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Religious Observances Calendar

The events listed here are of great importance to observant members of each religion. Faculty members are encouraged to refrain from scheduling major exams or presentations on these dates and to be as flexible as possible with class requirements. Staff members should try to schedule campus events with these observances in mind. Students should contact faculty a week in advance to request accommodations for any class work missed due to a religious observance.  

Fall 2016 

September 10 - 14
Eid al Adha (begins at sundown on September 9)
Islamic Festival of Sacrifice, commemorating Abraham's sacrifice of his son

October 1
Al-Hijra  Islamic New Year
One of two main Islamic festivals. (The other is Eid-al-Fitr at the end of Ramadan.)

October 1-10
Hindu festival dedicated to worship of the deity, Shakti

October 2 - 4
Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown on October 1)
Celebration marking the Jewish New Year

October 11 -12 
Yom Kippur (begins at sundown on October 10)
Solemn Jewish Day of Atonement and fasting

October 16-23
Sukkot (begins at sundown on October 15)
Jewish fall harvest festival

October 23-24
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
Jewish assembly of the eighth day and completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings

October 30
Indian festival of light celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs

November 1
All Saints Day
Catholic feast day honoring the saints

December 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Catholic feast that honors the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary

December 8
Bodhi Day
Buddhist holiday commemorating the Buddha's enlightenment

December 24-January 1
Hanukkah (begins at sundown on December 23)
Jewish holiday of light and freedom

December 25
Protestant and Catholic Christianity celebration of the birth of Christ

Spring 2017

January 7
Feast of the Nativity
Orthodox Christmas

March 1
Ash Wednesday
Beginning of Lent for Western and Eastern Christians (day of fasting for Catholics)

March 11-12
Purim (begins at sundown March 10)
Jewish celebration of deliverance, book of Esther

March 12
Magha Puja Day
Buddhist holiday commemorating spontaneous gathering of monks to honor Buddha

March 13
Hindu holiday celebrating the beginning of spring with vibrant colors

March 11-12
Purim (begins at sundown March 10)
Jewish celebration of deliverance, book of Esther

April 9
Palm Sunday
Beginning of Holy Week for Christians

April 10-18
Passover (begins at sundown on April 9)
Jewish holiday commemorating the biblical exodus from slavery in Egypt

April 13
Maundy Thursday
Christian commemoration of Last Supper and foot washing

April 14
Good Friday
Solemn Christian observance of the passion and death of Jesus Christ (day of fasting for Catholics)

April 16
Celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection, Catholic and Protestant Christians 
Pascha (Easter) Orthodox Christian celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection 

May 26 - June 24
Ramadan (begins at sundown May 25)
Islamic holy month of fasting and prayer

June 25
Eid-al-Fitr (begins at sundown June 24)
Festive gathering that marks the end of Ramadan for Muslims