Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Rd
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-3496

Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesdays with extended hours 8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Religious Observances Calendar



Diversity Calendar

 This list is an effort to build awareness and a cultural understanding of important holidays and observances of the diverse groups of our campus community. This list is not comprehensive, and we may have missed an important holiday, so feedback or recommendations are welcome. If we missed anything, email diversity@oakland.edu so we can review your request and make the appropriate changes.

 For more information, read Oakland University's religious accommodations guidelines.

Religions

Baha’i: Is centered on the belief that there is only one god and is the source of all major religions. They also believe that the whole of humanity is equal and that the world should work collectively towards humanity’s issues.

Buddhism:
A belief system based on the teachings of Gautama Buddha; through these teachings practitioners try to reach a state of enlightenment. The exact methods vary depending on the branch of Buddhism being followed.

Christianity: An Abrahamic religion that is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, Whose followers believe is the Son of God and messiah that will liberate the faithful. 

Hinduism: Covers a broad range of traditions and is considered the world’s oldest religion, but common themes thread the variety of beliefs together. Those that follow it consider Hinduism as a way of life.

Islam: An Abrahamic faith that believes in one god and that his laws and wisdom manifest in the holy book the Qur’an, and also through the teachings of the prophet Mohammed.

Jainism: Focuses on liberation of the soul through living a pacifistic and ascetic life. Its principles are non-violence, non-absolutism, and non-possessiveness.

Judaism: One of the oldest religions in the world and is the foundation of other Abrahamic faiths. Those who practice Judaism believe that their patriarchal ancestor made a covenant with god, which they honor through their belief system.

Shintoism: The Indigenous religion of japan that is based around the devotion to spirits called Kami. Its practices include visiting shrines, festivals, and various rituals.

Sikhism: A monotheistic religion whose belief system stresses service to humanity, living honestly, unity, and equality in service to the creator. This is articulated through the sacred scripture the Guru Granth Sahib.

Wicca/Paganism: Wicca is a Pagan Witchcraft tradition brought to the public by Gerald Gardner and encompasses a diverse set of views and beliefs. Wicca draws from ancient pagan practices and centers around nature and witchcraft.

Observances
Baha'i
All observances begin at sundown before the date listed

World Religion Day: An observance that promotes unity and celebrates the different religions around the world.

Naw-Ruz (New Year): The first day of the Baha’i calendar and one of the nine holy days of the Baha’i faith. Work restrictions.

Ridvan: is a twelve-day festival that commemorates the declaration hat he was manifestation of god, it is the holiest Baha’i festival. Work restrictions on the first and ninth day.

Declaration of the Bab: Commemorates the day the Bab was recognized as the messenger of god. Work restrictions.

Ascension of Baha’u’llah: celebrates the anniversary of the death of Baha’u’llah. Work restrictions.

Birth of the Bab: Anniversary of the birth of the prophet-herald who told this day of the fore coming of the founder of the Baha’i faith. Work restrictions.

Birth of Baha’u’llah: Celebrates the birth of the founder of the Baha’i faith. Work restrictions.

Buddhism

Mahayana New Year: A holiday where Mahayana Buddhists honor and pray to their deities and visit temples to light candles for happiness and good luck.

Magha Puja Day: A Theravada Buddhist observance celebrated on the full moon day of Magha (in the third lunar month). During this observance, followers try not to do nothing but good deeds, abstain from sin and purify the mind.

Vesakha Puja Day: Commemorates the birth, self-awakening, and death of Buddha

Asalha Puja Day: Observes the day when Gautama Buddha made his first public proclamation of the five ascetics (Theravada Buddhism)

Diwali: The “festival of lights” and signifies the victory of all that is good over all that is evil. (Public Holiday in India, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, and Singapore)

Christianity
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Feast of Nativity (Orthodox): Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, based off the Julian calendar.

Ash Wednesday: Marks the start of lent, which commemorates the 40 days Christ fasted in the desert

Good Friday: Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and is the Friday before Easter.

