Religious Observances

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    • All Day
      3/18/2024 - 5/4/2024

    In the Christian (Eastern) Orthodox Church, Great Lent marks the forty days leading to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The first day of Great Lent is called Clean Monday. Lent is a time for prayer, penance, good-will, fasting and drawing closer to God.

    • All Day
      4/22/2024 - 4/30/2024

    The Feast of Unleavened Bread. Celebrates the Jews being freed from slavery in Egypt and making the exodus from Egypt to the holy land of Israel. Begins at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown of the last day. Work is often prohibited the first two days and the last two days. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      4/27/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of Jamál (Beauty) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      4/27/2024 - 4/28/2024

    Pronounced "Rezván," this annual Baha’i festival commemorates the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. Elections for Baha’i institutions are generally held during the Festival of Riḍván. Begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. Some students or employees may

    • All Day
      4/30/2024 - 5/1/2024

    Pronounced "Rezván," this annual Baha’i festival commemorates the 12 days when Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i Faith, publicly proclaimed His mission as God’s messenger for this age. Elections for Baha’i institutions often occur during this period. Begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. Bahá'í students or employees observing the Twelft

    • All Day
      5/1/2024

    Beltane is the time of the marriage and union of the Goddess as Mother Earth and the God of the Greenwood. It is an ancient fertility festival marking the beginning of the planting cycle. The festival was to ensure a good growing season and a bountiful harvest. Beltane is light-hearted, joyful, and full of passion that fuels life, joy, and fertility.

    • All Day
      5/3/2024

    Christians annually commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on this day, the Friday before Pascha (Easter). The (Eastern) Orthodox Christian Church does not use the term “Good Friday” but the term “Holy Friday” or “Great Friday” instead.

    • All Day
      5/5/2024

    On this day, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead after 3 days in the grave (Holy Friday, Holy Saturday, and Pascha Sunday).

    • All Day
      5/5/2024 - 5/6/2024

    Holocaust Memorial Day. Flags are lowered to half-mast, public places of entertainment are closed, national opening and closing ceremonies are performed, and sirens at 10:00 signal the start of two minutes of silence. This observance begins at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown of the last day.

    • All Day
      5/9/2024

    The 40th day of Easter and remembers the departure of Christ from Earth into the presence of God. It is a day of solemn observation in the Episcopal Church.

    • All Day
      5/16/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of ‘Azamat (Grandeur) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      5/19/2024

    The Last Sunday of the Great Fifty Days of Easter. It is a solemn holy day designated as a baptismal feast. In the Episcopal Church, the Gospel is often read in various languages.

    • All Day
      5/22/2024

    Second Passover. In Chassidic Judaism, a seder resembling a Passover seder may by conducted. This observance begins at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown of the last day.

    • All Day
      5/22/2024 - 5/23/2024

    This Holy Day commemorates May 23, 1844, when the Báb, the herald of the Baha’i Faith, announced in Shiraz that He was the Herald of a new Messenger of God. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended and children are exempted from attending school. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      5/23/2024

    Vesak is the birthday of the Buddha and the most important festival in Buddhism. On the first full moon day in May, Buddhists all over the world celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death of the Buddha. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      5/26/2024

    33rd Day of Counting the Omer. Celebrated for defeating a plague in Israel. Work is allowed. Celebrated by listening to music, bonfires, and family picnics. Lag BaOmer begins at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown of the last day.

    • All Day
      5/26/2024

    The first Sunday after Pentecost in the Western Christian liturgical calendar, and the Sunday of Pentecost in Eastern Christianity. Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

    • All Day
      5/27/2024 - 5/28/2024

    Baha’is observe the anniversary of the death in exile of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i Faith. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended and children are exempted from attending school. Begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      5/30/2024

    The celebration of the Eucharist as the presence of Christ's body, blood, soul, and divinity by a divine act of God within the Mass. It is celebrated with a feast and a procession.

    • All Day
      6/4/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of Núr (Light) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      6/11/2024 - 6/13/2024

    Commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Services are held at synagogues. Jewish students or employees observing Shavuot may stay home from work during this period, and some may request schedule adjustments in order to observe. Begins at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown of the last day.

    • All Day
      6/13/2024

    The Christian holiday of Ascension Day, also known as the Feast of the Ascension, celebrates when Jesus ascended to heaven 40 days after Pascha (Easter). It is celebrated by Roman Catholic, Episcopal and Lutheran churches. Ascension Day is observed on a Thursday.

