Loyola University Maryland

Equity and Inclusion at Loyola

Inclusive Scheduling

How Loyola schedules events affects climate and relates to our mission. Loyola recommends groups adopt an inclusive approach to scheduling their campus events. That means being mindful of faith traditions and also coordinating efforts with other groups so as not to unnecessarily compete or overlap.

Major Religious Holidays and Celebrations

A handy interfaith calendar of major holy days and observances. Please be sure to check the calendar before scheduling events to avoid unnecessary conflicts. Also be sure to check the events calendar to see what other groups have reserved space on or near your desired day.

Date (2021-2022) Holiday Tradition

Jul. 19

*Eid al Adha

(begins at sundown)

Islamic

Jul. 23

*Eid al Adha

(ends at sundown)

Islamic

 Aug. 15 **The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Catholic
 Aug. 18

Ashura

(begins at sundown)

Islamic
 Aug. 19

Ashura

(ends at sundown)

Islamic

Sept. 6

*Rosh Hashanah

(begins at sundown)

Jewish

Sept. 8

*Rosh Hashanah

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

Sept. 15

*Yom Kippur

(begins at sundown)

Jewish

Sept. 16

*Yom Kippur

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

Sept. 20

*Sukkot

(begins at sundown)

Jewish

Sept. 27

*Sukkot

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

Sept. 27

*Shemini Atzeret

(begins at sundown)

Jewish

Sept. 29

*Shemini Atzeret

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

Nov. 6

*Birth of the Báb

(begins at sundown)

 Baha'i
 Nov. 7  *Birth of the Báb           

(ends at sundown)

 Baha'i

Nov. 1

**All Saints Day

Catholic

Nov. 2

All Souls Day

Catholic

 Nov. 28   *Hanukkah

(begins at sundown)

Jewish 
Dec. 6    *Hanukkah

(ends at sundown)

Jewish
 Dec. 8 **Feast of the Immaculate Conception Catholic

Dec. 25

**Christmas

Christian

Dec. 26

Kwanzaa

(begins at sundown)

Interfaith African-American

Jan. 1

Kwanzaa

(ends at sundown)

Interfaith African-American

Jan. 16

*Tu BiShvat

(begins at sundown)

Jewish

Jan. 17

*Tu BiShvat

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

 Feb. 1  Chinese New Year  Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist

Mar. 16

*Purim

(begins at sundown)

Jewish

Mar. 17

*Purim

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

Apr. 2  

 Ramadan

(begins at sundown)

Islamic 
 Apr. 10 Palm Sunday Christian
Apr. 14 Holy Thursday

Christian

 Apr. 15 Good Friday

Christian

Apr. 15  

*Pesach (Passover)

(begins at sundown)

 Jewish

Apr. 17

**Easter Sunday

Christian

Apr. 23

*Pesach (Passover)

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

Apr. 24 Pascha (Greek Orthodox Easter) Greek Orthodoxy
May 2 

 Ramadan

(ends at sundown) 

 Islamic
May 2

*Eid al-Fitr

(begins at sundown)

Islamic
May 3 

*Eid al-Fitr

(ends at sundown)

Islamic 

May 23

*Declaration of the Báb

Baha’i

May 29   

*Ascension of Baha'u'llah

(begins at 3 a.m.)

Baha'i 

May 30

*Ascension of Baha'u'llah

(ends at sundown)

Baha'i

Jun. 4  *Shavuot

(begins at sundown)

Jewish
Jun. 6 

*Shavuot

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

Please note:

  • Holidays indicated in bold with an asterisk (*) require abstinence from all secular activity; i.e., homework, exams, field trips, class meetings, etc. While the other religious holidays may not necessarily require abstinence from all secular activity, some of them may involve fasting, a dietary change, or special celebrations that may occur during the day or the evening.
  • Holidays indicated with a double asterisk (**) are Holy Days of Obligation for Catholics. In addition, all Sundays are Holy Days of Obligation. When the solemn feasts of Mary, the Mother of God (Jan. 1), the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (Aug. 15), and All Saints (Nov. 1) fall on a Saturday or Monday, the obligation to attend Mass is abolished. Although the obligation to attend Holy Mass is abolished, parishes continue to observe these holy days by scheduling one or more masses at a convenient time so that those who wish to participate are able to do so.
  • In the Jewish tradition, all work-related activities stop from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday to observe Shabbat (Sabbath).
  • Islamic dates are approximate. The official days can be plus/minus one day and depend upon the official physical sighting of the new moon.
  • According to the Eastern Orthodox Church calendar, the day begins after evening vespers at sunset and concludes with vespers on the following day. For this reason, the observance of all Eastern Orthodox holy days begins at sunset on the evening before the holy day.







 Ramadan

(begins at sundown)

 Ramadan

(begins at sundown)

*Ascension of Baha'u'llah

(ends at sundown)

*Ascension of Baha'u'llah

(ends at sundown)

*Ascension of Baha'u'llah

(ends at sundown)

*Ascension of Baha'u'llah

(ends at sundown)

*Ascension of Baha'u'llah

(ends at sundown)