Religious Holidays 2022-2023

Below are many of the religious holidays observed by members of the Muhlenberg community.

Please note that individual practices may vary.

 

Fall 2022 

July 8: Eid-al-Adha - Feast of the Sacrifice (Islam) *begins sundown July 8

August 7: Tisha B’Av - Fast of Av, commemorating destruction of the two Temples (Judaism) *minor fast day, no work restriction, begins sundown August 6

August 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Roman Catholic Christianity) *not obligatory in 2022

September 17: Leil Selichot - Prayers for forgiveness for the New Year (Judaism) *no work restriction, takes place late evening September 17

September 26-27: Rosh Hashanah - The Jewish New Year (Judaism) *work restriction both days, begins at sundown September 25

September 28: Tzom Gedaliah - Fast of the Seventh Month (Judaism) *minor fast day, no work restriction

October 5: Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement (Judaism) *major fast day and work restriction, begins at sundown October 4

October 10-16: Sukkot - Feast of the Tabernacles (Judaism) *work restrictions on following set of days: evening of 10/9-evening of 10/11, begins at sundown October 9

October 17: Shmini Atzeret - Eighth Day of the Feast of Tabernacles (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown October 16

October 18: Simchat Torah - Celebrating the Beginning of the Annual Torah reading cycle (Judaism) *work restriction, begins sundown October 17

November 1: All Saints’ Day (Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

November 2: All Souls’ Day (Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

November 4: Diwali - Festival of Lights (Hinduism, Jain, Sikh)

December 8: Bodhi Day (Buddhism); The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Roman Catholic Christianity)

December 19-26: Hanukkah - Festival of Lights (Judaism) *begins at sundown December 18

December 24: Christmas Eve (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

December 25: Christmas (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

 

Spring 2023 

January 1: The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Roman Catholic Christianity)

January 3: Asara B'Tevet - The Tenth of Tevet (Judaism) *minor fast, no work restriction

January 6: Christmas Eve (Orthodox Christianity)

January 7: Christmas (Orthodox Christianity)

February 6: Tu BiShvat - New Year of Trees (Judaism) *begins at sundown February 5, no work restriction

February 22: Ash Wednesday (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity) *fasting

March 6: Ta'anit Esther - Fast of Esther (Judaism) *minor fast, no work restriction

March 7: Purim - Festival of Lots (Judaism) *begins at sundown March 6, no work restriction

March 1: Ash Wednesday (Orthodox Christianity)

March 7-8: Holi - Festival of Colors (Hinduism) *fasting

March 23 - April 21: Ramadan (Islam) month of fasting, dawn until dusk or sundown, begins at sundown March 22

April 2: Palm Sunday (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

April 6 - April 13: Passover - Festival of Freedom (Judaism) *work restrictions on following set of days: evening of 4/5-evening of 4/7 and evening of 4/11-evening of 4/13, *begins at sundown April 5

April 7: Good Friday (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

April 9: Easter (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity), Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christianity)

April 14: Good Friday (Orthodox Christianity)

April 16: Easter (Orthodox Christianity)

April 18: Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Memorial Day (Judaism) *no work restriction, begins at sundown April 17

April 22: Eid-al-Fitr - Feast Celebrating the Conclusion of Ramadan (Islam) *begins sundown April 21

April 25: Yom HaZikaron - Israeli Memorial Day (Judaism) *no work restriction, begins at sundown April 24

April 26: Yom Ha’Atzma'ut - Israeli Independence Day (Judaism) *no work restriction, begins at sundown April 25

May 9: Lag BaOmer - 33rd day of counting the Omer (Judaism) *no work restriction, begins at sundown May 8

May 26-27: Shavuot - Festival of Weeks (Judaism) *work restriction, begins at sundown May 25

May 18: Ascension (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity)

May 25: Ascension (Orthodox Christianity)

May 28: Pentecost (Roman Catholic and Protestant Christianity

June 4: Pentecost (Orthodox Christianity)

 


Feel free to contact a member of the Religious Life staff for more information:

https://www.muhlenberg.edu/student-life/religiouslife/