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Calendar of Holidays and Religious Observances

CSUSM strives to create an inclusive campus environment where campus members understand, respect, and effectively navigate differences.  In our increasingly diverse workplace and learning environment, it is important to be aware of major religious holidays that members of our campus community may observe. While it is hard to avoid all conflicting dates, please take into consideration the observance of religious holidays that have a significant impact on academic planning and other activities. Offices, departments, and student organizations are encouraged to refrain from scheduling college-wide or other major events on holy days, especially those dates on which people of a given tradition usually do not work or attend school. Students seeking accommodations for class attendance, academic assignments, or athletic practice/events to observe a religious observance should contact instructors or coaches by the end of the first week of classes. An instructor who believes that the anticipated absences would preclude the successful completion of the course or would seriously affect the student’s grade shall inform the student by the end of the second week of class.  See Student Absence from class for University Events and Religious Observances Policy.

Please note that the calendar below is not a comprehensive list. A description of each holy day may be found below the calendar. Suggestions for additions to this list may be directed to the Office of Inclusive Excellence. diversity@csusm.edu or 760-750-4039

Religious observances may fall on different dates from year to year because many are calculated based on a lunar calendar. Dates of religious observances may also vary regionally.

Thank you for your part in creating an inclusive environment,

 The Office of Inclusive Excellence

2018-2019

*Jewish and Muslim holy days begin at sundown on the first day indicated.
**Holy days on which absence from work or school is common. 

 Date

 Holiday

Religious Observations

August 22* – 25

**Eid al-Adha

Islam

August 29

Raksha Bandhan**

Hindu

September 3

Krishna Janmashtami**

Hindu

September 9* – 11

**Rosh Hashanah

Jewish

September*11-12

New year-Hijra

Islam

September 18*-19

**Yom Kippur

Jewish

September 21*

**Ashura

Islam

September 23* – 30

Sukkot

Jewish

October 9-16

**Navaratri

Hindu

November 7

Diwali begins (5 days)

Hindu/Jain/Sikh

December 2* – 10

Hanukkah

Jewish

December 16-25

Posadas Navidenas

 Latin@ Christian

December 25

**Christmas

Christian

December 26-Jan 1

Kwanzaa

 Celebrates African heritage, unity and culture/African American, parts of African Disapora 

January 7

**Feast of the Nativity

Orthodox Christian

 February 5

Lunar New Year

Many traditions in most Asian nations

March 6

 Ash Wednesday

 Catholic/Protestant Christian

March 20* – 21

Holi

Hindu

April 19* –26

Pesach/Passover

Jewish

April 19

**Good Friday

Catholic/Protestant Christian

April 19

**Holy Friday

Orthodox Christian

April 21

**Easter

 Catholic/ProtestantChristian

 April 21

**Pascha Orthodox Christian
 Various dates in April

Water Festival

Many traditions in most Asian nations

May 1* – 2

 Yom HaShoah

 Jewish

May 5* – June 4

Ramadan

Islam

June 8* – 10

Shavuot

Jewish

June 3* – 4

**Eid al-Fitr

Islam

  • 2019/20 Calendar

     Date

     Holiday

    Religious Observations

    August 10* – 11

    **Eid al-Adha

    Islam

    August 15

    Raksha Bandhan**

    Hindu

    August  24

    Krishna Janmashtami**

    Hindu

    September  29*-  Oct 1st

    **Rosh Hashanah

    Jewish

    August 31-Sep 1st

    New year-Hijra

    Islam

     September 9*-10

    **Ashura 

    Islam

    September 29-October 8th

    **Navaratri

    Hindu

    October 8*- 9th

    **Yom Kippur

    Jewish

    October 13* – 20

    Sukkot

    Jewish

    October 27

    Diwali begins (5 days)

    Hindu/Jain/Sikh

    December 22* – 30

    Hanukkah

    Jewish

    December 16-25

    Posadas Navidenas

     Latin@ Christian

    December 25

    **Christmas

    Christian

    December 26-Jan 1

    Kwanzaa

     Celebrates African heritage, unity and culture/African American, parts of African Disapora 

