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Calendar



Diversity Calendar

 This list is an effort to build awareness and a cultural understanding of important holidays and observances of the diverse groups of our campus community. This list is not comprehensive, and we may have missed an important holiday, so feedback or recommendations are welcome. If we missed anything, email Jljohnso@oakland.edu so we can review your request and make the appropriate changes.

 For more information, read Oakland University's religious accommodations guidelines.

Religions

Baha’i: Is centered on the belief that there is only one god and is the source of all major religions. They also believe that the whole of humanity is equal and that the world should work collectively towards humanity’s issues.

Buddhism:
A belief system based on the teachings of Gautama Buddha; through these teachings practitioners try to reach a state of enlightenment. The exact methods vary depending on the branch of Buddhism being followed.

Christianity: An Abrahamic religion that is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, Whose followers believe is the Son of God and messiah that will liberate the faithful. 

Hinduism: Covers a broad range of traditions and is considered the world’s oldest religion, but common themes thread the variety of beliefs together. Those that follow it consider Hinduism as a way of life.

Islam: An Abrahamic faith that believes in one god and that his laws and wisdom manifest in the holy book the Qur’an, and also through the teachings of the prophet Mohammed.

Jainism: Focuses on liberation of the soul through living a pacifistic and ascetic life. Its principles are non-violence, non-absolutism, and non-possessiveness.

Judaism: One of the oldest religions in the world and is the foundation of other Abrahamic faiths. Those who practice Judaism believe that their patriarchal ancestor made a covenant with god, which they honor through their belief system.

Shintoism: The Indigenous religion of japan that is based around the devotion to spirits called Kami. Its practices include visiting shrines, festivals, and various rituals.

Sikhism: A monotheistic religion whose belief system stresses service to humanity, living honestly, unity, and equality in service to the creator. This is articulated through the sacred scripture the Guru Granth Sahib.

Wicca/Paganism: Wicca is a Pagan Witchcraft tradition brought to the public by Gerald Gardner and encompasses a diverse set of views and beliefs. Wicca draws from ancient pagan practices and centers around nature and witchcraft.

Observances
Baha'i
All observances begin at sundown before the date listed

World Religion Day: An observance that promotes unity and celebrates the different religions around the world.

Naw-Ruz (New Year): The first day of the Baha’i calendar and one of the nine holy days of the Baha’i faith. Work restrictions.

Ridvan: is a twelve-day festival that commemorates the declaration hat he was manifestation of god, it is the holiest Baha’i festival. Work restrictions on the first and ninth day.

Declaration of the Bab: Commemorates the day the Bab was recognized as the messenger of god. Work restrictions.

Ascension of Baha’u’llah: celebrates the anniversary of the death of Baha’u’llah. Work restrictions.

Birth of the Bab: Anniversary of the birth of the prophet-herald who told this day of the fore coming of the founder of the Baha’i faith. Work restrictions.

Birth of Baha’u’llah: Celebrates the birth of the founder of the Baha’i faith. Work restrictions.

Buddhism

Mahayana New Year: A holiday where Mahayana Buddhists honor and pray to their deities and visit temples to light candles for happiness and good luck.

Magha Puja Day: A Theravada Buddhist observance celebrated on the full moon day of Magha (in the third lunar month). During this observance, followers try not to do nothing but good deeds, abstain from sin and purify the mind.

Vesakha Puja Day: Commemorates the birth, self-awakening, and death of Buddha

Asalha Puja Day: Observes the day when Gautama Buddha made his first public proclamation of the five ascetics (Theravada Buddhism)

Diwali: The “festival of lights” and signifies the victory of all that is good over all that is evil. (Public Holiday in India, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, and Singapore)

Christianity
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Feast of Nativity (Orthodox): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, based off the Julian calendar.

Ash Wednesday: Marks the start of lent, which commemorates the 40 days Christ fasted in the desert

Good Friday: Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and is the Friday before Easter.