Easter: Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Holy Friday (Orthodox): Commemorates the crucifixion of Christ, and is the Friday before Easter. Based off the Julian calendar

Pascha/Easter (Orthodox): Commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Based off the Julian calendar

Pentecost: commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit

Christmas: Celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ



Hinduism
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Holi: A festival, which celebrates the coming of spring and commemorates good conquering evil.  

Krishna Janmashtami: celebration of annual rebirth of the Hindu god Krishna.

Navratri: A festival that lasts 9 nights and 10 days that honors the nine forms of Devi the Hindu goddess.

Dussera: celebrates durgas victory over the demon Mahishasura, and marks the end of Navaratri.

Diwali: The “festival of lights” and signifies the victory of all that is good over all that is evil.

Islam
Based on a lunar calendar
All observances begin at sundown before the date listed
Halal food restrictions: no pork, alcohol, or meat not slaughtered and prepared by halal standards

Ramadan: The ninth month of the Islamic calendar and month of fasting, It commemorates Muhammad’s journey through the desert and his reception of part of the Quran.

Eid al-Fitr: Marks the end of Ramadan. Work is restricted

Eid al-Adha: commemorates Abraham showing his devotion to god, by almost sacrificing his son. Work is restricted.

Jainism
Dates my vary
May need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Mahavira Jayanti: A religious festival that celebrates the birth of Mahavira the last Tirthankara.

Paryushana Parva/Dashalakshani-Parva – 8 or 10-day period usually observed in September or August, where Jain faithful recite, fast, meditate, and request forgiveness.

Judaism
All observances begin at sundown before the date listed
Kosher dietary restrictions:No pork, shellfish or mixing meat with dairy
Jewish Calendar is based on a lunisolar cycle

Pesach/Passover: Observance that commemorates the freedom and exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. Work is restricted on the first, second, sixth and seventh days. Also in addition to the year round Kosher restrictions, Jewish cannot consume leavened bread. 

Shavuot: Celebrates Moses descent with the Ten Commandments

Tisha B’Av – Is the day that people of Jewish ancestry commemorate the various tragedies that have befallen their people.

Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish New Year, which is said to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and eve. Work is restricted on first and second day.

Yom Kippur: Literally the Day of Atonement; it is a day that the Jewish atone for their sins through prayer and fasting. Work is restricted

Sukkot: Celebrates the harvest and protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness. Work is restricted on first and second day

Shemini Atzeret: Is the day that the Jewish people “tarry” and spend an additional day with god, and is also considered the 8th day of Sukkot. Work is restricted.

Simchat Torah: indicates the end of the annual cycle of reading the Torah. Work is restricted 

Chanukah: Celebrates the rededication of the holy temple after the Greeks defiled it.

Shintoism
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Gantan-Sai: Shinto New Year Festival where people visit shrines, usually at midnight, as well visit as family and friends and pray for inner renewal prosperity and health. The New Year lasts for seven days.

Obon: Festival that honors the spirits of past ancestors, which includes visiting ancestors graves and celebration

Sikhism
may need to make accommodations for food and special worship

Maghi: Commemorates the forty Sikhs who gave their lives defending Guru Gobind Singh from the imperial army

Hola Mohalla: On this day Sikhs demonstrate martial skill through mock battles.

Vaisakhi: A New Year festival that represents the spring equinox and also commemorates the birth of Sikhism and its new year.

Bandi Chhor Divas: Celebrates Guru Hargobind’s release from prison.

Wicca/Paganism
may need to make accomodations for food and special worship

Imbolc: Festival that marks the beginning of spring

Ostara: Celebrates the renewal of life during the spring. Pagans attribute the change in season to the increase of power of their God and Goddess.

Beltane: Traditionally a Gallic mayday festival that marks the beginning of summer

Litha: Honors the longest day of the year.

Lughnasadh: Festival that marks the beginning of the harvest season

Mabon: or autumn equinox celebrates the change in seasons into the winter month and the harvest, and also is a thanksgiving.

Samhain: Marks the end of the autumn season and the beginning of the winter solstice.

