Calendar of Religious Holy Days
and Observances

 2020

December
Nov 29- Dec 24 Advent Season Christian Meaningful
3 Feast of St. Francis Xavier Christian/Catholic Meaningful
8 Bodhi Day Buddhist Special Worship
8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian/Catholic Special Worship
10-18 Hanukkah Jewish Special Worship
12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian/Catholic Meaningful
12 Mawlid-al-Nabi Islam Work-restricted
25 Christmas Christian Special Worship
26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa Ethnic Meaningful

2021

January
1 Feast of Mary Mother of God Catholic Special Worship
5 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Islam Special Worship
7 Christmas - Eastern Orthodox Eastern Orthodox/Christian Special Worship
20 Bodhi Day Buddhist Special Worship
February
17 Ash Wednesday Catholic Special Worship
25 Purim begins Jewish Special Worship
26 Purim ends Jewish Special Worship
March
11 Maha Shivaratri Hindu Work-restricted
15 Shri Ramakrishna Jayanti Hindu Work-restricted
20 Naw-Rúz Baháʼí Work-restricted
21-22 Nowruz Persian Work-restricted
25 Feast of the Annunciation Catholic Meaningful
27 Passover begins Jewish Work-restricted (1st, 2nd, and last 2 days)
28 Palm Sunday Eastern Orthodox/Christian Meaningful
April
2 Good Friday Eastern Orthodox/Christian Special Worship
4 Easter Catholic Special Worship
4 Passover ends Jewish Work-restricted (1st, 2nd, and last 2 days)
8 Vesak Buddhist Work-restricted
12 Ramadan begins Islam Work-restricted (Friday Afternoon)
14 Vaisakhi Sikh Special Worship
20 Ridván begins Baháʼí Work-restricted
21 Rama Navami Hindu Work-restricted
30 Good Friday Eastern Orthodox/Christian Meaningful
May
1 Ridván ends Baháʼí Work-restricted
11 Ramadan ends Islam Work-restricted (Friday Afternoon)
12-13 Eid al-Fitr Islam Work-restricted
13 Feast of the Ascension Catholic Special Worship
16-18 Shavuot Jewish Work-restricted
22-21 Declaration of the Bab Baháʼí Work-restricted
27-28 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Baháʼí Work-restricted
June
16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sikh Work-restricted
July
9-10 Martyrdom of the Bab Baháʼí Work-restricted
17-18 Tisha B'Av Jewish 25 hours fasting, Work-restricted optional
19-20

Eid-ul-Adha

Islam Work-restricted
31

Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola

Catholic Special Worship
August
15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary Christian/Catholic Special Worship
16-23 Paryushan Jain Special Worship
29 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Work-restricted
September
6-8 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Work-restricted
15-16 Yom Kippur Jewish Work-restricted
20-27 Sukkot Jewish Work-restricted
27 Shemini Atzeret Begins Jewish Work-restricted
28-29 Simchat Torah Jewish Work-restricted
29 Shemini Atzeret Ends Jewish Work-restricted
October
20 Birth of the Bab Baháʼí Work-restricted
November
1 All Saints Day Christian/Catholic Special Worship
2 All Souls Day Catholic Special Worship
4 Diwali Hindu, Jain Special Worship
12 Birth of Baháúllah Baháʼí Work-restricted
16 Remembering the Martyrs of the UCA Secular Meaningful
19 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh Work-restricted
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Sikh Work-restricted
25 Thanksgiving Federal Meaningful
28 Advent Season Christian Meaningful
28 Hanukkah begins Jewish Special Worship
December
3 Feast of St. Francis Xavier Christian/Catholic Meaningful
6 Hanukkah ends Jewish Meaningful
8 Bodhi Day Buddhist Special Worship
8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian/Catholic Special Worship
12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian/Catholic Meaningful
12 Mawlid-al-Nabi Islam Work-restricted
25 Christmas Christian Special Worship
26-Jan.1 Kwanzaa Ethnic Meaningful

2022

January
1 Feast of Mary Mother of God Christian/Catholic Special Worship
5 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Islam Special Worship
7 Christmas - Eastern Orthodox Eastern Orthodox/Christian Special Worship
10 Bodhi Day Buddhist Special Worship
February
28 Maha Shivaratri Hindu Work-restricted
March
2 Ash Wednesday Christian/Catholic Special Worship
4 Shri Ramakrishna Jayanti Hindu Work-restricted
16 Purim begins Jewish Special Worship
17 Purim ends Jewish Special Worship
20-21 Naw-Rúz Baháʼí Work-restricted
21-22 Nowruz Persian Work-restricted
25 Feast of the Annunciation Christian/Catholic Meaningful
April
2 Ramadan begins Islam Work-restricted (Friday Afternoon)
8 Vesak Buddhist Work-restricted
10 Rama Navami Hindu Work-restricted
10 Palm Sunday Eastern Orthodox/Christian Meaningful
14 Vaisakhi Sikh Special Worship
15 Passover begins Jewish Work-restricted (1st, 2nd, and last 2 days)
15 Good Friday Eastern Orthodox/Christian Meaningful
17 Easter Eastern Orthodox/Christian Special Worship
20 Ridván begins Baháʼí Work-restricted
22 Passover ends Jewish Work-restricted (1st, 2nd, and last 2 days)
May
1 Ramadan ends Islam Work-restricted (Friday Afternoon)
1 Ridván ends Baháʼí Work-restricted
2-3 Eid al-Fitr Islam Work-restricted
22-23 Declaration of the Bab Baháʼí Work-restricted
26 Feast of the Ascension Christian/Catholic Special Worship
27-28 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Baháʼí Work-restricted
June
6 Shavuot Jewish Work-restricted
16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sikh Work-restricted
July
9-10 Martyrdom of the Bab Baháʼí Work-restricted
9-13 Eid-ul-Adha Islam Work-restricted
31 Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola Christian/Catholic
August
6 Tisha B'Av Jewish 25 hours fasting, Work-restricted optional
15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary Christian/Catholic Special Worship
16-23 Paryushan Jain Special Worship
18 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Work-restricted
September
25-27 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Work-restricted
October
4-5 Yom Kippur Jewish Work-restricted
9-16 Sukkot Jewish Work-restricted
16 Shemini Atzeret Begins Jewish Work-restricted
17-18 Simchat Torah Jewish Work-restricted
18 Shemini Atzeret Ends Jewish Work-restricted
24 Diwali Hindu, Jain Special Worship
28-29 Birth of the Bab Baháʼí Work-restricted
30 Birth of Baháúllah Baháʼí Work-restricted
November
1 All Saints Day Christian/Catholic Special Worship
2 All Souls Day Catholic Special Worship
8 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
24 Thanksgiving Federal Meaningful
27 Advent Season Christian Meaningful
December
3 Feast of St. Francis Xavier Christian/Catholic Meaningful
8 Bodhi Day Buddhist Special Worship
8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian/Catholic Special Worship
12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian/Catholic Meaningful
12 Mawlid-al-Nabi Islam Work-restricted
18-26 Hanukkah Jewish Special Worship
25 Christmas Christian Special Worship
26-Jan. 1 Kwanzaa Ethnic Meaningful

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).
-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.

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.