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!

Academic Year March - June 2016

DateName of Holy Day/FeastObserved by Religious Tradition
March 2-20 The Nineteen Day Fast Baha'i
March 6 Orthodox Sunday Orthodox Christian
March 8 Shivratri Hinduism
March 17 St. Patrick's Day Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran
March 20 Palm Sunday Christian
March 21 Nowruz / Naw-Ruz Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Iranian New Year
March 23 Magha Puja Day Buddhist
March 23 Holi Hinduism
March 24 Maundy Thursday Christian
March 24 Baisakhi Sikh
March 24 Purim Judaism
March 25 Annunciation
Good Friday
March 27 Easter Sunday Christian
April 8 Hindu New Year Hinduism
April 8-15 Ramayana Hinduism
April 19 Sri Mahavir Jayanti Jain
April 21- May 2 Ridvan Baha'i
April 22-23 Theravada New Year Buddhist
April 23-30 Pesach (Passover) Judaism
April 24 Palm Sunday Orthodox Christian
April 24 Hola Mohalla Sikh
May 1 Pascha Orthodox East
May 5 Ascension of Jesus Chrsitian
May 8 Akshaya Jain
May 15 Pentecost Christian
May 15 Visakha Puja Buddhist
May 23 Declaration of the Bab Baha'i
May 26 Corpus Christi Chrsitian
May 29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah Baha'i
June 6 Ramadan Starts Islam
June 12-13 Shavuot Judaism
July 9 The Martyrdom of the Bab Baha'i
July 9 Eid-ul-Fitr Islam
July 19 Asala - Dharma Day Buddhist

The following list of dates is provided to assist faculty in making exceptions for students who claim that their faith tradition has a holy day that impacts classroom assignments.

#     Denotes that students of this religious tradition are likely to request time off from class for all or some of this holiday
*     Denotes that the date for this Holy Day/Feast does not change annually
DateName of Holy Day/FeastObserved by Religious Tradition
June 6 Ramadan begins at sunset


July 5 Ramadan ends Islam
July 15 # Asalhka Puja Day Buddhism
July 31

* Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Founder of the Society of Jesus & Patron of the University

August 7-9 * Eid al Fitr Islam
August 15 Assumption of Mary Catholic
August 25 Krishna Janmashtami Hinduism
September 11-14 # Eid al Adha Islam
September 24-25 Simchat Torah Judaism
October 1-10 # Navarati Hinduism (will observe on certain days)
October 2 Al-Hijira
(Islamic New Year)
October 2-4 # Rosh Hashanah
(Jewish holidays begin at sundown)
October 11 Dussehra Hinduism
October 11-12 # Yom Kippur Judaism
October 12 # Ashura Islam
October 17-23 Sukkot Judaism
October 18-23 Durga Puja Hindu
October 20 Birth of the Bab Baha'i
October 23-24 Shemini Atzeret Judaism
October 30

# Diwali
(Students go home on the 2nd day)


November 1 * All Saints Day Catholic
November 2 * All Souls Day Catholic
November 14 Guru Nanak Dev Sahib's Birthday Sikhism
November 12 Birth of the Baha'u'llah Baha'i
November 14 Birthday of Guru Nanak Sikhism
November 15 Shicigosan Shinto
November 23 Niinamesei Shinto
November 24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikhism
November 27 First Sunday of Advent Catholic/Christian
November 28 Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha Baha'i
December 8 Immaculate Conception Catholic
December 8 Bodhi Day Buddhism
December 25 * Christmas Catholic/Christian
December 25 - January 1 Chanukah Judaism
January 1 * Solemnity of Mary Catholic
January 1 Gantan-sai Shinto
January 5 Guru Gobindh Singh's Birthday Sikhism
January 6 Epiphany Catholic/Christian
January 12-15 Mahayana New Year Buddhist
January 13 Maghi Sikhism
January 15 World Religion Day Baha'i
February 1 Vasant Panshami Hinduism
February 3 Setsubun Shinto
February 10 Tu B'Shevat Judaism
February 15 Nirvana Day Buddhist & Jain
February 24 Maha Shivaratri Hinduism
February 25 Shivrantri Hinduism
March 1 Ash Wednesday Christian
March 2-20 The Nineteen Day Fast Baha'i
March 12 Magha Puja Day Buddhist
March 13 Hola Mohalla Sikhism
March 13 Holi Hinduism
March 21 Nowruz / Naw-Ruz
(Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Iranian New Year)
March 23-24 Purim Judaism
March 28 Hindu New Year Hinduism
March 28 - April 5 # Ramayana Hinduism
April 5 # Ramanavami Hinduism
April 9 Palm Sunday Christian
April 10 Sri Mahavir Jayanti Jain
April 10-18 Pesach (Passover) Judaism
April 11-14 Theravada New Year Buddhist
April 14 Baisakhi New Year Sikhism
April 11-18 # Pesach (Passover) Judaism
April 13 # Holy Thursday Catholic/Christian
April 14 # Good Friday Catholic/Christian
April 16 # Easter Catholic/Christian
April 21 - May 2 Ridvan Baha'i
April 23 Yom HaShoah Judaism
April 28 Akshaya Tritiya Jain
May 1 Yom Ha'Atzmaut Judaism
May 10 Visakha Puja Buddhist
May 23 Declaration of the Bab Baha'i
May 27 Ramadan Starts Islam
May 29 Ascension of Baha'u'allah Baha'i
May 31 - June 1 Shavuot Judaism
May 27 Ramadan Begins Islam
June 26 Eid-ul-Fitr Islam
July 9

The Martyrdom of the Bab

Asala - Dharma Day