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Major Religious Holy Days

Dedicated to providing programs aimed at improving the spiritual, ethical and social aspects of life at The Claremont Colleges.

Major Religious Holy days September 2019 – May 2020

1st Semester – September 2019-December 2019

Raksha Bandhan Hindu Aug 14 Wednesday
Eid al Ghadeer Muslim Aug 19-20 Mon-Tues
Eid al Adha Muslim Aug 10-14 Sat-Wed
Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Aug 24 Saturday
Gurgaddi Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Sikh Sept 1 Sunday
Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu Sept 2 Monday
Shaheedi Bhai Mehtab Singh Ji Sikh Sept 6 Friday
Gurgaddi Sri Guru Ramdas Ji Sikh Sept 11 Wednesday
Gurgaddi Sri Guru Angad Dev Ji,                    Joti Jot Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Sikh Sept 19-24 Thurs-Tues
Rosh Hashanah [New Year] Jewish Sept 29—-Oct 1* Sun-Tues
Navratri Hindu Sept 29 —Oct 8 Sun-Tues
Dussehra/Vijayadashami/Durga Puja Hindu October 8 Tuesday
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] Jewish Oct 8-9* Tues-Wed
Day of Aushura Muslim Sept 9-10 Mon-Tues
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] Jewish Oct 13-20* Sun-Sun
Simchat Torah/ Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct 20-22* Sun-Tues
Joti Jot Sri Guru Har Rai Ji,                       Gurgaddi Sri Guru Harkrishan Ji Sikh Oct 22 Tuesday
Janam Baba Buddha Sahib Ji Sikh Oct 23 Wednesday
Arba’een Muslim Oct 19-20* Sat-Sun
All Saints Day Christian Nov 1 Friday
Dhanteras Hindu Oct 25 Friday
Naraka Chaturdashi/Kali  Chaudas/Choti  Diwali Hindu Oct 26 Saturday
Diwali/Deepavali Jain/Sikh/Hindu Oct 27 Sunday
Bandi Chhor Diwas Sikh Oct 27 Sunday
Goverdhan  Puja/Bali Pratipada/Bestu  Varas Hindu Oct 28 Monday
Birth of the Bab Bahai’i Oct 28-29 Mon-Tues
Gurgaddi Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Sikh Oct 29 Tuesday
Bhai Duj Hindu Oct 29 Tuesday
Saka Panja Sahib Sikh Oct 30 Wednesday
Joti Jot Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Sikh Nov 1 Friday
Parkaash Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji Sikh Nov 12 Tuesday
Shaheedi Baba Deep Singh Ji Sikh Nov 15 Friday
Gurgaddi Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Sikh Nov 29 Friday
Shaheedi Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji Sikh Dec 1 Sunday
Shaheedi Sahibzade Baba Ajit Singh Ji and  Baba Jujhar Singh Singh Sikh Dec 23 Monday
Shaheedi Sahibzade Baba Zorawar Singh JI and Baba Fateh Singh Ji Sikh Dec 26 Thursday
Eid al-Mawlid an-Nabawī Muslim Oct 28-29 Mon-Tues
Chanukah- [8-day Festival] Jewish Dec 22-30* Sun-Mon
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian Dec 8 Sunday
Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian Dec 12 Thursday
Christmas Christian Dec 25 Wednesday
Kwanzaa African-American Dec 26 – Jan 1 Thur-Wed
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist Jan. 2 Thursday

2nd Semester – January 2020-June 2020 

Gurpurab Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Sikh Jan 2 Thurs
Christmas Eastern Orthodox Jan 7 Tuesday
Neeh Pathar Sri Harmandir Sahib Sikh Jan 14 Tuesday
Makar Sankranti/Pongal Hindu Jan 15 Wednesday
Vasant Panchami/Saraswati Puja Hindu Jan 29 Wednesday
Asian Lunar New Year Confucian/Taoist /Buddhist Jan 20 Saturday
Gurpurab Sri Guru Har Rai Ji Sikh Feb 7 Friday
Thaipusam Hindu Feb 8 Saturday
Vadda Ghalughara Sikh Feb 9 Sunday
Maha Shivratri Hindu Feb 21 Friday
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb 26 Wednesday
Holi Hindu March 9-10* Mon-Tues
Purim Jewish March 9-10* Mon-Tues
Holla Mohalla Sikh March 10 Tuesday
Navroz (Persian New Year) Muslim/ Bahai’i /Secular March 20 Friday
Ugadi/Gudi  Padwa Hindu March 25 Wednesday
Palm Sunday Christian April 5 Sunday
Khalsa Sajna Diwas Sikh April 13 Monday
Vaisakhi Hindu April 13 Monday
Passover Seder Jewish April 8-9 Wed-Thur
Passover Jewish April 8-16* Wed-Thur
Hanuman Jayanti Hindu April 8 Sunday
Maundy Thursday Christian April 9 Thursday
Good Friday Christian April 10 Friday
Easter Vigil Christian April 11 Saturday
Ridvan Baha’i Apr 19– May 1 Sun-Fri
Easter Christian April 12 Sunday
Puthandu Hindu April 14 Tuesday
Pascha Orthodox Easter April 19 Sunday
Ramadan Begins Muslim Apr 23 -May 23 Thur-Sat
Vesak (Buddha Day) Buddhist May 7 Thursday
Declaration of the Báb Bahá’i May 22-23* Fri-Sat
Shavuot Jewish May 28- 30 Thur-Sat

#some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.

*holy days start at sundown of beginning date and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date

The Chaplains recomended not holding major programs on holidays in bold based on holiday restrictions, observances, and student population.