Religious/Spiritual Holidays

The following holidays are listed to avoid potential schedule conflicts involving large numbers of students. In some traditions, on some holidays adherents are not allowed to work, or attend class. All such holidays are marked with an asterisk (*) to so indicate. All students are responsible for negotiating their religious/spiritual 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.)
  • Orthodox Christian holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given.
  • All Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given.
  • The Chinese/Lunar New Year festivities begin the evening before the date given.  
  • On some holidays (marked with * below), no work can be done.
2022-2023 Religious Holidays
DateReligious HolidayReligion
August 1, 2022Lughnasadh/LammasPagan
August 6-7, 2022Tisha B'AvJewish
August 9-10, 2022Eid al-AdhaMuslim
September 22, 2022Mabon/Fall EquinoxPagan
September 26-27, 2022Rosh Hashanah*Jewish
September 26-October 5, 2022NavaratriHindu
October 5, 2022Yom Kippur*Jewish
October 10, 2022Sukkot*Jewish
October 17-18, 2022Shemini Atzeret*Jewish
October 18, 2022Simchat Torah*Jewish
October 20, 2022Birth of the GURU GranthSikh
October 24, 2022DiwaliHindu, Jain, Sikh
October 26, 2022Birth of Bab*Baha'i
October 27, 2022Birth of Bhah'u'llah*Baha'i
October 31, 2022SamhainPagan
November 8, 2022Birthday of GURU NanakSikh
December 8, 2022Bodhi DayMahayana Buddhism
December 19-26, 2022HanukkahJewish
December 21, 2022Yule/Winter SolsticePagan
December 25, 2022ChristmasChristian
December 26, 2022 - January 1, 2023Kwanzaa
January 7, 2023Orthodox ChristmasChristian Orthodox
January 22, 2023Chinese/Lunar New Year
February 1-2, 2023ImbolcPagan
February 15, 2023Parinirvana DayMahayana Buddhism
February 18, 2023Maha ShivaratriHindu
February 22, 2023Ash WednesdayChristian
February 27, 2023Beginning of LentChristian Orthodox
March 6, 2023 (February 5 in Cambodia)Magha Puja (Sangha Day)Theravada Buddhist, South and Southeast Asia
March 7, 2023PurimJewish
March 8, 2023HoliHindu
March 20, 2023Ostara/Spring EquinoxPagan
March 21–22, 2023Naw RuzPersian/Zoroastrian/Bahai New Year
March 23 - April 21, 2023RamadanIslamic
March 30, 2023RamanavamiHindu
April 6, 2023Passover Begins*Jewish
April 7, 2023Good FridayChristian
April 9, 2023EasterChristian
April 12-13, 2023Passover Concludes*Jewish
April 14, 2023Orthodox Good FridayChristian Orthodox
April 14, 2023VaisakhiSikh
April 16, 2023Orthodox EasterChristian Orthodox
April 17, 2023Lailat al-Qadr*Islamic
April 21, 2023Ridvan (Lasts 12 days.* Days 9 and 12 are also observed holidays.)Bahai
April 22, 2023Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)*Islamic
May 1, 2023Beltane/May DayPagan
May 5, 2023Vesak (birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha)Theravada Buddhism
May 26, 2023 (Date may vary depending on the country in which it is being celebrated)Buddha’s BirthdayMahayana Buddhism
May 26-27, 2023Shavuot*Jewish
June 21, 2023Litha/Summer SolsticePagan
June 29, 2023Eid al-Adha*Islamic
July 3, 2023Asalha Puja – Dhamma Day (Commemorates Buddha’s first sermon)Theravada Buddhism