Loyola University Chicago

Campus Ministry

Division of Student Development

Religious Holidays

Calendar of Religious Holidays

Loyola has many religious traditions represented amongst the student population. Below is a listing of many of the major holidays celebrated by our many religious traditions. If you find that your religious tradition is not represented here, please email the Campus Ministry main email.

We’ve used the following websites as reference: Huffington Post and the Interfaith Calendar. If you find that a date is wrong or a holiday is missing, please let us know!

Baha'i Holidays

2015

Oct 20 - Birth of the Bab

Nov 12 - Birth of Baha'u'llah
Nov 28 - Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha

2016

Jan 17 - World Religion Day

Mar 2-20: The Nineteen Day Fast
Mar 21 - Nowruz / Naw-Ruz (Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Iranian New Year)

Apr 21- May 2 - Ridván

May 23 - Declaration of the Bab
May 29 - Ascension of Baha'u'llah

July 9 - The Martyrdom of the Bab


Buddhist Holidays

2015

Dec 8 - Bodhi Day

2016

Jan 20 - Mahayana New Year 

Feb 15 - Nirvana Day

March 23 - Magha Puja Day

Apr 22-23 - Theravada New Year

May 15 - Visakha Puja

Jul 19 - Asala - Dharma Day

Christian Holidays (all denominations)

2015

Oct 31 - All Hallows' Eve

Nov 1 - All Saints Day / All Hallows' Day
Nov 2 - All Souls' Day
Nov 29 - Advent Sunday

Dec 6 - St. Nicholas Day
Dec 8 - Feast of Immaculate Conception (Catholic)
Dec 12 - Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Dec 24 - Christmas Eve (Western Churches)
Dec 25 - Christmas Day (Western Churches)

2016

Jan 1 - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Catholic)
Jan 1 - Feast of St. Basil (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 6 - Epiphany 
Jan 6 - Feast of Theophany (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 6 - Nativity of Jesus (Armenian Orthodox)
Jan 7 - Christmas Day (Orthodox Christian)
Jan 19 - Timkat (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
Jan 25 - Conversion of St. Paul 

Feb 2 - Candlemas
Feb 9- Shrove Tuesday
Feb 10- Ash Wednesday
Feb 12 – Triodion (Orthodox Christian)

Mar 6 – Orthodox Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
Mar 17 - St. Patrick's Day (Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran)
Mar 20 - Palm Sunday
Mar 24 - Maundy Thursday
Mar 25 - Annunciation
Mar 25 - Good Friday
Mar 27 - Easter Sunday

Apr 24 – Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

May 1 – Pascha (Orthodox East)
May 5 - Ascension of Jesus
May 15- Pentecost
May 26 – Corpus Christi

Jun 1 – Ascension of Jesus (Orthodox Christian)
Jun 19 – Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)
Jun 26 – All Saints (Orthodox Christian)

Hindu Holidays

2015

Oct 13 – Oct 22 - Navratri
Oct 18 to Oct 23 - Durga Puja
Oct 22 - Dussehra

Nov 11 - Diwali

2016

Feb 12 – Vasant Panshami

Mar 8 - Shivratri 
Mar 23 – Holi

Apr 8 – Hindu New Year
Apr 8-15 - Ramayana

Jain Holidays

2015

Nov 11 - Diwali

2016

Feb 15 – Nirvana Day

Apr 19 – Sri Mahavir Jayanti

May 8 – Akshaya Tritiya

Jewish Holidays

2015

Sept 13 - Rosh Hashanah
Sept 22 - Yom Kippur
Sept 27 to Oct 4 - Sukkot

Oct 4 - 6 - Simchat Torah

Dec 17-24 – Hanukkah

2016

Jan 25 - Tu B'Shevat

Mar 24 – Purim

Apr 23-30 – Pesach (Passover)

Jun 12-13- Shavuot

Muslim Holidays

2015

Sept 23 - Eid-ul-Adha

Oct 14 - Al-Hijira (Islamic New Year)
Oct 23 - Ashura

2016

Jun 6 - Ramadan Starts
Jul 9 - Eid-ul-Fitr

Shinto Holidays

2015

Nov 15 - Shichigosan
Nov 23 – Niinamesei

2016

Jan 1 - Gantan-sai

Feb 3 - Setsubun

Sikh Holidays

2015

Nov 11 - Diwali
Nov 24 - Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur
Nov 25 - Birthday of Guru Nanak

2016

Jan 5 – Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh
Jan 13 - Maghi

Mar 24 - Baisakhi

Apr 24 - Hola Mohalla