Religious Holidays 2016-2017

These are major holidays for which some students might be missing classes, athletic events, or exams, and for which we ask faculty and staff to avoid scheduling major events, exams, and due dates as much as possible. We realize there may be other holidays important to some individual students, and we will deal with those on a  case-by-case basis. Also, please note that dates may vary a bit for some students due to complicated issues with calculating from a lunar calendar and different cultural observances within a broadly defined faith tradition.

September

  • 11-12 - Eid al Adha (Islamic)

October

  • 2 -4 - Rosh Hashanah - Jewish (begins sundown on the 2nd, ends sundown on the 4th)  
  • 12 - Ashura - Islamic
  • 11-12- Yom Kippur - Jewish  (begins sundown on the 11th)
  • 16-23 - Sukkot - Jewish (begins sundown on the 17th - main observance ends at sundown on the 18th)
  • 30 - Diwali - Hindu

January

  • 28 - New Moon (known to some as Chinese New Year)

February

  • 11 - Tu BiShvat - Jewish

March

  • 1 - Ash Wednesday - Christian
  • 11-12 - Purim - Jewish (begins sundown on the 11th)
  • 12-13 - Holi - Hindu

April 

  • 10-18 - Passover - Jewish (begins sundown on the 10th; the first two nights and the last two nights are formally observed in a way that could affect students' ability to do work)
  • 23 - Yom HaShoah - Jewish (begins sundown on the 23rd)

May

  • 3 - Buddha's birthday - Buddhist
  • 27-June 25 - Ramadan - Islamic

June

  • May 27-June 25 - Ramadan - Islamic
  • 25 - Eid al-Fitr - Islamic