Admitted students experienced Birmingham-Southern at the Select 'Southern event held on March 1-2, 2015.
Admitted students experienced Birmingham-Southern at the Select 'Southern event held on March 1-2, 2015.
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Times and days subject to change)
Chapel: Mondays at 8pm in Yeilding Chapel
Baptist Campus Ministry: Mondays at 7pm, 2nd Fl. Norton
Episcopal Eucharist: Tuesdays at 11:45am in Yeilding Chapel
Reformed University Fellowship (RUF): Wednesdays, 8pm in Yeilding Chapel
Catholic Mass: Thursdays at 11am in Yeilding Chapel
Serve Coffee, Serve the Community: Join us Thursdays to serve coffee to the homeless at Church of the Reconciler. Meet in Battle Coliseum parking lot at 8am- back to campus by 9:30.
Wesley Fellowship (UMC Campus Ministry): Thursdays at 6:30pm in the Hanson Loft
Laylat al Bara't (Islam) June 1 The Night of Repentance in preparation of Ramadan.
Poya Poson (Buddhist) June 2 Poya is the full moon and Poson is June. It is significant in Sri Lanka as the day that Mahinda brought Buddhism to the island.
Nur (Bahai) June 5 The fifth Bahai month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Nur represents light.
All Saints Day (E. Christian) June 7 (Nov. 1 in W. Christianity) Honors all saints, known and unknown.
Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Sikhism) June 16 Guru Arjan Dev Ji was the first Sikh martyr and fifth Guru.
Jamyang Khyente Chokyi Lodro Anniversary (Buddhist) June 18 He was at the heart of the Rime movement and influenced many Tibetan lamas teaching today.
Ramadan (Islam) June 18-July 29 The Month of Fasting. Observers do not eat from sunrise to sunset, and spend the month in religious devotion and self-examination.
Litha (Wicca) June 21 Midsummer celebration in conjunction with the summer solstice.
Rahmat (Bahai) June 24 The sixth Bahai month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Rahmat is mercy.
Ghambar Maidyoshem (Zarathushti) June 29-July3 celebrates the creation of water, sowing crops and the harvesting of grain.
Asalha (Dhamma Day) (Buddhism) July 2 Commemorates the first teaching of Buddha after his enlightenment, given to five people who became the first monks. (Theravada)
Vassa begins (Buddhism) July 2 A rain retreat, Monks and nuns are constricted to their temples due to heavy rains. (Theravada)
Guru Purnima (Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism) July 2 Festival to celebrate Gurus or spiritual guides. Hindus also celebrate the birth of Veda Vyasa while Buddhists honor Gautama Buddha.
Chartumas begins (Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism) July 2 Period from July to October for keeping vows and listening to teachings, especially in monastic orders. Related to the Vassa rain retreat above. Travel is also restricted to prevent harm to the many insects brought on by the heavy rains.
Birthdate of H.H. Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso (Buddhism) July 6 the 14th and current Dalai Lama (Mahayana â€“ Tibetan)
Martyrdom of the Bab (Bahai) July 9 Commemorates the day in 1850 that the Bab was executed for "apostasy". He survived the first firing squad and it was considered a miracle, but he did not survive the second. Work is suspended on this day.
Kalimat (Bahai) July 13 The seventh Bahai month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Kalimat is words.
Laylat al-Qadr (Islam) July 13 Known by some in English as the Night of Destiny, Night of Power, Night of Value, the Night of Decree or Night of Measures, it marks the anniversary of the revelation of the Quran, first to the Angel Gabriel in the lowest level of heaven, and then by Gabriel to Muhammad. This night is also believed to be the night when Allah decides the destiny of everyone.
Id al-Fitr (Islam) July 18 means "Breaking the fast" and marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic Holy month of fasting. Muslims around the world strive for the show of unity and recognizance of God.
Jum at al-Wada (Islam) July 24 The last Friday of Ramadan.
