Calendar of Religious Holy Days
and Observances

This multi-faith calendar includes religious holy days and observances for 2023. Calendar entries include Baháʼí, Buddhist, Christian/Catholic, Eastern Orthodox/Christian, Hindu, Islam, Jain, Jewish, Persian and Sikh faiths.


Date Holiday Religion Type
15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary Christian/Catholic Special Worship
6-7 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Work-restricted
11 Paryushan Jain Special Worship
15-17 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Work-restricted
24-25 Yom Kippur Jewish Work-restricted
26-27 Mawlid-al-Nabi Islam Work-restricted
29-Oct. 6 Sukkot Jewish Work-restricted
6 Shemini Atzeret Begins Jewish Work-restricted
7-8 Simchat Torah Jewish Work-restricted
8 Shemini Atzeret Ends Jewish Work-restricted
26-27 Birth of the Bab Baháʼí Work-restricted
27-28 Birth of Baháúllah Baháʼí Work-restricted
1 All Saints Day Christian/Catholic Special Worship
2 All Souls Day Catholic Special Worship
12 Diwali Hindu, Jain Special Worship
16 Remembering the Martyrs of the UCA Secular Meaningful
23 Thanksgiving Federal Meaningful
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Sikh Work-restricted
26 Feast of Christ the King Christian/Catholic Meaningful
27 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh Work-restricted
28 Ascension of ’Abdu’l-Bahá Baháʼí Special Worship
3 Advent Season Christian Meaningful
3 Feast of St. Francis Xavier Christian/Catholic Meaningful
7 Hanukkah Begins Jewish Special Worship
8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian/Catholic Special Worship
12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian/Catholic Meaningful
15 Hanukkah Ends Jewish Special Worship
25 Christmas Christian Special Worship
26-Jan. 1 Kwanzaa Ethnic Meaningful

2024 Calendar


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.

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