Easter: Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Holy Friday (Orthodox): Commemorates the crucifixion of Christ, and is the Friday before Easter. Based off the Julian calendar

Pascha/Easter (Orthodox): Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Based off the Julian calendar

Pentecost: commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit

Christmas: Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ



Hinduism
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Holi: A festival, which celebrates the coming of spring and commemorates good conquering evil.  

Krishna Janmashtami: celebration of annual rebirth of the Hindu god Krishna.

Navratri: A festival that lasts 9 nights and 10 days that honors the nine forms of Devi the Hindu goddess.

Dussera: celebrates durgas victory over the demon Mahishasura, and marks the end of Navaratri.

Diwali: The “festival of lights” and signifies the victory of all that is good over all that is evil.

Islam
Based on a lunar calendar
All observances begin at sundown before the date listed
Halal food restrictions: no pork, alcohol, or meat not slaughtered and prepared by halal standards

Ramadan: The ninth month of the Islamic calendar and month of fasting, It commemorates Muhammad’s journey through the desert and his reception of part of the Quran.

Eid al-Fitr: Marks the end of Ramadan. Work is restricted

Eid al-Adha: commemorates Abraham showing his devotion to god, by almost sacrificing his son. Work is restricted.

Jainism
Dates my vary
May need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Mahavira Jayanti: A religious festival that celebrates the birth of Mahavira the last Tirthankara.

Paryushana Parva/Dashalakshani-Parva – 8 or 10-day period usually observed in September or August, where Jain faithful recite, fast, meditate, and request forgiveness.

Judaism
All observances begin at sundown before the date listed
Kosher dietary restrictions:No pork, shellfish or mixing meat with dairy
Jewish Calendar is based on a lunisolar cycle

Pesach/Passover: Observance that commemorates the freedom and exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Work is restricted on the first, second, sixth and seventh days. Also in addition to the year round Kosher restrictions, Jewish cannot consume leavened bread. 

Shavuot: Celebrates Moses descent with the Ten Commandments

Tisha B’Av – Is the day that people of Jewish ancestry commemorate the various tragedies that have befallen their people.

Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year, which is said to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and eve. Work is restricted on first and second day.

Yom Kippur: Literally the Day of Atonement; it is a day that the Jewish atone for their sins through prayer and fasting. Work is restricted

Sukkot: Celebrates the harvest and protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness. Work is restricted on first and second day

Shemini Atzeret: Is the day that the Jewish people “tarry” and spend an additional day with god, and is also considered the 8th day of Sukkot. Work is restricted.

Simchat Torah: indicates the end of the annual cycle of reading the Torah. Work is restricted 

Chanukah: Celebrates the rededication of the holy temple after the Greeks defiled it.

Shintoism
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Gantan-Sai: Shinto New Year Festival where people visit shrines, usually at midnight, as well visit as family and friends and pray for inner renewal prosperity and health. The New Year lasts for seven days.

Obon: Festival that honors the spirits of past ancestors, which includes visiting ancestors graves and celebration

Sikhism
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Maghi: Commemorates the forty Sikhs who gave their lives defending Guru Gobind Singh from the imperial army

Hola Mohalla: On this day Sikhs demonstrate martial skill through mock battles.

Vaisakhi: A New Year festival that represents the spring equinox and also commemorates the birth of Sikhism and its new year.

Bandi Chhor Divas: Celebrates Guru Hargobind’s release from prison.

Wicca/Paganism
may need to make accomodations for food and special worship

Imbolc: Festival that marks the beginning of spring

Ostara: Celebrates the renewal of life during the spring. Pagans attribute the change in season to the increase of power of their God and Goddess.

Beltane: Traditionally a Gallic mayday festival that marks the beginning of summer

Litha: Honors the longest day of the year.

Lughnasadh: Festival that marks the beginning of the harvest season

Mabon: or autumn equinox celebrates the change in seasons into the winter month and the harvest, and also is a thanksgiving.

Samhain: Marks the end of the autumn season and the beginning of the winter solstice.

Yule: midwinter festival that celebrates the rebirth of the sun.

