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Sinclair Multifaith Campus Office:

A Center for Spiritual Life

Holy Days


Notable Holy Days in May


Sunday, April 21 through Thursday, May 2

The Festival of Ridvan (Baha’i)

The “king of festivals” commemorates the 12 days that Baha’ullah spent in the garden of Ridvan, outside Baghdad. There he publicly declared his mission to his family and closest followers.


Thursday, May 2

Yom Ha Shoah (Judaism)

This observance is held in memory of the six million Jews who died as victims of the Nazis in World War II.


Monday, May 6

Ramadan begins (Islam)

Ramadan is the month of fasting, during which able-bodied Muslims do not eat or drink from the first sign of daylight until sunset each day. It is a time of self-examination and religious devotion.


Saturday, May 18

Wesak (Buddhism)

This is the most important day of the year for Buddhists. It commemorates the birth, awakening, and death of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. It may be celebrated on different dates, according to different countries.


Wednesday, May 29

The Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Baha’i)

This observance marks the anniversary of the death of the founder of the Baha’i faith.


Thursday, May 30

Ascension Day (Christianity)

This holy day marks Jesus’ ascension into heaven, 40 days after Easter.


Thursday, May 30

Laylat al-Qadr or “Night of Power” (Islam)

This Muslim holy day commemorates the first revelation of the Qur’an to the prophet Muhammad in 610 C.E.



All religious and spiritual traditions have cycles of holy days and seasons. As we recognize the mosaic of spiritual and religious traditions in our local settings and our world, it is important to learn more about how each of the wisdom traditions celebrates holy days, sets aside seasons for repentance, reflection and renewal, and identifies major events to commemorate in community rituals. We invite you to use the Multifaith Calendar maintained by the Harvard Divinity School. It offers not only the specific dates of festivals and holy days, but also brief information about each event, practice or observance.

For more information, contact us at 937-512-2768 or stop by the office in 10-310 or email us: larry.lindstrom@sinclair.edu; jane.steinhauser@sinclair.edu.