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Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

Recommended accommodations: Avoid scheduling major academic deadlines on this day, since it is likely that students will be operating on very little sleep. This two-day festival celebrates the birth of Krishna, a widely-worshiped Hindu god. Krishna is considered to be a warrior, hero, teacher, and philosopher. General practices: During this festival, Hindus are likely to forgo sleep in order to sing bhajans, traditional Hindu songs. Many Hindus also fast during the first day of the festival. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Thursday, August 18, 2022 – Friday, August 19, 2022.

Khordad Sal (Zoroastrian)

Birth of Prophet Zarathustra. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Sunday, August 21, 2022.

Paryushana Parva (Jain)

Recommended accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events or activities during the eight days of fasting. Jain festival signifying human emergence into a new world of spiritual and moral refinement. This festival consists of eight days of intensive fasting, repentance and pujas. Celebration of the natural qualities of the soul. The eighth day (Samvatsari) is most important and is focused on forgiveness. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Monday, August 29, 2022 – Monday, September 5, 2022.

Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu)

Celebration of the birthday of deity Lord Ganesh (Ganesh Chaturthi). Ganesh is depicted with an elephant's head on a human body and in the Hindu tradition he is the son of Lord Siva and the Goddess Parvati. General practices: Hymns are sung and offerings made to Ganesh. Sweets are also distributed because in Hindu legend Ganesh liked them. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

First Installation of Guru Granth Sahib in the Golden Temple (Sikh)

Sikh remembrance of the eternal installation of the holy books, Granth Sahib. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Thursday, September 1, 2022.

St. Columba of Iona (Celtic Christian)

Recognition of Columba who began the famous community of Iona off the coast of Scotland in 563 CE. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Sunday, September 4, 2022 – Friday, September 9, 2022.

Nativity of Mary (Christian)

Christian celebration of birth of the Virgin Mary. Tradition celebrates the event as a liturgical feast in the General Roman Calendar and in most Anglican liturgical calendars on September 8, nine months after the solemnity of her Immaculate Conception. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Beheading of John the Baptist (Christian)

Christian remembrance of the death of John who is known for preparing the people so they would recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Sunday, September 11, 2022.

Paitishahem Gahanbar (Zoroastrian)

There are six Gahanbars (five-day festivals) spread throughout the year. This feast is the Zoroastrian’s celebrate the creation of earth or the “feast of bringing in the harvest.” General practices: Each Gahanbar is a period to focus on worship and those celebrating will perform only necessary work. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Monday, September 12, 2022 – Friday, September 16, 2022.

Mabon (Pagan)

Also referred to as Harvest Home, the Feast of the Ingathering, and Meán Fómhair. Mabon is the second celebration of the harvest, a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth, and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. It is one of the eight major annual sabbats or festivals. Date details: Begins at sundown on the first day. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Wednesday, September 21, 2022 – Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Alban Elfed / Autumnal Equinox (Wiccan, Druid)

Also referred to as Harvest Home, the Feast of the Ingathering, and Meán Fómhair. Mabon is the second celebration of the harvest, a ritual of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth, and a recognition of the need to share them to secure the blessings of the Goddess and the God during the coming winter months. It is one of the eight major annual sabbats or festivals. Date details: Begins at sundown on the first day. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Thursday, September 22, 2022.

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

Holiday with significant work restriction, Recommended accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. If planning an event, provide food accommodation (kosher restrictions apply). Start of the Jewish New Year, day of judgment and remembrance. The Jewish calendar celebrates the New Year in the seventh month (Tishrei) as a day of rest and celebration ten days before Yom Kippur. General practices: Prayer in synagogue and festive meals. Date details: Begins at sundown on the first day. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Sunday, September 25, 2022 – Monday, September 26, 2022.

