Religious Life

Letter to the College Community

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Administrators,

The College’s commitment to establishing a diverse community with people “from all backgrounds” includes religious differences. The Student Handbook includes a “Policy on Observance of Religious Holidays” that says the following: "Amherst College respects the rights of all members of the community to observe religious holidays.  It is expected that everyone will cooperate in making this right a real one.  Students and faculty, in particular, should seek ways of achieving this goal, while at the same time minimizing interruptions of the academic work of the College" (p. 98). Major religious holidays for various traditions during the 2014/2015 academic year are indicated for each month. 

Our hope is that having these dates will help you to anticipate when some students may have special needs with regard to examination, presentations, and assignments. 

If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate religious advisor.  The entire religious life staff can be found at the religious life staff web site. For the sake of brevity, the holidays listed are those that we know represent our community.

We wish you the best as the new semester begins.

Sincerely,

The Rev. Dr. Paul Sorrentino, Director of Religious Life

 

Religious Holidays and Other Important Events

2013

Sun, Feb 10, 2013

February 10, 2013 : Chinese New Year (Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist)

Sun, Mar 31, 2013

March 31, 2013 : Hol Ha-Moed Pesach (Jewish)

Tue, Apr 2, 2013

April 2, 2013 : Concluding Days of Pesach/Passover (Jewish)

Mon, Apr 29, 2013

April 29, 2013 : Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

Wed, May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013 : Beltane (Wicca)

Thu, May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013 : Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

Wed, May 15, 2013

until May 16 : Shavout (Jewish)

Thu, May 23, 2013

May 23, 2013 : Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)

Wed, Sep 4, 2013

until Sep 6 : Rosh Hashanah

Fri, Sep 13, 2013

Wed, Sep 18, 2013

until Sep 25 : Sukkot (Jewish)

Wed, Sep 25, 2013

Thu, Sep 26, 2013

Sun, Oct 13, 2013

until Oct 14 : Day at Arafa (Islam)

Mon, Oct 14, 2013

October 14, 2013 : Dasera (Hindu)

until Oct 15 : Day of Hajj/ 1st Day od Eid Al-Adha (Islam)

Sun, Oct 20, 2013

October 20, 2013 : Birth of the Bab (Baha'i)

Thu, Oct 31, 2013

October 31, 2013 : Samhain (Wicca/Neo Pagan)

Fri, Nov 1, 2013

November 1, 2013 : All Saints' Day (Christian)

Sun, Nov 3, 2013

November 3, 2013 : Diwali (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)

Tue, Nov 12, 2013

November 12, 2013 : Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

Sun, Nov 17, 2013

November 17, 2013 : Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)

Wed, Nov 27, 2013

until Dec 5 : Hanukkah (Jewish)

Sun, Dec 1, 2013

until Dec 25 : Sunday of Advent (Christian)

Mon, Dec 9, 2013

December 9, 2013 : Immaculate Conception (Christian)

Wed, Dec 25, 2013

December 25, 2013 : Christmas/ Feast of the Nativity (Christian/ Orthodox Christian)

Thu, Dec 26, 2013

until Jan 1, 2014 : Kwanza (African-American/Pan-African)

Ongoing Events

until Jan 1, 2013 : Kwanza (African-American/Pan-African)