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.

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!

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 traditions are likely to request time off from class for all or some of this holiday.
* Denotes that the date for his Holy Day/Feast does not change annually.

DateName of Holy Day/FeastObserved by Religious Tradition
July 27 # Asalha Puja Day Buddhism
July 31 * Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus & Patron of the University Catholicism
August 7-9 * Eid al Fitr Islam
August 15 * Assumption of Mary Catholicism
August 20-21 # Eid al Adha Islam
September 2 Kirshna Janmashtami Hinduism
September 9-11 # Rosh Hashana (Jewish holidays begin at sundown) Judaism

September 18-19

# Yom Kippur Judaism

September 20-21

#Ashura Islam

September 23-30

Sukkot Judaism

September 30 - October 2

Shemini Atzeret Judaism

October 1-2

Simchat Torah Judaism
October 9-18 # Navratri Hinduism (will observe on certain days)
October 14 Durga Puja Hinduism
October 19 Dussehra Hinduism
November 1 * All Saints Day Catholicism
November 2 * All Souls Day Catholicism
November 7 # Diwali (Students go home on the 2nd day)


November 8-9 Birth of the Bab Baha'i
November 9-10 Birth of the Baha'u'llah Baha'i
November 14 Guru Nanak Dev Sahib's Birthday Sikhism
November 15 Shichigosan Shinto
November 23 Niinamesai Shinto
November 24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikhism
November 28 Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha Baha'i
December 2 First Sunday of Advent Catholicism / Christian
December 8 * Feast of the Immaculate Conception Catholicism
December 2-10 Chanukah Judaism
December 25 * Christmas Catholicism / Christian
January 1 * Solemnity of Mary Catholicism
January 1 Gantan-sai Shinto
January 6 Epiphany Catholicism / Christian
January 20 World Religion Day Baha'i
January 20-21 Tu B'Shevat Judaism
January 21-23 Mahayana New Year Buddhism
February 3 Setsubun Shinto
February 8 Nirvana Day Buddhism & Jain
February 10 Vasant Panshami Hinduism
March 1-20 The Nineteen Day Feast Baha'i
March 4 Maha Shivaratri Hinduism
March 6 Ash Wednesday Christian
March 6 # Ramayana Hinduism
March 20 Nowruz/Naw-Ruz (Baha'i, Zoroastrian, Iranian New Year) Baha'i
March 20-21 Holi Sikhism
March 20-21 Purim Judaism
March 21 Hola Mohalla Sikhism
March 21 Megha Puja Day Buddhism
April 8 Vesak Buddhism
April 14 Palm Sunday Christian
April 14 # Ramanavami Hinduism
April 14 Baisakhi New Year Sikhism
April 17 Sri Mahavir Jayanti Jain
April 18 # Holy Thursday Catholicism / Christian
April 19 Good Friday Catholicism / Christian
April 19 Theravadin New Year Buddhism
April 19-27 Pesach (Passover) Judaism
April 20 - May 2 Ridvan Baha'i
April 21 # Easter Catholicism / Christian
May 1-2 Yom HaShoah Judaism
May 5 Ramadan Starts Islam
May 7 Akshaya Tritiya Jain
May 8-9 Yom Ha'Atzmaut Judaism
May 23-24 Declaration of the Bab Baha'i
May 28-29 Ascension of Baha'u'allah Baha'i
June 3-4 Eid al-Fitr Islam
June 4 Ramadan Ends Islam
June 8-10 Shavuot Judaism
July 9 Martyrdom of the Bab Baha'i
July 17 Asala - Dharma Day Buddhism

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. Please click here for the downloadable PDF file of dates.