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Observance & Holy Days

2013 – 2014 

August

  • 9 – Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)

September

  •  4 (Sunset) – 6 (Sunset) – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
  • 13 (Sunset) – 14 (Sunset) – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  • 19 – First Day of Sukkot (Jewish)

October

  • 14 (Sunset) – 15 (Sunset) – Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
  • 16 – Eid al-Adha (Muslim)

November

  • 3 – Diwali, 5 days (Hindu)
  • 14 – Ashura (Muslim)
  • 27 – Hanukkah, 7 days (Jewish)

December

  • 8 – Buddha’s Enlightenment Day (Buddhist)
  • 25 – Christmas (Christian)

January

  • 7 – Christmas (Eastern Orthodox)
  • 31 – Chinese New Year (Buddhism, Daoism)

March

  • 5 - Ash Wednesday (Christian)
  • 17 – Holi (Hindu)

April

  • 8 – Buddha’s Birthday (Buddhist)
  • 14 (Sunset) – 16 (Sunset) – Pesach/Passover (Jewish)
  • 18 – Good Friday (Christian)
  • 20 – Easter Sunday (Christian)

2014 – 2015 

July

  • 29 – Eid al-Fitr (Muslim)

September

  •  24 (Sunset) – 26 (Sunset) – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

October

  • 3 (Sunset) – 4 (Sunset) – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  • 4 (Sunset) – 5 (Sunset) – Eid al-Adha (Muslim)
  • 9 – First day of Sukkot (Jewish)
  • 23 – Diwali

November

  • 3 – Ashura (Muslim)

December

  • 8 - Buddha’s Enlightenment Day (Buddhist)
  • 16 – Hanukkah, 7 days (Jewish)
  • 25 – Christmas (Christian)

January

  • 7 – Christmas (Eastern Orthodox)

February

  • 18 – Ash Wednesday (Christian)
  • 19 – Chinese New Year (Buddhist, Daoism)

March

  • 6 -  Holi (Hindu)

April

  • 3 (Sunset) – 5 (Sunset) Pesach/Passover (Jewish)
  • 3 - Good Friday (Christian)
  • 5 – Easter (Christian)
  • 8 – Buddha’s Birthday (Buddhist)
  • 10 – Good Friday (Eastern Orthodox)
  • 12 – Easter (Eastern Orthodox)

Detail of Holy Days

Buddhist

  • Buddha’s Enlightenment Day – Also called Rohatsu or Bodhi Day. The day many Buddhist traditions celebrate the enlightenment of the Buddha.
  • Buddha’s Birthday – The birthday of the Buddha.

Christian

  • Ash Wednesday – This day marks the beginning of Lent, a six week period of prayer and fasting in anticipation of Easter.
  • Good Friday – The day Jesus was crucified.
  • Easter Sunday – The celebration of Jesus being raised from the dead.

Hindu

  • Diwali – Festival of Lights. This holiday is typically celebrated by families sharing various traditional rituals in their homes.

Jewish 

  • Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year. It is the beginning of a ten-day period of introspection and reflection.
  • Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement. It is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar marked with fasting, worship, and repentance.
  • Sukkot – Festival of Booths. Commemorates the wandering in the desert of the Israelites as well as the fall harvest. While the festival of Sukkot lasts for 8 days, the first day is considered a day of rest.
  • Passover – Festival of Passover. It commemorates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. While the Passover lasts for 8 days, the first night is the most significant and the first day is considered a day of rest.

Muslim

  • Eid al-Fitr – Marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, and the holiest month in Islamic tradition. It literally means “breaking the fast.”
  • Eid al-Adha – Festival of Sacrifice. Commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael. God provided a sheep to sacrifice in Ishmael’s place
  • Ashura – Shi’a Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, Muhammad’s grandson. According to Sunni Muslims, Muhammad fasted and asked others to do so on this day as well.

CONTACT THE CHAPEL

Worship services at High Point University are held Wednesday evenings, 5:30-6:15 p.m in Hayworth Chapel

Shannon Lefever
Manager of Chapel Programs

Phone: 336-841-9132
Email: slefever@highpoint.edu
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