Bonnier Multifaith Center

Fostering lives of engaged compassion through the cultivation of diverse religious and spiritual practices.

Rooted in the College’s core values of faith, justice, community, service and excellence, the purpose of the Bonnier Multifaith Center is to foster lives of engaged compassion through cultivating diverse religious and spiritual practices. Activities in the Center include personal and communal meditation and prayer, interfaith conversations, text studies, and contemplative practices that sustain social justice activism. We invite all members of the Gustavus community, regardless of their religious and philosophical commitments, to use the Center for personal prayer, reflection, and meditation during unscheduled times and to request and use the Center’s space for organized religious, spiritual, or contemplative practices. 

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Multifaith Holiday Calendar - 2022-2023
Dates Holiday Tradition Accomodations may be requested
June 19 Juneteenth Black American summer break
July 9-10 Eid al Adha Islam yes; summer break
Sept. 22 Autumn Equinox Paganism  
Sept. 25-27 Rosh Hashanah Judaism yes
Oct. 4-5 Yom Kippur Judaism yes
Oct. 9-16 Sukkot Judaism yes, 1st 2 and last 2 days
Oct. 10 Indigenous Peoples Day Secular  
Oct. 17-18 Simkhat Torah Judaism yes
Oct. 24 (varies) Diwali Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism fall break
Oct. 31 Reformation Day Protestant Christianity  
Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Samhain Paganism  
Nov. 1 All Saints Day Christianity  
Nov. 1-2 Day of the Dead Spanish Catholic/Mexican/ Indigenous  
Nov 9 
Loy Krathong Thai Buddhist  
Nov. 27-Dec. 24
Advent Christianity  
Dec 12
Our Lady of Guadalupe Mexican/Catholic  
Dec. 18-26
Hanukkah Judaism campus closed for much of holiday
Dec. 21 Yule/Solstice Christianity/Paganism campus closed
Dec. 25 Christmas Day Christianity campus closed
Dec. 26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa  Black American campus closed
Jan. 7 Orthodox Christmas Orthodox Christianity   
Jan. 22 Lunar New Year Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism  
Feb. 22 Ash Wednesday Christianity  
Mar. 8 (varies) Holi
March 20 Spring Equinox (Ostara) Paganism spring break
March 22 - April 21 Ramadan Islam yes
April 5-13
Passover Judaism yes, 1st 2 and last 2 days
April 6 Maundy Thursday Christianity campus closed
April 7 Good Friday Christianity campus closed
April 9 Easter Christianity campus closed
April 16 Orthodox Easter  Orthodox Christianity yes
April 17-18 Yom HaShoah Judaism  
April 21-22 Eid al-Fitr Islam yes
May 1 Beltane Paganism  
June 4 (varies) Vesak Buddhistm  

Many Jewish and Muslim holidays begin in the evening on the first date listed. Not all Muslims will recognize the listed dates; they may require direct observation of the moon. Some cultures mark Buddhist holidays on different dates.

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