Religious Holidays and Holy Days

Major Religious Holidays and Celebrations 2020-2021

Below is a list of holidays, traditional days of observances and important days of religious significance. This is not a comprehensive list of dates and a more detailed list can be found at www.interfaith-calendar.org.

Please take note of the dates in UPPER CASE and RED. These require abstinence from all secular activity and fall under the attendance policy adopted by the University Senate and the Board of Trustees.

Dates with an asterisk (*) indicate holy days beginning at sundown the day before this date.

Dates with two asterisks (**) indicate that regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of this date.


SUMMER TERM 2020
DATE HOLIDAY
May 23-24, 2020 * ** Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Islam
June 7, 2020 Pentecost
Christian
June 14, 2020 All Saints Day
Orthodox Christian
July 9, 2020 * Martyrdom of the Bab
Baha’i
FALL TERM 2020
DATE HOLIDAY
July 31-August 3, 2020 * ** Eid al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Islam
August 12, 2020 ** Krishna Janmashtami
Hindu
August 22, 2020 ** Ganesh Chaturthi
Hindu
August 29, 2020 * ** Ashura (Tenth of Muharram)
Islam
September 19-20, 2020 * ROSH HASHANAH
Jewish
September 28, 2020 * YOM KIPPUR
Jewish
September 29, 2020 Saint Michael and All Angels
Christian
October 3-9, 2020 * Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
Jewish
October 10, 2020 * Shemini Atzeret (Eighth day of Sukkot)
Jewish
October 11, 2020 * Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Law)
Jewish
October 17-24, 2020 ** Navaratri
Hindu
October 20, 2020 * BIRTH OF THE BÁB
Baha’i
October 24, 2020 ** VIJAYA DASAMI (LAST DAY OF NAVARATRI)
Hindu
November 1, 2020 All Saints Day
Christian
November 12, 2020 * BIRTH OF THE BAHA’U’LLAH
Baha’i
November 14, 2020 ** DEEPAVALI (DIWALI)
Hindu
** BANDHI CHLOR DIVAS (Coincides with DIWALI)
Sikh
November 29, 2020 Advent (First Sunday)
Christian
November 30, 2020 ** Gurupurab Guru Nanak Dev Ji
Sikh
December 8, 2020 ** Rohatsu (Bodhi Day)
Buddhism
December 11-18, 2020

* Hanukkah
Jewish

December 25, 2020

Christmas
Christian

December 26, 2020 - January 1, 2021 Kwanzaa
African/Interfaith
WINTER & SPRING TERMS 2021
DATE HOLIDAY
January 5, 2021 ** Gurupurab Guru Gobind Singh Ji
Sikh
January 6, 2021 Christmas Eve
Orthodox Christian (Old Calendar)
January 7, 2021 Christmas
Orthodox Christian (Old Calendar)
January 14, 2021 New Year
Orthodox Christian (Old Calendar)
February 12, 2021 Lunar New Year
 Chūnjié (Chinese New Year)
 Losar (Tibetan New Year)
 Seolnal (Korean New Year)
 Tết Nguyên Đán (Vietnamese New Year) 
February 17, 2021

Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins)
Christian

February 26, 2021 * Purim (Feast of Esther)
Jewish
March 28, 2021 Palm Sunday
Christian
March 28- April 8, 2021 * Pesach (Passover)
Jewish
March 28-29, 2021 * PESACH (Passover first two days)
Jewish
March 29, 2021 ** Hola Mohalla (Coincides with Holi)
Sikh
April 1, 2021 Maundy Thursday
Christian
April 2, 2021 Good Friday
Christian
April 4, 2021 Easter Sunday
Christian
April 4, 2021 Palm Sunday
Orthodox Christian
April 7-8, 2021 * PESACH (Passover last two days)
Jewish
April 11, 2021 Easter
Orthodox Christian
April 13, 2021 * ** First day of Ramadan (30 days)
Islam
April 14, 2021 ** Vaisakhi 
Sikh
SUMMER TERM 2021
DATE HOLIDAY
May 14-16, 2021 * ** Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan)
Islam
May 23, 2021 Pentecost
Christian
May 30, 2021 All Saints Day
Orthodox Christian
July 9, 2021 * Martyrdom of the Bab
Baha’i

While other religious holidays listed or not listed may not necessarily require abstinence from all secular activity, one should be sensitive to certain other observations that may involve fasting, a dietary change, or special celebrations that may occur during the day or in the evening. Jewish and Islamic days begin at sundown of the day preceding the date shown and end at sundown of the (last) date shown. Orthodox and observant Conservative Jews stop all work-related activities from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday to observe Shabbat (Sabbath). Other religious traditions include similar practices. For example, Seventh-day Adventists observe the Sabbath from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. For more information on religious holidays, visit the Center for American and World Cultures. The Interfaith Calendar and other sources were used to develop this document. Revisions to the calendar should be directed to provost@MiamiOH.edu.