Interfaith Calendar

Religious observances allow the university to reflect on and practice the values that we as a campus community openly espouse, including sensitivity and respect for all cultures and religions. We are a community that embraces our diversity and encourages the celebration of multicultural traditions.

This resource includes dates, descriptions and information about some of the many religious holy days celebrated by faculty, staff and students at St. Cloud State. Also included with many are recommended accommodations to assist with planning classroom activities and other academic and co-curricular events.


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Lammas / Lughnasadh (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid) – Aug. 1, 2019

Description: A celebration of the beginning of the harvest. One of the eight major annual sabbats or festivals.

General Practices: Making and consuming dishes with the first fruits of the harvest.

Future Dates:
August 1 (annually)

Tisha B’Av — (Jewish) – Aug 10-11

Description: Commemorates a series of Jewish tragedies including the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem.

General Practices: Fasting and mourning.

Date Details: Begins at sundown on first day, fast deferred because of the Sabbath.

Recommended Accommodations: Plan limited activities after a fast.

Future dates:
July 29-30, 2020
July 17-18, 2021

Eid al-Adha (Muslim) – Aug. 11-12, 2019

Description: Eid al-Adha is a major festival that celebrates the willingness to make sacrifices in the name of one’s faith. This holiday celebrates the prophet Ibrahim’s total faith in God, and Muslims view this holiday as an important annual reminder. Ibrahim was ordered to sacrifice his son in God’s name. When Ibrahim was prepared to kill his son, God stepped in and gave him a sheep to sacrifice instead. Begins at sundown. Due to the differing interpretations of the lunar calendar, Muslims may differ as to when then they celebrate Eid al-Adha.

General Practices: Prayers and gift giving.

Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on the first day.

Future dates:
July 30-31, 2020
July 19-20, 2021

Raksha Bandhan (Hindu) – Aug. 15, 2019

Description: An ancient Hindu festival that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and their sisters.

General Practices: The festival is marked by the several rituals, which vary regionally.

Future Dates:
March 08, 2020
August 22, 2021