    January 7

    **Feast of the Nativity

    Orthodox Christian

     January 25

    Lunar New Year

    Many traditions in most Asian nations

    February 26

     Ash Wednesday

     Catholic/Protestant Christian

    March 9* – 10

    Holi

    Hindu

    April 8* –16

    Pesach/Passover

    Jewish

    April 10

    **Good Friday

    Catholic/Protestant Christian

    April 10

    **Holy Friday

    Orthodox Christian

    April 12

    **Easter

     Catholic/ProtestantChristian

     April 19

    **Pascha Orthodox Christian
     Various dates in April

    Water Festival

    Many traditions in most Asian nations

    April  20* – 21

     Yom HaShoah

     Jewish

    April 23* – May 23

    Ramadan

    Islam

    May 23* – 24

    **Eid al-Fitr

    Islam

    May 28* – 30

    Shavuot

    Jewish

  • 2020/21 Calendar

     coming soon
  • 2021/22 Calendar

     coming soon
  • 2022/23 Calendar

     coming soon

  • Ashura

    Shi’a Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn ‘Ali, the third Shi’ite Imam and grandson of Muhammad, observing the day by mourning his death. Sunni Muslims commemorate God’s freeing of the Israelites from slavery to the Pharaoh of Egypt by observing a fast. Absence from work or school is common.
  • Ash Wednesday

    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day liturgical season in which many Catholic and Protestant Christians prepare through fasting, prayer, and penance for renewing baptismal promises at Easter.
  • Christmas

     A holy day celebrating of the birth of Jesus. Orthodox Christians often refer to it as the Feast of the Nativity and the Incarnation of Christ. Absence from work or school is common.
  • Diwali

     A fall festival of lights signifying the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Rituals of lighting candles and other forms of light extend over a five day period, with the primary celebrations on the first night.
  • Easter/Pascha

     A day celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Absence from work or school is common.
  • Eid al-Adha

     This day commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to God. Muslims celebrate with the customary sacrifice of animals, sharing of the sacrificed animals’ meat with family and the poor, a special Eid prayer, and social gatherings. Celebrations may last up to three days. Absence from work or school is common.
  • Eid al-Fitr

     This day marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and the first day of the month of Shawwal. The day begins with a special Eid prayer and involves day-long festivities. Celebrations may last up to three days. Absence from work or school is common.
  • Good/Holy Friday

     A solemn holy day commemorating the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. Many Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians observe it as a fast day. Christians of many denominations attend worship services. Absence from work or school is common.
  • Hanukkah

     Hanukkah (alternately spelled Chanukah) is the eight-day celebration commemorating the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian army in 165 B.C.E. Hanukkah is a minor holiday in terms of religious practice, but it is a special and joyous time of year.
  • Holi

     A spring festival of colors celebrating life and signifying the victory of good over evil. Participants frolic in parks or other open areas, chasing and covering each other with dry colored powder and water.
  • Lunar New Year

     One of the most important festivals celebrated in Asian cultures. In the West, Lunar New Year is often referred to as Chinese New Year. Activities include making offerings to household deities, hosting banquets for family and friends, and festive parades.
  • Pesach/Passover

     A major Jewish festival lasting seven days, Pesach (Passover in English) commemorates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. The ritual observance of this holiday centers upon a home service called the seder (meaning "order") and a festive meal. Jews often attend ritual observances on the first, second, and final evenings. Many Jews refrain from leavened bread product and matzo is eaten instead.
  • Ramadan

     The ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar, which adult Muslims observe by fasting every day, abstaining from all food, drink, and sex from before dawn to sunset.
  • Rosh Hashanah

     The Jewish New Year, which marks the beginning of a 10-day period of prayer, self-examination, and repentance known as the High Holy Days. Many Jews observe it with prayer and reflection in a synagogue. Absence from work or school is common on the first day of Rosh HaShanah.
  • Shavuot

     This festival marks the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. It is a celebration of Torah, education, and actively choosing to participate in Jewish life.
  • Sukkot

     Sukkot, meaning "booths" or "huts," is the seven-day festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest.
  • Yom HaShoah

    This solemn day serves as a memorial to those who died in the Holocaust. Shoah, which means catastrophe or utter destruction in Hebrew, refers to the atrocities committed against the Jewish people during World War II. It is also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day.
  • Yom Kippur

    The holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur means "Day of Atonement" and refers to the annual observance of fasting, prayer, and repentance. Absence from work or school is common.
  • Water Festival

    The New Year’s celebration in several Southeast Asian countries. In some regions, dragon boat races are held and lanterns floated on rivers to bring blessings. People splash water at one another in a boisterous cleansing ritual of good will.

Additional Interfaith calendar or Diversity Central calendar information.