INTERFAITH INITIATIVE

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**Show your support to our students in need during Ramadan** 

 

Ramadan FAQs

What is Ramadan?

It’s the Holy Month in the Islamic Calendar, when Muslims fast (also known as sawm) from sunrise to sunset for approximately 30 days. Doing so is one of the five pillars of Islam. The dates change annually as they’re determined by the sighting of a new moon – for many Muslims, from Saudi Arabia. The start and end of Ramadan will be declared the day before.

Can non-Muslims get involved?

Definitely. In the Gulf region many iftar and suhoor events are set up all over the country as a way to bring the entire community together. Even if you haven’t been fasting, you are still welcome to join. Here are a few ways you can get involv​ed…

• Exchange Ramadan greetings, especially at the beginning of the month. The word ‘Kareem’ in the phrase ‘Ramadan Kareem’ is the equivalent to ‘generous’, so the expression means ‘Wish you generous Ramadan’.

• Get into the charitable spirit during the Holy Month by donating to Ramadan camps, care packages and other charity organizations.

• Fast along with your Muslim colleagues for a day or two and break the fast together at the time of iftar.

What is iftar and suhoor?

Iftar is the meal to break the fast after sunset. Typically, people will enjoy dates, dried apricots and Ramadan juices, before heading to evening prayer. After that, large meals are the norm, usually with family and friends. Suhoor is a meal taken just before sunrise, before the day of fasting starts. Many hotels host smaller buffets, traditional activities and more to celebrate until the small hours of the morning.

What is the etiquette with regard to eating and drinking if you’re not fasting?

During Ramadan, drinking and eating in public is considered very offensive and can even attract a fine or a reprimand from the police. If an individual wants to eat or drink in daylight hours during Ramadan it has to be done indoors and out of sight or in designated screened-off areas within public places.

Are there any exceptions where it is acceptable to publicly break the fast?

Generally, fasting is not recommended to people who suffer from medical conditions or women who are pregnant. However, the same rules apply to them as well – not to eat or drink in public places and to use designated screened-off areas in public that are well hidden from view.

Useful phrases

Impress your Muslim colleagues and friends or simply stop a stranger in the street and rattle off a few of these (reasonably) easy to use phrases during Ramadan:

Ramadan mubarak = Blessed Ramadan

Ramadan kareem = Happy / generous Ramadan

Iftar shahy = Have a good iftar

Mubarak aleik al shahr = May you get the blessings of the month

Kil aam wa inta fee kheir = May each year pass and you be we

INTERFAITH CALENDAR

The Interfaith room is located on the 3rd floor of the Gatton Student Center. 

 

Spring 2020 RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS COMPREHENSIVE CALENDAR

1-Jan Wednesday Mary,Mother of God Catholic Christian
1-Jan Wednesday  Feast Day of St Basil  Orthodox Christian
1-Jan Wednesday Gantan-sai (New Years) Shinto 
1-Jan Wednesday  Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus  Orthodox Christian 
3-Jan Friday Vasant Panchami Hindu
5-Jan Sunday Twelfth Night  Christian
5-Jan Sunday Guru Gobindh Singh birthday Sikh
6-Jan Monday Epiphany Christian
6-Jan Monday Feast of Epiphany (Theophany)  Orthodox Christian
6-Jan Monday Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day) Christian
6-Jan Monday Nativity of Christ Armenian Orthodox
7-Jan Tuesday Feast of the Nativity Orthodox Christian
8-Jan Wednesday Feast of the Holy Family Catholic Christian
10-Jan Friday-Sunday Mahayana New Year** Buddhist
12-Jan Sunday Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christian
13-Jan Monday Maghi Sikh
17-Jan Friday Blessing of the Animals Christian
18-Jan Saturday-Saturday (25) Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Christian
19-Jan Sunday World Religion Day* Baha'i
20-Jan Monday Timkat Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
25-Jan Saturday Conversion of St. Paul Christian
28-Jan

Tuesday

Tu BiShavat* Jewish
2-Feb Sunday Candlemas- Presentation of Christ in the Temple Christian
2-Feb Sunday Imbolc- Lughassad Wicca/Pagan (Northern and Southern)
2-Feb Sunday Saint Brighid of Kildare Celtic Christian 
2-Feb Sunday Four Chaplains Sunday  Interfaith
3-Feb Monday St. Blaise Day Christian
3-Feb Monday Setsebun-sai (beginning of spring) Shinto
5-Feb Wednesday  Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
8-Feb Saturday Nirvana Day Buddhism
9-Feb Sunday Triodion begins

