This is a list of religious and cultural holidays that students may need academic accommodations for. The calendar can be used by  instructors  developing class syllabi and for planning or by supervisors of student employees. Although many of these days are not university holidays, the information can be used by instructors or supervisors at their discretion when responding to student requests for accommodations for religious purposes. Making accommodations does not excuse a student of any course requirements, but rather supports adjustments to honor their religious observances. Reference the Accommodation of Religious Creed policy here.

This list is limited to religious holidays that affect a student’s ability to participate in usual course activities and is not intended to be inclusive of all religious observances. Please take special note of those holidays that have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.

To request accommodations, please go to the request form.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • #  These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.

  • ** Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.

  • Jewish and Islamic holy days begin and end at sundown on the first and last days listed.

  • Every Friday from sundown until Saturday at sundown is the Jewish Sabbath.

 

Feast of Tabernacles which celebrates the harvest and the protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness dwelling in tents.

HOLIDAY FAITH  DATE(S)

Krishna Janmashtami 

Commemoration of the birth of Krishna,  the eighth incarnation of god Vishnu

Hindu  Aug. 15

Eid al-Adha**

Festival of Sacrifice. The day of Arafat, marks the end of Hajj.

 Islam  Sept. 1

Rosh Hashanah #

Jewish New Year. A time of introspection, abstinence, prayer, and penitence.

 Jewish  Sept. 20–22

10th of Muharram**

The date of the Emigration of Muhammad and his followers to Medina in 622 CE Islamic New Year

 Islam  Sept. 22

Fast of Gedaliah

The Fast of Gedaliah is a fast day to commemorate the assassination of Gedaliah, the officially charged with overseeing the Jewish population in Judah. 

 Jewish  Sept. 24

Ashura 

There is an optional fast this day. The Shi’a observance is based on the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson, Husayn, martyred on this day in 683/684 CE after the battle of Karbala. Sunni observance is related to numerous Biblical and Qur’anic events.

Islam  Sept. 29–30

Yom Kippur (Fast Day) # 

The most solemn and holy day of the year in which Jews spend a day in penitence and prayer.

Jewish  Sept. 29–30

Sukkot # 

Feast of Tabernacles which celebrates the harvest and the protection of the people of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness dwelling in tents.

Jewish  Oct. 4–6

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah # 

Completion of the annual cycle of reading of the Torah.

Jewish  Oct. 11–13

Diwali** 

Festival of lights symbolizing the human urges to move toward the light.

Hindu  Oct. 19–23

Birthday of the Bab # 

Baha’i observance of the anniversary of the birth in 1819 of Siyyid, “the Bab,” the prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith, in Shiraz, Persia.

Bahá'í  Oct. 20

Birth of Guru Nanak 

Celebrates the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, circa 1469, observed on the full moon day of November

Sikh  Nov. 4

Bandi Chhor Diwas 

Observed as a “Day of Liberation” commemorating the release from prison of Guru Hargobind circa 1612

Sikh  Nov. 9

Birthday of Bahá’u’lláh # 

Anniversary of the birth in 1817 of Baha`u`llah, prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith, in Nur, Persia.

Bahá'í  Nov. 12

Ascension of Abdul Baha 

The Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha´ commemorates the death on Nov. 28, 1921—and, retrospectively, the life—of ‘Abdu’l-Baha´

Baha’i  Nov. 28

Birth of the Prophet Muhammad** 

Commemoration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, founder of Islam, about 570 CE.Not universally observed.

Islam  Dec. 1

Christmas 

Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Observed by prayers, exchanging of gifts and family parties (per Gregorian Calendar).

Christian  Dec. 25

Kwanzaa 

Weeklong celebration honoring African heritage in African-American culture.

Interfaith/African-American  Dec. 26–Jan. 1

Feast of the Epiphany 

Celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ.