    • All Day
      6/16/2024

    Commemorates the martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth Guru and the first Sikh Martyr.

    • All Day
      6/16/2024 - 6/20/2024

    Occurring on the tenth day of the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar, Eid al-Adha commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son to God. It is tradition to sacrifice a goat and use it to feed your family, friends, and the poor. Muslim students or employees observing Eid al-Adha may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      6/20/2024

    Summer Solstice. Litha is the longest day and the shortest night of the year, and a time for transition and planning. Light triumphs, but will now begin to fade into darkness as autumn approaches. This joyous holiday is a time of abundance for wildlife, including people!

    • All Day
      6/23/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of Rahmat (Mercy) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      7/7/2024

    The Islamic New Year starts on the 1st of Muharram, which is the first month in the Islamic calendar, and historically marks the moment the prophet Mohammed [peace be unto him] fled from Mecca to Yathrib to escape religious persecution. It is considered the most holy Muslim holiday after Ramadan.

    • All Day
      7/8/2024 - 7/9/2024

    The holy day commemorates the anniversary of the execution of the Báb (Siyyid ‘Ali-Muhammad), the herald of the Baha’i Faith. It is one of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended and children are exempted from attending school. Begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day.

    • All Day
      7/12/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of Kalimát (Words) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      7/16/2024 - 7/17/2024

    The 10th day of the first month (Muharram) of the Islamic calendar marks a holy day (known as Ashura) whose significance varies among Islamic sects. Sunnis consider it the day that God parted the Red Sea to allow Moses and the Israelites to escape Egypt. For Shia and Sufi Muslims, Ashura is an important and solemn occasion marking the Remembrance or Mourning of Muharram.

    • All Day
      7/21/2024

    Asalha Puja is also known as "Dhamma Day" which celebrates the Buddha's first teaching on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month. The day is observed by donating offerings to temples and listening to sermons. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      7/23/2024

    Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple. Begins at dawn and ends at sundown. Observed by fasting.

    • All Day
      7/31/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, from sunset of the first day until sunset of the last day, Bahá'ís observing the First of Kamal - Perfection gather for the 19-Day Feast. That is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      8/1/2024

    Marking the beginning of harvest season, Lughnasadh or Lammas is a time of both hope and fear. At Lughnasad, modern Wiccans face their fears, concentrate on developing their own abilities, and take steps to protect themselves and their homes.

    • All Day
      8/8/2024

    The Feast of the Transfiguration commemorates when Jesus transfigured on the mountaintop which three of his disciples were permitted to witness. Moses and Elijah were also present and witness to Jesus as the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets. It is a day of solemn observation. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      8/12/2024 - 8/13/2024

    The Ninth of Av - mourning the destruction of the ancient temples and Jersualem. Observed by fasting, mourning, and praying. Begins at sundown on the first day and ends at nightfall on the final day. Work is often prohibited. Jewish students or employees observing Tish'a B'Av may stay home from work during this period, and some may request schedule adjustments.

    • All Day
      8/15/2024

    The feast commemorates the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. Episcopalians observing The Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin will take part in a solemn feast in the Episcopal Church. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      8/15/2024

    A celebration of the Lord assuming Mary into heaven, body and soul, at the end of her earthly life. Many Catholics observing Assumption of Mary attend Mass this day. Students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      8/18/2024 - 8/19/2024

    Jewish holiday of love (similar to Valentines Day). It is a great day for weddings, commitment ceremonies, renewal of vows, or proposing. Begins at sundown on the first day and ends at nightfall on the final day. Jewish students or employees observing Tish'a B'Av may stay home from work during this period, and some may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      8/19/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, from sunset of the first day until sunset of the last day, Bahá'ís observing the First of Asma (Names) gather for the 19-Day Feast. There is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion.

    • All Day
      8/19/2024

    The Bond of Protection. Raksha Bandhan celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. Celebrations include sisters and brothers getting together, tying rakhi on wrists, performing aarti, and marking tilak. Brothers promise to protect sisters, sisters feed brothers, and brothers give gifts.

    • All Day
      8/25/2024

    Arbaeen is a Shia religious observance that occurs forty days after the Day of Ashura. It commemorates the martyrdom of Al-Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad, who was martyred on the 10th day of the month of Muharram.

    • All Day
      8/26/2024

    Hindu students or employees observing Krishna Janmashtami may participate in the two day festival which celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna.

