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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.

May
27
Sat
Ramadan – Islamic
May 27 – Jun 25 all-day

A month of strict fasting from dawn until dusk in honor of the first revelations of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad.

Jun
1
Thu
LGBT Pride Month
Jun 1 – Jun 30 all-day

Commemorates the anniversary of the June 28, 1969 Stonewall riot in New York City, the incident that initiated the modern gay rights movement in the United States. LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Pride Day is the last Sunday in June.

Jun
26
Mon
Eid al-Fitr – Islamic
Jun 26 – Jun 28 all-day

The ‘Feast of the Breaking of the Fast’ marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting from dawn until dusk.

LGBT Pride Day
Jun 26 all-day

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Pride Day in the United States. It celebrates the Stonewall Riots on June 28, 1969.

Jul
4
Tue
Independence Day
Jul 4 all-day

Anniversary of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Jul
9
Sun
Martyrdom of the Báb – Bahá’í
Jul 9 all-day

Observance of the anniversary of the execution by a firing squad in Tabríz, Persia, of the 30-year-old Siyyid ‘Alí-Muhammad, the Báb, the prophet-herald of the Bahá’í Faith.

Jul
13
Thu
Obon – Buddhist
Jul 13 – Jul 15 all-day

Also known as Bon, the Japanese Buddhist festival honors the spirits of past ancestors.

Ullambana – Buddhist
Jul 13 all-day

Buddhist Ghost Festival. The unsettled spirits of dead ancestors are calmed with chanting and offerings to enable them to pass peacefully into the next world.

Jul
15
Sat
Dharma Day – Buddhist
Jul 15 all-day

Also known as Asala Puja, it commemorates the historical Buddha’s first discourse following his spiritual awakening.

Jul
18
Tue
Nelson Mandela International Day
Jul 18 all-day

Nelson Mandela International Day, launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said “It is in your hands now”.