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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 Gobind Singh Sahib Sikh Work-Restricted  
13 Mawlid-al-Nabi
Islam Special Worship  
20 Rev. Martin Luther King Day Federal Meaningful  
28 Maha Shivaratri Hindu Work-Restricted  
3 Ramakrishna Jayanti Hindu Work-Restricted  
5 Ash Wednesday Christian Meaningful  
16 Purim Jewish Special Worship  
21 Naw-Ruz Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
21 Norouz Persian Work-Restricted  
25 Feast of the Annunciation C/Catholic Meaningful  
8 Ramanavami
Hindu Work-Restricted  
13 Palm Sunday
Christian Meaningful Worship  
14 Vaisahki Sikh Work-Restricted  
15-21 Passover Jewish Work-Restricted (1st, 2nd, last 2 days)  
18 Good Friday Christian Special Worship  
18 Good Friday (Orthodox) Eastern Orthodox Special Worship  
20 Easter Chistian Special Worship  
20 Easter/Pascha Eastern Orthodox Special Worship  
21-29 Ridvan Bahá'í Work-Restricted (1st, 9th, 12th day)  
13 Vesak Buddhist Special Worship  
23 Declaration of the Bab Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
29 Feast of the Ascension C/Catholic Special Worship  
29 Ascension of the Baha'u'llah Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
16 Marytrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sikh Work-Restricted  
28 Ramadan Islam Work-Restricted (Friday Afternoon)  
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  
15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary C/Catholic Special Worship  
17 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Work-Restricted  
30 Paryushan Jain Special Worship  
25-26 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Work-Restricted  
25-Oct 4 Navaratri Hindu Special Worship  
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  
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  
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  


-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.