Christian  Jan. 6

East Orthodox Christmas 

Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Observed by prayers, exchanging of gifts, and family parties (per Julian Calendar).

Orthodox Christian  Jan. 7

East Orthodox Beginning of Lent  

First day of the forty days of the Great Lent period, beginning on Clean Monday followed by distinct periods of fasting, Lazarus Saturday, and Palm Sunday, culminating in Holy Week.

Orthodox Christian  Feb. 12

Ash Wednesday 

Lent begins in Western Christianity.

Christian  Feb. 14

Lunar New Year & Tet 

Begins a fifteen-day festival for Chinese people of all religions. Family reunions with thanksgiving and remembrance of departed relatives take place. Traditionally a religious ceremony honors Heaven and Earth.

Confucianism/Taoism/Buddhism    Feb. 16

Fast of Esther 

Commemorates the three-day fast observed by the Jewish people in the story of Purim.

Jewish  Feb. 28

Nowruz # 

Celebrating the first day of the new year, this is one of the nine Bahá'í holy days on which work is to be suspended. It is generally observed with a meeting for prayer and celebration.

Bahá'í / Zoroastrianism  March 21

Good Friday 

Commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.

Christian  March 30

Fast of Bechorot 

Commemorates the miracle which spared the firstborn Jewish sons from plague.

Jewish  March 30

Passover (Pesach) # 

Celebration of the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery to freedom.

Jewish  March 30–Apr. 7

Easter 

The most holy of Christian Sacred days. The day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death by crucifixion.

Christian  Apr. 1

Eastern Orthodox Good Friday 

Christian remembrance of the crucifixion of Jesus and related events.

Orthodox Christian  Apr. 6

Eastern Orthodox Easter 

The most holy of Christian Sacred days. The day commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from his death by crucifixion.

Orthodox Christian  Apr. 8

Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) 

Birth of Khalsa brotherhood, the Sikh New Year festival commemorating the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith.

Sikh  Apr. 14

Ridvan # 

Commemorate the twelve days when Baha`u`llah, the prophet-founder, resided in a garden called Ridvan (Paradise) and publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. The first (4/21), ninth (4/29), and twelfth (5/2) days are celebrated as holy days when Baha’i I’s suspend work.

Bahá'í  Apr. 21
9th Day of Ridvan #  Bahá'í  Apr. 29

Vesak (Visakha Puja) - Buddha Day # **

Marking of the birth, enlightenment, and death (attainment of Nirvana) of Lord Buddha.

Buddhism  Apr. 29
12th Day of Ridvan  Bahá'í  May 2

Ascension Day 

The fortieth day of Easter commemorating Jesus Christ's ascension into heaven.

Christian  May 10

Declaration of the Báb** 

Commemoration of May 23, 1844, when the Bab, the prophet-herald of the Baha’i Faith, announced he was the herald of a new messenger of God.

Bahá’í  May 22–23

Ramadan 

Ninth month of Islamic calendar, devoted fasting from first light to sunset. The holiest period of the Islamic Year commemorating 
the Prophet Muhammad’s reception of the divine revelation the Qur`an.

Laylat Al-Qadr 

This is the Night of Destiny or Night of Power. It marks the revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad.

Islam 

May 16–Jun. 15

Odd nights of last ten days

Ascension of Baha’u’lláh** 

Observance of the anniversary of the death in exile of Baha`u`llah, the prophet-founder of the Baha’i Faith.

Bahá’í  May 28–29

Shavuot   

One of the three pilgrimage holidays commemorating the giving of the the Torah (5 Books of Moses).

Jewish    May 30–June 1

Pentecost   

Christian observation of the day when the God the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in the forms of tongues of fire and rushing wind. It is a traditional day for baptism and confirmation of new Christians.

 Christianity (RC, P, O) June 4

Eid al-Fitr  (date can vary by a day) 

Marks the end of Ramadan. It is a festival of thanksgiving to God.

Islam  June 15–17