Orthodox Christian

14-Feb Friday St. Valentine's Day Christian
22-Feb Saturday Maha Shivaratri Hindu 
23-Feb Sunday Meatfare Sunday Orthodox Christian
23-Feb Sunday Transfiguration Sunday Christian
25-Feb Tuesday Shrove Tuesday Christian
26-Feb Wednesday Intercalary Days Baha'i
26-Feb Wednesday Ash Wednesday Christian
1-Mar Sunday St. David of Wales Christian 
1-Mar Sunday Intercalary Days end Baha'i
1-Mar Sunday Cheesefare Sunday Orthodox Christian 
2-Mar Monday Clean Monday Orthodoz
2-Mar Monday Nineteen Day Fast Baha'i
3-Mar Tuesday Hindu New Year Hindu
8-Mar Sunday Orthodox Sunday Orthodox Sunday
9-Mar Monday Magha Puja Day Buddhist
10-Mar Tuesday Holi Hindu
10-Mar Tuesday Purim Jewish
10-Mar Tuesday Hola Mohalla Sikh
13-Mar Friday Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard Scientology
17-Mar Tuesday St. Patrick's Day Christian
19-Mar Thursday St. Joseph's Day Christian
19-Mar Thursday Lord's Evening Meal Jehovah's Witness
20-Mar Friday Equinox Celebration of Ostara-Mabon Wicca/Pagan (Northern and Southern)
21-Mar Saturday Norooz (New Year) Persian/Zoroastrian
21-Mar Saturday Naw-Rúz (New Year)  Baha'i
25-Mar Wednesday Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian 
25-Mar Wednesday-Thursday (April 2) Ramayan Hindu
28-Mar Saturday Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zarathushtra)  Zoroastrian
2-April Thursday Ramanavami Hindu
3-April Friday Laylat al Miraj Islam
5-April Sunday Palm Sunday Christian
8-April Wednesday Hanuman Jayanti Hindu
9-April Thursday-Saturday Theravadin New Year Buddhist
9-April Thursday-Wednesday (15) Pesach Jewish
9-April Thursday Mahavir Jayanti

Jain

9-April Thursday Maundy Thursday Christian
10-April Friday Good Friday Christian
12-April Sunday Easter Christian
12-April Sunday Palm Sunday Orthodox Christian 
12-April Sunday Lag B'Omer Jewish
14-April Tuesday Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) Sikh
17-April Friday Holy Friday Orthodox Christian
19-April Sunday Pascha-Easter Orthodox Christian
21-April Tuesday Yom HaShoah Jewish
21-April Tuesday First Day of Ridvan Baha'i
21-April Tuesday Lailat al Bara'ah Islam
23-April Thursday St. George's Day Christian
24-April Friday Ramadan begins Islam
27-April Monday Mahavir Jayanti Jain
29-April Wednesday Ninth Day of Ridvan Baha'i
29-April Wednesday Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul Christian
30-April Thursday St. James the Great Day Orthodox Christian
1-May Friday Beltane-Samhain Wicca/Pagan (Northern and Southern)
3-May Sunday Saints Philip &James Christian
7-May Thursday Visakha Puja-Buddha Day Buddhist
7-May Thursday National Day of Prayer USA Interfaith
21-May

Thursday

Ascension of Jesus Christian
23-May Saturday Declaration of the Bab Baha'i
29-May Friday Ascension of Baha'u'llah Baha'i
29-May Friday Ascension of Jesus Orthodox Christian
29-May Friday Shavuot Jewish
31-May Sunday Pentecost Christian
1-June Monday Laylat al Qadr Islam
5-June Friday Eid al Fitr Islam
7-June Sunday Pentecost Orthodox Christian
7-June Sunday Trinity Sunday