    • All Day
      8/31/2024 - 9/7/2024

    Paryushana is an eight-to-ten day Jain festival of coming together when lay adherents fast and pray, reciting their sacred texts and emphasizing their five ethical duties or vows. The festival ends with Samvatsari, a day of focused prayer and meditation, when forgiveness is asked for offenses committed during the previous year.

    • All Day
      9/6/2024

    10 day festival celebrating the birth of Ganesha, son of Shiva. Hindu students or employees may observe Ganesha Chaturthi by chanting of Vedic hymns and Hindu texts, prayers, martial arts, and on the last day with processions, and idol immersion.

    • All Day
      9/7/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, from sunset the day before the day listed until sunset of the day listed, Bahá'ís observing the First of Izzat (Might) gather for the 19-Day Feast. There is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion.

    • All Day
      9/15/2024 - 9/16/2024

    Born in 570 CE, Prophet Muhammad’s [peace be upon him] birthday is commemorated by Muslims around the world during the month of Rabi’ Al-Awal. Mawlid an-Nabi – literally, The Birth of the Prophet – is often referred to as the Mawlid.

    • All Day
      9/20/2024 - 9/21/2024

    Born in 570 CE, Prophet Muhammad’s [peace be upon him] birthday is commemorated by Muslims around the world during the month of Rabi’ Al-Awal. Mawlid an-Nabi – literally, The Birth of the Prophet – is often referred to as the Mawlid.

    • All Day
      9/21/2024 - 9/29/2024

    The Autumn Equinox is a time for giving thanks and for reflection. At Mabon, the day and the night are equal in length, in sublime balance. For many locations, Mabon coincides with the final harvest of grain, fruits, and vegetables. Mabon, also called Harvest Home, is the time of thanksgiving.

    • All Day
      9/26/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of Mashiyyat (Will) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      9/28/2024

    Jewish students or employees often observe Leil Selichot by praying for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays.

    • All Day
      10/2/2024 - 10/4/2024

    The Jewish New Year, celebrated by praying in synagogue, personal reflection, and hearing the shofar. Work is often prohibited. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      10/3/2024 - 10/11/2024

    The Navratri commences on the first day (pratipada) of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of Ashwin. The festival is celebrated for nine nights once every year during the beginning of October, although as the dates of the festival are determined according to the lunar calendar, the festival may be held for a day more or a day less.

    • All Day
      10/6/2024

    Fast of the Seventh Month. Many Jews who celebrate Tzom Gedaliah do so by fasting.

    • All Day
      10/11/2024 - 10/12/2024

    Day of Atonement. For Jewish people observing Yom Kippur, the day is often observed by fasting, praying, abstaining from physical pleasures, and refraining from work. Begins at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown of the last day. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      10/12/2024

    Dussehra celebrations often include processions to a river or ocean front carrying clay statues, accompanied by music and chants, after which the images are immersed into the water for dissolution and a goodbye. The festival also starts the preparation for one of the most important and widely celebrated festivals, Diwali.

    • All Day
      10/15/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First Day of ‘Ilm (Knowledge) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      10/16/2024 - 10/23/2024

    The Feast of Tabernacles. Actual holy days. Jewish individuals observing Sukkot may observe work restrictions during this period, and some may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe. 

    • All Day
      10/20/2024

    This day commemorates the birth of the central religious scripture of Sikhism, regarded by many Sikhs as the final, sovereign and eternal living Guru following the lineage of the ten human Gurus of the religion.

    • All Day
      10/23/2024 - 10/25/2024

    Eighth Day of Assembly. Shmini Atzeret has duality as a holy day as it is simultaneously considered to be connected to Sukkot and also a separate festival in its own right. Those observing may do so with prayer. It is encouraged to refrain from work and school during this period. Some students or employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.

    • All Day
      10/31/2024

    Diwali or The Festival of Lights is a major holiday. Extending over 5 days, it celebrates the victory of good over evil. Celebrations include millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples, and other buildings. Some students or employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.

    • All Day
      10/31/2024 - 11/1/2024

    From sunset of the first day to sunset of the last day, Samhain marks the Pagan New Year, a time for honoring the dead, cleansing, and releasing. For many Wiccans, Samhain is the most important Sabbat. It’s the time to remember the ancestors, and the time to celebrate the harvest and all that has been accomplished over the year

    • All Day
      11/1/2024

    The Birth of the Báb and the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh occurred on consecutive days according to the Islamic lunar calendar. They are two of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended and children are exempted from attending school. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      11/1/2024

    A solemn feast that celebrates all of the saints, both known and unknown. Many Episcopal churches observe this feast on the first Sunday immediately following November 1. Catholics are often obligated to attend Mass this day.

