Bonnier Multifaith CenterFostering 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 lives of engaged compassion. 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 - 2023-2024
Dates Holiday Tradition Accomodations may be requested
June 19 Juneteenth Black American campus closed
June 28 - July 1 Eid al Adha Islam yes; summer break
Sept. 15-17 Rosh Hashanah Judaism yes
Sept. 23 Autumn Equinox Paganism  
Sept. 24-25 Yom Kippur Judaism yes
Sept. 29 - Oct. 6 Sukkot Judaism yes, 1st 2 and last 2 days
Oct. 7-8 Simkhat Torah Judaism yes
Oct. 9 Indigenous Peoples Day Secular  
Oct. 15-28 Dashain/Navaratri Hinduism  
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. 11-16 Diwali/Deepawali Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism  
Nov. 28
Loy Krathong Thai Buddhist  
Dec. 3-24
Advent Christianity  
Dec. 12
Our Lady of Guadalupe Mexican/Catholic  
Dec. 7-15
Hanukkah Judaism yes
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   
Feb. 10 Lunar New Year Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism  
Feb. 14 Ash Wednesday Christianity  
Mar. 10 - Apr. 8 Ramadan
Mar. 19 Spring Equinox (Ostara) Paganism  
Mar. 25 (varies) Holi Hinduism  
Mar. 28
Maundy Thursday Christianity campus closed
Mar. 29 Good Friday Christianity campus closed
Mar. 31 Easter Christianity campus closed
Apr. 9-10 Eid al-Fitr Islam yes
Apr. 22-30 Passover Judaism yes, 1st 2 and last 2 days
May 5 Orthodox Easter  Orthodox Christianity yes
May 5-6 Yom HaShoah Judaism yes
May 1 Beltane Paganism  

May 23 (varies)

Vesak Buddhism  

This list is not exhaustive and observances are not necessarily days when individuals will not attend work or school. There are also different levels of observance in different traditions.

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.

"A student whose religious observance conflicts with a course requirement may request an academic accommodation from the instructor. Students should normally make such requests in writing by the end of the second week of classes, but there may be exceptions. Students may also request accommodations for religious tranditions surrounding death and dying when the need arises." (Excerpt from course syllabus language regarding Academic Accommodation for Religious Observance)

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