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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 2017

August 31* - September 4
Eid-al-Adha (*begins at sundown)
Islamic Festival of Sacrifice, commemorating Abraham's sacrifice of his son

September 20*-22
Rosh Hashanah (*begins at sundown)
Celebration marking the Jewish New Year

September 21*-22
Al-Hijra  (*begins at sundown)
Islamic New Year

September 29*-30
Yom Kippur (*begins at sundown)
Solemn Jewish Day of Atonement and fasting

October 4*-11
Sukkot (*begins at sundown)
Jewish fall harvest festival. Celebrations inside the sukkah booth outside of the Student Center.

October 11*-12*
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah (*begin at sundown)
Jewish assembly of the eighth day and completion of the annual cycle of Torah readings

October 19
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 12*- 20
Hanukkah (*begins at sundown)
Jewish holiday of light and freedom

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

Spring 2018

January 7
Feast of the Nativity
Orthodox Christmas

February 14
Ash Wednesday
Beginning of Lent for Western  Christians (day of fasting for Catholics)

February 16
Chinese Lunar New Year
(while not a religious holiday, this day is of great cultural importance)  

February 28*-March 1
Purim (*begins at sundown)
Jewish celebration of deliverance, book of Esther

March 2*-3
Holi (begins at sundown)
South Asian holiday celebrating the beginning of spring with vibrant colors. Celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains.

March 25
Palm Sunday
Beginning of Holy Week for Western Christians

March 29
Maundy Thursday
Christian commemoration of Last Supper and Jesus' foot washing

March 30
Good Friday
Solemn Christian observance of the passion and death of Jesus Christ (day of fasting for Catholics)

March 30*- April 7
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 1
Celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection, Catholic and Protestant Christians
Palm Sunday, beginning of Holy Week, Orthodox Christian church 

April 8
Pascha (Easter) Orthodox Christian celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection 

April 11*-12
Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day

May 15 *- June 15
Ramadan (*begins at sundown)
Islamic holy month of fasting and prayer

June 15*-17
Eid-al-Fitr (*begins at sundown)
Festive gathering that marks the end of Ramadan for Muslims