Oh-harai-taisai (Shinto) July 30 Grand Purification Ceremony .
Kamal (Bahai) August 1 The eighth Bahai month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Kamal is perfection.
Lammas (Wicca) August 1 Festival of First Fruits
Transfiguration (Christian â€“ Western and new calendar Eastern) August 6 Transfiguration of Jesus to three disciples. He became radiant and Moses and Elijah appeared with him. It is considered to be one of the miracles of Jesus and is unique as it happens to Jesus himself.
Fravardeghan Days (Zarathushti or Zoroastrianism) August 8-17 Preparation for Norwuz, the start of the new year for those who follow the Shenshai calendar.
Feast of the Assumption (Catholic) August 15 The principle feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it celebrates Mary's departure from this life and the assumption of her body into Heaven.
Norwuz (Zarathushti or Zoroastrianism) August 18 New year for the Shenshai calendar, marking the year 1384 AY.
Asma (Bahai) August 20 The ninth Bahai month. Each of the 19 months is given a name which is an attribute of God. Asma is names.
Ksitigarbha (Jizo) Bodhisattva (Buddhism) August 26 took a vow not to achieve Buddhahood until "all the hells are empty" and is one of the most beloved divinities, he is the savior of those who suffer in hellish realms, and is the guardian of children and a patron of deceased children.
Rasksha Bandlan (Hinduism & Jainism and observed by some Sikhs) August 29 A festival honoring the bond between brothers and sisters and by extension men and women, sisters give their brothers a bracelet or amulet for protection and the brother promises to love and protect her.
First Parkash (Sikhism) September 1 Commemorates the installation of Adi Granth, the Sikh Scriptures' first edition, in the Golden Temple by the fifth Guru, Arjan Dev, in 1604 CE.
Sri Krishna Jayanti (Hinduism) September 5 celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna, the eighth incarnation of Vishnu. Also known as Krishna Jayanti", "Janma Ashtami", "Krishnaashtami" , "Gokul Ashtami", and as "Sri Jayanti". Based on the solar calendar.
Sakya Trizin (Buddhism) September 7 is the birthday of H.H. Sakya Trizin, who is head of the Tibetan Sakya Lineage. Currently the Sakya Trizin is the 41st in the lineage. He is a highly accomplished Buddhist master that has been studying the ways and teachings of Buddha since the early age of 5.
'Izzat (Bahai) September 8 This holiday represents the 10th month in the Bahai year. The calendar is arranged to have 19 months that consist of 19 days each. Izzat celebrates Might.
Paryushan-parva (Jainism) September 11-18 The holiest time of the year, it is a time of study, prayer, meditation and ends with confession and purification. Some sects observe it for 10 days instead of 8.
Tatsunokuchi (Buddhism) September 12 the anniversary of Nichiren Daishonin at Tatsunokuchi in 1271 where he escaped execution and was revealed as the reincarnation of Buddha. It also verified the Lotus Sutra to be true.
Ghambar Paitishem (Zarathushiti) September 12 to September 16 celebrates the creation of the earth and the harvest.
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) Sunset September 13 - nightfall 15 Often referred to in America as the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is the first two days of Tishrei, the 7th month of the Jewish Calendar, believed to be when God created the world. Instituted in Leviticus 1624 it is a remembrance with the sounding of the shofar (ram's horn). Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (September 26) are known as the Days of Awe or the High Holy Days.
Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism) September 17 celebrates the birthday of Ganesh who is the God of Success. This day is called Ganesh Chaturthi
Dashalakshani-parva (Jainism) September 18-28 Observed by the Digambara sect, this 10 day period is dedicated to fasting, confessions and prayer. Each day is dedicated to a different virtue such as forgiveness, humility, honesty, purity, truthfulness, self-restraint, asceticism, study, detachment, and celibacy. The holiest day is on Sept. 28, the Ananta-chaturdasi (Festival of Ten Virtues).
