Hawk Life with Laurie–December 12, 2016

Fostering a campus environment of inclusion as we approach the holiday season…

A big “thank you” to Stacey Borboa-Peterson, Director of UND’s Multicultural Student Services, as the guest writer for this week’s blog post.

The holidays are rapidly approaching and many on campus are interested in ways they can help to celebrate and foster the inclusiveness of all faiths, those of both believers and non-believers. This has provided the opportunity to boost education and understanding around the varied cultural, religious, national, and ethnic traditions or practices that students, staff, and faculty may be observing during the coming months.  Inclusive campus environments help in fostering a feeling of belonging for all members of a campus community and can be nurtured through awareness and understanding.

Below you will find an interfaith holiday calendar, provided by campus partners at the Christus Rex.  I have limited the listing to religious holidays occurring through the month of January, but if any of you are interested in the full academic year, please feel free to connect with me and I will pass along the document in its entirety. On a very related topic, Interfaith Week at UND will be held January 29 through February 4.  This event is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about some of the religions listed within the calendar.

Religious Holidays Year 2016-2017

The list that follows is not exhaustive; it includes major festivals and holy days for many, though by no means all, religious traditions represented at the University of North Dakota. (If it does not include an important date in the religious calendar of your particular tradition, please let us know.) Every effort has been made to insure that this information is accurate. Note that some holidays in some traditions are tied to the lunar calendar or to particular cultural patterns that vary by region or by sect which make their location in the calendar somewhat more fluid.

Islamic Holidays: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

For holidays associated with Christianity, the following notations are used to denote observance by particular strands of the Christian tradition: RC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox

Nov. 27 – Dec. 24 Begins Sunday and ends Saturday Advent Christianity (O, P, RC)
Dec. 8    Thursday Bodhi Day Buddhism
Dec. 8     Thursday  Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 13 – Dec. 14 Sundown-Tues. to Sundown-Wed. Mawlid al Nabi Islam
Dec. 21 Wednesday Winter Solstice Zoroastrian
Dec. 24 – Jan. 1 Sundown-Sat. to Sundown-Sun. Hanukkah Judaism
Dec. 25 Sunday Christmas Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 Monday to Sunday Kwanzaa African American
Jan. 6 Friday Epiphany Christianity (RC, P, O)
Jan. 6 Friday Nativity of Christ Armenian Orthodox Christian
Jan. 7 Saturday Christmas Christianity (O)
Jan. 12 – Jan. 15 Thursday to Sunday Mahayana New Year Buddhism
Jan. 28 Saturday Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist


Happy Holidays to you all!


Let’s go Fighting Hawks!