 

2016
January 2016
Gantan-Sai - Shinto- Jan 1st
Feast of Nativity - Eastern Orthodox - Jan 7th
Maghi - Sikhism - Jan 14th
World Religion Day - Baha'i - Jan 17th
Mahayana New Year (Mahayana Buddhism) - Buddhist - Jan 24th (through Jan 27th)

February 2016
Imbolc - Wicca/ Paganism - Feb 2nd (northern hemisphere)
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism – Feb 2nd (southern hemisphere)
Chinese New Year - Buddhist - Feb 8th
Ash Wednesday- Christian - Feb 10th
Magha Puja Day - Buddhist - Feb 22nd

March 2016
Ostara - Wicca/Paganism - Mar 20th (northern hemisphere)
Mabon - Wicca/Paganism - Mar 20th (southern hemisphere)
Naw Ruz(New Year)- Baha'i - Mar 21st (work is restricted)
Magha Puja Day - Buddhist - Mar 23rd
Holi - Hindu - Mar 24th
Good Friday - Christian - Mar 25th
Easter - Christian - Mar 27th

April 2016
Vaisakhi- Sikh, Hindu - Apr 13th
Mahavir Jayanti - Jain - Apr 16th
Ridvan - Baha'i Apr 21 (through May 2nd) (work is restricted on Apr 21st and May 2nd)
Pesach/Passover - Jewish - Apr 23rd (through Apr 30th) (work is restricted on Apr 23rd, 24th, 29, and 30th)
Holy Friday- Eastern Orthodox Christian - Apr 29th

May 2016
Pascha/Easter -  Orthodox Christian - May 1st
Beltane - Wicca/Paganism - May 1st (northern hemisphere)
Samhain - Wicca/Paganism - May 1st (southern hemisphere)
Visakha Puja- Buddhist - May 15th
Pentacost - Christian - May 15th
Declaration of the Bab- Baha'i - May 23rd (work is restricted)
Hola Mohalla - Sikhism - Mar 24th
Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - May 29th (work is restricted)

June 2016
Ramadan - Islam - Jun 6th ( through Jul 5th)
Shavuot - Jewish - Jun 12th and Jun 13th
Pentecost- Orthodox Christian - Jun 19th
Litha - Wicca Pagan - Jun 20th (northern hemisphere)
Yule - Wicca/Paganism - Jun 20th (southern hemisphere)

July 2016
Eid al-Fitr - Islam - July 5th (work is restricted)
The Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i - Jul 9th
Obon - Buddhist,Shinto - Jul 13th (through Jul 15th)
Asalha Puja Day - Buddhist - Jul 19th

August 2016
Lughnasadh - Wicca/Paganism - Aug 2nd (northern hemisphere)
Imbolc - Wicca/Paganism - Aug 2nd (southern hemisphere)
Obon - Buddhist, Shinto - Aug 13th (through Aug 15th)
Tisha B'Av - Jewish - Aug 14th
Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu - Aug 25th
Paryushana Parava/ Dashalakshani Parava - Jain - Aug 29th (through Sep 5th)

September 2016
Eid al-Adha - Islam - Sep 11th (work is restricted)
Mabon - Wicca/Pagan - Sep 22nd (northern hemisphere)
Ostara - Wicca/Pagan - Sept 22nd (southern hemisphere)
October 2016
Navaratri - Hindu - Oct 1st (through the 9th)
Rosh Hashanah - Jewish - Oct 3rd and Oct 4th (work is restricted)
Dussehra - Hindu - Oct 11th
Yom Kippur - Jewish - Oct 12th (work is restricted)
Sukkot - Jewish - Oct 17th (through the 23th) (work is restricted on Oct 17th and 18th)
Birth of the Bab - Baha'i - Oct 20th
Shemini Atzeret - Jewish - Oct 24th (work is restricted)
Simchat Torah - Jewish - Oct 25th (work is restricted)
Bandi Chhor Divas - Sikh - Oct 30th
Diwali - Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist - Oct 30th (through Nov 3rd)

