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Cultural and Religious Holidays

Wentworth Institute of Technology recognizes the importance of cultural and religious observances in a student's spiritual identity. (Places of worship in the local Boston area) 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 2018

September

  • September 3: Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
  • September 10-11: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
  • September 12: New Year Hijra (Islam)
  • September 14: Paryhshana Parva (Jain)
  • September 15 – October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month. This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16.
  • September 19: Yom Kippur (Jewish) 
  • September 20: (evening)/21 (day): Ashura (Islam)
  • September 22: Autumnal Equinox (First Day of Fall)
  • September 27: Meskel (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian)
  • September 24-30: Sukkot (Jewish) 

October
October is LGBT History Month, a U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.

  • October 1: Ashura (Muslim) - A day of fasting observed on the 10th day of the month of Muharram to celebrate Moses‟ exodus from Egypt. For Shi‟a Muslims, it also marks the climax of the ten-day Remembrance of Muharram, which mourns the martyrdom of Hussein at the Battle of Kerbala in 680 CE.
  • October 4: St Francis Day (Catholic Christian)
  • October 8: Indigenous Peoples' Day
  • October 9-16: Navaratri (Hindu)
  • October 19: Dasara (Hindu)
  • October 20: Birth of the Bab (Baha'i) 
  • October 11: National Coming Out Day. For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.
  • October 28: Reformation Day (Protestant Christian) 
  • October 31: All Hallows Eve (Christian)

November
November is National Native American Heritage Month, which celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.

  • November 1: All Saints Day (Christian) - Commemorates all known and unknown Christian saints. Eastern Christianity observes it on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
  • November 7: Diwali, “Festival of Lights” (Hindu) - celebration of the victory of good over evil, light over darkness, and knowledge over ignorance.
  • November 8: Bodhi Day (Buddhism)
  • November 11: Veteran's DayHonors the U. S. Armed Services and commemorates the war dead.
  • November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance, established in 1998 to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, and to raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
  • November 21: Mawlid an Nabi (Islam)
  • November 22: Thanksgiving (USA)
  • November 23: Birth oof Guru Nanak (Sikh)
  • November 26: Day of the Covenant (Baha'i)

December

  • December 1: World AIDS Day
  • December 2-24: Advent (Christian) - Advent is a season of spiritual preparation in observance of the birth of Jesus. In Western Christianity, it starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. In Eastern Christianity, the season is longer and begins in the middle of November.
  • December 3-10: Hanukkah
  • December 10: International Human Rights Day
  • December 12: Feast Day at Our Lady of Guadalupe (Christian) - celebrates the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (by her title, Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of Mexico and the Americas) before Juan Diego, an indigenous convert to Roman Catholicism, on the Mexican hill of Tepeyac in 1531.
  • December 16-24: Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration in Mexico commemorating the trials Mary and Joseph endured during their journey to Bethlehem.
  • December 21: The Winter Solstice/ Yule - In the northern hemisphere, the shortest day of the year. It marks the first day of the season of winter
  • December 25: Christmas
  • December 26 – January 1: Kwanzaa - A seven-day celebration honoring African American heritage and its continued vitality. “Kwanzaa” means “first fruits (of the harvest)” in Swahili.

This list is not exhaustive. If you wish to add a holiday or observance, or believe that a date is listed erroneously, please contact Alex Cabal at cabala@wit.edu