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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 2018

August 21* - August 24
Eid-al-Adha (*begins at sundown)
Islamic Festival of Sacrifice, commemorating Abraham's sacrifice of his son

September 9*-11
Rosh Hashanah (*begins at sundown)
Celebration marking the Jewish New Year

September 11*-12
Al-Hijra  (*begins at sundown)
Islamic New Year

September 18*-19
Yom Kippur (*begins at sundown)
Solemn Jewish Day of Atonement and fasting

September 23*- 30
Sukkot (*begins at sundown)
Jewish fall harvest festival. Celebrations inside the sukkah booth outside of the Student Center.

September 30*- October 2*
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah (*begin at sundown)
Jewish assembly of the eighth day and completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings

October 10 - 19
Navratri

November 1
All Saints Day
Catholic feast day honoring the saints

November 7
Diwali
Indian festival of light celebrated by Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs

December 2*- 10
Hanukkah (*begins at sundown)
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

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

Spring 2019

January 7
Feast of the Nativity
Orthodox Christian Christmas

February 5
Chinese Lunar New Year
(while not a religious holiday, this day is of great cultural importance)  

March 6
Ash Wednesday
Beginning of Lent for Western Christians (day of fasting for Catholics)

March 20*- March 21
Purim (*begins at sundown)
Jewish celebration of deliverance, book of Esther

March 21
Holi 
South Asian holiday celebrating the beginning of spring with vibrant colors. Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains.

April 14
Palm Sunday
Beginning of Holy Week for Western Christians (April 14 - 21)

April 18
Maundy Thursday
Christian commemoration of Last Supper and Jesus' foot washing

April 19
Good Friday
Solemn Christian observance of the passion and death of Jesus Christ (day of fasting for Catholics)

April 19*- April 27
Passover (*begins at sundown)
Jewish holiday commemorating the biblical exodus from slavery in Egypt

March 31
Magha Puja Day
Buddhist holiday commemorating spontaneous gathering of monks to honor Buddha

April 21
Easter
Celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection, Catholic and Protestant Christians
Palm Sunday, beginning of Holy Week, Orthodox Christian church (April 21- 28)

April 28
Pascha (Easter)
Orthodox Christian celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection 

May 2*- 3
Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day

May 6 *- June 4
Ramadan (*begins at sundown)
Islamic holy month of fasting and prayer

June 5*-7
Eid-al-Fitr (*begins at sundown)
Festive gathering that marks the end of Ramadan for Muslims