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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.

 

Students can inform instructors of classes they will miss due to religious holidays via this form.

 

2020

 

 

August

12

Krishna Janmashtami** (Hindu)

 

13 – 15

Obon (Ulanbana)** (Buddhist, Shinto)

September

19-20

Rosh Hashanah* (Jewish)

 

21

Paryushana Parava** (Jain)

 

28

Yom Kippur* (Jewish)

October

3-4

Sukkot (Jewish)

 

10

Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)

 

11

Simchat Torah (Jewish)

 

17-24

Navaratri** (Hindu)

 

20

Birth of the Báb* (Baha’i)

 

25

Dasara (Hindu)

November

1

Samhain – Beltane* (Wicca)

 

12

Birth of Baha'u'llah* (Baha'i)

 

14

Diwali (Deepavali)** (Hindu - Sikh - Jain)

 

28

Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha* (Baha'i)

 

29 – Dec. 24

Advent (Christian)

 

30

Birth of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (Sikh)

December

8

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)** (Buddhist)

 

11 - 18

Hanukkah* (Jewish)

 

25

Christmas (Christian)

 

26 - Jan. 1

Kwanzaa (African Culture)

2021

 

 

January

1

Shogatsu/Gantan-sai (New Year) (Shinto)

 

5

Twelfth Night (Christian)

 

13

Maghi (Sikh)

 

28

Tu B'shvat (Jewish)

February

8

Nirvana Day (Buddhist)

 

12

Chinese New Year (Chinese)

 

15

Nirvana Day** (Buddhism – Jain)

 

17

Ash Wednesday (Christian)

 

26

Purim* (Jewish)

March

12

Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)

 

15

Clean Monday - Great Lent Begins (Orthodox Christian)

 

21

Equinox Ostara – Mabon* (Wicca)

 

21

Naw-Ruz* (New Year - Baha'i)

 

25

Mahavir Jayanti** (Jain)

 

28

Magha Puja Day** (Buddhist)

 

28

Palm Sunday (Christian)

 

28 - April 4

Pesach (Jewish)

 

29

Holi** (Hindu)

April

2

Good Friday (Christian)

 

4

Easter Sunday (Christian)

 

8

Visakha Puja - Buddha Day (Buddhist)

 

13

Ramadan begins* (Islam)

 

13 – 21

Ramayana** (Hindu)

 

14

Baisakhi (Sikh)

 

16

First Day of Ridvan* (Baha'i)

 

21

Ramanavani (Hindu)

 

25

Palm Sunday (Orthodox Christian)

 

25

Ninth Day of Ridvan (Baha'i)

 

27

Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

May

1

Beltane – Samhain* (Wicca)

 

2

Last Day of Ridvan* (Baha'i)

 

2

Pascha (Easter) (Orthodox Christian)

 

14 – 16

Eid al Fitr* – Ramadan ends (Islam)

 

23

Declaration of the Bab* (Baha'i)

 

29

Ascension of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)

June

5-6

Shavuot (Jewish)

 

20

Pentecost (Orthodox Christian)

 

22

Solstice - Litha - Yule* (Wicca)

July

9

Martyrdom of the Bab* (Baha'i)

 

20 - 23

Eid al Adha* (Islam)

 

24

Asalha Puja Day** (Buddhist)

 

24

Pioneer Day (Mormon)

August

3

Krishna Janmashtami** (Hindu)

 

10

Hijra – New Year begins* (Islam)

September

7 – 6

Rosh Hashanah* (Jewish)

 

11

Paryushana Parava** (Jain)

 

13

Yom Kippur* (Jewish)

 

22

Mabon – Imbolc (Wicca)

October

7 - 14

Navaratri** (Hindu)

 

15

Dasara** (Hindu)

 

20

Birth of the B’ab* (Baha’i)

 

31

Deep Diwali (Jain)

November

4

Diwali** (Hindu – Jain)

 

12

Birth of Baha’u’llah* (Baha’i)

 

13

Jain New Year (Jain)

 

28

Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha* (Baha'i)

 

28 – Dec. 24

Advent (Christian)

 

29 – Dec. 6

Hanukkah* (Jewish)

December

8

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)* (Buddhism)

 

22

Solstice – Yule* (Wicca)

 

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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