Religious Holidays

Academic Year 2018-19

Below are the dates of major religious holidays scheduled to occur during the 2018-19 Academic Year. This list is being provided to make you aware of potential schedule conflicts involving large numbers of students. All students are responsible for negotiating their needs around religious practices with their professors. 

Please note:

  • Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given. 
  • Muslim holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given. Muslim holidays are based on a lunar calendar, and the actual dates are determined by direct observation of the moon and announced by the mosque. (The most observant Muslims will observe all days: others may observe only the first two days of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha.) 
Date Holiday Religion
Tuesday, May 15 - Thursday, June 14 First Days of Ramadan Muslim
Thursday, June 14 - Friday, June 15  Eid-al-Fitr  Muslim
Monday, August 20 - Tuesday, August 21 Ei-al-Adha  Muslim
Tuesday, Oct. 9 - Thursday, Oct. 18 Navratri Hindu
Wednesday, September 12 First Day of Muharrum Muslim
Sunday, September 9 - Tuesday, September 11 Rosh Hashanah  Jewish 
Thursday, September 20 - Friday, September 21 Day of Ashura  Muslim
Tuesday, September 18 - Wednesday, September 19 Yom Kippur  Jewish
Friday, Oct. 19 Dussehra Hindu
Sunday, September 23 - Sunday, Septeber 30  Sukkot  Jewish
Thursday, November 8 - Friday, Nobember 9 Birth of the Bab Baha'i
Sunday, September 30 - Tuesday, Oct. 2 Simchat Atzeret  Jewish
Sunday, September 30 - Tuesday, Oct. 2 Simchat Torah Jewish
Wednesday, November 7 Diwali Hindu
Thursday, November 8 - Friday, November 9  Birth of Baha'u'lla'h  Baha'i
Sunday, Dec. 2 - Monday, Dec. 10  Hanukkah Jewish
Tuesday, Dec. 25  Christmas  Christian 
Wednesday, Feb. 14 Ash Wednesday  Christian 
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Thursday, March 1  Purim  Jewish 
Friday, March 30 - Saturday April 7  Passover  Jewish  
Friday, March 30  Good Friday  Christian 
Sunday, April 1  Easter  Christian 
Friday April 20 - Wednesday May 2  First Day Ridvan   Baha'i