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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
Monday – Tuesday, Sept. 14–15, 2015 Rosh Hashanah Jewish
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 Yom Kippur Jewish
Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 Eid al-Adha Islamic
Monday – Tuesday, Sept. 28-29, 2015 Sukkot, first two days Jewish
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015 Simchat Azteret Jewish
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 Simchat Torah Jewish
Tuesday – Wednesday, Oct. 13-21, 2015 Navaratri Hindu
Monday, Oct. 20, 2015 Birth of Bab Baha’i
Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015 Dussehra Hindu
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 Diwali Hindu
Wednesday – Wednesday, Dec. 7-14, 2015 Hanukkah Jewish
Thursday, Dec. 25, 2015 Christmas Christian
Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 Christmas Orthodox Christian
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016 Ash Wednesday Christian
Monday, March 14, 2016 Great Lent Begins Orthodox Christian
Thursday, March 24, 2016 Purim Jewish
Friday, March 25, 2016 Good Friday Christian
Sunday, March 27, 2016 Easter Christian
Thursday, April 21, 2016 Ridvan Baha’i
Saturday – Friday, April 23-30, 2016 Passover Jewish
Friday, April 29, 2016 Good Friday Orthodox Christian
Sunday, May 1, 2016 Easter (Pascha) Orthodox Christian