Yule: midwinter festival that celebrates the rebirth of the sun.

 

2019
January 2019
**Gantan-Sai - Shinto - Jan 1st
**Feast of Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Jan 7th
Maghi - Sikhism - Jan 13th
World Religion Day - Baha'i - Jan 20th
Mahayana New Year - Buddhist - Jan 21st-23rd

**Work Restricted Holidays
February 2019
Imbolc - Wicca/Paganism - Feb 2nd (northern hemisphere)
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism - Feb 2nd (southern hemisphere)
**Chinese New Year - Buddhist - Feb 5th

**Work Restricted Holidays
March 2019
Ash Wednesday - Christian - Mar 6th
Holi - Hindu - Mar 21st
Hola Mohall - Sikhism - Mar 21st
Naw Ruz - Baha'i - Mar 21st
Ostara – Wicca/Paganism - Mar 20th (northern hemisphere)
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism - Mar 20th (southern hemisphere)
**Magha Puja Day - Buddhists - Mar 21st

**Work Restricted Holidays
April 2019
Vaisakhi - Sikhism - Apr 14th
**Mahavira Jayanti - Jain - Apr 17th
**Good Friday - Christian - Apr 19th
**Easter - Christian - Apr 21st
**Pesach/Passover - Jewish - Apr 20th-27th
**Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian - Apr 26th
**Pascha/Easter - Orthodox Christian - Apr 28th
Ridvan- Baha'i - Apr 21st-May 2nd

**Work Restricted Holidays
May 2019
**Beltane - Wicca/Paganism - May 1st (northern hemisphere)
**Samhain - Wicca/Paganism - May 1st (southern hemisphere)
**Ramadan - Islam - May 6th-June 4th
**Visakha Puja Day - Buddhist - May 18th
**Declaration of the Bab - Baha'i - May 23rd
**Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - May 29th

**Work Restricted Holidays
June 2019
**Eid al-Fitr - Islam - June 5th-7th
**Pentecost - Christian - June 9th
Shavout - Jewish - June 9th-10th
Pentecost - Orthodox Christian - June 16th-17th
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – June 21st (northern hemisphere)
Yule – Wicca/Paganism – June 21st (southern hemisphere)

**Work Restricted Holidays
July 2019
The Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i - July 9th
**Obon - Buddhist/Shinto - July 13th-15th
**Asalha Puja Day - Buddhist - July 16th

**Work Restricted Holidays
August 2019
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism – Aug 1st (northern hemisphere)
Imbolc – Wicca/Paganism – Aug 1st (southern hemisphere)
Tish'a B'Av - Jewish - Aug 10th
**Eid Al-Adha - Islam - Aug 12th-15th
**Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu - Aug 23rd

**Work Restricted Holidays
September 2019
**Paryushana Parva - Jain - Sept 3rd
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism – Sept 23rd (northern hemisphere)
Ostara - Wicca/Paganism - Sept 23rd (southern hemisphere)
**Rosh Hashanah - Jewish - Sept 30th-Oct 1st
Navratri - Hindu - Sept 29th-Oct 8th

**Work Restricted Holidays
October 2019
**Dussehra - Hindu - Oct 8th
**Yom Kippur - Jewish - Oct 9th
Sukkot - Jewish - Oct 14th-20th
Birth of the Bab - Baha'i - Oct 20th
Shemini Atzeret - Jewish - Oct 21st
Simchat Torah - Jewish - Oct 22nd
**Diwali - Hindu, Sihkism, Jain - Oct 27th

**Work Restricted Holidays
November 2019
**Samhain - Wicca/Paganism - Nov 1st (northern hemisphere)
**Beltane – Wicca/Paganism - Nov 1st (southern hemisphere)
Birth of Baha'ullah - Baha'i - Nov 12th
**Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib - Nov 12th

**Work Restricted Holidays
December 2019
Yule - Wicca/Paganism – Dec 21st (northern hemisphere)
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – Dec 21st (southern hemisphere)
**Hanukkah - Jewish - Dec 23rd-30th
**Christmas - Christian - Dec 25th
**Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Dec 25th

