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Religious Holidays Comprehensive Calendar for Academic Year 2018–2019

Faculty (including coaches) receive annual reminders of this policy and are encouraged to work carefully with students in anticipating and resolving conflicts to their mutual satisfaction.

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 traditionRC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox

2018

Days

Holidays

Religion

Aug. 20 – Aug. 21 Sundown – Monday
Sundown – Tuesday
**Eid al-Adha (date can vary by day) Islam
Sept. 9 – Sept. 11 Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Tuesday
**Rosh Hashanah (first 2 days) Judaism
Sept. 18 – Sept. 19 Sundown – Tuesday
Sundown – Wednesday
**Yom Kippur Judaism
Sept. 19 – Sept. 20 Sundown – Wednesday
Sundown – Thursday
Ashura Islam
Sept. 23 – Sept. 25 Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Tuesday
**Sukkot (first 2 days) Judaism
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Tuesday
**Shemini Atzeret
**Simchat Torah
Judaism
Oct. 19 Friday Dassehra/Dasara Hindusm
Nov. 1 Thursday All Saints Day Christianity (RC, P)
Nov. 2 Friday All Souls Day Christianity (RC, P)
Nov. 7 Wednesday **Diwali Hinduism –
Jain – Sikh
Nov 8. – Nov. 9 Sundown – Thursday
Sundown – Friday
Birth of the Báb Bahá’í
Nov. 9 – Nov. 10 Sundown – Friday
Sundown – Saturday
**Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í
Nov. 19 – Nov. 20 Sundown – Monday
Sundown – Tuesday
Mawlid al Nabi (dates can vary by day) Islam
Nov. 25 – Nov. 26 Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Monday
Day of the Covenant Bahá’í
Nov. 27 – Nov. 28 Sundown – Tuesday
Sundown – Wednesday
Ascension of Abdul’l-Baha Bahá’í
Dec. 2 – Dec. 23 Sunday
Sunday
Advent begins Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 2 – Dec. 10 Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Monday
Hanukkah Judaism
Dec. 8 Saturday Bodhi Day Buddhism
Dec. 8 Saturday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 25 Tuesday Christmas Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 Wednesday
Tuesday
Kwanzaa African American

 

2019

Days

Holiday

Religion

Jan. 1 Tuesday **Gantan-sai Shinto
Jan. 6 Sunday Epiphany (Theophany) Christianity (RC, P, O)
Jan. 7 Monday Feast of the Nativity (Christmas) Orthodox Christian
Jan. 13 Sunday Maghi Hinduism
Feb. 5 Tuesday **Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
Feb. 8 Friday Nirvana Day Buddhism, Jain, Sikh
Mar. 4 Monday Maha Shivaratri Hinduism
Mar. 5 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday Christianity (RC, P)
Mar. 6 Wednesday Ash Wednesday, Lent begins Christianity (RC, P)
Mar. 11 Monday Lent beings  – Clean Monday Orthodox Christian
Mar. 20 – Mar. 21 Sundown – Wednesday
Sundown – Thursday
Purim Judaism
Mar. 20 – Mar. 21 Sundown – Wednesday
Sundown – Thursday
Holi Hinduism
Mar. 20 – Mar. 21 Sundown – Wednesday
Sundown – Thursday
Naw-Rúz (New Year) Bahá’í, Zoroastrian
Mar. 21 Thursday Magha Puja Day Buddhism
Apr. 8 Monday Vesak (Buddha Day) Buddhism
Apr. 13 – Apr. 14 Sunrise – Saturday
Sundown – Sunday
Ram Navami Hinduism
Apr. 14 Sunday Palm Sunday Christianity (RC, P)
Apr. 16 – Apr. 17 Sundown – Tuesday
Sundown – Wednesday
Mahavir Jayanti Jainism
Apr. 19 Friday Good Friday Christianity (RC, P)
Apr. 19 – Apr. 21
Apr. 26 – Apr. 27
Sundown – Friday
Sundown – Saturday
**Pesach (first 2 days and last 2 days) Judaism
Apr. 20 – Apr. 21 Sundown – Saturday
Sundown – Sunday
Ridván (first day) Bahá’í
Apr. 21 Sunday Easter Christianity (RC, P)
Apr. 21 Sunday Palm Sunday Orthodox Christian
Apr. 26 Friday Holy Friday Orthodox Christian
Apr. 28 Sunday Easter/Pascha Orthodox Christian
Apr. 28 – Apr. 29 Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Monday
Ridván (ninth day) Bahá’í
May 1 – May 2 Sundown – Wednesday
Sundown – Thursday
Yom HaSho’ah Judaism
May 1 – May 2 Sundown – Wednesday
Sundown – Thursday
Ridván (twelfth day) Bahá’í
May 4 – May 5 Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Tuesday
**Ramadan Islam
May 8 – May 9 Sundown – Wednesday
Sundown – Thursday
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Judaism
May 19 Sunday Buddha Day-Vesak (date can vary by day) Buddhism
May 23 – May 24 Sundown – Thursday
Sundown – Friday
Declaration of the Báb Bahá’í
May 28 – May 29 Sundown – Tuesday
Sundown – Wednesday
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í
May 30 Thursday Ascension of Jesus Christianity (RC, P)
Jun. 4 – Jun. 5 Sundown – Tuesday
Sundown – Wednesday
Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by day) Islam
Jun. 6 Thursday Ascension of Jesus Orthodox Christian
Jun. 8 – Jun. 10 Sundown – Saturday
Sundown – Monday
**Shavuot Judaism
Jun. 9 Sunday Pentecost Christianity (RC, P, O)
Jun. 23 Sunday All Saints Day Orthodox Christian
Aug. 11 – Aug. 12 Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Monday
Eid al-Adha (date can vary by day) Islam