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Sinclair Multifaith Campus Office:

A Center for Spiritual Life

Holy Days


Notable Holy Days in June


Wednesday, June 5

Eid al-Fitr (Islam)

The “breaking of the fast” celebrates the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting.


Sunday, June 9

Pentecost (Christianity)

This festival day commemorates the Holy Spirit coming upon the disciples of Jesus after his ascension into heaven. The name is derived from the Greek word for “fifty,” since it comes fifty days after Easter.


Sunday, June 9-Monday, June 10

Shavuot (Judaism)

This Jewish festival marks the completion of fifty days from Passover. Shavuot commemorates God’s giving the Torah to the Israelites.


Tuesday, June 11

National Day of Healing and Reconciliation (Native Spirituality)

This Canadian holiday seeks to “effect healing and reconciliation among all races, creeds, and denominations residing in Canada.”


Monday, June 17

Poson (Buddhism)

This day marks the anniversary of the arrival of the Arahant Mahinda, who first brought Buddhism to Sri Lanka.


Friday, June 21

Summer Solstice

The “longest day” of the year is celebrated in various spiritual traditions (such as Wicca), as the culmination of divine power and goodness.



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.