Each year, members of the Northeastern community observe a wide range of sacred seasons and holy days. Below please find a list of dates observed on campus or at places of worship in the Greater Boston area. For information on University Policies on Accommodations for Religious Observance for Students, and for Faculty and Staff, please visit http://www.northeastern.edu/spirituallife/students/group-guidelines-policies/. For information on on-campus observances, contact the CSDS office at 203 Ell Hall, csds@northeastern.edu, or 617-455-5323; or contact the Spiritual Advisor or student organization from your spiritual, religious, or humanist tradition, found on our website.


Aug 7 Monday Raksha Bandhan Hindu
Aug 18-25 Friday to Friday Paryushana Parva Jain
August 15 Tuesday Krishna Janmashtami Hindu
August 15 Tuesday Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Christian
August 15 Tuesday Passion of the Theotokos Orthodox Christian
Aug 25 Friday Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu
Aug 29 Tuesday Passion of St. John the Baptist Catholic Christian
Aug 30-31 Wednesday sundown to Thursday The Day of Arafat/ Hajj Day Islam


Sept 1 – Sept. 2 Friday sundown to Saturday Eid-ul-Adha Islam
Sept 1 Friday Ecclesiastical year begins Orthodox Christian
Sept 8 Friday Nativity of Mary Christian
Sept 9-10 Saturday sundown to Sunday Eid-al-Ghadir/ Appointment of Imam Ali Islam- Shia
Sept 14 Thursday Holy Cross Day Christian
Sept 15-16 Friday sundown to Saturday Eid-al-Mubahalah/ Day of Contra-invocation Islam-Shia
Sept 22 Friday Mabon Pagan
Sept 20 – 22 Wednesday sundown to Friday Rosh Hashanah Judaism
Sept 21-22 Thursday sundown to Friday New Year Islam
Sept 21 – 29 Thursday – Friday Navratri (9 Days) Hinduism
Sept 24 Sunday Fast of Gedaliah Judaism
Sept 27 Wednesday Meskel Orthodox Christian
Sept 29 – 30 Friday sundown to Saturday Yom Kippur Judaism
Sept 30 Saturday Dussehra Hinduism
Sept 30 – Oct 1 Saturday sundown to Sunday Ashura Islam


Oct 4 – 6 Wednesday to Friday Saint Francis Day Christian
Oct 4 – 6 Wednesday sundown to Friday Sukkot Judiasm
Oct 7 – 11 Saturday to Wednesday Sukkot Judaism
Oct 11 – 13 Wednesday sundown to Friday Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Judaism
Oct 19 Thursday Diwali Hinduism/Jain/Sikh
Oct 19 – 20 Thursday sundown to Friday Birth of the Báb Bahá’í
Oct 20 Friday Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth Sahib Sikh
Oct 20 Friday New Year Jain
Oct 23 Monday Saint George Day Christian
Oct 25 Wednesday Reformation Day Protestant Christian
Oct 28 Saturday Milvain Bridge Day Christian
Oct 31 – Nov 1 Tuesday evening to Wednesday evening Samhain Pagan
Oct 31 Tuesday All Hallows Eve Christian


Nov 1 Wednesday All Saints Day Christian
Nov 2 Thursday All Souls Day Christian
Nov 4 Tuesday Guru Nanak’s Birthday Sikh
Nov 9-10 Thursday sundown to Friday Arbaeen/ 40th Day Islam- Shia
Nov 12 Sunday Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í
Nov 15 Wednesday Nativity Fast Begins Orthodox Christian
Nov 18 – 19 Saturday sundown to Sunday The night of the bed Islam- Shia
Nov 22 Wednesday Christ the King Christian
Nov 23 Thursday Thanksgiving US National Holiday
Nov 24 Friday Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom Sikh
Nov 26 Sunday Day of Covenant Bahá’í
Nov 27 – 28 Monday sundown to Tuesday The appointment of Al-Mahdi Islam- Shia
Nov 28 Tuesday Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha Bahá’í
Nov 29 Wednesday Advent Christian
Nov 30 Thursday Saint Andrew’s Day Christian
Nov 30- Dec1 Thursday sundown to Friday Birth of the Prophet Islam- Sunni


Dec 3 Sunday First Sunday of Advent Christian
Dec 5-6 Tuesday sundown to Wednesday Birth of the Prophet Islam- Shia
Dec 6 Wednesday Saint Nicholas Day Christian
Dec 8 Friday Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic
Dec 8 Friday Rohatsu (Bodhi Day) Buddhism
Dec 12 Tuesday Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic
Dec 12 – 20 Tuesday sundown to Wednesday Hanukkah Judaism
Dec 16 – 25 Saturday to Monday Posadas Navidenas Christian
Dec 21 – Jan 1 Thursday to Monday Yule Pagan/Christian
Dec 23 Saturday Joseph Smith’s Birthday Latter Day Saints/Mormon
Dec 24 Sunday Nativity Fast Ends Orthodox Christian
Dec 25 Monday Christmas Christian / Unitarian Universalist
Dec 26 Tuesday Saint Stephen’s Day Christian
Dec 26 Tuesday Zarathosht Diso Zoroastrian
Dec 26 – Jan 1 Tuesday to Monday Kwanzaa African Heritage/Interfaith
Dec 28 Thursday Fast of the 10th of Tevet Judaism
Dec 28 Thursday Holy Innocents Christian