November 2016
Samhain - Wicca/Paganism - Nov 1st (northern hemisphere)
Beltane - Wicca/Paganism - Nov 1st (southern hemisphere)
Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - Nov 12th (work is restricted)

December 2016
Yule - Wicca/Pagan - Dec 21st (northern hemisphere)
Litha - Wicca/Pagan - Dec 21st (southern hemisphere)
Chanukah - Jewish - Dec 24th (through Jan 1st)
Christmas - Christian - Dec 25th
2017
January 2017
Gantan-Sai - Shinto - Jan 1st
Feast of Nativity - Orthodox Christian- Jan 5th
Mahayana New Year - Buddhist - Jan 12th
Maghi - Sikhism - Jan 14th
World Religion Day - Baha'i - Jan 15th
Chinese New Year - Buddhist - Jan 28th

February 2017
Imbolc - Wicca/Paganism – Feb 2nd(northern hemisphere)
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism – Feb 2nd(southern hemisphere)
Magha Puja Day - Buddhist - Feb 11th
Maha Shavaratri - Hindu - Feb 25th

March 2017
Ash Wednesday - Christian - Mar 1st
Magha Puja Day - Buddhists - Mar 12th
Holi - Hindu - Mar 13th
Hola Mohall - Sikhism - Mar 13th
Ostara – Wicca/Paganism – Mar 20th(northern hemisphere)
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism - Mar 20th (southern hemisphere)
Naw Ruz (New Year)- Baha'i - Mar 21st (work is restricted)

April 2017
Mahavira Jayanti - Jain - Apr 9th
Pesach/Passover - Jewish - Apr 11th (through the 18th) (work is restricted Apr 11th, 12th, 17th and 18th)
Good Friday (Holy Friday) - Christian - Apr 14th
Easter - Christian - Apr 16th
Ridvan- Baha'i - Apr 21st (through May 2nd) (work is restricted on Apr 21st and May 2nd)

May 2017
Beltane – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st (northern hemisphere)
Samhain – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st (southern hemisphere)
Declaration of the Bab - Baha 'i- May 23rd (work is restricted)
Ramadan - Islam - May 27th
Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - May 29th (work is restricted)
Shavuout - Jewish - May 31st and Jun 1st

June 2017
Pentecost - Christian - Jun 4th
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – June 18 (northern hemisphere)
Yule – Wicca/Paganism – June 18 (southern hemisphere)
Eid al-Fitr - Islam - Jun 25th (work is restricted)
July 2017
The Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i - July 9th
Obon - Shinto - July 13th (through Jul 15th)
Asalha Puja Day - Buddhist - Jul 19th

August 2017
Tisha B'Av - Jewish - Aug 1st
Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu - Aug 15th
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism – Aug 2nd(northern hemisphere)
Imbolc – Wicca/Paganism – Aug 2nd (southern hemisphere)
Paryushana Parva/ Dashalakshani Parva - Aug 18th (through Aug 25th)

September 2017
Eid al-Adha - Islam - Sep 1st (work is restricted)
Navratri - Hindu - Sep 21st (through Sep 29th)
Rosh Hashanah - Jewish - Sep 21st and 22nd (work is restricted)
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism – Sep 22nd(northern hemisphere)
Ostara - Wicca/Paganism - Sep 22nd (southern hemisphere)
Dussera - Hindu - Sept 30th
Yom Kippur - Jewish - 30th (work is restricted)

October 2017
Sukkot - Jewish - Oct 5th (through 11th) (work is restricted)
Shemini Atzeret - Jewish - Oct 12th (work is restricted)
Simchat Torah - Jewish - Oct 13th (work is restricted)
Bandi Chhor Divas - Sikhism - Oct 19th
Diwali - Buddhist, Hindu - Oct 19th
Birth of the Bab - Baha'i - Oct 20th (work is restricted)

November 2017
Samhain - Wicca/Paganism – Nov 1st(northern hemisphere)
Beltane – Wicca/Paganism – Nov 1st (southern hemisphere)
Birth of Baha 'u'llah - Baha'i - Nov 11th (work is restricted)

