Calendar

Calendar of Observances

Celebrations and Major Religious Holidays / Holy Days  

(June 2014– July 2015)

Special thanks to Manchester Community College for their major role in the development of this calendar.

The increasingly pluralistic population of the United States creates diverse communities, student bodies and employees. To enhance mutual understanding and respect among the various religious, ethnic and cultural groups, Manchester Community College has put together a Calendar of Observances. This is intended to be a tool to increase awareness about religious obligations as well as ethnic and cultural festivities that may affect our students and colleagues. It can be used as a resource when planning classroom activities and/or when scheduling events.

Below is a list of some of the major cultural, heritage, and ethnic recognition celebrations and religious holidays for the 2014-2015 academic year. The dates have been determined by checking a variety of sources. In the cases where variant dates were listed in these sources, we have listed the most frequently listed date.

JUNE 2014 – Gay Pride Month

4-5  Shavuot * - Jewish
8 Pentecost - All Christians
14 Lailat al Miraj * - Islam
19 Juneteenth
21 Summer Solstice
28 Ramadan begins *  ** - Islam

JULY 2014

9 Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i
26 ADA Anniversary Day
29 - 31 Eid al Fitr * ** - Ramadan ends - Islam

AUGUST 2014 – Disabilities Awareness Month

10 Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu

SEPTEMBER 2014 – Hispanic Heritage Month

22 Autumn Equinox
24-26 Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish
29-3 Navaratri ** - Hindu

OCTOBER 2014 – Hispanic Heritage Month (continued)

4 Dasera ** - Hindu
4 Yom Kippur * - Jewish
4-7 Eid al Adha * ** - Islam
4-10 Mental Illness Awareness Week
9-15 Sukkot * - Jewish
11 National Coming Out Day
16 Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish
17 Simchat Torah * - Jewish
20 Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh
20 Birth of the Bab - Baha'i
21-25 Diwali (Deepavali) ** - Hindu, Jain
24 Hijra - New Year * ** - Islam
31 All Hallows Eve / Halloween

NOVEMBER 2014 – Native American Heritage Month

1 All Saints' Day - Christian
1 Samhain * - Wicca Northern hemisphere
11 Veteran’s Day
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
15-25 Nativity Fast begins - Orthodox Christian
26 Day of Covenant * - Baha'i
27 Thanksgiving - Interfaith - USA

DECEMBER 2014 – Universal Human Rights Month

1 First Sunday of Advent - Christian
8 Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) ** - Buddhism
8 Immaculate Conception - Catholic Christian
17-24 Hanukkah * - Jewish
21 Winter Solstice
25 Christmas * - Christian
26 – Jan 1 Kwanzaa – African American, Interfaith

JANUARY 2015

6 Epiphany, Three Kings Day - Christian
7 Christmas – Russian Orthodox Christian
10-19 Mahayana New Year ** - Buddhist
13 Maghi - Sikh
13 Mawlid an Nabi * ** - Islam

FEBRUARY 2015 – Black History Month

4 Vasant Panchami ** - Hindu
5 Ash Wednesday - Lent begins - Christian
18 Chinese New Year - Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist
19 World Religion Day * - Baha'i
28 Maha Shivaratri ** - Hindu

MARCH 2015 - Women’s History Month

5 Purim * - Jewish
6 Holi ** - Hindu
17 St. Patrick’s Day – Christian
20 Vernal Equinox
21 International Day of Norooz *  - Iranian
28 Ramanavami ** - Hindu
29 Palm Sunday - Christian/Orthodox Christian

APRIL 2015 – Sexual Assault Awareness Month

2 World Autism Awareness Day
3 Good (Holy) Friday - All Christians
4-11 * Pesach (Passover)* - Jewish
5 Easter - All Christians
15 The Memorial – Jehovah’s Witness
16 Yom HaSho'ah * - Jewish
21-29 Ridvan * - Baha'i

MAY 2015 – Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month;
Older Americans Recognition Month

3 National Day of Prayer - Interfaith USA
4 Buddha Day - Visakha Puja ** - Buddhist
21 Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i
24-25 Shavuot * - Jewish
25 Memorial Day
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
31 Pentecost - All Christians

JUNE 2015 – Gay Pride Month

1 Lailat al Miraj * - Islam
19 Juneteenth
21 Summer Solstice
18 Ramadan begins *  ** - Islam

JULY 2015

9 Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i
26 ADA Anniversary Day
18-21 Eid al Fitr * ** - Ramadan ends - Islam

* Indicates that Holy days begin at sundown the day before this date. 

** Regional customs, group preference or moon sightings may cause a variation of this date.

Please note that this list is not all-encompassing; we apologize if celebrations, recognitions, or specific holidays for certain faiths have been inadvertently overlooked.  Individuals and/or groups whose significant celebrations do not appear are encouraged to contact the Student Life Office at 203.332.5058 so they may be included in future calendars.