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.

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
Birth of Guru Gobind Singh – Sikh


Anniversary of the birth of the tenth guru.

Jan 5
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
Maghi – Sikh


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

Jan 13
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
Nirvana Day – Buddhist


Commemorates the death of Buddha

Feb 15
Parinirvana – BuddhistFeb 15
 President’s Day – Interfaith USAFeb 15
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
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
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
Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins) – Christian    


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

Mar 2
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
St. Patrick’s Day – Catholic ChristianMar 17
Purim – Jewish


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

March 16 – 17
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
Naw-Ruz – Baha’i, Zoroastrian


Baha’i and Iranian New Year

Mar 20
Holi – Hindu    


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

Mar 18
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
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
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
Baisakhi/Vaisakhi – Hindu – Sikh


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

April 14
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
Good Friday – Christian (Roman Catholic and Protestant)


The Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion.

April 15
Easter – Christian (Roman Catholic and Protestant)April 17
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
Good Friday and Easter – Orthodox ChristianApril 22 – 24
Yom Ha-Sho’ah – JewishApril 27 – 28
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
‘Id al-Fitr – Islam


Festival of the breaking of the fast of Ramadan.

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


Celebration of the birth of Buddha in Japan.

May 8
Ascension Day – Christian


Celebrates Jesus’ ascent into heaven.

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


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

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


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

June 3
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
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
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
Summer Solstice – Pagan/WiccaJune 20
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
Eid al-Adha – Islam


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

July 9 – 13
Pioneer Day – Mormon


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

July 24 – 25