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 2 Asalha Puja Day - Dharma Day (Buddhist)
  9 Martyrdom of the Bab (Baha'i)
  18-21 Eid Al Fitr, End of Ramadan (Islam)
  26 Tisha B'Av (Jewish)
 August  1 Lughnassad/Imbolc (Wicca)
 September  5 Krishna Janmasktami (Hindu)
  14-15 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
  18 Paryushana Parva (Jain)
  23 Autumn Equinox (Wicca)
  23 Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  23-26 Eid Al-Adha (Islam)
  28 - Oct 4 Sukkot (Jewish)
  October  6 Simchat Torah (Jewish)
  13-21 Navaratri (Hindu)
  20 Birth of the Bab (Baha'i)  
  22 Dashami - Dasara (Hindu)
 November  11 Diwali - Deepavali (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
  12 Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
  25 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)
 December 7-14 Hanukkah (Jewish) 
  8 Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
  21 Winter Solstice (Wicca)
  25 Christmas (Christian)


January 1 Gantan-sai (New Years) (Shinto)
  10 Baptism of the Lord Jesus (Christian)
  13 Maghi-(Sikh)
  25 Tu B'shvat (Jewish)  
February 1 Clean Monday-Lent begins-(Orthodox Christian)
   3 Setsubun-sai (Shinto)
  10 Ash Wednesday (Christian)
  15 Nirvana Day (Buddhism/Jain)
 March  8 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu) 
   20 Palm Sunday (Christian)  
  20 Equinox (Wicca)
  21 Naw Ruz - New Year (Baha'i)
  23 Magha Puja Day (Buddhist), Holi (Hindu)
  24 Purim (Jewish)   
  25 Good Friday (Christian)
  27 Easter Sunday (Christian)
  30 Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
  April 14 Baisakhi (Sikh)
  15 Ramanavani (Hindu)   Passover (Jewish)
  21 First day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  29 Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)
  30 Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)
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)


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.