High Holy Days Calendar 2022–23 & 2023–24

July 2022
Date High Holy Day Observances

July 9–10

 

 (Muslim)  

Eid al-Adha ^ ~ NIS Special prayers are held at the mosque on the morning of July 9 and an evening feast is held the same day. Those traveling to the mosque would be away from campus on July 9.
September 2022
Date High Holy Day Observances

25

Jewish

Erev Rosh HaShanah ~ (Eve of the Jewish New Year A festive meal and religious service are held in the evening. From sundown on Sept. 25 through the end of the festival, all labor — school and other work as well as travel — ceases. 

26–27

Jewish

Rosh HaShanah (sundown to nightfall: Jewish New Year) Religious services are held during the day. Those observing the second day of Rosh Hashanah would maintain their abstention from labor until nightfall on Sept. 27. Those traveling to a synagogue or home for this festival may need to arrive before sundown on Sept. 25 and depart after the festival has ended.  
October 2022
Date High Holy Day Tradition

4

Jewish

Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre ~ (Eve of the Day of Atonement) The Day of Atonement, perhaps the most important of Jewish holidays, is devoted to prayer, repentance, and fasting. A special meal is eaten before sundown, which marks the beginning of the fast and of religious services. All labor ceases throughout the holy day.  

5

Jewish

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Religious services are held throughout the day and the fast ends at nightfall. Those traveling to a synagogue or home may need to arrive well before sundown on Oct. 5.  

9-17

Jewish

Sukkot Sukkot/Shemini Atzeret: Sukkot is an eight-day harvest-related festival that has its origins in the Torah. A non-permanent booth is constructed during these days for people to spend time in for things such as eating, prayer, relaxing, and more. Some people might refrain from work and classes on the first and last days of the holiday.

24

Hindu

Diwali (Festival of Lights) Those traveling to a temple for Puja — traditional ritual worship — may be away from campus all day Oct. 24.

31

Pagan

Samhain (New Year) A ritual will be held — often, but not always — in the evening.  Those traveling to a Pagan community gathering would be away from campus on Oct. 31. 
November 2022
Date High Holy Day Tradition

12

Baha'i

Birth of Baha'u'llah Baha’ celebrates the Birth of Baha’u’llah as one of the nine yearly holidays on which they take the day off and focus on their faith and worship. Believers often celebrate in their homes or at public worship centers. Those traveling to a temple or celebration may be off campus for the day.  
December 2022
Date High Holy Day Tradition

8

Buddhist

Bodhi Day (Buddha's Enlightenment) A full day of remembrance and meditation. Those traveling to a temple for meditation would be away from campus the entire day of Dec. 8.  

18–26

Jewish

Chanukah ~ (Festival of Lights/Rededication) An eight-day celebration commemorating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its defilement in 164 BCE. It is customary during Chanukah to eat foods fried in olive oil.  
February 2023
Date High Holy Day Tradition

18

Hindu

Maha Shivaratri ^ In a spirit of devotion, fasting, prayer, and keeping vigil begins late evening/early morning of Feb. 17. Those traveling to a temple for puja — ritual worship — would be away from campus the entire day Feb. 18.  

22

Christian

Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins) A somber service is held. Some may fast — abstain from food and drink — for the entire day. 
March 2023
Date High Holy Day Tradition

8

Hindu

Holi (Generally celebrated in the evening) Celebrating the arrival of spring. Those traveling to a temple would be away from campus on March 8. 

22– April 20

Muslim

Ramadan Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. It begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon.   
April 2023
Date High Holy Day Tradition

5–13

Jewish

Pesach/Passover ~ * (First Night of Passover Seder It is customary throughout the eight-day festival to refrain from eating bread or other wheat or common grain products, including grain fermentation products. The first two and last two days of the holiday are generally considered festival days, and those who are observant cease all labor on them. Those traveling to synagogue, temple, or home may be away from campus April 5–7 and/or April 12–13.  

7

Christian

Good Friday A somber service is often held. Some may fast from Good Friday until Easter — April 7 until April 9. Those traveling to services would be away from campus the entire day.  

9

Christian 

Easter (Sunday) A joyful service is held in churches. Those traveling to a church or home for this holiday would be away from campus April 9.

16

Orthodox Christian

Easter/Pascha (Orthodox) A joyful service is held in churches. Those traveling to a church or home for this holiday would be away from campus April 16.  

21–22

Muslim

Eid al-Fitr Begins at the sighting of the crescent moon, the Feast of Breaking the Fast marking the end of Ramadan.  
May 2023
Date High Holy Day Tradition

1

 Pagan

Beltane - May Day

A celebratory ritual is held. Those traveling to a Pagan community gathering would be away from campus on May 1.  

