Religious Holidays Calendar

Below are many of the religious holidays observed by members of the Washington University in St. Louis community. Please note that individual practices may vary.

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Fall 2019

August 27: Paryushana Parva – eight-day festival of forgiveness and self-discipline (Jainism)

September 10: Ashura – Commemoration of martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, and when Moses fasted in gratitude for the liberation of the Israelites (Islam) *Begins sundown September 9, food restriction

September 29 – October 7: Navratri – Festival of the divine mother in all her forms (Hinduism)

September 30 – October 1: Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year and beginning of High Holy Days (Judaism) * Begins at sundown September 29, work restriction begins sundown September 29 and continues both days

October 2: Tzom Gedaliah – Fast of the Seventh Month (Judaism) *Minor fasting

October 8: Dussehra – Commemoration of the last of the days of judgement (Hinduism) *Work restriction

October 9: Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement (Judaism) *Begins sundown October 8, fasting and work restriction begin sundown October 8 and continue through October 9

October 14-20: Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles (Judaism) *Begins at sundown October 13, work restriction begins sundown October 13 and continues through first two days (October 14-15)

October 21: Shmini Atzeret – Eighth Day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Judaism) *Begins at sundown October 20, work restriction begins sundown October 20 and continues through October 21

October 22: Simchat Torah – Celebrating the Beginning of the Annual Torah reading cycle (Judaism) *Begins at sundown October 21, work restriction begins sundown October 21 and continues through October 22

October 27: Diwali – Festival of Lights (Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism)

November 1: All Saints’ Day – Honors all saints known and unknown (Christianity)

November 2: All Souls’ Day – Commemoration of the souls of those who have died (Christianity)

November 12: Birth of Baha’u’llah – Celebration of the birth of the founder of the Baha’i Faith (Baha’i Faith) *Work restriction

December 18: Bodhi Day – Celebration of Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment (Buddhism)

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

December 25: Christmas – Celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ (Christianity)

Spring 2020 

January 7: Asara B’Tevet – The Tenth of Tevet (Judaism) *Minor fasting when sun up

January 7: Christmas – Celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ (Orthodox Christianity)

February 26: Ash Wednesday – Beginning of Lent (Christianity) *Fasting

March 2-20: Nineteen Day Fast – Fast observed by Baha’i adults (Baha’i Faith) *Fasting

March 8-9: Holi – Festival of Colors (Hinduism) *Fasting

March 9: Ta’anit Esther – Fast of Esther (Judaism) *Minor fasting when sun up

March 10: Purim – Festival of Lots (Judaism) *Begins at sundown March 9

March 20: Nowruz – Persian New Year (Zoroastrianism and Baha’i Faith)

April 5: Palm Sunday – Celebration of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem (Christianity)

April 9-16: Passover – Festival of Freedom (Judaism) *Begins at sundown April 8, food restrictions all days, work restrictions on 4/8 sundown – 4/10 sundown and 4/14 sundown – 4/16 sundown

April 10: Good Friday – Commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus (Christianity) *Fasting

April 12: Easter – Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus (Christianity)

April 17: Good Friday – Commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus (Orthodox Christianity) *Fasting

April 19: Easter – Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus (Orthodox Christianity)

April 24 – May 23: Ramadan – Commemoration of the Prophet Muhammad’s divine revelation as recorded in the Qur’an (Islam) *Begins evening of April 23, month of fasting dawn until dusk or sundown

May 12: Lag B’Omer – 33rd day of counting the Omer (Judaism) *Begins at sundown May 11

For more information, contact The Reverend Callista Isabelle,

Director for Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life: (314) 935-5257

Office for Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life