Navratri (Hindu)

Navarati is one of the greatest Hindu festivals, and celebrates the triumph of good over evil. During this time, Hindus worship Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati. General practices: Durga is the mother goddess, and so Hindus try to visit their mothers and other relatives during this time. Some Hindus will pray and fast, and there are often feasts and dances. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Monday, September 26, 2022 – Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Elevation of the Life-Giving Cross – Holy Cross Day (Roman Catholic)

Roman Catholic liturgical observance, red vestments are worn at church services conducted on this day, and if the day falls on a Sunday, the holiday’s Mass readings are used. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

Meskel (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)

Meskel is the Ethiopian and Eritrean Orthodox Christian commemoration of the discovery of the True Cross by Queen Eleni (St. Helena) in the 4th century. It is celebrated soon after the beginning of the Ethiopian calendar year (mid-September). Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)

Holiday with significant work restriction Recommended accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. If planning an event, provide food accommodations (kosher restrictions apply). Also known as Atzereth, this is a fall festival, which includes a memorial service for the dead and features prayers for rain in Israel. Date details: Begins at sundown on the first day. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Tuesday, September 27, 2022 – Thursday, September 29, 2022.

Fast of Gedaliah (Jewish)

Fast day from dawn until dusk on the day after Rosh Hashanah to lament the assassination of the governor of Judah of that name, whose murder ended Jewish autonomy following the destruction of the First Temple. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Wednesday, September 28, 2022.

International Blasphemy Rights Day (Atheist, Agnostic)

A day celebrating blasphemy as defined in the various national, state or religious laws that encourages individuals and groups to openly express criticism of religion and blasphemy laws. Celebrations include educating about the importance of freedom of expression, even opinions contrary to religions or offensive to religious people. Blasphemy Day is celebrated on September 30 to coincide with the anniversary of the publication of satirical drawings of Muhammad in one of Denmark's newspapers, resulting in the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Friday, September 30, 2022.

Mehregan (Zoroastrian)

This day honors Mehr, the one who is believed to create bonds of friendship and love. This is also the time for the Autumn Festival in Iran. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Sunday, October 2, 2022.

Saint Francis Day (Roman Catholic)

The feast commemorates the life of St. Francis, who was born in the 12th century and is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. It is a popular day for pets to be “blessed.”. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Tuesday, October 4, 2022.

Yom Kippur (Jewish)

Holiday with significant work restriction, Recommended accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date and after a day of fasting. Yom Kippur is often considered the holiest day of the year for Jews, and the day is dedicated to atonement and abstinence. During Yom Kippur, Jews fast from before sundown on the first day until after sunset on the second day, and light a Yahrzeit memorial candle at sundown on the night of Yom Kippur. Date details: Begins at sundown on the first day. Avoid scheduling activities after 3:00 pm on the first day. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Tuesday, October 4, 2022 – Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Dasara / Dussehra (Hindu)

Hindu celebration of victory and valor. Celebrates the victory of King Rama from defeating the demon, Ravana, who stole King Rama’s wife. General practices: Many people perform "Aditya Homa" as a "Shanti Yagna" and recite Sundara Kanda of Srimad Ramayana for five days. These Yagna performances are thought to create powerful agents in the atmosphere surrounding the house that will keep the household environment clean and healthy. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Mawlid al-Nabi (Islam)

“Birth of the Prophet,” the observance of the birthday of Islamic prophet Muhammed. The day is commemorated with recollections of Muhammad's life and significance. General practices: Fasting, religious singing, family and other social gathering, decorations of streets and homes, public processions. Date details: Begins at sundown on the first day. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Friday, October 7, 2022 – Saturday, October 8, 2022.

Sukkot (Jewish)

Holiday with significant work restriction Recommended accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities after sundown on the first evening and on the following two days. If planning an event, provide food accommodation (kosher restrictions apply). A week-long celebration that begins with the building of Sukkah for sleep and meals. Sukkot is named for the huts Moses and the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert before reaching the promised land. Date details: Begins at sundown of the first day. Work holiday varies by denomination. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Sunday, October 9, 2022 – Sunday, October 16, 2022.

Ayathrem Gahanbar (Zoroastrian)

There are six Gahambars (five-day festivals) spread throughout the year. This feast is the Zoroastrian’s celebration of the creation of plant life (“bringing home the herds”) at the end of autumn. General practices: Each Gahambar is a period to focus on worship and do only necessary work. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Wednesday, October 12, 2022 – Sunday, October 16, 2022.

Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)

Holiday with significant work restriction Recommended accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. If planning an event, provide food accommodations (kosher restrictions apply). Also known as Atzereth, this is a fall festival, which includes a memorial service for the dead and features prayers for rain in Israel. Date details: Begins at sundown on the first day. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Sunday, October 16, 2022 – Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

Simchat Torah (Jewish)

Holiday with significant work restriction, Recommended accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on this date. If planning an event, provide food accommodation (kosher restrictions apply). Simchat Torah marks the completion of the annual cycle of the reading of the Torah in the synagogue and the beginning of the new cycle. Date details: Begins at sundown on the first day. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Monday, October 17, 2022 – Tuesday, October 18, 2022.

