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 2021
August 15: Feast of the Assumption of Mary (Catholic Christianity) – holy day marking the
assumption of Mary’s body and soul into heaven

August 19: Ashura (Islam) – Commemoration of martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the
Prophet Muhammad, and when Moses fasted in gratitude for the liberation of the Israelites
*Begins at sundown August 18, fasting

August 30: Krishna Janmashtami (Hinduism) – Commemoration of the birth of Krishna *Fasting

September 3: Paryushana Parva (Jainism) – Eight-day festival of forgiveness and self-discipline
*Fasting

September 7-8: Rosh Hashanah (Judaism) – Jewish New Year and beginning of High Holy Days
*Begins at sundown September 6, work restriction starts sundown September 6 and continues through both days

September 9: Tzom Gedaliah (Judaism) – Fast of the Seventh Month
*Minor fasting

September 10: Ganesh Chaturthi / Vinayaka Chaturthi (Hinduism) – commemorates the birth
of Ganesh

September 16: Yom Kippur (Judaism) – Day of Atonement
*Begins sundown September 15, fasting and work restriction start September 15 and continue through September 16

September 21-27: Sukkot (Judaism) – Feast of Tabernacles
*Begins at sundown September 20, work restriction starts sundown September 20 and continues through first two days (September 21-22)

September 28: Shmini Atzeret (Judaism) – Eighth day of the Feast of Tabernacles
*Begins at sundown September 27, work restriction starts sundown September 27 and continues through September 28

September 29: Simchat Torah (Judaism) – Celebration the beginning of the annual Torah
reading cycle
*Begins at sundown September 28, work restriction begins sundown September
28 and continues through September 29

October 6-14: Navratri (Hinduism) – Festival of the divine mother in all her forms

October 14: Dussehra (Hinduism) – Commemoration of the last of the days of judgement
*Work restriction

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

November 1: Samhain (Wiccan, Pagan) – Festival honoring endings, beginnings, and the dead
*Begins sundown on October 31

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

November 4: Diwali (Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism) – Festival of Lights
*Work restriction

November 7: Birth of Baha’u’llah (Bahá’í Faith) – Celebration of the birth of the founder of the
Bahá’í Faith
*Work restriction

November 29 – December 6: Hanukkah (Judaism) – Festival of Lights
*Begins at sundown November 28

December 8: Bodhi Day (Buddhism) – Celebration of Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment

December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Catholic Christianity) – Observes the immaculate conception of Mary by Joachim and Anne

December 12 : Our Lady of Guadalupe (Catholic Christianity) – Celebration of the apparitions of Mary to St. Juan Diego in Tepeyac in 1531

December 14: Asara B’Tevet (Judaism) – The Tenth of Tevet
*Minor fasting when sun up

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

Spring 2022
January 1: Feast of Mary Mother of God (Catholic Christianity) – Celebration of the motherhood of Mary

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

February 1: Lunar New Year (Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism) – Celebration of a start of the
new lunar cycle

March 1: Lailat al-Miraj (Islam) – Celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s ascent to heaven
*Begins at sundown on February 28

March 1: Maha Shivrathri (Hinduism) – Festival celebrated in honor of the god Shiva
*Fasting

March 2: Ash Wednesday (Christianity) – Beginning of Lent
*Fasting

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

March 7: Clean Monday/Ash Monday (Orthodox Christianity)– Start of Lent for Orthodox
Christians

March 16: Ta’anit Esther (Judaism) – Fast of Esther
*Minor fasting when sun up

March 17: Purim (Judaism) – Festival of Lots
*Begins sundown March 16

March 17-18: Holi (Hinduism) – Festival of Colors
*Fasting

March 21: Nowruz (Zoroastrianism and Bahá’í Faith) – Persian New Year

March 30: Magha Puja Day (Buddhism) – Celebration of Lord Buddha’s teaching to an assembly

April 2 – May 1: Ramadan (Islam) – Commemoration of the Prophet Muhammad receiving
divine revelation as recorded in the Qur’an
*Begins evening of April 1, fasting dawn until dusk or sundown

April 10: Palm Sunday (Christianity) – Celebration of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem

April 10-16: Holy Week (Christianity) – The week of Holy Days before Easter

April 13: Vaisakhi (Sikhism) – Celebration of the formation of the religious community of Sikhs
by Guru Gobind Singh

April 14: Mahavir Jayanti (Jainism) – Celebration of the birth of the founder of Jainism

April 14: Holy Thursday (Christianity) – Commemoration of Jesus’ Last Supper

April 15: Good Friday (Christianity) – Commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus
*Fasting

April 16-23: Passover (Judaism) – Festival of Freedom
*Begins sundown on April 15, food restrictions all days, work restrictions 4/15 sundown – 4/17 sundown and 4/21 sundown – 4/23 sundown

April 17: Easter (Christianity) – Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus

April 17: Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christianity) – Celebration of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem

April 17-23: Holy Week (Orthodox Christianity) – The week of Holy Days before Easter

April 21: Holy Thursday (Orthodox Christianity) – Commemoration of Jesus’ Last Supper

April 21 – May 2: Ridvan (Bahá’í Faith) – Commemoration of when the founder of the Bahá’í
Faith declared his mission

April 22: Good Friday (Orthodox Christianity) – Commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus
*Fasting

April 24: Easter (Orthodox Christianity) – Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus

May 1: Beltane (Wicca, Paganism) – Festival of Light honoring fertility and creation
*Begins at sundown April 30

May 3: Eid al-Fitr (Islam) – Festival that marks the ending of Ramadan
*Begins evening of May 2

May 19: Lag B’Omer (Judaism) – 33rd day of counting the Omer
*Begins at sundown May 18

May 23: Declaration of the Bab (Bahá’í Faith) – Celebration of Ali Muhammad’s announcement
that he was the “gate” to the promised coming of all religions
*Work restriction

For more information, contact The Reverend Callista Isabelle,
Director for Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life: 314-935-5257
Office for Religious, Spiritual and Ethical Life