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.

2022

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Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) September 6-8, 2021

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:

September 25-27, 2022

September 15-17, 2023

October 2-4, 2024

September 22-24, 2025

Mabon / Alban Elfed / Autumnal Equinox (Pagan, Wiccan, Druid) Sept. 21-29, 2021

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:

September 21-29 (annually)

Yom Kippur (Jewish) September 15-16, 2021

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:

October 4-5, 2022

September 24-25, 2023

October 11-12, 2024

October 1-2, 2025

Sukkot (Jewish) – September 20-27, 2021

Description: A week-long celebration which begins with the building of Sukkah for sleep and meals; Sukkot is named for the huts Moses and the Israelites lived in as they wandered the desert before reaching the promised land.

General Practices:  Sukkot, beginning at sundown, families in the United States commonly decorate the sukkah with produce and artwork.

Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events or activities on the first two days.

Future dates:

October 9-16, 2022

September 29-October 6, 2023

October 16-October 23, 2024

October 6-October 13, 2025

 

Shemini Atzeret (Atzereth) (Jewish) – September 27-28, 2021

Description: A fall festival, which includes a memorial service for the dead and features prayers for rain in Israel.

General Practices:  Beginning at sundown, Jews light a Yahrzeit memorial candle at sundown on Shemini Atzereth (the 8th night of Sukkot).

Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events or activities on the first two days.

Future dates:

October 16-17, 2022

October 6-7, 2023

October 23-24, 2024

October 13-14, 2025

Simchat Torah (Jewish) – September 28-29, 2021

Description: Simchat Torah marks the completion of the annual cycle of the reading of the Torah in the synagogue and the beginning of the new cycle.

General Practices:  Practitioners dance in synagogues as all the Torah scrolls are carried around in seven circuits.

Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events or activities on the first two days.

Future dates:

October 17-18, 2022

October 7-8, 2023

October 24-25, 2024

October 14-15, 2025