**Work Restricted Holidays
2020
January 2020
**Gantan-Sai - Shinto - Jan 1st
**Feast of Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Jan 7th
Mahayana New Year - Buddhist - Jan 10th-12th
Maghi - Sikhism - Jan 13th
World Religion Day - Baha'i - Jan 19th

**Work Restricted Holidays
February 2020
Imbolc - Wicca/Paganism – Feb 2nd (northern hemisphere)
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism – Feb 2nd (southern hemisphere)
**Chinese New Year - Buddhist - Feb 5th
Ash Wednesday - Christian - Feb 26th

**Work Restricted Holidays
March 2020
**Magha Puja Day - Buddhists - Mar 9th
Holi - Hindu - Mar 10th
Hola Mohall - Sikhism - Mar 10th
Ostara – Wicca/Paganism – Mar 20th (northern hemisphere)
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism - Mar 20th (southern hemisphere)
Naw Ruz - Baha'i - Mar 21st

**Work Restricted Holidays
April 2020
**Mahavira Jayanti - Jain - Apr 6th
**Pesach/Passover - Jewish - Apr 9th-15th
**Good Friday - Christian - Apr 10th
**Easter - Christian - Apr 12th
Vaisakhi - Sikhism - Apr 14th
**Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian - Apr 17th
**Pascha/Easter - Orthodox Christian - Apr 19th
Ridvan - Baha'i - Apr 21st-May 2nd
**Ramadan - Islam - Apr 24th-May 23rd

**Work Restricted Holidays
May 2020
**Beltane – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st (northern hemisphere)
**Samhain – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st (southern hemisphere)
**Visakha Puja Day - Buddhist - May 7th
**Declaration of the Bab - Baha 'i- May 23rd
**Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - May 29th
Shavout - Jewish - May 29th-30th
**Pentecost - Christian - May 31st

**Work Restricted Holidays
June 2020
**Eid al-Fitr - Islam - June 5th-7th
**Pentecost - Orthodox Christian - June 7th
Litha - Wicca/Paganism - June 21st (northern hemisphere)
Yule - Wicca/Paganism - June 21st (southern hemisphere)

**Work Restricted Holidays
July 2020
**Asalha Puja Day - Buddhist - July 5th
The Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i - July 9th
Tish'a B'Av - Jewish - July 30th
**Eid al-Adha - Islam - July 31-Aug 3rd

**Work Restricted Holidays
August 2020
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism – Aug 1st (northern hemisphere)
Imbolc – Wicca/Paganism – Aug 1st (southern hemisphere)
**Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu - Aug 15th
**Obon - Buddhist/Shinto - Aug 13th-15th

**Work Restricted Holidays
September 2020
**Rosh Hashanah - Jewish - Sept 19th-20th
**Paryushana Parva - Jain - Sept 21st
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism – Sept 23rd (northern hemisphere)
Ostara - Wicca/Paganism - Sept 23rd (southern hemisphere)
**Yom Kippur - Jewish - Sept 28th

**Work Restricted Holidays
October 2020
Sukkot - Jewish - Oct 3rd-9th
Shemini Atzeret - Jewish - Oct 10th
Simchat Torah - Jewish - Oct 11th
Navratri - Hindu - Oct 17th-24th
Birth of the Bab - Baha'i - Oct 20th
**Dussehra - Hindu - Oct 25th

**Work Restricted Holidays
November 2020
Samhain - Wicca/Paganism – Nov 1st (northern hemisphere)
Beltane – Wicca/Paganism – Nov 1st (southern hemisphere)
Birth of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - Nov 12th
**Diwali - Hindu, Sikhism, Jain - Nov 14th

**Work Restricted Holidays
December 2020
**Hanukkah - Jewish - Dec 11th-18th
Yule - Wicca/Paganism – Dec 21st (northern hemisphere)
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – Dec 21st (southern hemisphere)
**Christmas - Christian - Dec 25th
**Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Dec 25th

