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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 2014 

September 24 to 26
Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown on September 24)
Celebration marking the Jewish New Year

September 25 to October 3
Navaratri
Hindu festival dedicated to woship the deity, Shakti

October 3 and 4
Yom Kippur (begins at sundown on October 3)
Jewish Day of Atonement and fasting

October 4 and 5
Eid al Adha (begins at sundown on October 4)
Islamic Festival of Sacrifice, commemorating Abraham's sacrifice of his son

October 8 to 15
Sukkot (begins at sundown on October 8)
Jewish fall harvest festival

October 15 and 17
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
Jewish assembly of the eighth day and completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings

October 23
Diwali
Indian festival of light celebrated by Hindus and Jains

November 1
All Saints Day
Catholic feast day honoring the saints

December 16 to 24
Hanukkah (begins at sundown on December 16)
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 2015

February 18
Ash Wednesday
Beginning of Lent for Western Christians (day of fasting for Catholics)

March 4 and 5
Purim (begins at sundown on March 4)
Magha Puja Day
Jewish pre-spring holiday; Buddhist holiday commemorating spontaneous gathering of monks to honor Buddha

March 6
Holi
Hindu holiday celebrating the beginning of spring with vibrant colors

March 29
Palm Sunday
Beginning of Holy Week for all Christians

April 3 to 11
Passover (begins at sundown on April 3)
Jewish holiday commemorating the biblical exodus from slavery in Egypt

April 3
Good Friday
Solemn Christian observance of the passion and death of Jesus Christ (day of fasting for Catholics)

April 5
Easter
Celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection by all Christians