Religious Holidays Calendar 2019-2020

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 (Islam). *food restriction, begins sundown September 9
  • September 21: Leil Selichot – Prayers for forgiveness for the New Year (Judaism) *takes place late evening September 21
  • September 29 – October 7: Navratri (Hinduism)
  • September 30 – October 1: Rosh Hashanah – The Jewish New Year (Judaism) *work restriction both days, begins at sundown September 29
  • October 2: Tzom Gedaliah – Fast of the Seventh Month (Judaism) *minor fast, no work restriction
  • October 8: Dussehra (Hinduism) *work restriction
  • October 9: Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement (Judaism) *fast and work restriction, begins sundown October 8
  • October 14 – October 20: Sukkot – Feast of Tabernacles (Judaism) *work restriction first two days, 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 (Hindu, Jain, Sikh)
  • November 1: All Saints’ Day (Christianity)
  • November 2: All Souls’ Day (Christianity)
  • November 12 Birth of Baha’u’llah (Bahá’í)
  • December 18: Bodhi Day (Buddhism)
  • December 23-30: Hanukkah – Festival of Lights (Judaism) *begins at sundown December 22
  • December 25: Christmas (Christianity)

Spring 2020

  • January 7: Asara B’Tevet – The Tenth of Tevet (Judaism) * minor fast only when sun up
  • 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 2-20: Nineteen Day Fast. (Bahá’í) *fasting
  • March 8-9: Holi – Festival of Colors (Hinduism) *fasting
  • March 9 Ta’anit Esther – Fast of Esther (Judaism) *minor fast only when sun up
  • March 10: Purim – Festival of Lots (Judaism) *begins sundown March 9
  • March 20: Nowruz (Zoroastrian and Bahá’í), New Year’s Day
  • April 5: Palm Sunday (Christianity)
  • April 8: Fast of the First Born (Judaism) *minor fast only when sun up
  • 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, food restrictions all 8 days
  • April 10: Good Friday (Christianity)
  • April 12: Easter (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 24-May 23: Ramadan (Islam) *month of fasting, dawn until dusk or sundown, begins evening of April 23
  • 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 29 – May 30: Shavuot – Festival of Weeks (Judaism) *work restrictions, begins sundown May 28
  • 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)