Christian

9-June Tuesday St. Columba of Iona Celtic Christian
11-June Thursday Corpus Christi Catholic Christian
14-June Sunday All Saints Orthodox Christian
15-June Monday Saint Vladimir Day Christian
16-June Tuesday Guru Arjan martyrdom Sikh
19-June Friday Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Christian
19-June Friday New Church Day Swedenborgian Christian
21-June Sunday Solstice Celebration- Litha-Yule Wicca/Pagan (Northern and Southern) 
22-June Monday First Nations Day Canadian Native People 
29-June Monday Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul Christian 
 

Summer 2020 RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS COMPREHENSIVE CALENDAR

5-Jul Sunday Asalha Puja Day Buddhist
9-Jul Thursday  Martyrdom of the Bab Baha'i
11-Jul Saturday St. Benedict Day Catholic Christian
15-Jul Wednesday  St. Vladimir the Great Day Orthodox Christian
23-Jul Thursday Crowning of Haile Selasse I Rastafarian
24-Jul Friday Pioneer Day  Mormon Christian
25-Jul Saturday St. James the Great Day Christian
30-Jul Thursday Tish'a B'av Jewish
31-Jul Friday Eid al Adha Islam
1-Aug Saturday Lammas Christian
3-Aug Monday Raksha Bandhan Hindu
6-Aug Thursday Transfiguration of the Lord Orthodox Christian
10-Aug Monday Waqf al Arafa Islam
12-Aug Wednesday Krishna Janmashtami Hindu
13-15-Aug Thursday-Saturday Obon (Ulambana) Buddhist/Shinto
15-Aug Saturday Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Christian
20-Aug Thursday Hijra (New Year) Islam
22-Aug Saturday Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu
29-Aug Saturday Beheading of St. John the Baptist Christian

Fall 2020 RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS COMPREHENSIVE CALENDAR

1-Sept Tuesday Ecclesiastical Year Begins Orthodox Christian
8-Sept Tuesday Nativity of Virgin Mary Christian
14-Sept Monday Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross) Christian
19-20 Sept Saturday-Sunday Rosh Hashanah Jewish
21-Sept Monday Paryushana Parva Jain
23-Sept Wednesday Equinox Wicca/Pagan
27-Sept Sunday Meskel Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
28-Sept Monday Yom Kippur Jewish
29-Sept Tuesday Michael and All Angels Christian
3-9 Oct Saturday-Friday Sukkot Jewish
4-Oct Sunday

St. Francis Day

Catholic Christian
10-Oct Saturday Shemini Atzeret Jewish
11-Oct Sunday Simchat Torah Jewish
12-Oct Monday Thanksgiving - Canada Interfaith
17-24 Oct Saturday Navaratri Hindu
18-Oct Sunday St. Luke, Apostle, & Evangelist Christian
20-Oct Tuesday Birth of the Bab Baha'i
22-Oct Thursday Christ the King Christian
25-Oct Sunday Reformation Day Protestant Christian
28-Oct Wednesday Milvian Bridge Day Christian
29-Oct Thursday Mawlid an Nabi Islam
31-Oct Saturday All Hallows Eve Christian
1-Nov Sunday All Saints Day Christian
2-Nov Monday All Souls Day Catholic Christian
12-Nov Thursday Birth of Baha'u'llah Baha'i
13-Nov Friday Jain New Year Jain
14-Nov Saturday Diwali (Deepavail) Hindu-Jain-Sikh
15-Nov Sunday Vikram New Year Hindu
22-Nov Sunday Christ the King Christian
24-Nov Tuesday Martydom of Guru Tegh Bahdur Sikh
26-Nov Thursday Thanksgiving Interfaith USA
28-Nov Saturday Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha Baha'i
29-Nov Sunday Avent Begins Christian
29 Nov - 4 Dec Sunday-Friday Advent Begins Christian
30-Nov Monday Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh
6-Dec Sunday Saint Nicholas Day Christian
8-Dec Tuesday Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhism
11-18 Dec Friday Hanukkah Jewish
12-Dec Saturday Feast Day-Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Christian
16-25 Dec Wednesday-Friday Posadas Navidenas Hispanic Christian
21-Dec Monday Solstice (Yule) Christian
24-Dec Thursday Christmas Eve Christian
25-Dec Friday Christmas Christian
26-Dec Saturday Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra)  Zoroastrian
27-Dec Sunday Saint John-Apostle and Evangelist Christian
28-Dec Monday Holy Innocents Christian
31-Dec Thursday Watch Night Christian