Samvatsari (Jainism) September 18 The Day of Forgiveness, the last day of Paryushana. Dedicated to self-examination, penance, and confession.
Festival of Higan-e (Buddhism) September 20-26 Three days before and after the Autumnal Equinox, it is a time to honor ancestors and chant the name Amida Buddha.
Eihei Dogen Kigen Memorial (Buddhism) September 22 Eihei Dogen Kigen was the founder of the Soto Zen school in Japan. He observed that the practice does not make one Buddha, or turn humans into a Buddha, but instead is a manifestation of our enlightened nature.
Day of Hajj (Islam) September 22 It is a celebration of the last revelation to the Prophet at Mount 'Arafat shortly before his death and the largest gathering of Muslim people in the world every year
Yom Kippur (Jewish) sunset September 22- Sunset September 23 The Jewish Day of Atonement. Part of the High Holy Days (with Rosh Hashanah) no work at all may be performed, including eating and drinking and most of the holiday is spent in the synagogue.
Id al-Adha (Islam) September 23 Known as the Festival of Sacrifice, it is the most important feast of Islam, celebrating Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to Allah.
Mabon (Wicca) September 23 Observed at the Autumnal Equinox, it is a time of thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth and of passing from youth to wisdom, the Goddess from mother to crone and the God from birth to re-birth.
Shubun-no-hi (Shinto) September 23 formerly called Shuki-sorei-sai , it is observed on the spring and autumn equinox, a memorial service held at home alters to revere ancestors as kami. Graves are cleaned and purified.
Mashiyyat (Bahai) September 27 The eleventh month of the Bahai year.
Ananta-chaturdasi (Jainism) September 27 The penultimate day of the Dashalakshani-parva period.
Sukkot (Jewish) sunset on September 27 â€“ Oct 4 The Festival of Sukkot (sue-coat) begins on the 5th day after Yom Kippur and continues for 7 days. Sukkot commemorates the 40 years Israel wandered in the dessert living in tents or booths, and is also a harvest festival.
Ksamavani (Jainism) September 28 Jains ask forgiveness of others and forgives those who caused them suffering for wrongs for the previous year.
Kathina (Buddhism) September 29- November 5 A celebration of the biggest alms-giving ceremony of the Buddhist year including the offerings of cloth to the monks by lay people. This festival takes place each year for four weeks following Vassa.
World Communion Sunday (Christianity) Oct. 4 many Christian congregations celebrate Holy Communion as a global community on the first Sunday of October promoting Christian unity.
Bodhidharma Memorial (Buddhism) Oct. 5 Bodhidharma is a Buddhist monk and is regarded as the First Patriarch of Zen Buddhism and also began the physical training (Kung Fu) of the Shaolin Monks.
Shmini Atzeret (Jewish) Oct. 5 The 8th day of assembly, it is separate from Sukkot, and concludes the entire fall holiday season, marking the beginning of winter in Israel.
Simbat Torah (Jewish) begins at sunset Oct. 5 marks the beginning of the synagogue's annual Torah reading cycle.
Ghambar Ayathrem (Zarathushti) Oct. 12-16 A celebration for the creation of plants, the sowing of the winter crop, and the return of herds from the pasture. Ghambars occur six times a year and are for bringing together the community and resolving conflicts.
Nichiren Shonin Memorial (Buddhism) Oct. 13 Anniversary of the death of Nichoren Shonin, the founder of the Nichiren Shu Buddhist Order.
Navaratri Begins (Hinduism) Oct. 13-21 A 9 night 10 day festival marking the start of Autumn, and culminates on the 10th day with Dussehra â€“ victory of good over evil.
First of Muharram (Islam) Oct. 15 The first month of the Islamic calendar and the celebration of the migration of Mohammed from Mecca to Medina, establishing the first Islamic community.
llm (Bahai) Oct. 16 Celebration of the first day of the twelfth month of the Bahai calendar; celebration of knowledge
Birth of the Bab (Bahai) Oct. 20 A celebration of the Bahai faith in which they gather for prayers and festivities to honor the herald of the new age, Bab, on his birth anniversary.
