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Religious Holidays Calendar

In December of 2020 the University Faculty Senate passed the following motion:

Drake University values diversity, equity and inclusion. As part of our commitment to these values, we must support and embrace our students’ various religious traditions and faiths. To ensure equity, Drake University will make a good faith effort to provide reasonable religious accommodations to students whose religious beliefs and practices conflict with an academic requirement unless such an accommodation would create an undue hardship on the university community.

Please consult the following list of religious holidays where observance may compete with the demands of the academic calendar. This list is not a designation of all religious holidays recognized by the University; it is simply an aid for planning purposes. Any instructor with concerns regarding a given holiday, or the academic implications of a particular student’s religious observance, may seek guidance from the chair of their department, dean of their school, or their Provost.

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

 

2022

 

 

August

18-19

Krishna Janmashtami** (Hindu)

September

5

Labor Day

 

22

Fall Equinox

 

25 - 27

Rosh Hashanah* (New Year) (Jewish)

 

26 - Oct. 5

Navaratri (Hindu)

October

5

Dasara** (Hindu)

 

5

Yom Kippur* (Day of Atonement) (Jewish)

 

8

Mawlid-al-Nabi* (birthday of Mohammad) (Islamic)

 

10 - 16

Sukkot* (Jewish)

 

10

Indigenous People's Day

 

24

Diwali (Hindu)

 

25

Vikram New Year (Hindu)

November

11

Veteran's Day

 

24

Thanksgiving Day

 

25

Native American Heritage Day

 

27

Birth of Baha’u’llah* (Baha’i)

 

29

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

 

27 – Dec. 24

Advent (Christian)

December

8

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)* (Buddhism)

 

19 - 26

Hanukkah* (Jewish)

 

21

Winter Solstice – Yule* (Wicca)

 

25

Christmas Day (Christian)

2023

   

January

1 New Years Day
  7

Orthodox Christmas (Christian Orthodox)

  7

Mahayana New Year** (Buddhism)

  16 Martin Luther King Day
  22 Lunar New Year
February 14 St. Valentine's Day (Christian)
  15 Nirvana Day** (Buddhist)
  18 Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
  20 President's Day
  22 Ash Wednesday/Beginning of Lent (Christian)
March 7 Purim (Jewish)
  8 Holi (Hindu)
  20 Spring Equinox
  22 Beginning of Ramadan (Islamic)
  30 Rama Navami (Hindu)
April 6 - 13 Passover* (Jewish)
  7 Good Friday (Christian)
  9 Easter (Christian)
  18 Laylat al Qadr (Islamic)
  21 End of Ramadan (Islamic)
May 26-27 Shavuot* (Jewish)
  29 Memorial Day
June 19 Juneteenth
July 4 Independence Day
  29 Eid al-Adha* (Islamic)
  29 Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) (Islamic)

 

 

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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