Holy Days Calendar

2013-2014 Academic year

The list that follows is not exhaustive; it includes major festivals and holy days for many, but perhaps not all, religious traditions represented in the Whitman community. If it does not include an important date in the religious calendar of your particular tradition, please notify Adam Kirtley, Stuart Coordinator of Religious and Spiritual Life, at kirtleam@whitman.edu.

Dates marked with an * indicate that observances begin at sundown on the preceding day. For holidays associated with Christianity, the following notations are used to denote observance by particular strands of the Christian tradition: RC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox

Fall 2013

Aug. 29- Sept. 6 Opening Week Whitman College
Aug. 15* Dormition of the Theotokos Christianity (O)
Sept. 5*-6 Rosh Hashanah Judaism
Sept. 14* Elevation of the Cross Christianity (O)
Sept. 14* Yom Kippur Judaism
Sept. 19*-25 Sukkot Judaism
Sept. 21* Birth of the Theotokos Christianity (O)
Sep. 26* Shemini Atzeret Judaism
Sep. 27* Simchat Torah Judaism
Oct. 5-13 Navaratri Hinduism
Oct. 14 Dusserah/Vijayadashami Hinduism
Oct. 25-27 Eckankar World Seminar Eckankar
Oct. 20* Birth of the Bab Baha'i
Nov. 1 All Saints Day Christian (RC, P)
Nov. 2 All Souls Day Christian (RC, P)
Nov. 3 Diwali Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism
Nov. 3-4* Muharram (New Year) Islam
Nov. 12 Birth of Baha'u'llah Baha'i
Nov. 27*-Dec. 5 Hanukkah Judaism
Dec. 8 Bodhi Day Buddhism
Dec. 20 Fall Semester Ends Whitman College

Spring 2014

Jan. 21 Spring Semester Classes Begin Whitman College
Jan. 6* Theophany Christianity (O)
Jan. 13* Mawlid al-Nabi (Birth of Muhammad) Islam
Jan. 16* Tu Bish'vat Judaism
Jan. 31 Lunar New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
Feb. 28 Maha Shivaratri Hinduism
Mar. 3 Clean Monday: Lent begins Christianity (O)
Mar. 5 Ash Wednesday; Lent begins Christianity (RC, P)
Mar. 16* Purim Judaism
Mar. 21 NawrHo Baha'i, Zoroastrian
Mar. 17 Holi Hinduism
Mar. 25* Annunciation Christianity (O)
April 7* Pascha Christianity (O)
Apr. 8 Rama Navami Hinduism
Apr. 15-22 Pesach Judaism
Apr. 18 Good Friday Christianity (RC, P)
Apr. 20 Easter Christianity (RC, P)
Apr. 27* Yom HaShoah Judaism
Apr. *20-May 2 Ridvan Baha'i
Apr. 18* Lag Ba'Omer Judaism
Apr. 20 - May 6 Holy Week Christianity (O)
May 13 Vesak (Buddha Day) Buddhism
May 24-25 Commencement weekend Whitman College