Aymbil Ori (Jainism) Oct. 20-27 9 day (approximately) festival occurring twice a year that includes eating only once a day with food prepared without certain ingredients.
Installation of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikhism) Oct. 20 Celebration of the Guru Granth Sahib, the Supreme Spiritual Authority and Head of the Sikh religion. Unlike most other holidays, it is not a celebration of a person since Sikhism doesn't believe in idol worship. Instead, it is in honor of their scripture.
Dassehra (Hinduism) Oct. 22 A celebration of the victory of good over evil. It is marked by the 10th day of the bright half of the month of Ashvin according to the Hindu calendar.
Ashura (Islamic) Oct. 24 The 10th day of Muharram, for Sunni, Ashura commemorates the day Nuh (Noah) left the ark and the day Musa (Moses) was saved from the Egyptians by Allah. Some observe it with fasting, but it is not required. For Shi'a, it marks the martyrdom of Husain, the grandson of Muhammad.
Pavarana (Buddhism) Oct. 27 Celebrates the end of Vassa (also known as the "Buddhist Lent"). It marks the end of the rainy season in many Asian countries and is the day each monk must come before Sangha and atone for any offenses and wrongdoings during Vassa.
Atmasiddhi Rachna Divas (Creation Day) (Jainism) Oct. 28 In 1896, the poet Shrimad Rajchandra-ji wrote the legendary treatise Shri Atmasiddhi Shastra, which explains the quintessence of Jainism.
Samhain (Wicca) Oct. 31 Known as the biggest and most significant holiday of the Celtic year, it is a Gaelic celebration marking the end of harvest season and beginning of winter. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals. Celts believed that the ghosts of the dead were able to mingle with the living during this time.
All Saints Day (Christian) Nov. 1 A time to remember lost loved ones and lift up all those who have gone before us. Observance varies greatly among Christians but almost always involve lighting candles, praying for the deceased, and the naming of loved ones.
Quadrat (Bahai) Nov. 4 Celebration of the first day of the thirteenth month of the Bahai calendar; celebration of power
Bandhi Chhor Divas (Sikhism) Nov. 11 celebrates the day Guru Hargobind Sahib was released with 52 Kings from Gwalior Prison who were being held for political reasons. The Emperor had agreed to release the Guru but the Guru refused to go without his fellow prisoners. The Emperor replied "whoever can hold on to the Guru's cloak can be released." So the Guru had a special coat made with 52 coattails. His return to Amritsar coincides with the Hindu celebration of Diwali.
Mahavira Nirvana (Jainism) Nov. 11 On this day, Lord Mahavir, the 24th Tirthankara attained nirvana and release from the cycle of rebirth.
Diwali Festival (Hindu) Nov. 11-16 Known as the "festival of lights," this holiday is observed by lighting oil lamps, spending time with family and friends, and traditional remembrances that commemorate good over evil. The holiday is so culturally important in India that most businesses begin their fiscal calendar on the first day of Diwali. Each day focuses on moving from darkness to light and doing good deeds to bring us closer to divinity. Sikhs and Jains also celebrate this festival.
New Year Day (Jainism) Nov. 12 The first day after Diwali and the first day of Kartika. It also marks the Day of Enlightenment for Lord Gautamswami, the first disciple of Lord Mahavir.
The Birth of Bahaullah (Bahai) Nov. 12 This day marks the birth of the founder of the Bahai faith. Observers suspend work.