December 2017
Yule - Wicca/Paganism – Dec 1st(northern hemisphere)
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – Dec 1st(southern hemisphere)
Chanukah - Jewish - Dec 13th (through Dec 20th)
Christmas - Christian - Dec 25th

2018
January 2018
Gantan-Sai - Shinto - Jan 1st
Mahayana New Year - Mahayana Buddhism - Jan 2nd
Feast of Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Jan 7th
Maghi - Sikh - Jan 13th
World Religion Day - Baha'i - Jan 21st

February 2018
Imbolc - Wicca/Paganism – Feb 2nd(northern hemisphere)
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism – Feb 2nd(southern hemisphere)
Ash Wednesday - Christian - Feb 14th
Chinese New Year - Buddhist - Feb 16th

March 2018
Holi - Hindu - Mar 2nd
Hola Mochalla - Sikh - Mar 2nd
Naw Ruz - Baha'i - Mar 21st (work is restricted)
Ostara – Wicca/Paganism – Mar 22nd(northern hemisphere)
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism - Mar 22nd(southern hemisphere)
Good Friday – Christian - Mar 30th
Magha Puja Day - Buddhist - Mar 31st
Pesach/Passover - Jewish - Mar 31st (through Apr 7th) (work is restricted on Mar 31st, 1st, 6th, and 7th)

April 2018
Eastern - Chrisitian - Apr 1st
Mahavira Jayanti - Jain - April 3rd
Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian - Apr 6th
Vaisakhi – Sikh - Apr 14th
Pascha/Easter - Orthodox Christian - Apr 16th
Ridvan - Baha'i - Apr 21st (through May 2nd) ( work is restricted on Apr 21st and May 2nd)
Vesakha Puja Day - Buddhist - Apr 30th

May 2018
Beltane – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st (northern hemisphere)
Samhain – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st (southern hemisphere)
Pentecost - Christian - May 20th
Shavout – May 20th and 21st
Ramadan - Islam - May 16th (through July 14th)
Decleration of the Bab - Baha'i - May 23rd (work is restricted)
Pentecost - Orthodox Christian - May 27th
Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - May 29th (work is restricted)

June 2018
Eid al-Fitr - Islam - Jun 15th (work is restricted)
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – June 18 (northern hemisphere)
Yule – Wicca/Paganism – June 18 (southern hemisphere)

July 2018
The Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i - May 9th
Obon – Shinto - Jul 13th (through 15th)
Tisha B’Av – Jewish -July 22nd
Asalha Puja Day - Theravada Buddhism - Jul 27th

August 2018
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism – Aug 2nd(northern hemisphere)
Imbolc – Wicca/Paganism – Aug 2nd (southern hemisphere)
Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu - Aug 15th
Eid al-Adha – Islam - Aug 22nd (work is restricted)

September 2018
Rosh Hashanah - Jewish - Sep 10th and 11th (work is restricted)
Yom Kippur – Jewish – Sep 19th (work is restricted)
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism – Sep 22nd(northern hemisphere)
Ostara - Wicca/Paganism - Sep 22nd (southern hemisphere)

October 2018
Shemini Atzeret - Jewish - Oct 1st (work is restricted)
Simchat Torah - Jewish - Oct 2nd (work is restricted)
Navratri - Hindu - Oct 9th (through Oct 17th)
Dussera - Hindu - Oct 18th
Birth of the Bab - Baha'i - Oct 20th (work is restricted)
Sukkot - Jewish - Oct 24th (through 30th) (work is restricted Oct 24th and 25th)

November 2018
Samhain - Wicca/Paganism – Nov 1st(northern hemisphere)
Beltane – Wicca/Paganism – Nov 1st (southern hemisphere)
Diwali - Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist - Nov 7th
Birth of Baha'ullah - Baha'i - Nov 11th (work is restricted)

December 2018
Yule - Wicca/Paganism – Dec 1st(northern hemisphere)
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – Dec 1st(southern hemisphere)
Chanukah - Jewish - Dec 3rd ( through the 10th)
Christmas - Christian - Dec 25th