Calendar

Calendar of Observances

Celebrations and Major Religious Holidays / Holy Days  

(June 2015– July 2016)

The increasingly pluralistic population of the United States creates diverse communities, student bodies and employees. To enhance mutual understanding and respect among the various religious, ethnic and cultural groups, Manchester Community College has put together a Calendar of Observances. This is intended to be a tool to increase awareness about religious obligations as well as ethnic and cultural festivities that may affect our students and colleagues. It can be used as a resource when planning classroom activities and/or when scheduling events.

Below is a list of some of the major cultural, heritage, and ethnic recognition celebrations and religious holidays for the 2014-2015 academic year. The dates have been determined by checking a variety of sources. In the cases where variant dates were listed in these sources, we have listed the most frequently listed date.

JUNE 2015 – LGBT Pride Month

14

Race Unity Day - Bahá’í

18

Ramadan begins - Islam

19

Juneteenth

21

Summer Solstice

JULY 2015 -

2

Dharma Day - Buddhist

9

Martyrdom of the Báb * - Bahá'í

13

Laila Al-Qadr - Islam

18

Eid Al-Fitr - Islam

26

Tisha B'av - Jewish

AUGUST 2015 – Disabilities Awareness Month

 15

Obon - Buddhist

28

14 - Ulambana - Buddhist

29

Raksha Bandhan **  - Hindu

SEPTEMBER 2015 – Hispanic Heritage Month

5

Krishna Jayanti - Hindu

14 -15

Rosh Hashanah * - Jewish

15 -Oct 15

Hispanic Heritage Month

17

Ganesh Chaturthi - Hindi

23

Yom Kippur  * - Jewish

23

Autumnal Equinox

24

Eid Al-Adha * ** - Islam

28-Oct 4

Sukkot *  - Jewish

OCTOBER 2015 – LGBT History Month

5

Shemini Atzeret  * - Jewish

6

Simchat Torah * - Jewish

11

National Coming Out Day

13 - 21

Navaratri  **  - Hindu

14

Muharram - Islam

15 - Nov 12

Al-Hijra -  New Year * ** Islam

20

Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth - Sikh

20

Birth of the Bàb - Bahá’í

22

Dassera ** - Hindu

23

Ashura - Islam

31 - Nov 1

Samhain * - Wicca Northern Hemisphere

31

All Hallows Eve / Halloween

NOVEMBER 2015 – Native American Heritage Month

1

All Saints' Day - Western Christian

2

All Souls' Day - Christian

11

Veteran’s Day

11

Diwali - Hindu

11

Bandi-Chhor Diwas - Sikh

12

Birth of Bahà'u'llàh * - Bahá’í

15

Nativity Fast begins - Orthodox Christian

16

International Day of Tolerance

25

Guru Nanak Dev Ji's Birthday - Sikh

26

Thanksgiving Day - Interfaith - USA

26

 Day of the Covenant* - Bahá’í

29

Advent begins - Christian

DECEMBER 2015 – Universal Human Rights Month

1

First Sunday of Advent - Christian

7 - 14

Hanukkah * - Jewish

8

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) ** - Buddhism

12

Our Lady of Guadalupe - Catholic

21

Winter Solstice
Mawlid Al-Nabi - Islam (Sunni)

25

Christmas * - Western Christian

26

Mawlid Al-Nabi * ** - Islam (Shi'a)

26 – Jan 1

Kwanzaa – African American, Interfaith

JANUARY 2016 - National Mentoring Month

1

Temple Day - Buddhist

6

Epiphany, Three Kings Day - Christian

7

Christmas – Eastern Christian

14

Makar Sankranti - HIndu

17

World Religion Day - Bahá’í

24 - 27

Mahayana New Year ** - Buddhist

25

Tu B'shvat - Jewish

FEBRUARY 2016 – Black History Month

8

Lunar New Year - Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist

10

Ash Wednesday - Lent begins - Western Christian

12

Vasant Panchami ** - Hindu

15

Nirvana Day - Buddhist

26 - March 1

Intercalary Days - Bahá’í

MARCH 2016 - National Women’s History Month

8

Maha Shivaratri ** - Hindu

17

St. Patrick’s Day – Christian

20

Vernal Equinox

20

Palm Sunday - Christian

21

International Day of Norooz *  - Iranian/Bahá’í

23

Holi * - Hindu

23

The Memorial - Jehovah Witness

24

Purim *  - Jewish

25

Good Friday - Christian

27

Easter - Christian

APRIL 2016 – Sexual Assault Awareness Month

15

Rama Navami  **  - Hindu

21 -  May 2

Festival of Ridván * - Bahá’í

22 -23

Theravada New Year - Buddhist

23 - 30

Passover / Pesach * - Jewish

MAY 2016 – Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month;  Jewish American Heritage Month;  Older Americans Recognition Month

4

Buddha Day - Visakha Puja ** - Buddhist

5

Yom HaSho'ah  * - Holocaust Remembrance Day - Jewish

5

National Day of Prayer

5

Lailat al Miraj *  - Islam

15

Buddha Day - Buddhist

15

Pentecost - Christian

23

Declaration of the Bab - Bahá’í

29

Ascension of Baha'u'llah * - Bahá’í

30

Memorial Day

JUNE 2016 – LGBT Pride Month

6 - July 5

Ramadan * **- Islam

12 - 13

Shavuot *- Jewish

19

Junteenth

20

Summer Solstice

JULY 2016 - National Parks and Recreation Month

1

Laila Al-Qadr - Islam

6

Eid Al-Fitr* **  - Islam

9

Martyrdom of the Bab * - Bahá’í

19

 Dharma Day ** - Buddhist

26

ADA Anniversary Day


* Indicates that Holy days begin at sundown the day before this date. 

** Regional customs, group preference or moon sightings may cause a variation of this date.

Please note that this list is not all-encompassing; we apologize if celebrations, recognitions, or specific holidays for certain faiths have been inadvertently overlooked.  Individuals and/or groups whose significant celebrations do not appear are encouraged to contact the Student Life Office at 203.332.5058 so they may be included in future calendars.