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Calendar of Religious Holy Days
and Observances



15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary C/Catholic Meaningful  
15 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Work-Restricted  
19-26 Paryushan Parva Jain Special Worship  
1-5 Eid al-Adha Islam Work-Restricted  
20-22 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Work-Restricted  
21-29 Navaratri Hindu Work-Restricted  
29-30 Yom Kippur Jewish Work-Restricted  
4-11 Sukkot Jewish Work-Restricted on
Oct. 5-6
11-13 Shmini Àtzeret Jewish Work-Restricted  
12-13 Simchat Torah Jewish Work-Restricted  
19 Diwali Hindu, Jain, Sikh Special Worship  
19-20 Birth of the Bab Baha'i Work-Restricted  
1 All Saints Day C/Catholic Special Worship  
2 All Souls Day Catholic Special Worship  
4 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh Work-Restricted  
21-22 Birth of Baháúllah's Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
23 Thanksgiving Federal Meaningful  
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Sikh Work-Restricted  
3-24 Advent Season Christian Meaningful  
3 Feast of St. Francis Xavier C/Catholic Meaningful  
5 Bodhi Day Buddhist Special Worship  
8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception C/Catholic Special Worship  
11-12 Mawlid-al-Nabi Sikh Work-Restricted  
12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe C/Catholic Meaningful  
24- Jan 1 Hanukkah Jewish Special Worship  
25 Christmas  Christian Special Worship  
26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa Ethnic Meaningful  


1 Feast of Mary Mother of God C/Catholic Special Worship  
5 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib  Islam Special Worship  
7 Christmas Eastern Orthodox/ Christian Special Worship  
18 Reverend Martin Luther King Day Federal  Meaningful  
13 Maha Shivaratri Hindu Work-Restricted  
14  Ash Wednesday  C/Catholic Special Worship  
17  Shri Ramakrishna Jayanti Hindu  Work-Restricted  
28 Purim begins Jewish  Special Worship  
1 Purim ends Jewish  Special Worship  
20-21 Naw-Ruz Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
21 Norouz Persian Work-Restricted  
25 Feast of the Annunciation C/Catholic Meaningful  
25  Palm Sunday C/Catholic Meaningful  
25 Ramanavami Hindu  Work-Restricted  
30  Good Friday  C/Catholic Special Worship  
30  Passover begins Jewish Work-Restricted (1st, 2nd, last 2 days)  
1 Easter C/Catholic Special Worship  
Good Friday  Eastern Orthodox/ Christian Special Worship  
7 Passover ends Jewish Work-Restricted (1st, 2nd, last 2 days)  
14 Vaisahki Sikh Special Worship  
20-May-02 Ridvan Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
28 Easter Eastern Orthodox/ Christian Special Worship  
10 Feast of  Ascension C/Catholic Special Worship  
15 Ramadan Begins Islam Work-Restricted on Friday afternoons  
23-24 Declaration of the Bab  Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
29 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
29  Vesak Buddhist  Work-Restricted  
29-21 Shavuot Begins Jewish Work-Restricted  
14 Ramadan Ends Islam  Work-Restricted  
14-17 Id al-Fitr Begins  Islam  Work-Restricted  
16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sah  Sikh Work-Restricted  

-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.