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Religious Holidays

The following major Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays are provided to avoid potential schedule conflicts involving large numbers of students. All students are responsible for negotiating their religious practice needs with their professor(s).

Please Note:

Muslim holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given. Muslim holidays are based on a lunar calendar, and the actual dates are determined by direct observation of the moon and announced by the mosque. (The most observant Muslims will observe all days; others may observe the first two days of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Ahda.)

Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given.

Orthodox Christian holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given.


Date Holiday Religion
Thurs. - Fri., Sept. 25 - 26, 2014 Rosh Hashanah Jewish
Thurs., Sept. 25 - Fri., Oct. 3, 2014 Navaratri Hindu
Saturday, October 4, 2014 Yom Kippur Jewish
Saturday, October 4, 2014 Dussehra Hindu
Saturday, October 4, 2014 Eid-al-Adha Muslim
Thurs., Oct. 9 - Fri. Oct. 10, 2014 Sukkot, first two days Jewish
Thursday, October 16, 2014 Simchat Azteret Jewish
Friday, October 17, 2014 Simchat Torah Jewish
Monday, October 20, 2014 Birth of the Bab Baha'i
Thursday, October 23, 2014 Diwali Hindu
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Baha'i
Wed., Dec. 17 - Wed., Dec. 24, 2014 Hanukkah Jewish
Thursday, December 25, 2014 Christmas Christian
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 Christmas Orthodox Christian
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 Ash Wednesday Christian
Monday, February 23, 2015 Great Lent Begins Orthodox Christian
Thursday, March 5, 2015 Purim Jewish
Friday, April 3, 2015 Good Friday Christian
Sat., April 4 - Sun., April 5, 2015 Passover, first two days Jewish
Sunday, April 5, 2015 Easter Christian
Friday, April 10, 2015 Holy Friday Orthodox Christian
Sat., April 11 - Tues., Sun. 12, 2015 Passover, last two days Jewish
Sunday, April 12, 2015 Pascha (Easter) Orthodox Christian
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 Ridvan Baha'i