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                    Calendar of Religious Holy Days
                              and Observances       




1 Feast of Mary Mother of God C/Catholic Special Worship  
5 Birthday of Guru Godbind Singh Sahib Sikh Special Worship  
7 Christmas Eastern Orthodox/Christian Special Worship  
18 Rev. MLK Day Federal Meaningful  
10 Ash Wednesday C/Catholic Special Worship  
10 Maha Shivaratri Hindu Work-Restricted  
20 Norouz Persian Work-Restricted  
20 Palm Sunday C/Catholic Meaningful  
21 Shri Ramakrishna Jayanti Hindu Work-Restricted  
21 Naw-Ruz Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
23 Purim Jewish Special Worship  
25 Good Friday C/Catholic Meaningful  
27 Easter C/Catholic Special Worship  
14 Vaisakhi Sikh Special Worship  
15 Ramanavami Hindu Work-Restricted  
22-30 Passover Jewish Work-Restricted (1st, 2nd, last 2 days)  
20-May 02 Ridvan Baha'i Work-Restricted  
29-April 15 Good Friday Eatern Orthodox/Christian    
1 Easter Eastern Orthodox/Christian Special Worship  
5 Feast of Ascension C/Catholic Special Worship  
21 Vesak Buddhist Work-Restricted  
22-23 Declaration of the Bab Baha'i Work-Restricted  
29 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Baha'i Work-Restricted  
6-July 05 Ramadan Islam Work-Restricted (Friday Afternoon  
June 11-13 Shavuot Jewish Work-Restricted  
16 Marytrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sikh Work-Restricted  
7 Íd al-Fitr Islam Work-Restricted  
8-9 Martyrdom of the Bab Baha'i Work-Restricted  
31 Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola C/Catholic Special Worship  
15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary C/Catholic Special Worship  
25 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Work-Restricted  
30 Paryushan Jain Special Worship  
2-4 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Work-Restricted  
13 Id-al-Adha Islam Work-Restricted  
11-12 Yom Kippur Jewish Work-Restricted  
16-21 Sukkot Jewish Work-Restricted  
19-20 Birth of the Bab Baha'i Work-Restricted  
23-24 Shmini Àtzeret Jewish Work-Restricted  
24-25 Simchat Torah Jewish Work-Restricted  
30- Nov 3 Diwali Hindu, Jain Special Worship  
1 All Saints Day C/Catholic Special Worship  
2 All Souls Day Catholic Special Worship  
8 Bandi Chhor Divas Sikh Work-Restricted  
12 Baháúllah's Birthday Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
14 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh Work-Restricted  
16 Remembering the Martyrs of the UCA Secular Meaningful  
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Sikh Work-Restricted  
27 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  
12 Mawlid-al-Nabi Sikh Work-Restricted  
24-Jan 1 Hanukkah Jewish Special Worship  
25 Christmas Christian Special Worship  
26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa 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.