Faith calendar and dates of religious festivals

The Equality Policy Unit have produced a new Religious Festivals and Events Calendar 2015  which is available to download – we have tried to include those faith groups with the highest representation in our student body and in the City of Leeds. Most festivals and holy days move from year to year. Some festivals are linked to the lunar cycle and may be subject to a change of date. Different traditions may use alternative dates from those shown here.

For further information about the diversity of faiths, we have produced a series of briefing notes.

If you are organising a staff or student event and want to avoid a clash with a major religious festival, you can consult the calendar.

Please note: the BBC’s  more extensive list of religious festivals and the interfaith calendar is no longer available, but a similar resource will soon be published on the BBC Religion and Ethics homepage.

Staff may also wish to consult the University’s guidance on responding to requests for flexibility on grounds of religion and ACAS guidance on religion or belief and the workplace.

2014

Bahá’í

  • Naw Ruz (Bahá’í new year) 21 March 2014
  • First day of of Ridván (Declaration of Baha’u’llah)- 21 April 2014
  • Ninth day of Ridván -  29 April 2014
  • Twelth day of Ridván – 2 May 2014
  • Declaration of the Báb – 23 May 2014
  • Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh – 29 May 2014
  • Martyrdom of the Báb – 9 July 2014
  • Birth of the Báb – 20 October 2013 & 2014
  • Birth of Bahá’u’lláh – 12 November 2013 & 2014

Buddhism

The nearest Sunday to each of the main festivals is a no-work day. Differing Buddhist traditions may use alternative days from those shown here.

  • Magha Puja - 16 March 2014
  • Parinirvana – Nirvana day – 8 February 2014 (celebrated by some on 15 February 2014)
  • Theravada New Year – 15 April 2014
  • Wesak or Buddha Day - 14 May 2014
  • Asala – Dharma Day - 22 July 2013; 12 July 2014

Christianity

  • Good Friday - 18 April 2014
  • Easter Sunday - 20 April 2014
  • Christmas Day - 25 December 2013 & 2014

Hinduism

  • Raksha Bandhan - 10 August 2014
  • Krishna Janmashtami (Krishna Jayanti) - 10 August 2014
  • Navaratri (start) -  5 October 2013; 25 September 2014 (9 nights)
  • Dussera – 14 October 2013; 4 October 2014
  • Diwali -  3 November 2013; 23 October 2014
  • Makar Sankranti – 14 January 2014
  • Holi - 17 March 2014

Judaism

No work is to be done on the Shabbat, which begins at dusk on Friday and ends after dark on Saturday, or on major holidays, which begin at dusk the evening before and end after dark on the day.

  • Rosh Hashanah - 5 & 6 September 2013; 25 & 26 September 2014
  • Yom Kippur - 14 September 2013; 4 October 2014
  • Sukkot (7 days; work not permitted the first 2 days) -  19-20 September 2013; 9-10 October 2014
  • Shemini Atzeret - 26 September 2013; 16 October 2014
  • Simchat Torah -  27 September 2013; 17 October 2014
  • Hanukkah -  27 Nov – 5 Dec 2013; 17-24 December 2014
  • Passover – 8 days (first 2 & last 2 days are non-work days) 15 April 2014 (1st day) 23 April 2014 (last day)
  • Shavuot – 4 & 5 June 2014

Islam

  • Month of Ramadan begins -  9 July 2013; 28 June 2014
  • Eid-Ul-Fitr -  8 August 2013; 28 July 2014
  • Eid-Ul-Adha - 15 October 2013; 4 October 2014
  • Eid Al-Ghadeer (Shia Muslim) - 23 October 2013; 13 October 2014
  • Al Hijira – Islamic New Year -  4 November 2013; 15 October 2014
  • 10th Muharram, Day of Ashura – 13 November 2013; 3 November 2014

Sikhism

  • Bandi Chhorh Divas & Diwali – 3 November 2013; 23 October 2014
  • Birthday of Guru Nanak (celebrated by some on 14 April) - 17 November 2013; 6 November 2014
  • Vaisakhi (the founding of the Khalsa & Sikh New Year) – 13 April 2013 & 2014
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