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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 2015 

September 13 to 15
Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown on September 13)
Celebration marking the Jewish New Year

September 22 -23
Yom Kippur (begins at sundown on September 22)
Solemn Jewish Day of Atonement and fasting

September 22-26
Eid al Adha (begins at sundown on September 22)
Islamic Festival of Sacrifice, commemorating Abraham's sacrifice of his son

September 27-October 4
Sukkot (begins at sundown on September 27)
Jewish fall harvest festival

October 4-6
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah
Jewish assembly of the eighth day and completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings

October 13-21
Hindu festival dedicated to worship of the deity, Shakti

October 14
Al-Hijra Islamic New Year

November 1
All Saints Day
Catholic feast day honoring the saints

November 11
Indian festival of light celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs

December 6-14
Hanukkah (begins at sundown on December 6)
Jewish holiday of light and freedom

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

Spring 2016

February 10
Ash Wednesday
Beginning of Lent for Western Christians (day of fasting for Catholics)

March 14
Great Lent
Beginning of fasting season for Orthodox Christians

March 20
Palm Sunday
Beginning of Holy Week for Western Christians

March 23
Magha Puja Day
Buddhist holiday commemorating spontaneous gathering of monks to honor Buddha

March 23
Hindu holiday celebrating the beginning of spring with vibrant colors

March 23-24
Purim (begins at sundown March 23)
Jewish celebration of deliverance, book of Esther

March 24
Maundy Thursday
Christian commemoration of Last Supper and foot washing

March 25
Good Friday
Solemn Christian observance of the passion and death of Jesus Christ (day of fasting for Catholics)

March 27
Celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection by Western Christians

April 22-30
Passover (begins at sundown on April 22)
Jewish holiday commemorating the biblical exodus from slavery in Egypt

May 1
Orthodox Easter
Celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection by Orthodox Christians

June 6-July 5
Ramadan (begins at sundown June 6)
Islamic holy month of fasting and prayer

July 6
Eid al Fitr (begins at sundown)
Festive gathering that marks the end of Ramadan for Muslims