Christmas Fast (or Nativity Fast) (Eastern Christianity- new calendar) Nov. 15-Dec. 24 (Eastern Christianity- old calendar) Nov. 28-Jan. 7 Similar to Advent in the west, it is a time of fasting focusing on the proclamation and glorification of the Incarnation of God whereas Advent prepares for the coming of Christ (Birth and his second coming) (Some Eastern traditions celebrate Christmas on January 7)
Jnana Panchmi (Day of Acquiring Knowledge) (Jainism) Nov. 16 On this day, observances vary from fasting, praying for right knowledge, and worshipping the scriptures with religious devotion. SvÃ¤dhyÃ¤ya, meditation, Pratikraman are also performed and books maintained in the religious libraries are cleansed and restored as necessary.
Qawl (Bahai) Nov. 23 Celebration of the first day of the fourteenth month of the Bahai calendar; celebration of speech.
Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (Sikhism-Nanakshahi) Nov. 24 Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji gave himself for the Hindus of Kashmir, not even his own religion, to free them from religious prosecution from the Muslim government. It is seen as the ultimate sacrifice in Sikhism.
Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhism) Nov. 25 (1469) Birth of the founder of the Sikh faith and the first of the Ten Gurus.
Dev Diwali (Jainism) Nov. 25 A traditional Jain ceremony, in celebration of one of the conquering of samsara, on the way to moksha.
The Day of Covenant (Bahai) Nov. 26 The day Baha'u'llah, founder of the Bahai faith, appointed his eldest son, 'Abdu'l-Baha as his successor. 'Abdu'l-Baha did not want the day of his birth celebrated, even though followers wanted a day to honor him. The Day of Covenant was established not only to honor 'Abdu'l-Baha but to turn the attention of the Bahais to the Revelation of Baha'u'llah and service to the Faith and Cause of Baha'u'llah.
The Ascension of Abdul-Baha (Bahai) Nov. 28 Commemorates the death of 'Abdul-Baha, son of the founder and the leader of the Bahai faith from 1892 to 1921.
Advent (Christian) starts Nov. 29 4 weeks preceding Christmas a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. For Christians, the season of Advent serves as a reminder both of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting of Christians for Christ's return.
Hanukkah (Jewish) sunset Dec. 6-Dec. 14 Hanukkah marks the miraculous victory of the Jews, led by the Maccabees, against Greek persecution and religious oppression. When the Maccabees came to rededicate the Temple, they found only one flask of oil with which to light the Menorah. This small flask lasted for eight days.
Bodhi Day or Awakening Day (Buddhism) Dec. 8 It is said that on this day, December 8, 566 BCE, Prince Siddhartha Gautama attained Enlightenment as he meditated under the Bodhi Tree, the Tree of Enlightenment. At the age of 35, he became known as the Shakyamuni Buddha.
Masa il (Bahai) Dec. 12 Celebration of the first day of the fifteenth month of the Bahai calendar; celebration of questions.
Maunaijyaras (Jainism) Dec. 21 Day of fasting, silence and meditation.
Yule (Wiccan) Dec. 22 Celebrated on the Winter Solstice, it is a time of renewal and rebirth. It has roots in both Norse and Celtic religions.
Tohi-taisai (Shinto) Dec. 22 The Grand Ceremony of the December Solstice, celebrates the ending of the yin period of the sun and beginning of the yang period.
Mawlid al-Nabiy (Islam) Dec. 24 (in some traditions) Anniversary of the Birth of the Prophet Muhammad
Christmas (Christian) Dec. 25 Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Sanghamitta Day (Buddhism) Dec. 25 Occurs on the full moon of December. Celebrates the arrival of Sanghamitta to Sri Lanka, who started The Order of Nuns.
Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zarathushti or Zoroastrianism) Dec. 26 Anniversary of the death of Zarathustra, founder of Zarathushti or Zoroastrianism.
Kwanza, Dec. 26- Jan. 1 Honoring African heritage, 7 candles are lit representing unity, self-determination, responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
Sharaf (Bahai) Dec. 31 Celebration of the first day of the sixteenth month of the Bahai calendar; celebration of honor.
Ghamber Maidyarem (Zarathushti or Zoroastrianism) Dec. 31- Jan. 4 A celebration of the creation of animals and a time of equitable sharing of food.