Selected Religious Holidays and Celebrations 2013-2014
The Benedictine University community is comprised of people of different faiths,
religions and beliefs.
Understanding how and why they worship helps us to understand
that we may not be as different as we think or as others might have us believe. The
community is encouraged to share the variety of celebrations and traditions practiced
at the University to come to a better understanding and greater appreciation of
Community members are also encouraged to send suggestions or corrections to this calendar to Br. Rick Poro, O.S.B., University Ministry, at (630) 829-6033 or [email protected]
July 9, 2013
The beginning of Ramadan marks the start of a month of
fasting. It is a time when Muslims abstain from all food,
drink, sexual activity and certain other activities from
August 8, 2013
Eid al Fitr is a three-day Islamic fast marking the close
of Ramadan. It is a festival of thanksgiving to Allah for
enjoying the month of Ramadan. It involves wearing fine
clothing, saying prayers and fostering understanding with
August 15, 2013
Blessed Virgin Mary The Assumption is the Roman Catholic Christian
observance commemorating the belief that the Blessed
Virgin Mary rose body and soul into heaven at the end
of her earthly life (Holy Day of Obligation).
September 6, 2013
The Jewish New Year is a time of introspection, abstinence,
prayer and penitence. The story of Abraham is read, the
ram’s horn is sounded and special foods are prepared
September 8, 2013
The Nativity of Mary is the Christian celebration of the birth
September 14, 2013
− the Jewish Day of Atonement
− is the end of
the 10 Days of Awe and is devoted to prayer, repentance
September 18, 2013
− the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles
− celebrates the
harvest and the protection of the people of Israel as they
wandered in the wilderness, dwelling in tents.
September 25, 2013
Shemini Atzeret is the final day of Sukkot and the
beginning of prayers for rain. Simchat Torah, the Rejoicing
of the Torah (Law), is the ending of the Torah reading cycle
October 13, 2013
Islamic pilgrimage rites at Mecca on the seventh through
12th days of the month of Dhu al-Hajja.
October 20, 2013
This marks the day that members of the Baha’i faith honor
the founder of the Babi religion, forerunner to Baha’u’llah
October 31, 2013
Martin Luther posted a belief statement on Wittenberg
Church door on October 31, 1517. This day marks the
anniversary of the Protestant tradition and its emphasis
on the place of the Bible and religious freedom.
November 1, 2013
All Saints’ Day is a Christian day of r
who have been deemed “saints” by the Church for their good
works, their martyrdom for the faith and the miracles
attributed to them. (Holy Day of Obligation).
November 2, 2013
All Souls’ Day is a Christian day of prayers of
intercession for the dead. Prayer of the faithful is seen as
helping to cleanse the souls for the vision of God in heaven.
November 13, 2013
haps the most well-known of the Indian festivals.
It is celebrated throughout India and Indian communities
throughout the diaspora. It usually occurs 18 days after
Dussehra. It is colloquially known as the “festival of lights,”
as it is common practice to light small oil lamps (called
diyas) and place them around the home, in courtyards and
gardens, on verandas, rooftops and outer walls. Candles are
substituted for diyas in urban areas and neon lights replace
November 21, 2013
An interfaith celebration of thankfulness for the bounty
man enjoys on earth, Thanksgiving is a predominately
American holiday that traces its roots to the pilgrims of
November 27, 2013
− the Festival of Lights – marks the victory
of the Maccabees and rededication of the Temple. It is a
celebration of religious freedom and an affirmation of
December 1, 2013
A Christian time of preparation for observing the birth of
Jesus Christ, Advent is observed with the lighting of advent
candles, fasting and decorating the church in purple.
December 8, 2013
In the Northern tradition, Rohatsu celebrates the Buddha’s
December 8, 2013
The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary is a feast
day in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her status of
being without sin at birth (Holy Day of Obligation).
December 25, 2013
The holy day of Christmas is the celebration of the birth
of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World. It begins a
December 26, 2013
Kwanzaa is an African-American celebration honoring
African community values and beliefs.
January 19, 2014
World Religion Day is a Baha’i sponsored day dedicated to
the unity and oneness of all world religions.
February 8, 2014
In the Northern tradition, Nirvana Day celebrates the day
February 28, 2014
A Hindu festival in honor of Lord Shiva and his marriage
to Goddess Parvati, ceremonies on this day involve prayers
and hymns which take place mostly at night.
March 5, 2014
Lent is a Christian time of reflection and preparation for
Holy Week and Easter. It is marked by fasting, repentance
March 16, 2014
Purim is a Jewish celebration of the deliverance of the Jewish
March 17, 2014
Holi is a very popular festival where people throw colored
water or powder at one another to celebrate episodes in the
March 21, 2014
The Solemnity of St. Benedict marks the anniversary of
the death of St. Benedictine (480-550 ), abbot, founder
of Western monasticism and patron saint of
April 13, 2014
Palm Sunday is the Christian celebration of the entry of
Jesus into Jerusalem, leading to his death.
April 14-20, 2014
Christians observe the week before Easter with solemn
ceremonies based on events in the life of Jesus, especially
those that occurred on Holy Thursday (the Last Supper
and passion in the Garden of Gethsemane) and Good
Friday (the Crucifixion). Easter is the celebration of the
Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
April 14, 2014
Passover is an eight-day celebration of the deliverance of
the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The story of the Exodus is
recounted and the ongoing struggle of all peoples for freedom
from internal and external tyranny is celebrated.
April 28, 2014
Remembrance Day)Yom HaShoah is observed by htose with Jewish ancestory or
those with connections to the religion to commemorate or
remember Holocaust victims who died during World
War II. Activities may include lighting memorial candles
or reciting the Kaddish, a prayer for the departed.
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