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MAJOR HOLY DAYS FOR 2014

These are days suggested by various religious leaders as days when classes or work may need to be missed for religious observances. It is not an exhaustive list of Holy days.

Notes
1. * Holy days usually begin at sundown the day before this date.
2. ** Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.
Bold titles are primary holy days of a tradition.

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USF Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Office Calendar of Events

JANUARY 2014

  • 1
    • Mary, Mother of God - Catholic Christian
    • Feast of St Basil - Orthodox Christian
    • Gantan-sai (New Years) - Shinto
    • Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christian
  • 5
    • Twelfth Night - Christian
    • Guru Gobindh Singh birthday - Sikh
  • 6
    • Epiphany - Christian
    • Feast of the Theophany - Orthodox Christian
    • Nativity of Christ - Armenian Orthodox Christian
    • Dia de los Reyes - Hispanic Christian
  • 7
    • Nativity of Christ ** - Orthodox Christian
  • 12
    • Baptism of the Lord Jesus - Christian
  • 13
    • Mawlid an Nabi * ** - Islam
    • Maghi - Sikh
  • 16
    • Tu BiShvat * - Jewish
  • 16-19
    • Mahayana New Year ** - Buddhist
  • 17
    • Blessing of the Animals - Hispanic Catholic Christian
  • 18-25
    • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - Christian
  • 19
    • World Religion Day - Baha'i
    • Timkat - Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
  • 25
    • Conversion of Saint Paul - Christian
  • 28
    • Feast of the Holy Family - Catholic Christian
  • 31
    • Chinese New Year - Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
FEBRUARY 2014
  • 2
    • Candlemas - Christian
    • Four Chaplains Sunday- Interfaith
    • Presentation of Christ in the Temple - Anglican Christian
    • Imbolc - Lughnassad - Wicca/Pagan Northern and southern hemispheres
  • 3
    • Setsubun-sai - Shinto
  • 4
    • Vasant Panchami ** - Hindu
  • 14
    • Saint Valentine's Day - Christian
  • 15
    • Nirvana Day ** - Buddhist - Jain
  • 16
    • Triodion begins - Christian
  • 26 - March 1
    • Intercalary Days * - Baha'i
  • 28
    • Maha Shivaratri ** - Hindu
MARCH 2014
  • 1
    • Saint David of Wales - Christian
  • 2
    • Transfiguration Sunday - Christian
    • Meatfare Sunday - Orthodox Christian
  • 2 - 20
    • Nineteen Day Fast * - Baha'i
  • 3
    • Clean Monday - Lent begins - Orthodox Christian
  • 4
    • Shrove Tuesday - Christian
  • 5
    • Ash Wednesday - Lent begins - Christian
  • 9
    • Orthodox Sunday - Orthodox Sunday
  • 13
    • H. Ron Hubbard birthday - Scientology
  • 16
    • Magha Puja Day ** - Buddhist
    • Purim ** starts on eve of March 15 - Jewish
  • 17
    • St Patrick's Day - Christian
    • Holi ** - Hindu
    • Hola Mohalla - Sikh
  • 19
    • Saint Joseph's Day - Christian
  • 20  Equinox
    • Ostara * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
    • Mabon * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
  • 21
    • Naw Ruz (News Year)*  - Baha'i
    • Norouz (New Year) - Persian/Zoroastrian
  • 25
    • Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Christian
  • 28
    • Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranhushtra) ** - Zoroastrian
  • 31
    • Hindu New Year ** - Hindu
  • 31-April 8
    • Ramayana ** - Hindu
APRIL 2014
  • 8
    • Ramanavami ** - Hindu
  • 12
    • Lazarus Saturday - Orthodox Christian
  • 13
    • Palm Sunday - All Christians
    • Mahavir Jayanti ** - Jain
  • 14
    • Baisakhi New Year - Sikh
  • 15
    • Lord's Evening Meal - Jehovah's Witness Christian
    • Hanuman Jayanti ** - Hindu
  • 15-22 *
    • Pesach (Passover) - Jewish
  • 17
    • Maundy Thursday - Christian
  • 18
    • Good (Holy) Friday - All Christian
  • 20
    • Easter - All Christians
  • 21
    • First Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
  • 23
    • St. George Day - Christian
  • 27
    • Yom HaShoah * - Jewish
  • 29
    • Ninth Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
MAY 2014
  • 1
    • National Day of Prayer - Interfaith USA
    • Beltane - Samhain * - Wicca/Pagan  Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • 2
    • Twelfth Day of Ridvan * - Baha'i
  • 5
    • Yom Ha'Atzmaut* - Jewish
  • 15-18
    • Theravadin New Year ** - Buddhist
  • 18
    • Lag B'Omer* - Jewish
  • 14
    • Visakha Puja - Buddha Day ** - Buddhist
  • 23
    • Declaration of the Bab * - Baha'i
  • 27
    • Lailat al Miraj * ** - Islam
  • 29
    • Ascension of Jesus - All Christians
    • Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Baha'i
JUNE 2014
  • 4-5
    • Shavuot * - Jewish
  • 8
    • Pentecost - All Christians
  • 9
    • Saint Columba of Iona - Christian
  • 14
    • Lailat al Bara'ah * ** - Islam
  • 15
    • Trinity Sunday - Christian
    • All Saints - Orthodox Christian
  • 16
    • Guru Arjan Dev martyrdom - Sikh
  • 19
    • New Church Day - Swedenborgian Christian
    • Corpus Christi - Catholic Christian
  • 21  Solstice
    • Litha * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
    • Yule * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
  • 27
    • Sacred Heart of Jesus - Catholic Christian
  • 28
    • Ramadan Begins * ** - Islam
  • 29
    • Saints Peter and Paul - Christian
JULY 2014
  • 9
    • Martyrdom of the Bab * - Baha'i
  • 13
    • Asalha Puja Day ** - Buddhist
  • 13-15
    • Obon ** - Shinto
  • 13-15
    • Ulambana - Obon ** - Buddhist
  • 15
    • Saint Vladimir Day - Christian
  • 23
    • Lalat al Kadr * ** - Islam
  • 25
    • Emperor Haile Selassi I birthday - Rastafari
  • 24
    • Pioneer Day - Mormon Christian
  • 29-31
    • Eid al Fitr * ** - Islam
AUGUST 2014
  • 1
    • Lammas - Christian
    • Fast in Honor of the Holy Mother of Jesus - Orthodox Christian
    • Lughanssad - Imbolc * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and southern hemispheres
  • 6
    • Transfiguration of the Lord - Orthodox Christian
  • 5
    • Tish'a B'av * - Jewish
  • 10
    • Raksha Bandhan ** - Hindu
  • 15
    • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian
    • Dormition of the Theotokos - Orthodox Christian
  • 17
    • Krishna Janmashtami ** - Hindu
  • 29
    • Ganesh Chaturthi ** - Hindu
    • Beheading of John the Baptist - Christian
  • 30
    • Paryushana Parva ** - Jains
SEPTEMBER 2014
  • 1
    • Ecclesiastical year begins - Orthodox Christian
  • 6
    • Nativity of Mary - Christian
  • 14
    • Elevation of the Life Giving Cross - Holy Cross Day - Christian
  • 22  Equinox
    • Mabon * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
    • Ostata * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
  • 24-26  Sundown to Sundown
    • Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish
  • 27
    • Meskel- Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
  • 29
    • Michael and All Angels - Christian
  • 29 - October 3
    • Navaratri ** - Hindu
OCTOBER 2014
  • 3
    • Waqf al Arafa - Hajj Day * ** - Islam
  • 4
    • Yom Kippur * - Jewish
    • Saint Francis Day - Catholic Christian
    • Dasara ** - Hindu
  • 4-7
    • Eid al Adha * ** - Islam
  • 9-15
    • Sukkot * - Jewish
  • 13
    • Thanksgiving - Canada - Interfaith
  • 16
    • Shemini Atzeret * - Jewish
  • 17
    • Simchat Torah * - Jewish
  • 20
    • Birth of the Báb * - Baha'i
    • Installation of Scriptures as Gukru Granth - Sikh
  • 21-25
    • Deepavali ** - Hindu
  • 23
    • Diwali - Deepavali ** - Hindu - Jain - Sikh
  • 24
    • Jain New Year ** - Jain
  • 25
    • Hijra - New Year * ** - Islam
  • 26
    • Reformation Day ** - Protestant Christian
  • 28
    • Milvian Bridge Day - Christian
  • 31
    • All Hallow's Eve - Christian
NOVEMBER 2014
  • 1
    • All Saint's Day - Christian
    • Samhain - Litha * - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • 2
    • All Soul's Day - Catholic Christian
  • 5
    • Ashura * ** - Islam
  • 6
    • Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday - Sikh
  • 12
    • Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i
  • 15-25
    • Winter Lent - Orthodox Christian
  • 21
    • Yule - Christian
  • 23
    • Christ the King - Christian
  • 24
    • Guru Tegh Bahadur martyrdom - Sikh
  • 26
    • Day of the Covenant - Baha'i
  • 27
    • Thanksgiving - Interfaith USA
  • 28
    • Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha - Baha'i
  • 30
    • Saint Andrew's Day - Christian
    • Advent begins through December 24 - Christian
DECEMBER 2014
  • 6
    • Saint Nicholas Day - Christian
  • 8
    • Rohatsu - Bodhi Day ** - Buddhist
    • Immaculate Conception of Mary - Catholic Christian
  • 12
    • Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe- Catholic Christian
  • 16-25
    • Posades Navidenas - Christian
  • 17-24
    • Hanukkah * - Jewish
  • 21 Solstice
    • Yule - Christian
    • Yule * - Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
    • Litha * - Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
  • 24
    • Christmas Eve - Christian
  • 25
    • Christmas * - Christian
  • 26
    • Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra ** - Zoroastrian
  • 28
    • Holy Innocents - Christian
  • 31
    • Watch Night - Christian