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Calendar of Religious Holy Days
and Observances



5 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib  Islam Special Worship  
7 Christmas Eastern Orthodox/ Christian Special Worship  
15 Reverend Martin Luther King Day Federal  Meaningful  
24 Bodhi Day Buddhist  Special Worship  
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)

8 Easter Eastern Orthodox/ Christian Special Worship   
14 Vaisahki Sikh Special Worship  
20-May-02 Ridvan Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
10 Feast of  Ascension C/Catholic Special Worship  
15 Ramadan Begins Islam Work-Restricted on Friday afternoons  
19-21 Shavuot Begins  Jewish  Work-Restricted   
23-24 Declaration of the Bab  Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
28-29 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
29  Vesak Buddhist  Work-Restricted  
14 Ramadan Ends Islam  Work-Restricted  
14-15 Id al-Fitr Begins  Islam  Work-Restricted  


Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sah  Sikh Work-Restricted


9-10 Martyrdom of the Bab Bahá'í Work-Restricted  
21-22 Tisha B'Av Begins  Jewish  Work-Restricted   
31 Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola C/Catholic Special Worship  
15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary C/Catholic Special Worship  
2 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Work-Restricted  
9-11 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Work-Restricted   
7-14 Paryushan Jain Special Worship  
18-19 Yom Kippur Jewish Work-Restricted  
20-21 Eid-ul-Adha Isalm Work-Restricted  
23-30 Sukkot Jewish Work-Restricted  
30 Shemini Atzeret begins Jewish Work-Restricted   
1-2 Simchat Torah Jewish Work-Restricted  
2 Shemini Atzeret ends Jewish  Work-Restricted  
8-9 Birth of the Bab Bahá'í Work-Restricted   
1 All Saints Day C/Catholic Special Worship  
2 All Souls Day Catholic Special Worship  
7 Diwali Hindu Jain Special Worship  
9-10  Baháúllah's Birthday Bahá'í Work-Restricted
16 Remembering the Martyrs of the UCA Secular Meaningful  
20  Mawlid-al-Nabi Sikh Work-Restricted  
22 Thanksgiving Federal Meaningful  
22 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh Work-Restricted  
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Sikh Work-Restricted  
2-10 Hanukkah Jewish Special Worship  
3-24 Advent Season Christian Meaningful  
3 Feast of St. Francis Xavier C/Catholic Meaningful  
8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception C/Catholic Special Worship  
12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe C/Catholic Meaningful  
25 Christmas Christian Special Worship  
26-Jan. 1 Kwanzaa Ethnic Meaningful  

Work-restricted Religious Holy Days
-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.

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.