Tapestry of Life (c) 2011 Metin Bereketli, Used with permission of the artist.   

                    Calendar of Religious Holy Days
                              and Observances       


         

2014

       
November        
1 All Saints' Day C/Catholic Special Worship  
2 All Souls' Day Catholic Meaningful  
6 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh Work-Restricted  
12 Baháúllah's Birthday Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
16 Remembering the Martyrs of the UCA Secular Meaningful  
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Sikh Work-Restricted  
27 Thanksgiving Federal Meaningful  
         
December        
1 Advent Season Begins Christian Meaningful  
3 Feast of St. Francis Xavier C/Catholic Meaningful  
8 Bodhi Day Buddhist Special Worship  
8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception C/Catholic Special Worship  
12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe C/Catholic Meaningful  
17-24 Hanukkah Jewish Special Worship  
25 Christmas Christian Special Worship  
26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa Ethnic Meaningful  
         

2015

 
 
 
 
January
     
 
1
C/Catholic
Special Worship
 
3
Sikh
Work-Restricted
 
5
Islam
Special Worship
 
20
Federal
Meaningful
 
 
 
 
 
 
February
 
 
 
 
17
Hindu
 
18
C/Catholic
Special Worship
 
20
Hindu
 

March
 
 
 
5
Jewish
Special Worship
 
21
Bahá'í
 
21
Persian
 
25
C/Catholic
Meaningful
 
28
Hindu
 
 
 
 
 
 
April
 
 
 
 
3-11
Jewish
Work-Restricted (1st, 2nd, last 2 days)
 
3
Christian
Special Worship
 
3
Christian
Special Worship
 
5
Christian
Special Worship
 
5
Christian
Special Worship
 
13
Sikh
Special Worship
 
 
20-May 2
Bahá'í
Work-Restricted (1st, 9th, 12th day)
 
 
 
 
 
 
May
 
 
 
 
14
C/Catholic
Special Worship
 
23
C/Catholic
 
23-25
Shavuot
Jewish
 
29
Bahá'í
 
 
 
 
 
 
June
 
 
 
 
1
Buddhist
Work-Restricted
 
16
Sikh
 
18-July 17
Islam
Work-Restricted (Friday Afternoon)
 
 
 
 
 
 
July
     
9
Bahá'í
 
17
Islam
 
31
C/Catholic
Meaningful
 
 
 
 
 
 
August
 
 
 
 
15
C/Catholic
Special Worship
 
30
Jain
Special Worship
 
 
 
 
 
 
September
 
 
 
 
5
Hindu
 
14-15
Jewish
 
23
Jewish
 
24
Islam
 
27- Oct. 4
Jewish
Work-Restricted (1st and 2nd Day)
 
 
 
 
 
 
October
 
 
 
 
4-5
Jewish
 
5-6
Jewish
 
19-20
Bahá'í
 
       
 
November
     
 
1
C/Catholic
Special Worship
 
2
Catholic
Meaningful
 
11
Hindu, Jain
Special Worship
 
11
Sikh
 
12
Bahá'í
 
16
Secular
Meaningful
 
24
Sikh
 
25
Sikh
 
26
Federal
Meaningful
 
29
Christian
Meaningful
 
       
 
December
     
 
3
C/Catholic
Meaningful
 
6-14
Jewish
Special Worship
 
8
Buddhist
Special Worship
 
8
C/Catholic
Special Worship
 
12
C/Catholic
Meaningful
 
25
Christian
Special Worship
 
26-Jan 1
Ethnic
Meaningful
 

 

-Hindu, Jain, and Sikh holy days are calculated on a lunar calendar and are observed at different times in different regions.
-All Jewish and Bahá'í holy days begin at sunset the previous day.
-Observances/practices vary from culture to culture within and across denominations.

Work-restricted Religious Holy Days

A recognized denominational sacred or holy day that is observed by persons or groups who are required - through a set or system of religious beliefs, laws/doctrines, tenets, canons or theology - to restrict or limit work and/or physical or mental activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something; toil; labor. This definition may include academic endeavors (e.g. examinations, classroom activities and research, or out-of-classroom learning experiences).

Sunday is widely observed as a Sabbath and day of worship for many faith traditions. In the Jewish faith, Saturday (beginning at sunset on Friday) is a work-restricted Sabbath, Regulations governing observance for worship depends on regional customs.

There are no work-restricted holy days within the Christian faith by tenet. By custom, in the United States, Easter and Christmas (a federal holiday) are considered to be non-work days.

Special worship: Such religious observances listed above are NOT work-restricted by definition but may involve a special worship or observance.

Meaningful: Such days are NOT work-restricted by definition but may be particularly significant to persons attending or working at a Jesuit Catholic university.