Major Religious Holidays

Several religions prohibit working on certain holidays. To aid staff, faculty, and supervisors with scheduling events and activities, a shortlist of some holidays on which students, staff, or faculty may not be able to work or attend class is provided below. Please note that this list is not at all exhaustive. Some holidays do not appear on this list.

Please try to avoid scheduling major meetings, exams, and other major events and work with students, faculty, and staff to accommodate these observances.

  • *Rosh Hashanah – Jewish
  • *Yom Kippur – Jewish
  • *Eid al Fitr – Muslim
  • *Eid al Adha – Muslim
  • *The Birth of the Bab – Baha’i
  • *The Birth of Baha’u’llah – Baha’i
  • *Mawlid – Muslim
  • *Naw Ruz – Baha’i
  • *NowRuz – Persian, Muslims in Iran, Zoroastrian
  • Christmas – Christian
  • Nativity of Christ – Eastern Orthodox
  • *Passover – Jewish
  • *First Day, 9th Day, and 12th Day of Ridvan – Baha’i
  • Good Friday – Christian
  • Easter – Christian
  • Easter – Eastern Orthodox
  • *Shavuot – Jewish
  • *Declaration of the Bab – Baha’i
  • *Ascension of the Baha’u’llah – Baha’i
  • *Martyrdom of the Bab – Baha’i
  • *Ashura – Muslim
  • Vijaya Dashami also called Dasara – Hindu

*Note that in many religious traditions, the holidays begin at sundown on the eve of the holiday; that is, the day before the first full day of the holiday and end at sundown on the last day of the holiday. Holidays that run from sundown to sundown are marked with an asterisk.

Additional Major Holidays

Major holidays that are important cultural or religious celebrations and observances but do not require students or employees to abstain from work are listed below.

  • *Ramadan – Muslim
  • Divali (Deepavali) – Hindu
  • Chinese New Year
  • Holi – Hindu