Religious Holiday Calendar

Religious Observances and Holidays

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life has produced this calendar so that our scheduling of activities can be more sensitive to the religious needs of students, alumnae, faculty members and administrators.

Observances and Holidays with work, food restrictions and/or special worship obligations.  The following list includes those religious observances and holidays that involve food or work restrictions, or special worship obligations which affect the ability of members of the community to participate in college events.  All of the following days include special worship obligations.  Work and food restrictions are noted. A notation of a work restriction indicates that the religious obligations of some observant members of this tradition may restrict work for all or part of this day.  Although not all of these religious observances and holy days involve work and food restrictions, they nevertheless are an important part of the lives of observant members of these faith traditions.  Please refer to our website for more details:

Please note that the Islamic Calendar is lunar -- dates are flexible and change depending on the location of the moon.

Fall 2019 - Spring 2020

September 2019        
Monday-Tuesday 9*10 Ashura Islam Food Restriction
Sunday (sunset) to Tuesday (sundown) 29* - 1 Rosh Hashanah  Judaism  Work Restriction
Sunday-Monday Sept.29-Oct.7 Navratri Hindu Special Worship
October 2019        
Tuesday (sunset) - Wednesday (sundown) 8*-9 Yom Kippur Judaism  Work/Food Restriction
Monday 7 Dussehra Hinduism Work Restriction
Sunday (sunset) - Tuesday (sundown) 13* - 22 Sukkot/Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Judiasm Initial two & last two days have work restrictions
Sunday 27 Diwali  Sikh/Hinduism/Jain Special Worship
Sunday 20 Birth of the Báb Bahá’í Work Restriction
Thursday-Friday 31 - Nov 1 Samhain Pagan Special Worship
November 2019        
Friday 1 All Saints’ Day Christian Special Worship
Saturday 2 All Souls' Day Christian Special Worship
Sunday 10 Milad an Nabi Islam Special Worship
Tuesday 12 Birth of Baha'u'llah Bahá’í Special Worship
Sunday 24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur Sikh Special Worship
December 2019        
Sunday 1 First Sunday of Advent Christian Special Worship
Wednesday 18 Bodhi Day  Buddhism Special Worship
Thursday 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic  Special Worship
Sunday (sunset) to Monday (sunset) 22*-30 Hanukkah Judaism Special Worship
Wednesday 25 Christmas Christian / Unitarian Universalist Special Worship
Thursday 26 Kwanzaa  African Heritage Special Worship
January 2020        
Wednesday 1 Gantan-sal Shinto Special Worship
Monday 6 Epiphany Christian Special Worship
Tuesday 7 Nativity of Jesus Christ Orthodox/Christian (Julian) Special Worship
Saturday 25 Chinese New Year Confucian/Daiost/Buddhist Special Worship
February 2020        
Sunday 2 Imbolc Pagan Special Worship
Wednesday 26 Ash Wednesday (start of Lent) Christian Special Worship
March 2020        
Monday-Friday 3/2-20* The 19 Day Fast  Baha’i Food Restriction
Sunday 8 Holi Hinduism Special Worship
Mon*-Tues 9*-10 Purim Judaism 3/9 - Food Rrestriction; 3/10 - Special Worship
Friday 20 Ostara Pagan Special Worship
Saturday 21 Naw Ruz (New Year’s Day) Bahá’í /Zoroastrian Work Restriction
April 2020        
Sunday 5 Palm Sunday Christian Special Celebration
Wednesday (sundown) - Thursday 8*(sundown)-16 Passover Judaism Food restrictions for all 8 days; initial two & final two days have work restrictions
Thursday 9 Holy Thursday Christian Special Worship
Friday 10 Good Friday Christian Special Worship/Food Restriction
Sunday 12 Easter Christian SpecialWorship
Monday(sundown) -  Friday 4/20-5/1* First Day of Ridvan Bahá’í Work Restrictions
Friday 24 Ramadan Begins Islam Special Worship/Food Restriction
Wednesday*  29 Ninth Day of Ridvan Bahá’í Work Restrictions
May 2020        
Saturday 2 Last  Day of Ridvan  Bahá’í Work/Food Restriction
Tues.-Wed 19-20 Laylat al-Qadr Islam Special Worship
Sat. 23 Ramadan Ends Islam Work Restriction
Friday(sundown) - Saturday 22 - 23 Declaration of the Bab  Bahá’í Work Restriction
Sun. 24 Eid al-Fitr Islam Work Restrictions
Thursday (sunset) -Saturday (sundown) 28*-30 Shavuot Jewish Work Restriction
Friday 29 Ascension of the Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í Work Restriction
Sunday 31 Pentecost Christian/Orthodox Special Worship