Religious Holidays

The following list of religious holidays for 2022-2023 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 2022.

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Religious Holidays Fall 2022

Date Day of the Week Holiday
Aug. 1-2 Monday and Tuesday Lughnasadh/Lammas
Aug. 5-6 Friday and Saturday Tisha B'Av
Aug. 7 Sunday Ashura (begins at sundown 
Aug. 15 Monday The Assumption
Aug. 18-19 Thursday and Friday Krishna Janmashtami
Sept. 21-29   Mabon
Sept. 25-27 Sunday-Tuesday Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown)
Sept. 26 Monday Navaratri (begins)
Oct. 4-5 Tuesday and Wednesday Yom Kippur (begins at sundown)
Oct. 7-8 Friday and Saturday Mawlid al-Nabi
Oct. 9-16   Sukkot (begins at sundown)
Oct. 17-18 Monday and Tuesday Simchat Torah (begins at sundown)
Oct. 24 Monday Diwali 
Oct. 30-Nov. 2 Sunday-Wednesday Samhain
Nov. 1 Tuesday All Saints Day
Nov. 2 Wednesday All Souls Day
Dec. 8 Thursday Immaculate Conception 
Dec. 18-27   Chanukah (begins at sundown)
Dec. 21-Jan. 1   Yule
Dec. 25 Sunday Christmas
Dec. 26-Jan. 2   Kwanzaa (begins)

Religious Holidays Spring 2023

Date Day of the Week Holiday
Jan. 1 Sunday Mary Mother of God 
Jan. 6 Friday Feast of the Epiphany
Jan. 7 Saturday Orthodox Christmas
Jan. 22 Sunday Chinese New Year
Feb. 1 Wednesday Imbolc
Feb. 5-6 Sunday and Monday Tu BiShvat
Feb. 22 Wednesday Ash Wednesday
March 6 Monday Magha Puja Day (observed), Holi, Purim (begins at sundown)
March 22-April 22   Ramadan (begins at sundown)
April 2 Sunday Palm Sunday
April 5 Wednesday Passover (begins at sundown)
April 6 Thursday Holy/Maundy Thursday
April 7 Friday Good Friday
April 8 Saturday Visakha Puja, Holy Saturday
April 9 Sunday Easter
April 14 Friday Holy Friday (Orthodox)
April 16 Sunday  Pascha (Orthodox)
April 21-22 Friday and Saturday Eid al-Fitr (begins at sundown)
April 30-May 1 Sunday and Monday Beltane
May 18 Thursday Ascension Thursday
May 28 Sunday Pentecost
June 19-23 Monday-Friday Litha (Summer Solstice)