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Religious and Cultural Events and Holidays

Calendar content from Anti-Defamation League and Diversity Best Practices.
Please contact Katie Maguire-Jack (maguirejack.1@osu.edu) with calendar submissions or revisions.

Feb
1
Wed
Black History Month
Feb 1 – Feb 28 all-day

Celebrates Black History and African American culture in the United States.

Feb
25
Sat
Maha Shivaratri – Hindu
Feb 25 all-day

Also called Shiva Ratri, it is the Great Festival of Shiva.

Feb
26
Sun
Ayyám-i-ha or Intercalary Day – Bahá’í
Feb 26 – Mar 1 all-day

The Ayyám-i-ha, or ‘Days of Ha’ are devoted to spiritual preparation for the fast, celebrating, hospitality, charity and gift giving. They are celebrated the four days, five in leap year, before the last month of the Baháí year.

Feb
27
Mon
Clean Monday – Eastern Christian
Feb 27 all-day

The beginning of Great Lent for Eastern Christian churches, which starts 40 days before Orthodox Easter (Pascha), counting Sundays.

Losar – Buddhist
Feb 27 all-day

Tibetan Buddhist New Year, in which is a time of renewal through sacred and secular practices.

Feb
28
Tue
Shrove Tuesday – Western Christian
Feb 28 all-day

A day of penitence as well as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. Also known as Mardi Gras.

Mar
1
Wed
Ash Wednesday – Western Christian
Mar 1 all-day

The first day of Lent for Western Christian churches, a 40-day period of spiritual preparation for Easter, not counting Sundays.

National Women’s History Month
Mar 1 – Mar 31 all-day

Honors women as significant agents of historical change.

Social Work Month
Mar 1 – Mar 31 all-day

Celebrated each March, National Professional Social Work Month is an opportunity for social workers across the country to turn the spotlight on the profession and highlight the important contributions they make to society.

Mar
2
Thu
Nineteen Day Fast – Bahá’í
Mar 2 – Mar 20 all-day

Baha’is between 15 and 70 years of age do not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset and set aside time for prayer and meditation.