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


Calendar of Religious Holy Days and Observances       

         

2014

       
June        
16 Marytrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sikh Work-Restricted  
28 Ramadan Islam Work-Restricted (Friday Afternoon)  
         
July        
9 Martyrdom of the Bab Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
28 Íd al-Fitr Islam Work-Restricted  
31 Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola C/Catholic Meaningful  
         
August        
15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary C/Catholic Special Worship  
17 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Work-Restricted  
30 Paryushan Jain Special Worship  
         
September        
25-26 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Work-Restricted  
25-Oct 4 Navaratri Hindu Special Worship  
         
October        
3-4 Yom Kippur Jewish Work-Restricted  
5 Íd al-Adha      
8-15 Sukkot Jewish Work-Restricted (1st and 2nd Day)  
16 Shemini Atzeret Jewish Work-Restricted  
17 Simchat Torah Jewish Work-Restricted  
20 Birth of the Bab Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
23 Diwali Hindu, Jain Special Worship  
23 Bandi Chhor Divas Sikh Work-Restricted  
         
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.