Calendar

Calendar of Observances

Celebrations and Major Religious Holidays / Holy Days  

(August 2013 – July 2014)

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 2013-2014 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.

AUGUST 2013 – Physically Challenged Awareness Month

(July) 9

Ramadan begins *  ** - Islam

8-11

Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu

21

Eid al Fitr * ** - Ramadan ends - Islam

SEPTEMBER 2013 – Hispanic Heritage Month

5-6 Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish
14 Yom Kippur * - Jewish
19-25 Sukkot * - Jewish
22 Autumn Equinox
26 Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish
27 Simchat Torah * - Jewish

OCTOBER 2013 – Hispanic Heritage Month (continued)

4-10 Mental Illness Awareness Week
5-13 Navaratri ** - Hindu
11 National Coming Out Day
15-18 Eid al Adha * ** - Islam
20 Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh
20 Birth of the Bab - Baha'i
24 Dasera ** - Hindu
31 All Hallows Eve / Halloween

NOVEMBER 2013 – Native American Heritage Month

1 All Saints' Day - Christian
1 Samhain * - Wicca Northern hemisphere
3 Diwali (Deepavali) ** - Hindu, Jain
4 Hijra - New Year * ** - Islam
11 Veteran's Day
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
12-25 Nativity Fast begins - Orthodox Christian
26 Day of Covenant * - Baha'i
28 Thanksgiving - Interfaith - USA
28-Dec 5 Hanukkah * - Jewish

DECEMBER 2013 – Universal Human Rights Month

1 First Sunday of Advent - Christian
8 Bodhi Day - (Rohatsu) ** - Buddhism
8 Immaculate Conception - Catholic Christian
21 Winter Solstice
25 Christmas * - Christian

26 – Jan 1

Kwanzaa – African American, Interfaith

JANUARY 2014  

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
19 World Religion Day * - Baha'i
31 Chinese New Year - Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist

FEBRUARY 2014 – Black History Month

4 Vasant Panchami ** - Hindu
24 Purim * - Jewish
28 Maha Shivaratri ** - Hindu

MARCH 2014 - Women’s History Month

5 Ash Wednesday - Lent begins - Christian
17 St. Patrick's Day - Christian
17 Holi ** - Hindu
20 Vernal Equinox
21 International Day of Norooz * - Iranian

APRIL 2014 – Sexual Assault Awareness Month

2 World Autism Awareness Day
8 Ramanavami ** - Hindu
13 Palm Sunday - Christian/Orthodox Christian
15-22 * Pesach (Passover)* - Jewish
15 The Memorial - Jehovah's Witness
18 Good (Holy) Friday - All Christians
20 Easter - All Christians
21-29 Ridvan * - Baha'i
27 Yom HaSho'ah * - Jewish

MAY 2014 – Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month; Older Americans Recognition Month

3 National Day of Prayer - Interfaith USA
14 Buddha Day - Visakha Puja ** - Buddhist
23 Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i
26 Memorial Day
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i

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

 

* 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.