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Sinclair Multifaith Campus Office:

A Center for Spiritual Life

Holy Days


Notable Holy Days in July and August


Saturday, July 6

Birthday of the Dalai Lama (Buddhism)



Wednesday, July 10

The Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha’i)

This observance commemorates the Bab (Siyyid Ali Muhammad Shirazi), who was executed in Persia in 1850.


Tuesday, July 16

Guru Purnima (Jainism)

This celebration encourages disciples to revere and honor their gurus or spiritual masters.



Tuesday, July 30

Oh-harai-taisai, the Grand Purification Ceremony (Shinto)

This long-standing annual tradition provides purification from sins and offenses committed during the first half of the lunar year. A large ring of woven grasses and reeds is placed at the entrance to the shrines, and walking through the ring symbolizes inner purification.


Saturday, August 10

The Day of Hajj (Islam)

This celebration commemorates the final revelation to the prophet Muhammad at Mount Arafat shortly before his death. Muslims on Hajj attend a service on the plains in front of Mount Arafat.


Sunday, August 11

Eid al-Adha (Islam)

The “Festival of Sacrifice” is the concluding act of pilgrimage (and is observed even by those not on pilgrimage). It commemorates Abraham’s offering of his son Ishmael.



Sunday, August 11

Tish’a B’Av (Judaism)

This solemn fast day commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.


Thursday, August 15

Assumption of Mary (Catholicism)

This day celebrates the belief that God assumed the Virgin Mary into heaven after her death.


Sunday, August 18

Nowruz (Zarathushti)

Nowruz marks the beginning of the new year in the Shenshai calendar.


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 10-443 or email us: larry.lindstrom@sinclair.edu.