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Sinclair Multifaith Campus Ministry

Holy Days

Notable Holy Days in August


Monday, August 20

The Day of Hajj. This Muslim observance marks the last revelation to the prophet at Mount Arafat, shortly before his death.


Tuesday, August 21

Eid al-Adha, the Muslim celebration that marks the end of pilgrimage and remembers Abraham’s offering of his son Ishmael to God. Muslims often celebrate this day by offering sheep or goats and distributing the meat to the poor.


Notable Holy Days in September


Monday, September 3

Sri Krishna Jayanti, a Hindu celebration of the birthday of Krishna, the 8th incarnation of the god Vishnu.


Monday, September 10 and Tuesday, September 11

Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year’s Day.


Tuesday, September 11

The first day of Muharram, a Muslim observance remembering the Hijra (migration) from Mecca to Medina, resulting in the establishment of the first Islamic community.


Wednesday, September 19

Yom Kippur, the Jewish “Day of Atonement.” This is the holiest day in the Jewish year, as well as a day of fasting.


Monday, September 24 through Sunday, September 30

Sukkot, the Jewish feast of thanksgiving celebrating God’s presence.


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.