, P)
Apr. 1 Sunday Palm Sunday Christianity (O)
Apr. 6 Friday Holy Friday Christianity (O)
Apr. 6 Sunday Easter/Pascha Christianity (O)
Apr. 11
Apr. 12
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
Yom HaSho’ah Judaism
Apr. 12
Apr. 13
Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
Lailat al Mi’raj Islam
Apr. 18
Apr. 19
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Judaism
Apr. 20
Apr. 21
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
Ridván (1st day) Bahá’ í
Apr. 28
Apr. 29
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Ridván (9th day) Bahá’ í
Apr. 29 Sunday Buddha Day- Visakha Puja Buddhism
May. 1
May. 2
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Ridván (12th day) Bahá’ í
May 3 Thursday National Day of Prayer-USA Interfaith
May 10 Thursday Ascension of Jesus Christianity (RC, P)
May 14 Monday Vaisakhi (date can vary by a day) Sikhism, Hinduism
May 15
June 14
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Thursday
**Ramadan Islam
May 19
May 21
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Monday
**Shavuot Judaism
May 20 Sunday Pentecost Christianity (RC, P)
May 23
May 24
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
Declaration of the Báb Bahá’ í
May 27 Sunday Pentecost Christianity (O)
May 28
May 29
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
Ascension of Baha’u’lláh Bahá’ í
May 29 Tuesday Vesak (Buddha Day) Buddhism
Jun. 2 Saturday All Saints Day Christianity (O)
Jun. 14
Jun. 15
Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by a day) Islam
Aug. 21
Aug. 22
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
**Eid al-Adha (date can vary by a day) Islam