Interfaith Calendar

Interfaith Calendar


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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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Eid al-Adha (Muslim) – Aug. 31-Sept. 1

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:
Aug. 21-22, 2018

Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) Sept. 20-22

Description: Start of the Jewish New Year. Begins at sundown (first day) and ends at nightfall (last day). 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

Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. If planning an event, provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply).

Future Dates:
Sept. 9-11, 2018

Navaratri (Hindu) – Sept. 21

Description: A Hindu festival that 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.

Future dates:
Oct. 9, 2018

Mabon / Alban Elfed / Autumnal Equinox (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid) Sept. 22

Description: 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. One of the eight major annual sabbats or festivals.

General Practices: At Mabon, day and night are in equal balance. It is a time to offer gratitude for the blessings of the harvest and also to begin to prepare for turning inward. Making dishes with apples, squash and pumpkins as part of ritual celebration is customary.

Future Dates:
Sept. 23, 2018

Yom Kippur (Jewish) Sept. 29-30

Description: Yom Kippur is often considered the holiest day of the year for Jews, and the day is dedicated to atonement and abstinence. Begins at sundown (first day) and ends at nightfall (last day).

General Practices: During Yom Kippur, Jews fast from before sundown until after sunset, and light a Yahrzeit memorial candle at sundown on the night of Yom Kippur.

Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events or activities on this date and after a day of fasting.

Future Dates:
Sept. 18-19, 2018