Religious Holidays Calendar

During the Fall Semester 1974, the University Senate adopted the following action:

". . . that faculty members be urged to provide an opportunity for students to make up work missed as a result of legitimate absences, including observances of religious holidays."

Please consult the following list of religious holidays for the academic year. Since there are so many cultures and faiths, university events cannot be scheduled around all holidays, and we depend on students to make their holiday needs known in advance.

 

 2016

   
May 2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  15 Visakha Puja - Buddha Day (Buddhist)
  23 Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)
  29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
June 1 Ramadan begins (Islam)
  20 Summer Solstice (Wicca)
July 7-9 Eid al Fitr * (Islam) 
  9 Martyrdom of the Bab * (Baha'i)
  19 Asalha Puja Day ** (Buddhist)
August 14 Tish'a B'av * (Jewish)
  25 Krishna Janmashtami ** (Hindu)
September 6-15 Paryushana Parava ** (Jain)
  11-14 Eid al Adha * (Islam)
October 1-10 Navaratri ** (Hindu)
  3-4 Rosh Hashanah * (Jewish)
  11 Dasara ** (Hindu)
  12 Yom Kippur * (Jewish)
  30 Diwali - Deepavali ** (Hindu - Sikh - Jain)
November 2 Birth of Baha'u'llah * (Baha'i)
  14 Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)
  27 Advent begins through December 24 (Christian)
  27 Ascension of  'Abdu'l-Baha * (Baha'i)
December 8 Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) ** (Buddhism)
  25 Christmas (Christian)
  25 - Jan. 1 Hanukkah * (Jewish)
     

 2017

   
January 1 Gantan-sai (New Years) (Shinto)
  13 Maghi-(Sikh)
 February 11 Tu B'shvat (Jewish)  
  15 Nirvana Day (Buddhism/Jain)
  25 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu) 
March 1 Ash Wednesday (Christian)
  12 Purim (Jewish)   
  12 Magha Puja Day ** (Buddhist)
  13 Holi  ** (Hindu)
   20 Equinox (Wicca)
  21 Naw-Rúz  (New Year) * (Baha'i)
  27 Clean Monday - Great Lent begins (Orthodox Christian)
 April 2 Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)
  5 Ramanavani (Hindu)
  9 Palm Sunday (Christian)
   10 Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
  11 - 18 Passover (Jewish)
  14 Baisakhi (Sikh)
  14 Good Friday (Christian)
  16 Easter Sunday (Christian)
  21 First day of Ridvan * (Baha'i)
  23 Yom HaShoah * (Jewish)
  29 Ninth Day of Ridvan * (Baha'i)
 May 2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan * (Baha'i)
   10 Visakha Puja - Buddha Day (Buddhist)
  23 Declaration of the Bab * (Baha'i)
  27 Ramadan begins * (Islam)
  29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
 June 21 Summer Solstice (Wicca)
  26- 28  Eid al Fitr * (Islam)
 July  9 Martyrdom of the Bab * (Baha'i)
   9  Asalha Puja Day ** (Buddhist)
 August  1  Tish'a B'av * (Jewish)
  15 Krishna Janmashtami ** (Hindu)
  25 - Sept 4 Paryushana Parava ** (Jain)
September 1 - 4 Eid al Adha * (Islam)
  21 - 22 Rosh Hashanah * (Jewish)
  21 - 29 Navaratri ** (Hindu)
  30 Dasara (Hindu)
  30 Yom Kippur * (Jewish)
October 19 Diwali - Deepavali ** (Hindu- Sikh - Jain)
November 4 Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)
  12 Birth of Baha'u'llah * (Baha'i)
  28 Ascension of  'Abdu'l-Baha * (Baha'i)
December 3 - 24 Advent
  8 Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) ** (Buddhism)
  13 - 20 Hanukkah * (Jewish)
  25 Christmas (Christian)

 

Source: Interfaith Calendar

Please Note:

* Indicates Holy days that commence at dusk on the evening before the dates given.

** Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.


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