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, Faculty and Staff, please visit https://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 617-373-2728; or contact the Spiritual Advisor or student organization from your spiritual, religious, or humanist tradition, found on our website.

 Holiday’21/’22
Christian
Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Catholic Christian

 

A celebration of the holiness of Mary as the chosen bearer of Jesus.

Jan 1
sikh
Birth of Guru Gobind Singh – Sikh

 

Anniversary of the birth of the tenth guru.

Jan 5
Christian
Epiphany – Christian

 

End of the 12 days of Christmas; celebrates visit of the three kings to baby Jesus; especially important to Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholics.

Jan 6
sikh
Maghi – Sikh

 

Commemorates the battle in which 40 Sikhs (the Immortal Ones) laid down their lives for the guru (Guru Gobind Singh).

Jan 13
baha'i
World Religion Day – Baha’i

 

In 1950, this day was founded by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of the United States to address the need for religious unity.

Jan 17
 Martin Luther King, Jr. BirthdayJan 18
Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
Lunar New Year – Confucian, Daoist, BuddhistFeb 1
 St. Valentine’s Day – Christian Catholic – Interfaith USAFeb 14
buddhist
Nirvana Day – Buddhist

 

Commemorates the death of Buddha

Feb 15
buddhist
Parinirvana – BuddhistFeb 15
 President’s Day – Interfaith USAFeb 15
baha'i
Ayyam-i-Ha – Baha’i

 

This period adjusts the Baha’i year to the solar calendar. It leads to the 19 day fast; each day of Ayyam-i-Ha is marked by a different virtue like hospitality, gift giving or charity.

Feb 25 – Mar 1
Islam
Lailat al Bara-ah – Islam    

 

Night of Forgiveness. A night of prayer to Allah for forgiveness of the dead. Preparation for Ramadan through intense prayer.

Mar 1
baha'i
Nineteen Day Fast Period – Baha’i

 

A fast to be observed by adult Baha’is in good health from sunrise to sundown.

Mar 1 –19
Christian
Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins) – Christian    

 

Begins Christian Lent; name derives from symbolic use of ashes to signify penitence.

Mar 2
Christian
Clean Monday (Lent Begins) – Orthodox Christian

 

Period of preparation for Easter, usually 40 days before. Clean Monday signifies the beginning of the Lenten period.

Mar 15
Christian
St. Patrick’s Day – Catholic ChristianMar 17
Jewish
Purim – Jewish

 

Feast of Lots; celebrates deliverance of Jews of ancient Persians froma plot to destroy them.

March 16 – 17
sikh
Hola Mohalla – Sikh

 

A day to commemorate the valor and bravery of the Sikhs. This 3-day festival consists of mock battles, music and poetry reading.

March 18 – 20
baha'i
Naw-Ruz – Baha’i, Zoroastrian

 

Baha’i and Iranian New Year

Mar 20
Hindu
Holi – Hindu    

 

Spring festival; a carnival occasion featuring bright colors, pilgrimages and bonfires.

Mar 18
Christian
Palm Sunday – Christian

 

Celebrates the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem during Passover. Usually reenacted by the waving of palm branches and the singing of songs. This also commemorates the beginning of Holy Week.

April 10
Christian
Maundy Thursday – Christian

 

Also known as Holy Thursday, this day celebrates the institution of the Eucharist (or Holy Communion) at Jesus’ Last Supper.

April 14
Islam
Ramadan – Islam

 

The ninth month in the Islamic calendar; 30 days of strict fasting from sunup to sundown in honor of the first revelations to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

April 2 – May 2
Hindu
Baisakhi/Vaisakhi – Hindu – Sikh

 

Anniversary of the creation of the Khalsa (the army of the Pure Ones) in 1699.

April 14
Jewish
Pesach (Passover) – Jewish

 

Marks the deliverance of the Jews from slavery in Egypt; “Seder” ceremonies emphasize the concept of freedom. We recommend that professors allow Jewish students to observe Passover on April 26th, 2019.

April 15 – 23
Christian
Good Friday – Christian (Roman Catholic and Protestant)

 

The Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion.

April 15
Christian
Easter – Christian (Roman Catholic and Protestant)April 17
baha'i
Ridvan – Baha’i

 

Commemorates the declaration of Baha’u’llah to his followers in 1863. Work is suspended for the 1st, 9th and 12th day.

April 21 – May 2
Christian
Good Friday and Easter – Orthodox ChristianApril 22 – 24
Jewish
Yom Ha-Sho’ah – JewishApril 27 – 28
Islam
Lailat al-Qadr – Islam    

 

Night of Destiny. First revelation of Qur’an to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him). Observed during the last ten days of Ramadan.

April 29
Islam
‘Id al-Fitr – Islam

 

Festival of the breaking of the fast of Ramadan.

May 2 – 3
buddhist
Buddha Day (Visakaha Puja, Wesak) – Buddhist    

 

Celebration of the birth of Buddha in Japan.

May 8
Christian
Ascension Day – Christian

 

Celebrates Jesus’ ascent into heaven.

May 13
baha'i
Ascension of Baha’u’llah – Baha’i

 

A commemoration of the death of Baha’u’llah.

May 29
 Memorial Day – Interfaith USAMay 30
Christian
Corpus Christi – Catholic Christian

 

This is a feast in honor of the institution of the Eucharist during the Last Supper.

June 3
Jewish
Shavuot – Jewish

 

Festival of Weeks; celebrates harvest of first fruits and commemorates the giving of the Torah and Commandments at Mt’ Sinai.

June 4 – 6
Christian
Pentecost – Christian    

 

Fifty days after Easter, this time celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon early Christians following the ascension of Jesus.

June 5
sikh
Martyrdom of the Guru Arjan Dev – SikhJune 16
 Juneteenth – Interfaith USA

 

Also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, it commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery.

June 19
pagan
Summer Solstice – Pagan/WiccaJune 20
baha'i
Martyrdom of the B’ab – Baha’i

 

Anniversary of the martyrdom of the B’ab, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah, in 1850.

July 9 –10
Islam
Eid al-Adha – Islam

 

Anniversary of the martyrdom of the B’ab, the forerunner of Baha’u’llah, in 1850.

July 9 – 13
Honk
Pioneer Day – Mormon

 

Observance of the arrival of Brigham Young and the early settlers to Salt Lake City, Utah.

July 24 – 25