    • All Day
      11/2/2024

    A feast day that commemorates the souls of the faithful departed. In Episcopal Churches, the names of those from the congregation who have died in the past year are read aloud during the service on this day, or on All Saints’ Sunday.

    • All Day
      11/2/2024 - 11/3/2024

    The Birth of the Báb and the Birth of Bahá’u’lláh occurred on consecutive days according to the Islamic lunar calendar. They are two of the nine holy days of the year when work is suspended and children are exempted from attending school. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      11/3/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First Day of Qudrat (Power) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      11/15/2024

    This day – also known as Guru Nanak Gurpurab - celebrates the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism and the first of the ten Sikh Gurus. Students or employees may request scheduling adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      11/16/2024

    When the rivers and canals are full of water, this festival takes place in all parts of Thailand on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month. Bowls made with leaves, candles, and incense sticks, are placed in the water, and represent bad luck disappearing.

    • All Day
      11/22/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First Day of Qawl (Speech) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      11/24/2024

    The Sunday culminating the full, annual cycle of religious celebrations, marking the end of the liturgical year with a celebration of Jesus as King of all creation. Catholics celebrating the Solemnity of Christ the King usually do so with a feast. 

    • All Day
      11/24/2024

    Sikhs observing the Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib gather to celebrate. At early morning there are hymns followed by an exposition of the Guru Granth Sahib. During the day there is food served, prayer, and joyous singing. Around sunset it is time for the evening prayers. Some students or employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.

    • All Day
      11/24/2024 - 11/25/2024

    The Day of the Covenant is a festival that commemorates Bahá’u’lláh’s appointment of His eldest son, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, as the Center of His Covenant.

    • All Day
      11/26/2024 - 11/27/2024

    Baha’is observe the anniversary of the death of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, son of Bahá’u’lláh and His appointed successor, on Nov 28, 1921 in Haifa, in what is now northern Israel. While this is not a day in which work and school should be suspended, some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.

    • All Day
      11/29/2024 - 11/30/2024

    Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur. Many members of the community fast, recite Psalms, and gather in Jerusalem for readings. The ritual is often followed by the breaking of the fast, dancing, and general revelry. Some students or employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.

    • All Day
      12/1/2024

    The season of the Church year immediately preceding Christmas, featuring four solemn Sundays of worship. The season is often observed as an opportunity to prepare for both Christmas and the second coming of Christ as Judge at the Last Day.

    • All Day
      12/8/2024

    A celebration of God's unique redemption of Mary at the point of her conception in her mother's womb, preserving her from the burden of original sin and providing her with a holiness consistent with her destined role of bearing the Son of God. Catholics observing Immaculate Conception may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.

    • All Day
      12/11/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First of Masá’il (Questions) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule accommodations in order to observe.

    • All Day
      12/21/2024 - 1/1/2025

    Winter Solstice. Yule is the longest night and the shortest day of the year, and is the time to celebrate the return of the light. Some Wiccans consider Yule to be either the year’s beginning or the end. Yule is the solar turning of the tides, and the newborn Sun offers a fresh start and, literally, a new day. It’s a time of renewal and hope.

    • All Day
      12/25/2024 - 1/2/2025

    Celebrates the Jewish rebellion against the Greeks and the rededication of the temple in Jerusalem. Celebrated by lighting candles each night, singing special songs, reciting prayers, eating foods fried in oil, playing the dreidel game, and giving Chanukah gelt. Begins at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown of the last day.

    • All Day
      12/25/2024

    The Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ, which celebrates the Incarnation of God taking on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. It is celebrated by erecting Christmas trees, decorating homes, visiting family and friends and exchanging gifts. Some students or employees may request scheduling accommodations in order to observe.

    • All Day
      12/26/2024 - 1/1/2025

    Kwanzaa is an annual seven-day African-American and pan-African holiday celebration that takes place from December 26 to January 1. For seven days, a principle (Nguzo Saba) is reflected upon such as unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

    • All Day
      12/30/2024

    At the beginning of each Bahá'í month, Bahá'ís gather for an observance called the 19-Day Feast. The First Day of Sharaf (Honour) begins at sunset of the first day and ends at sunset of the last day. It is a three-part observance with devotions, community consultation, and a social portion. Some students or employees may request schedule adjustments in order to observe.