Jan 1 Monday Solemnity of Mary Roman Catholic
Jan 5 Friday Guru Gobind Singh Birthday Sikh
Jan 6 Saturday Epiphany Christian
Jan 6 Saturday Nativity of Jesus Christ Orthodox/Christian (Julian calendar)
Jan 13 Saturday Maghi Sikh
Jan 15 Monday Pongal Hindu
Jan 24 Wednesday Bodhi Day Buddhism
Jan 31 Wednesday Tu B’Shvat Judaism


Feb 2 Friday Imbolc Pagan
Feb 14 Wednesday Shivaratri Hinduism
Feb 14 Wednesday Ash Wednesday (start of Lent) Christian
Feb 15 Thursday Nirvana Day/Parinirvana Buddhist
Feb 16 Friday Chinese New Year Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist
Feb 18-19 Sunday sundown to Monday Matyrdom of Lady Fatima Islam- Shia
Feb 19 Monday Clean Monday (Lent Begins) Orthodox Christian
Feb 26 – March 1 Monday to Thursday Ayyam Baha’i
Feb 28 Wednesday Fast of Esther Judaism
Feb 28-Mar 1 Wednesday sundown to Thursday Purim Judaism


March 2 Friday Holi Hindu
March 2-4 Friday to Sunday Hola Mohalla Sikh
March 1- 19 Thursday to Monday The 19 Day Fast Baha’i
March 7-8 sundown to Birth of Lady Fatima Islam- Shia
March 17 Saturday St. Patrick’s Day Christian
March 20 Tuesday Spring Equinox Pagan
March 20-21 Tuesday sundown to Wednesday Naw Ruz (New Year’s Day) Bahá’í /Zoroastrian
March 25 Sunday Palm Sunday Christian/Unitarian
March 29 Thursday Holy Thursday Christian/Unitarian
March 30 Friday Good Friday Christian/Unitarian
March 30 Friday Fast of the First Born Judaism
Mar 30-April 1 Friday sundown to Sunday Passover Judaism


April 1 Sunday Easter Christian/Unitarian
April 1 Sunday Palm Sunday Orthodox Christian
April 2-5 Monday to Thursday Passover Intermediate Days Judaism
April 5-7 Thursday sundown to Saturday End of Passover Judaism
April 6 Friday Great Friday Orthodox Christian
April 8 Sunday Easter Orthodox Christian
April 8 Sunday Buddha’s Birthday Buddhist
April 11 – 12 Wednesday sundown to Thursday Yom HaSho’ah Judaism
April 12 – 13 Thursday sundown to Friday Night of Ascension Islam
April 14 Saturday Baisakhi Hindu New Year/Sikh
April 19-20 Thursday sundown to Friday Yom HaAtzmaut Judaism
April 28-29 Saturday sundown to Sunday Ninth Day of Ridvan Bahá’í
April 30 Monday Vesak Buddhism/ Southeast Asia
April 30-May 1 Monday sundown to Tuesday Mid-Sha’ban/ Birth of Al-Mahdi Islam-Shia


May 1 Tuesday Beltane Pagan
May 1-2 Tuesday sundown to Wednesday Twelfth Day of Ridvan Bahá’í
May 2-3 Wednesday sundown to Thursday Lag B’Omer Judaism
May 10 Thursday Ascension of the Lord Christian/Orthodox
May 16 Wednesday Ramadan Begins Islam
May 19 – 21 Saturday sundown to Monday Shavuot Judaism
May 20 Sunday Pentecost Christian/Orthodox
May 22 – 23 Tuesday sundown to Wednesday Declaration of the Bab Bahá’í
May 27 Sunday Trinity Sunday Protestant Christian
May 29 Tuesday Ascension of the Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í
May 31 Thursday Corpus Christi Roman Catholic


June 2, 4, 6 Saturday night, Monday night and Wednesday night Lailat al-Qadr/ Night of Destiny Islam
June 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights Lailat al-Qadr/ Night of Destiny Islam- Sunni
June 3 Sunday morning Day of the Assacination of Imam Ali Islam- Shia
June 4-5 Monday sundown to Tuesday Martyrdom of Imam Ali Islam
June 15 Friday Eid al-Fitr Islam
June 16 Saturday Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sikh
June 21 Thursday Summer Solstice Pagan/Wicca


July 1 Sunday Fast of Tamuz Judaism
July 9 Monday Martyrdom of B’ab Baha’i
July 13-14 Friday sundown to Saturday Eid-al-Fitr Islam
July 21- 22 Saturday sundown to Sunday Tish B’av Judaism
July 24 Tuesday Pioneer Day Mormon