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Calendar of Religious Holy Days
and Observances


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


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
17 Ash Wednesday Catholic Special Worship
25 Purim begins Jewish Special Worship
26 Purim ends Jewish Special Worship
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
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
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
16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sikh Work-restricted
9-10 Martyrdom of the Bab Baháʼí Work-restricted
17-18 Tisha B'Av Jewish 25 hours fasting, Work-restricted optional


Islam Work-restricted

Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola

Catholic Special Worship

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.