Cultural and Religious Holidays

Wentworth Institute of Technology recognizes the importance of cultural and religious observances in a student's spiritual identity. For places of worship in the local Boston area click here. In the spirit of community, it is important for all members of the Wentworth campus to be aware of major religious and cultural holidays and observances. The list below is not an exhaustive list.

When a religious holiday conflicts with a student's class schedule, students assume the responsibility to discuss their absence from class to observe these holidays. Students should review the official Student Absence Due to Religious Beliefs policy in the Academic Catalog.

Fall  2015

October 14           Al-Hijra (Muslim)

October  31          Samhain*~ (Pagan)

November 11          Diwali* (Hindu)

Sunday November 29  Advent begins (Christian)

December 6           Chanukah~ (Jewish) ends at sunset on December 14

December 8           Bodhi Day (Buddhist)

December 12         Our Lady of Guadalupe - Feast Day (Christian)

December 16         Las Posadas (Christian) end on December 25

December 21         Yule~ (Pagan)

December 25         Christmas*~(Christian)

December 26         Kwanzaa (Pan-African) ends January 1

Spring  2016

January 6             Epiphany (Christian)

January 24            Tu B'Shevat (Jewish)

January 24            Mahayana New Year (Buddhist)

January 17            World Religion Day (Baha'i)

January 18           Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Christian) ends January 25

February 8            Lunar New Year 

February 9           Shrove Tuesday (Christian)

February 10          Ash Wednesday (Christian) Lent Begins

March 4               World Day of Prayer (Christian)

March 8              Mahashivrati (Hindu)

March 23             Holi (Hindu)

March 20             Palm Sunday (Christian)

March 23             Purim (Jewish)

March 24             Maundy Thursday (Christian)

March 25             Good Friday (Christian)

March 27             Easter Sunday (Christian

March 27              Erev Pesach (Jewish)

April 22                 Passover* (Jewish) ends at sunset on April 30

April 22                Theravada (Buddhist)

May 1                  Beltane* (Pagan)

May 4               Yom Hashoah* (Jewish)

May 5                National Day of Prayer (Interfaith USA)

Summer  2016

June 6                   Ramadan begins* (Muslim) ends on July 5

July 5                     Eid al Fitr* (Muslim)

August 18               Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

~ Begins at sunset on the evening prior to the date listed.

* High Holy Day

This list is not exhaustive. If you wish to add a holiday or observance, or believe that a date is listed erroneously, please contact


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