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Academic Year 22-23

Fall 2022


  • September 15: Start of National Hispanic Heritage Month
    • Celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America
  • September 22: Autumnal Equinox
  • September 23: Native American Day
    • Honors those who have been a part of the American tradition even before the United Stated came into being and hopes to change the way people view Native Americans and their culture
  • September 25 – 27: Rosh Hashanah
    • Celebrates Jewish New Year and is a time of reflection about the past year and year to come. It also begins the ten days of penitence culminating in Yom Kippur
  • September 26: First Day of Navaratri
    • A nine-day festival celebrating the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura, and the victory of good over evil


  • October 1: Start of LGBTQ+ History Month
    • Celebrates the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender icons. Each day, a new LGBTQ+ icon is featured.
  • October 5: Yom Kippur
    • Meaning Day of Atonement, this Jewish holiday is a day to set aside to demonstrate repentance and make amends
  • October 5: Vijayadashmi
    • Also known as Dussehra, marks the end of Durga Puja and Navaratri. Huge effigies of Ravana are burned to celebrate the eternal promise that good will always vanquish evil
  • October 7 – 8: Eid Milad-un-Nabi
    • From sundown to sundown, this Islamic holiday commemorates the birth of the prophet Muhammad.
  • October 9 – 16: Sukkot
    • One of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals, this weeklong Jewish holiday is a time of dwelling and celebrates the gathering of the harvest and commemorates the miraculous protection God provided for the children of Israel when they left Egypt
  • October 10: Indigenous Peoples’ Day
    • Honors the cultures and histories of Native Americans
  • October 11: National Coming Out Day
    • Celebrates coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer
  • October 20: Spirit Day (LGBTQ+)
    • Creates awareness for the bullying and harassment that the LGBTQ+ community faces
  • October 17 – 18: Shemini Atzeret
    • Celebrated after Sukkot, this is an intimate Jewish celebration between themselves and the Creator
  • October 18: Simchat Torah
    • This holiday marks the completion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings and restarting the annual Torah-reading cycle
  • October 24: Diwali
    • Festival of lights celebrating new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and lightness over darkness


  • November 1 – 2: Día de los Muertos
    • Reunites the living and the dead through celebration and remembrance
  • November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
    • Honors the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence
  • November 25: Native American Heritage Day
    • Celebrates cultures, traditions, and heritages of Native Americans, while recognizing their many contributions


  • December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
    • Celebrates the value people with disabilities bring to the workplace and society.
  • December 8: Bodhi Day
    • Commemorates the day Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama (Shakyamuni), experienced enlightenment
  • December 18 – 26: Hanukkah (Chanukah)
    • Eight Day Jewish celebration celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting and special prayers
  • December 26: First Day of Kwanzaa
    • Celebrates universal African American heritage

Spring 2023


  • January 22: Lunar New Year
    • Tied to the lunar-solar calendar, this holiday is a time to bring friends and family together for feasting and festivities to celebrate the new year


  • February 1: Start of Black History Month
    • Celebrate contributions of African Americans to the United States
  • February 18: Maha Shivaratri
    • Major Hindu festival celebrating Lord Shiva, the God of destruction. Marks the overcoming of darkness and ignorance in life


  • March 1: Start of Women’s History Month
    • Celebrate contributions of women to the United States
  • March 7: Purim
    • Commemorates the salvation of Jewish people in the ancient Persian empire
  • March 8: Holi
    • One of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India, this festival of colors marks the end of winter and honors the triumph of good over evil
  • March 23: First Day of Ramadan
    • This month-long holiday is observed through fasting and is a period of introspection, communal prayer in the mosque, and reading of the Quran
  • March 30: Rama Navami
    • Hindu day of worship and celebration of the seventh avatar of Vishnu (Lord Rama)


  • April 5 – 13: Passover
    • This eight-day Jewish holiday commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt
  • April 14: National Day of Silence
    • National student-led demonstration where LGBTQ+ students and allies take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools
  • April 14: Vaisakhi
    • Also known as Baisakhi, celebrate the founding of Sikhism
  • April 21 – 22: Eid al-Fitr
    • Marks the end of Ramadan and is distinguished by the performance of communal prayer at daybreak. It is also a time of official receptions and private visits, when friends greet one another, presents are given, new clothes are worn, and the graces of relatives are visited
  • April 27 – 29: Gathering of Nations Pow Wow
    • Indigenous people from more than 500 nations gather to celebrate Indigenous culture


  • May 1: Start of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
    • Celebrate contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the United States
  • May 25 – 27: Shavuot
    • Also referred to as Pentecost, this two-day holiday celebrates the revelation of the Torah on My. Sinai to the Jewish people
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