September 2023
Date High Holy Day Observances

15

Jewish

Erev Rosh HaShanah ~ (Eve of the Jewish New Year A festive meal and religious service are held in the evening. From sundown on Sept. 15 through the end of the festival, all labor — school and other work as well as travel — ceases. 

16-17

Jewish

Rosh HaShanah (sundown to nightfall: Jewish New Year) Religious services are held during the day. Those observing the second day of Rosh Hashanah would maintain their abstention from labor until nightfall on Sept. 17. Those traveling to a synagogue or home for this festival may need to arrive before sundown on Sept. 15 and depart after the festival has ended.  

24

Jewish

Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre ~ (Eve of the Day of Atonement) The Day of Atonement, perhaps the most important of Jewish holidays, is devoted to prayer, repentance, and fasting. A special meal is eaten before sundown, which marks the beginning of the fast and of religious services. All labor ceases throughout the holy day.  

25

Jewish

Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Religious services are held throughout the day and the fast ends at nightfall. Those traveling to a synagogue or home may need to arrive well before sundown on Sept. 25.

29 - Oct. 7

Jewish

Sukkot Sukkot/Shemini Atzeret: Sukkot is an eight-day harvest-related festival that has its origins in the Torah. A non-permanent booth is constructed during these days for people to spend time in for things such as eating, prayer, relaxing, and more. Some people might refrain from work and classes on the first and last days of the holiday.
October 2023
Date High Holy Day Tradition

31

Pagan

Samhain (New Year)  A ritual will be held — often, but not always — in the evening.  Those traveling to a Pagan community gathering would be away from campus on Oct. 31. 
November 2022
Date High Holy Day Tradition

12

Hindu

Diwali (Festival of Lights) Those traveling to a temple for Puja — traditional ritual worship — may be away from campus all day Nov. 12.

12

Baha'i

Birth of Baha'u'llah Baha’ celebrates the Birth of Baha’u’llah as one of the nine yearly holidays on which they take the day off and focus on their faith and worship. Believers often celebrate in their homes or at public worship centers. Those traveling to a temple or celebration may be off campus for the day.  
December 2023
Date High Holy Day Tradition

8

Buddhist

Bodhi Day (Buddha's Enlightenment) A full day of remembrance and meditation. Those traveling to a temple for meditation would be away from campus the entire day of Dec. 8.  

7–15

Jewish

Chanukah ~ (Festival of Lights/Rededication) An eight-day celebration commemorating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after its defilement in 164 BCE. It is customary during Chanukah to eat foods fried in olive oil.  
February 2024
Date High Holy Day Tradition

14

Christian

Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins) A somber service is held. Some may fast — abstain from food and drink — for the entire day. 
March 2024
Date High Holy Day Tradition

8

Hindu

Maha Shivaratri ^ In a spirit of devotion, fasting, prayer, and keeping vigil begins late evening/early morning of March 7. Those traveling to a temple for puja — ritual worship — would be away from campus the entire day March 8.

22–April 20

Muslim

Ramadan Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. It begins and ends with the appearance of the crescent moon.  

25

Hindu

Holi (Generally celebrated in the evening) Celebrating the arrival of spring. Those traveling to a temple would be away from campus on March 25.

29

Christian

Good Friday A somber service is often held. Some may fast from Good Friday until Easter — March 29–31. Those traveling to services would be away from campus the entire day.  

31

Christian 

Easter (Sunday) A joyful service is held in churches. Those traveling to a church or home for this holiday would be away from campus.
April 2024
Date High Holy Day Tradition

9–10

Muslim

Eid al-Fitr Begins at the sighting of the crescent moon, the Feast of Breaking the Fast marking the end of Ramadan.  

22–30

(Jewish)

23

 

Passover/Pesach*

And the Second Day of Passover

It is customary throughout the eight-day festival to refrain from eating bread or other wheat or common grain products, including fermentation products. The first two and last two days are generally considered festival days, and those who are observant cease all labor on them. Those traveling to synagogue or home may be away from campus April 22–24 and/or April 29–30.
May 2024
Date High Holy Day Tradition

1

 Pagan

Beltane - May Day A celebratory ritual is held. Those traveling to a Pagan community gathering would be away from campus on May 1.  

5

Orthodox Christian

Easter/Pascha (Orthodox) A joyful service is held in churches. Those traveling to a church or home for this holiday would be away from campus on May 5. 

Codes

~ = Some holy days begin and end at sunset.

^ = Certain Hindu and Muslim holy days are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate.

* = Observance may include ceasing from labor, defined as commerce, writing, work, and travel.

NIS = Not in session

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