Religious Holidays

Academic Year 2020-21

Below are the dates of major religious holidays scheduled to occur during the 2020-21 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, August 11 - Wednesday, August 12 Sri Krishna Jayanti Hinduism
Friday,September 18 - Sunday, September 20  Rosh Hashanah  Judaism
Sunday, September 20 - Monday, September 21 Paryushana-Parva Judaism
Sunday, September 27 - Monday, September 28 Yom Kippur Judaism
Friday, October 2 - Sunday, October 4 Sukkot Judaism
Friday, October 9 - Sunday, October 11 Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah Judaism
Saturday, October 17 - Monday, October 26 Navaratri Hinduism
Monday, October 20 - Tuesday, October 20 Birth of the Bab Bahai
Wednesday, October 28 - Thursday, October 29 Mawlid al-Nabi Islam
Wednesday, November 11 - Thursday, November 12 Birth of Baha u llah Bahai
Saturday, November 14 Diwali (Deepavali)  Jainism,Sikhism, Hinduism
Thursday, December 10 - Friday, December 18  Hanukkah/Chanukah Judaism
Thursday, December 24 - Friday, December 25 Christmas Christianity 
Saturday, December 26 - Friday, January 1 Kwanzaa African American 
Friday, January 1  Gantan-sai  Shinto
Thursday, Jan. 7  Feast of the Nativity (Christmas) Orthodox Christian 
Friday, Feb. 12 Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
Wednesday, Feb. 17 Ash Wednesday, Lent begins  Christianity 
Thursday, February 25 - Friday, February 26  Purim Judaism 
Monday, March 15 - Saturday, May 1  Great Lent begins/ Clean Mon Orthodox Christian 
Saturday, March 27 - Monday, March 29 Pesach/Passover Judaism
Friday, April 2 - Sunday, April 4  Pesach/ Passover Judaism 
Sunday, March 28 - Monday, March 29 Holi - Festival of Colors

Hinduism

Sunday, Mar. 28  Palm Sun Christianity 
Friday, Apr. 2  Good Friday Christianity 
Sunday, Apr. 4 Easter Christianity 
Tuesday, Apr. 6 Mahavira-Jayanti Jainism, Sikhism, Hinduism
Thursday, April 8 - Friday, April 9  Yom HaShoah Judaism
Monday, April 12 - Tuesday, May 11 Ramadan begins Islam
Wednesday, April 28 - Thursday, April 29 Ridvan  Bahai
Friday, Apr. 30 Holy Fri Orthodox Christian
Saturday, May 1 - Sunday, May 2  Ridvan  Bahai
Sunday, May 2  Easter/ Pascha Orthodox Christian 
Wednesday, May 12 - Thursday, May 13 Edi al-Fitr Islam 
Sunday, May 16 - Monday, May 17  Shavuot  Judaism 
Saturday, May 22 - Sunday, May 23  Declaration of the Bab Baha
Saturday, July 17 - Sunday, July 18 Tisha B Av Judaism 
Monday, July 19 - Tuesday, July 20  Eid al-Adha  Islam