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Kay Spiritual Life Center

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  • Kay Spiritual Life Center
    202-885-3320
    Fax: 202-885-3317
    kslc@american.edu
    Kay Spiritual Life Center, Room

    Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9 AM to 9 PM

    Joe Eldridge
    University Chaplain
    Assistant Director

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Major Religious Holy Days for 2014-2015 Academic Year

 

Date(s)
Holy Day
Faith Tradition/Religion



June 28
Ramadan begins (30 days of Fasting)*
Islam



July 29
Eid Al Fitir (End of Ramadan)*
Islam



Aug. 17
Shri Krishna Janamashtami
Hinduism/Vedism



Sept. 25-26
Rosh Hashanah**
Judaism



Oct. 4
Yom Kippur**
Judaism



Oct.4

Eid Al- Adha*
Islam



Oct.4
Dusserah (Dushahara)
Hinduism/Vedism



Oct.15
Al-Hijra (Islamic New Year)
Islam



Oct. 9-15

Sukkot (First 2 days of 7 days observance)**

Islam



Oct. 16

Sh'mini Atzeret**

Judaism



Oct. 17

Simchat Torah**

Judaism



Oct. 20

Birth of the Bab***

Baha'i Faith



Oct.23
Diwali (Deepawali)*
Hinduism/Vedism



Nov. 1
Feast of All Saints (All Saints Day)+
Roman Catholicism & Protestant Christianity



Nov. 2
Feast of All Souls++
Roman Catholicism



Nov. 3
Ashurah
Islam



Nov. 12
Birth of Baha'u'llah***
Baha'i Faith



Dec. 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception+
Roman Catholicism



Dec. 17-24
Hanukah Judaism



Dec. 25
Feast of the Nativity (Christmas) Roman Catholicism, Protestant & Orthodox Christianity^



Jan. 7
Christmas
Orthodox Christianity^^



Feb. 4
Tu Bishvat
Judaism



Feb. 18
Ash Wednesday++ Roman Catholicism & Protestant Christianity



Mar. 5
Purim
Judaism



Mar. 21
Naw Ruz, Baha'i New Year*** Baha'i Faith



March 29
Palm Sunday
Roman Catholicism & Protestant Christianity



April 2
Holy Thursday++
Roman Catholicism & Protestant Christianity



April 4-11
Pesach (First and last two days of 8 day observance)** Judaism



April 4
Holy Saturday Vigil++ (Begins in sundown) Roman Catholicism, Protestant, & Orthodox Christianity



April 5
Easter Roman Catholicism, Protestant Christianity



April 12
Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christianity



April 16
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah)
Judaism



April 28
Holocaust Remembrance Day    
(Yom Hashoah)
Judaism



April 21
First Day of Ridvan***
Baha'i Faith



April 29 Ninth Day of Ridvan Baha'i Faith



May 2
Twelfth Day of Ridvan
Baha'i Faith



May 24-25
Shavuot
Judaism



 
  
 


Holy Days in bold type face are considered very important holy days when students/employees may be absent from school or work.

* Observance of Buddhist, Hindu/Vedic, and Islamic holy days is dependent on the sighting of the moon. Please note that the dates listed above may not be the exact dates but the closest approximates. Buddhists observe the new moon and full moon as holy days.

** Observance of Jewish holy days begins at sundown of preceding day and ends at one hour after sunset of the last day.

*** Observance of Baha'i holy days begins at sundown of preceding day and ends at sunset of the holy days.

+ Roman Catholic obligatory feasts require attendance at service and avoidance of servile work.

++ Roman Catholic traditional feasts are those days on which it is assumed that the faithful will attend services and may exclude service work and include various requirements of prayer and fasting.

^ Orthodox churches that follow the Gregorian Calendar.

^^ Orthodox churches that follow the Julian Calendar.