**Work Restricted Holidays
2021
January 2021
**Gantan-Sai - Shinto - Jan 1st
**Feast of Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Jan 7th
Maghi - Sikh - Jan 13th
World Religion Day - Baha'i - Jan 17th
Mahayana New Year - Mahayana Buddhism - Jan 28th

**Work Restricted Holidays
February 2021
Imbolc - Wicca/Paganism – Feb 2nd (northern hemisphere)
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism – Feb 2nd (southern hemisphere)
**Chinese New Year - Buddhist - Feb 12th
Ash Wednesday - Christian - Feb 17th

**Work Restricted Holidays
March 2021
**Magha Puja Day - Buddhist - Mar 28th
Holi - Hindu - Mar 29th
Ostara – Wicca/Paganism – Mar 21st (northern hemisphere)
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism - Mar 21st (southern hemisphere)
Naw Ruz - Baha'i - Mar 21st
**Mahavira Jayanti – Jain – Mar 25th
**Pesach/Passover - Jewish - Mar 28th-Apr 8th

**Work Restricted Holidays
April 2021
**Good Friday - Christian - Apr 2nd
**Easter - Chrisitian - Apr 4th
Vaisakhi – Sikh - Apr 14th
**Holy Friday - Orthodox Christian - Apr 17th
Ridvan - Baha'i - Apr 21st-May 2nd
**Ramadan - Islam - Apr 13th-May 16th

**Work Restricted Holidays
May 2021
**Beltane – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st (northern hemisphere)
**Samhain – Wicca/Paganism – May 1st (southern hemisphere)
**Pascha/Easter - Orthodox Christian - May 2nd
**Eid al-Fitr - Islam - May 14th-16th
Tish'a B'Av - Jewish - May 18th
**Decleration of the Bab - Baha'i - May 23rd
**Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Baha'i - May 29th
**Pentecost - Christian - May 23rd

**Work Restricted Holidays
June 2021
**Pentecost - Orthodox Christian - June 20th
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – June 22nd (northern hemisphere)
Yule – Wicca/Paganism – June 22nd (southern hemisphere)

**Work Restricted Holidays
July 2021
**Asalha Puja Day - Buddhism - July 24th
The Martyrdom of the Bab - Baha'i - July 9th
**Obon – Buddhist/Shinto - July 13th
**Eid al-Adha - Islam - July 20th-23rd

**Work Restricted Holidays
August 2021
Lughnassad - Wicca/Paganism – Aug 1st (northern hemisphere)
Imbolc – Wicca/Paganism – Aug 1st (southern hemisphere)
**Krishna Janmashtami - Hindu - Aug 3rd
Shavout - Jewish - Aug 17th-18th

**Work Restricted Holidays
September 2021
**Rosh Hashanah - Jewish - Sept 6th-7th
**Paryushana Parva - Jain - Sept 11th
Mabon – Wicca/Paganism – Sept 22nd (northern hemisphere)
Ostara - Wicca/Paganism - Sept 22nd (southern hemisphere)
**Yom Kippur - Jewish - Sept 13th
Sukkot - Jewish - Sept 21st-27th
Shemini Atzeret - Jewish - Sept 28th
Simchat Torah - Jewish - Sept 29th

**Work Restricted Holidays
October 2021
Navratri - Hindu - Oct 7th-14th
**Dussera - Hindu - Oct 15th
Birth of the Bab - Baha'i - Oct 20th
Samhain - Wicca/Paganism - Oct 31st (northern hemisphere)
Beltane - Wicca/Paganism - Oct 31st (southern hemisphere)

**Work Restricted Holidays
November 2021
**Diwali - Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist - Nov 4th
Birth of Baha'ullah - Baha'i - Nov 12th
**Hanukkah - Jewish - Nov 29th-Dec 6th

**Work Restricted Holidays
December 2021
Yule - Wicca/Paganism – Dec 21st (northern hemisphere)
Litha – Wicca/Paganism – Dec 21st (southern hemisphere)
**Christmas - Christian - Dec 25th
**Feast of the Nativity - Orthodox Christian - Dec 25th

**Work Restricted Holidays