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Calendar of Religious Holy Days
and Observances


21 Maha Shivaratri Hindu Work-restricted
25 Shri Ramakrishna Jayanti Hindu Work-restricted
26 Ash Wednesday Christian/Catholic Special Worship
9 Purim Begins Jewish Special Worship
10 Purim Ends Jewish Special Worship
20 Norouz Persian Work-restricted
20-21 Naw-Ruz Bahá'í Work-restricted
25 Feast of the Annunciation Christian/Catholic Meaningful
2 Ramanavami Hindu Work-restricted
5 Palm Sunday Eastern Orthodox Christian Meaningful
8 Passover Begins Jewish Work-restricted
10 Good Friday Christian/Catholic Special Worship
12 Easter Christian/Catholic Special Worship
13 Vaisakhi Sikh Special Worship
16 Passover Ends Jewish Work-restricted
17 Good Friday Eastern Orthodox Christian Meaningful
19 Ridvan Begins Bahá'í Work-restricted
23 Ramadan Begins Islam Work-restricted
29 Easter Eastern Orthodox Christian Special Worship
1 Ridvan Ends Bahá'í Work-restricted
7 Vesak Buddhist Work-restricted
21 Feast of Ascension Christian/Catholic Special Worship
22-23 Declaration of the Bab Bahá'í Work-restricted
23 Ramadan Ends Islam Work-restricted
23-24 Eid al-Fitr Islam Work-restricted
27-28 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í Work-restricted
28 to 30 Shavuot Begins Jewish Work-restricted
16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sikh Work-restricted
9-10 Martyrdom of the Bab Bahá'í Work-restricted
29-30 Tisha B'Av Begins Jewish 25 hour fasting, Work-restricted Optional
30-31 Eid-ul-Adha Islam Work-restricted
31 Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola Christian/Catholic Special Worship
11 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Work-restricted
15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary Christian/Catholic Special Worship
16-23 Paryushan Jain Special Worship
18-20 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Work-restricted
27-28 Yom Kippur Jewish Work-restricted
2 to 9 Sukkot Jewish Work-restricted
9 Shemini Atzeret Begins Jewish Work-restricted
10-11 Simchat Torah Jewish Work-restricted
11 Shemini Atzeret Ends Jewish Work-restricted
28-29 Birth of the Bab Bahá'í Work-restricted
30 Birth of Baháúllah Bahá'í Work-restricted
1 All Saints Day Christian/Catholic Special Worship
2 All Souls Day Catholic Special Worship
14 Diwali Hindu, Jain Special Worship
16 Remembering the Martyrs of the UCA Secular Meaningful
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Sikh Work-restricted
26 Thanksgiving Federal Meaningful
29 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh Work-restricted
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 Sikh Work-restricted
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.