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Calendar of Religious Holy Days
and Observances



5 Ramadan Begins Islam Work-restricted (Friday Afternoon)
19 Vesak Buddhist Work-restricted
23-24 Declaration of the Bab Bahá'í Work-restricted
29 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í Work-restricted
30 Feast of Ascension C/Catholic Special Worship
3-4 Eid al-Fitr Islam Work-restricted
4 Ramadan Ends Islam Work-restricted (Friday Afternoon)
8-10 Shavuot Begins Jewish Work-restricted
16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sih Work-restricted
9-10 Martyrdom of the Bab Bahá'í Work-restricted
31 Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola C/Catholic Special Worship
10-11 Tisha B'Av Begins Jewish 25 hours Fasting, Work-restricted Optional
10-11 Eid-ul-Adha Islam Work-restricted
15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary C/Catholic Special Worship
24 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Work-restricted
27-3 Paryushan Jain Special Worship
29-1 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Work-restricted
8-9 Yom Kippur Jewish Work-restricted
13-20 Sukkot Jewish Work-restricted
20 Shemini Atzeret Begins Jewish Work-restricted
21-22 Simchat Torah Jewish Work-restricted
22 Shemini Atzeret Ends Jewish Work-restricted
27 Diwali Hindu, Jain Special Worship
28-29 Birth of the Bab Bahá'í Work-restricted
30 Birth of Baháúllah Bahá'í Work-restricted
1 All Saints Day C/Catholic Special Worship
2 All Souls Day Catholic Special Worship
12 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
28 Thanksgiving Federal Meaningful
1-24 Advent Season 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 Special Worship
12 Mawlid-al-Nabi Sikh Work-restricted
22-30 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.