Cultural and Religious Holidays

Wentworth Institute of Technology recognizes the importance of cultural and religious observances in a student's spiritual identity. (Places of worship in the local Boston area) 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 2016

September

  • September 11– 14: Eid Al-AdhaI, “Feast of Sacrifice” (Muslim)
  • September 12: Ethiopian New Year
  • September 15 – October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month. This month corresponds with Mexican Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16.
  • September 28: Teacher’s Day. Taiwan uses this day to honor teachers’ contributions to their students and to society in general

October
October is also LGBT History Month, a U.S. observance started in 1994 to recognize lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and the history of the gay rights movement.

  • October 3-4: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
  • October 10: Canadian Thanksgiving. It is a chance for people to give thanks for a good harvest and other fortunes in the past year.
  • October 11: National Coming Out Day. For those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, this day celebrates coming out and the recognition of the 1987 march on Washington for gay and lesbian equality.
  • October 12: Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  • October 12: National Indigenous People’s Day, which recognizes 500 years of resistance and the continued existence of North American Indigenous people.
  • October 17-23: The Jewish holiday of Sukkot. It is a time of remembrance of the fragile tabernacles that Israelites lived in as they wandered the wilderness for 40 years. The first day of the holiday is celebrated with prayers and special meals.
  • October 23: Ashura (Muslim)
  • October 30: Diwali, “Festival of Lights” (Hindu)

November
November is National Native American Heritage Month, which celebrates the history and contributions of Native Americans.

  • November 1: All Saints Day (Christian)First Sunday after Pentecost.)
  • November 1: Dia de los Muertos (Mexico)
  • November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance, established in 1998 to memorialize those who have been killed as a result of transphobia, and to raise awareness of the continued violence endured by the transgender community.
  • November 27: The beginning of Advent in Western Christianity

December

  • December 1: World AIDS Day
  • December 8: Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
  • December 10: International Human Rights Day
  • December 12: Feast Day at Our Lady of Guadalupe (Christian
  • December 12: Eid Milad Un Nabi (Islamic)
  • December 16-24: Las Posadas, a nine-day celebration in Mexico commemorating the trials Mary and Joseph endured during their journey to Bethlehem.
  • December 21: The Winter Solstice/ Yule (Pagans and Wiccans)
  • December 25: Christmas (Christians)
  • December 25 – January 1: Hanukkah (Jewish).
  • December 26 – January 1: Kwanzaa, (Pan-African)

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