Religious Holidays

The following list of religious holidays for 2023-2024 was compiled by BMC student leaders, based on their identification of dates that would have the most impact on their experiences at the College. This impact may include, but is not limited to students fasting, attending services, or going home to be with family. Our intent is to provide community members with a list that is easy to access and that raises awareness of the communities of faith on campus. For a more comprehensive listing of religious holidays, view this external calendar for 2024.

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Religious Holidays Fall 2023

Date Day of the Week Holiday
Aug. 1 Tuesday Lughnasadh/Lammas
Aug. 15 Tuesday The Assumption
Sept. 6-7 Wednesday and Thursday Krishna Janmashtami
Sept. 15-17 Friday to Sunday Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown)
Sept. 21-29   Mabon
Sept. 24-25 Sunday and Monday Yom Kippur (begins at sundown)
Sept. 26-27 Tuesday and Wednesday Mawlid al-Nabi
Sept. 30-Oct. 6   Sukkot (begins at sundown)
Oct. 7-8 Saturday and Sunday Simchat Torah (begins at sundown)
Oct. 15 Sunday Navaratri (begins)
Oct. 30-Nov. 2 Monday-Thursday Samhain
Nov. 1 Wednesday All Saints Day
Nov. 2 Thursday All Souls Day
Nov. 12 Sunday Diwali
Dec. 8 Friday Immaculate Conception 
Dec. 7-15   Chanukah (begins at sundown)
Dec. 21-Jan. 1   Yule
Dec. 25 Monday Christmas
Dec. 26-Jan. 2   Kwanzaa (begins)

Religious Holidays Spring 2024

Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Monday Mary Mother of God 
Jan. 6 Saturday Feast of the Epiphany
Jan. 7 Sunday Orthodox Christmas
Jan. 24-25 Wednesday and Thursday Tu BiShvat
Feb. 1 Thursday Imbolc
Feb. 10 Saturday Chinese New Year
Feb. 14 Wednesday Ash Wednesday
Feb. 24 Saturday Magha Puja Day (observed)
March 10-April 9   Ramadan (begins at sundown)
March 20 Wednesday Ostara (Spring Equinox)
March 22-23 Friday and Saturday Purim
March 24 Sunday Holi, Palm Sunday
March 28 Thursday Holy/Maundy Thursday
March 29 Friday Good Friday
April 9-10 Tuesday and Wednesday Eid al-Fitr (begins at sundown)
April 22-30   Passover (begins at sundown)
May 1 Wednesday Beltane
May 3 Friday Holy Friday (Orthodox)
May 5 Sunday Easter/Pascha (Orthodox)
May 19 Sunday Pentecost
May 23 Thursday Visakha Puja
June 19-23   Litha (Summer Solstice)
June 27-30   Eid al-Adha