Diwali / Deepavali (Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain)

Holiday with significant work restriction, Recommended accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on this date. Those celebrating will likely request the day off. Diwali—the Hindu “festival of lights”—is an extremely popular holiday for multiple religions throughout Southern Asia. Diwali extends over five days, and celebrates the victory of good over evil. The Times of India described Diwali as “a reaffirmation of hope, a renewed commitment to friendship and goodwill, and a religiously sanctioned celebration of the simple.” Fireworks, oil lamps, and sweets are common, making this a favorite holiday for children. The lamps are lit to help the goddess Lakshmi find her way into people’s homes. General practices: Lighting oil lamps and candles, setting off fireworks, and prayer. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Monday, October 24, 2022.

New Year (Jain)

After celebrating Diwali at the end of Ashwina, Jains celebrate new year on the first day of the following month of Kartika. Mahavira's chief disciple Gautama Swami attained keval gyan on this day. General practices: Ritual of Snatra Puja is performed at the temple. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Wednesday, October 26, 2022.

Twin Holy Days – Birth of the Bab and Bahá'u'lláh (Bahá'í)

Holiday with significant work restriction, Recommended accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. Those celebrating will likely request to have these days off. This holiday celebrates the birthdays of the Bab and of Bahá'u'lláh, two of the Baha’i faith’s most important figures. For Bahá'ís, the Twin Holy Days celebrate the rebirth of the world through the love of God, just as Christmas is for Christians. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Thursday, October 27, 2022 – Friday, October 28, 2022.

Milvian Bridge Day (Christian)

Christian day of solemn reflection on the relationship of the spiritual community and the powers of civil government. On October 28, 312 CE, Emperor Constantine prevailed in a battle and proceeded to make Christianity the legal religion of the Roman Empire. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Friday, October 28, 2022.

All Hallows’ Eve / All Saints’ Eve / Halloween (Roman Catholic)

Christian celebration of mystery combining prayers and merriment involving children and families. It is a prelude to All Saint's Day, and begins the three-day observation of Allhallowtide dedicated to remembering the dead. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Monday, October 31, 2022.

Día de los Muertos / Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos (Mexican, Central American, South American, Caribbean)

A holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, Central and South America, and parts of the Caribbean. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Prior to Spanish colonization in the 16th century, the celebration took place at the beginning of summer. Gradually, it was associated with October 31, November 1, and November 2. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using calaveras, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Monday, October 31, 2022 – Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

Reformation Day (Protestant)

Protestant Christian anniversary of their tradition and its emphasis on the place of the Bible and religious freedom. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted a belief statement on Wittenberg Church door. Date details: The date of public observation is the Sunday before October 31. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Monday, October 31, 2022.

Samhain (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid)

One of the four "greater Sabbats" and considered by some to be the Wiccan New Year. A time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, welcome those born during the past year into the community, and reflecting on past relationships, events, and other significant changes in life. Date details: Begins at sundown on the first day. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Monday, October 31, 2022 – Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

All Hallows' Day / All Saints’ Day / Hallowmas (Roman Catholic)

It is an opportunity for believers to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history. General practices: As part of this day of obligation, believers are required to attend church and try not to do any servile work. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

All Souls’ Day (Roman Catholic)

An opportunity for Roman Catholics and Anglo-Catholic churches to commemorate the faithful departed. The official name of the celebration in the Roman Rite liturgy is "The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed.” General practices: Remembering and praying for the souls of people who are in Purgatory, the place (or state) in which those who have died atone for their less grave sins before being granted the vision of God in Heaven (called the Beatific vision). Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Wednesday, November 2, 2022.

Guru Nanak Gurpurab (Sikh)

The birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and first of the ten Sikh Gurus, is celebrated on Kartik Poornima, the full-moon day in the month of Katak. This is one of the most sacred festivals in Sikhism. Location of Event: Other. Event Type: Special Events. Presented by: Multicultural Holidays and Accommodations. Tuesday, November 8, 2022.