Interfaith Holidays

University Policy on Religious Observance

Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day because of his or her religious beliefs is excused from any such activity. The student will be given the opportunity to make up the examination or work that is missed, provided the make-up work does not create any unreasonable burden upon the university. When possible, students should give notice to instructors early in the semester about missing classes because of religious observance.

Relgious Holidays 2012-2013
September 2012 April 2013
October 2012 May 2013
November 2012 June 2013
December 2012 July 2013
January 2013 August 2013
February 2013 September 2013
March 2013 October 2013

Sources: Interfaith Calendar and Cultures Connecting

April 2012
Date Holiday Details Affiliation
1 Palm Sunday Christian
Ramanavami Hindu
5 Maundy Thursday Christian
6-9 Theravadin New Year Buddhist
6 Good Friday - Primary religious holiday Christian
Lord's Evening Meal Jehova's Witness Christian
Hanuman Jayanti Hindu
Mahavir Jayanti - Primary religious holiday Jain
7-14 Pesach (Passover) - Primary religious holiday
- Begins at sundown on April 6
Jewish
7 Lazarus Sunday Orthodox Christian
8 Easter - Primary religious holiday Christian
Palm Sunday Orthodox Christian
13 Holy Friday Orthodox Christian
14 Baisakhi New Year - Primary religious holiday Sikh
15 Easter/Pascha - Primary religious holiday Orthodox Christian
19 Yom HaShoah - Begins at sundown on April 18 Jewish
21 First Day of Ridvan - Begins at sundown on April 20 Baha'i
23 St. George's Day Christian
27 Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Begins at sundown on April 26 Jewish
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan Baha'i
30 St. James the Great Day Orthodox Christian
Lazarus Saturday Orthodox Christian
May 2012
Date Holiday Details Affiliation
1 Palm Sunday Orthodox Christian
Beltane, Samhain - Primary religious holiday
- Northern and southern hemispheres
Wicca/Pagan
2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan Baha'i
3 National Day of Prayer Interfaith USA
6 Visakha Puja (Buddha Day) - Primary religious holiday Buddhist
10 Lag B'Omer - Begins at sundown on May 9 Jewish
17 Ascension Day Christian
23 Declaration of the Bab - Primary religious holiday
- Begins at sundown on May 22
Baha'i
24 All Ascension of Jesus Orthodox Christian
27 Pentecost - Primary religious holiday Christian
27-28 Shavuot - Begins at sundown on May 26 Jewish
28 Vesak Buddhist
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Primary religious holiday Baha'i
June 2012
Date Holiday Details Affliliation
3 Trinity Sunday Christian
Pentecost Orthodox Christian
7 Corpus Christi Catholic Christian
10 All Saints Day Orthodox Christian
16 Lailat al Miraj - Begins at sundown on June 15 Islamic
Guru Arjan Dev martyrdom Sikh
15 Sacred Heart of Jessus Catholic Christian
20 Litha - Begins at sundown on June 19 Wicca/Pagan
Yule Wicca/Pagan
July 2012
Date Holiday Details Affiliation
3 Asalha Puja (Dharma) Day - Primary religious holiday Buddhist
4 Lailat at Bara'ah - Begins at sundown on July 3 Islamic
9 Martyrdom of the Bab - Begins at sundown on July 8 Baha't
13-16 Obon - Primary religious holiday Buddhist/Shinto
20 Ramadan begins - Primary religious holiday
- Begins at sundown on July 19
- Begins on July 21 in North America
Islamic
23 Emperor Haile Selassi birthday Rastafarian
24 Pioneer Day Mormon Christian
29 Tisha B'Av - Begins at sundown on July 28 Jewish
August 2012
Date Holiday Details Affiliation
1 Lammas Christian
2 Raksha Bandhan - Begins at sundown on August 1 Hindu
Lugnassad - Imbolc - Northern and southern hemispheres Wicca/Pagan
10 Krishna Jayanti - Begins at sundown on August 9 Hindu
14 Lailat al Kadr - Begins at sundown on August 13 Islmic
15 Assumption of the Virgin Mary Catholic Christian
19-21 Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan) - Primary religious holiday
- Begins at sundown on August 18
Islamic
September 2012
Date Holiday Details Affiliation
1 Ecclesiastical Year begins Orthodox Christian
8 Nativity of Mary Christian
14 Holy Cross Day - Commemorates finding the true cross Christian
17-18 Rosh HaShanah - Primary religious holiday
- Begins at sundown on September 16
Jewish
19 Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu
20-29 Parushana Parva - Primary religious holiday Jain
22 Mabon - Northern hemisphere Wicca/Pagan
Ostata - Southern hemisphere Wicca/Pagan
26 Yom Kippur - Primary religious holiday
- Begins at sundown on September 25
Jewish
October 2012
Date Holiday Details Affliliation
4 St. Francis Day Catholic Christian
1-7 Sukkot - Begins at sundown on September 30
- 1-2 are primary obligation days
Jewish
8 Shemini Atzeret - Begins at sundown on October 7 Jewish
9 Simhat Torah - Begins at sundown on October 8 Jewish
16-23 Navaratri - Primary religious holiday Hindu
20 Birth of the Báb Baha'i
Installation of Scriptures
as Guru Granth
Sikh
24-28 Dasera Hindu
26-29 Eid al-Adha - Primary religious holiday
