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 2014-15 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.

July 9 Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha'i)
  13 Asalha Puja Day - Dharma Day (Buddhist)
  29 -31 Eid Al Fitr, End of Ramadan (Islam)
 August  1 Lughnassad/Imbolc (Wicca)
  5 Tisha B'Av (Jewish)
  17 Krishna Janmasktami (Hindu)
  30 Paryushana Parva (Jain)
September   22 Autumn Equinox (Wicca)
  24-26 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
  October  4 Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  4 Dashami - Dasara (Hindu)
  4-7 Eid Al-Adha (Islam)
  9 -15 Sukkot (Jewish)
  17 Simchat Torah (Jewish)
  20 Birth of the Bab (Baha'i)
  23 Diwali - Deepavali (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
November  6 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)
  12 Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
 December 8 Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
  17-24 Hanukkah (Jewish)
  21 Winter Solstice (Wicca)
  25 Christmas (Christian)


January 1 Gantan-sai (New Years) (Shinto)
  11 Baptism of the Lord Jesus (Christian)
  13 Maghi-(Sikh)
 February 3 Setsubun-sai (Shinto)
  4 Tu B'shvat (Jewish)  
  15 Nirvana Day (Buddhism/Jain)
  17 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu) 
  18 Ash Wednesday (Christian)
  23 Clean Monday-Lent begins-(Orthodox Christian)
  March  5 Purim (Jewish)
  5 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist), Holi (Hindu)
  20 Equinox (Wicca)
  21 Naw Ruz - New Year (Baha'i)
  28 Ramanavani (Hindu)
  29 Palm Sunday (Christian)
 April 3 Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
  4 -11 Passover (Jewish)
  10 Good Friday (Christian)
  12 Easter Sunday (Christian)
  14 Baisakhi (Sikh)
  21 First day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  29 Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
May  2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  4 Visakha Puja - Buddha Day (Buddhist)
  21 Declaration of the Bab (Baha'i)
  29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
 June 1 Lailat al Miraj - (Islam)
  18 Ramadan begins (Islam) Summer Solstice (Wicca)
  21 Summer Solstice (Wicca)


Please Note:

• All Jewish Holy days commence at dusk on the evening before the dates given.

• Buddhists are sometimes prepared to defer the celebration of significant feast to the weekend closest to the actual event.

• Due to the vastness of the Indian sub-continent, some Buddhist holidays are difficult to generalize and may be subject to variation in both date and custom.

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