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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Tisha B’Av — (Jewish) – July 17-18, 2021

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:

August 6-7, 2022

July 26-27, 2023

August 12-13, 2024

August 2-3, 2025

Eid al-Adha (Muslim) –  July 19-20, 2021

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 9-10, 2022

June 28-29, 2023

June 16-17, 2024

June 6-7, 2025