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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. 

Fall 2013 

July 8 to August 7
Ramadan (begins at sundown on July 7)
Islamic holy month of fasting and prayer

August 8
Eid al Fitr (begins at sundown on August 7)
Festive gathering that marks the end of Ramadan for Muslims

September 5 and 6
Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown on September 4)
Celebration marking the Jewish New Year

September 14
Yom Kippur (begins at sundown on September 13)
Jewish Day of Atonement and fasting

September 19 to 25
Sukkot (begins at sundown on September 18)
Jewish fall harvest festival

September 26 and 27
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
Jewish assembly of the eighth day and completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings

October 5 to 13
Navaratri
Hindu festival dedicated to worship of the deity, Shakti

October 15
Eid al Adha (begins at sundown on October 14)
Islamic Festival of Sacrifice, commemorating Abraham's sacrifice of his son

November 1
All Saints Day
Catholic feast day honoring the saints

November 3
Diwali
Indian festival of light celebrated by Hindus and Jains

November 28 to December 5
Hanukkah (begins at sundown on November 27)
Jewish holiday of light and freedom

December 8
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Bodhi Day
Catholic feast that honors the immaculate conception of the Virgin Mary; Buddhist holiday commemorating the Buddha's enlightenment

Spring 2014

March 5
Ash Wednesday
Beginning of Lent for Western Christians (day of fasting for Catholics)

March 16
Purim (begins at sundown on March 15)
Magha Puja Day
Jewish pre-spring holiday; Buddhist holiday commemorating spontaneous gathering of monks to honor Buddha

March 17
Holi
Hindu holiday celebrating the beginning of spring with vibrant colors

April 13
Palm Sunday
Beginning of Holy Week for all Christians

April 15 to 22
Passover (begins at sundown on April 14)
Jewish holiday commemorating the biblical exodus from slavery in Egypt

April 18
Good Friday
Solemn Christian observance of the passion and death of Jesus Christ (day of fasting for Catholics)

April 20
Easter
Celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection by all Christians