Cultural and Religious Holidays

Wentworth Institute of Technology recognizes the importance of cultural and religious observances in a student's spiritual identity. For places of worship in the local Boston area click here. In the spirit of community, it is important for all members of the Wentworth campus to be aware of major religious and cultural holidays and observances. The list below is not an exhaustive list.

When a religious holiday conflicts with a student's class schedule, students assume the responsibility to discuss their absence from class to observe these holidays. Students should review the official Student Absence Due to Religious Beliefs policy in the Academic Catalog.

Fall  2014

October 23             Diwali* (Hindu)

October 25             Al-Hijra (Muslim)

October  31            Samhain*~ (Pagan)

November 30         Advent begins (Christian)

December 8           Bodhi Day (Buddhist)

December 12         Our Lady of Guadalupe - Feast Day (Christian)

December 16         Las Posadas (Christian) end on December 25

December 16         Chanukah~ (Jewish) ends at sunset on December 24

December 21         Yule~ (Pagan)

December 25         Christmas*~(Christian)

December 26         Kwanzaa (Pan-African) ends January 1

Spring  2015

January 4             Tu B'Shevat (Jewish)

January 5             Mahayan New Year (Buddhist)

January 6             Epiphany (Christian)

January 18           Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Christian) ends January 25

January 25           World Religion Day (Baha'i)

February 17          Mahashivrati (Hindu)

February 17          Shrove Tuesday (Christian)

February 18          Ash Wednesday (Christian) Lent Begins

February 19          Lunar New Year 

March 5                Purim (Jewish)

March 6                World Day of Prayer (Christian)

March 6                Holi (Hindu)

March 29              Palm Sunday (Christian)

April 2                   Maundy Thursday (Christian)

April 3                   Erev Pesach (Jewish)

April 3                   Passover* (Jewish) ends at sunset on April 10

April 3                   Good Friday (Christian)

April 4                   Theravada (Buddhist)

April 5                    Easter Sunday (Christian)

April 16                  Yom Hashoah* (Jewish)

May 1                     Beltane* (Pagan)

May 7                     National Day of Prayer (Interfaith USA)

Summer  2015

June 18                   Ramadan begins* (Muslim) ends on July 17

July 17                     Eid al Fitr* (Muslim)

August 29                Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

~ Begins at sunset on the evening prior to the date listed.

* High Holy Day

This list is not exhaustive. If you wish to add a holiday or observance, or believe that a date is listed erroneously, please contact


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