- Begins at sundown on October 25
Islamic
28 Reformation Day Protestant Christian
31 Halloween USA
All Hallows Eve Christian
November 2012
Date Holiday Details Affiliation
1 All Saints' Day Christian
Samhain - Beltane - Primary religious holiday
- Northern and southern hemispheres
Wicca/Pagan
2 All Souls' Day Catholic Christian
11 Jain New Year Jain
12 Birth of Baha'u'llah - Begins at sundown on November 11 Baha'i
13 Diwali - Primary religious holiday Hindu/Jain/Sikh
15 Hijra (New Year) - Begins at sundown on November 14 Islamic
24 Ashura - Begins at sundown on November 23 Islamic
26 Day of the Convenant - Begins at sundown on November 25 Baha'i
28 Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha - Begins at sundown on November 27 Baha'i
Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthday - Primary religious holiday Sikh
December 2012
Date Holiday Details Affiliation
8 Bodhi Day Buddhist
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Christian
9-16 Hanukkah - Begins at sundown on December 20 Jewish
16-25 Posadas Navidenas Hispanic Christian
2` Yule - Begins at sundown on December 20
- Northern hemisphere
Wicca/Pagan
Litha - Begins at sundown on December 20
- Southern hemisphere
Wicca/Pagan
25 Christmas - Primary religious holiday Christian
Feast of the Nativity Orthodox Christian
26 Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathustra) Zoroastrian
28 Holy Innocents Christian
30 Feast of the Holy Family Catholic Christian
31 Watch Night Christian
January 2013
Date Holiday Details Affiliation
1 Mary, Mother of God Catholic Christian
Feast of St. Basil Orthodox Christian
Gantan-sai - Primary religious holiday Shinto
Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus Orthodox Christian
5 Twelfth Night Christian
Guru Gobindh Singh birthday Sikh
6 Epiphany Christian
Feast of the Theophany Orthodox Christian
Dia de los Reyes - "Three Kings Day" Hispanic Christian
Nativity of Christ Armenian Orthodox
7 Feast of the Nativity - Primary religious holiday Orthodox Christian
13 Baptism of Jesus Christian
Maghi Sikh
15 World Religion Day Baha'i
17 Blessing of the Animals Hispanic Catholic Christian
18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Christian
19 Timkat Ethiopian Orthodox Christian
24 Mawlid an Nabi - Begins at sundown on January 23 Islamic
26 Tu BiShvat - Begins at sundown on January 25 Jewish
27-30 Mahayana New Year Buddhist
February 2013
Date Holiday Details Affiliation
2 Candlemas Christian
Imbolc - Lughnassad - Begins at sundown on February 1
- Northern and southern hemispheres
Wicca/Pagan
3 Setsubum-sai - Primary religious holiday Shinto
10 Chinese New Year - Primary religious holiday Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
13 Ash Wednesday - Lent begins Christian
14 Nirvana Day Buddhist, Jain
15 Vasant Panchami Hindu
Nirvana Jain
24 Purim - Begins at sundown on February 23 Jewish
Triodion begins Orthodox Christian
26-March 1 Intercalary Days - Begins at sundown on February 25 Baha'i
March 2013
Date Holiday Details Affiliation
2-20 Nineteen Day Fast - Begins at sundown on March 1 Baha'i
10 Maha Shavartri Hindu
20 Ostara - Begins at sundown on March 19
- Northern hemisphere
Wicca/Pagan
Mabon - Begins at sundown on March 19
- Southern hemisphere
Wicca/Pagan
21 Naw Ruz (New Year) - Primary religious holiday
- Begins at sundown on March 20
Baha'i
Norouz (New Year) Persian/Zoroastrian
24 Palm Sunday Christian
26 Khordad Sal Zoroastrian
26-April 2 Pesach (Passover) - Primary religious holiday
- Begins at sundown on March 25
Jewish
27 Magha Pjua Day - Primary religious holiday Buddhist
Holi Hindu
28 Hola Mohalla Sikh
29 Good Friday - Primary religious holiday Christian
31 Easter - Primary religious holiday Christian
April 2013
Date Holiday Details Affiliation
7 Yom HaShoah - Begins at sundown on April 18 Jewish
11 Hindu New Year Hindu
11-20 Ramayana Hindu
14 Baisakhi New Year - Primary religious holiday Sikh
15 Yom Ha'Atzmaut - Begins at sundown on April 26 Jewish
20 Ramanavani Hindu
21 First Day of Ridvan - Begins at sundown on April 20 Baha'i
25 Hanuman Jayanti Hindu
Mahavir Jayanti Jain
25-28 Therevadin New Year Buddhist
28 Lag B'Omer - Begins at sundown on April 27 Jewish
29 Ninth Day of Ridvan - Begins at sundown on April 28 Baha'i
May 2013
Date Holiday Details Affiliation
1 Beltane, Samhain - Primary religious holiday
- Northern and southern hemispheres
Wicca/Pagan
2 Twelfth Day of Ridvan Baha'i
3 National Day of Prayer Interfaith USA
6 Visakha Puja (Buddha Day) - Primary religious holiday Buddhist
10 Lag B'Omer - Begins at sundown on May 9 Jewish
14 Shavuot - Begins at sundown on May 26 Jewish
17 Ascension Day Christian
Vesak Buddhist
19 Pentecost - Primary religious holiday Christian
23 Declaration of the Bab - Primary religious holiday
- Begins at sundown on May 22
Baha'i
24 All Ascension of Jesus Orthodox Christian
29 Ascension of Baha'u'llah - Primary religious holiday Baha'i
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