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Calendar of Religious Holy Days and Observances

 

2019 Dates  Holy Day  Group/Type Observances
Aug. 10-11 Tisha B'Av begins Jewish 25 hours fasting, work-restricted optional
Aug. 10-11 Eid-ul-Adha Islam work-restricted
Aug. 15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary Catholic special worship
Aug. 24 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu work-restricted
Aug. 27-Sept. 3 Paryushan Jain special worship
Sept. 29-Oct. 1 Rosh Hashanah Jewish work-restricted
Oct. 8-9 Yom Kippur Jewish work-restricted
Oct. 13-20 Sukkot Jewish work-restricted
Oct. 20 Shemini Atzeret begins Jewish work-restricted
Oct. 21-22 Simchat Torah Jewish work-restricted
Oct. 22  Shemini Atzeret ends Jewish  work-restricted
Oct. 27 Diwali  Hindu, Jain special worship
Oct. 28-29 Birth of the Bab Bahá'í work-restricted
Oct. 30  Birth of Baháúllah Bahá'í work-restricted
Nov. 1 All Saints Day Catholic special worship
Nov. 2 All Souls Day Catholic special worship
Nov. 12 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh work-restricted
Nov. 16 Remembering the Martyrs of the UCA Secular meaningful
Nov. 24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Sikh work-restricted
Nov. 28 Thanksgiving federal  meaningful
Dec. 1-24 Advent season Christian meaningful
Dec. 3 Feast of St. Francis Xavier Catholic meaningful
Dec. 8 Bodhi Day Buddist special worship
Dec. 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Catholic special worship
Dec. 12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic special worship
Dec. 12 Mawlid-al-Nabi  Sikh work-restricted
 Dec. 22-30 Hanukkah   Jewish special worship
 Dec. 25 Christmas Christian special worship
Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Kwanzaa Ethnic meaningful
 
2020 Dates  Holy Day  Group/Type Observances
Jan. 1 Feast of Mary Mother of God Catholic special worship
Jan. 5 Birthday of Guru Singh Sahib Islam special worship
Jan. 7 Christmas  Eastern Orthodox/Christian special worship
Jan. 8 Bodhi Day Buddhist special worship
Jan. 15 Rev. MLK Day federal  meaningful
Feb. 21 Maha Shivaratri Hindu work-restricted
Feb. 25 Shri Ramakrishna Jayanti Hindu work-restricted
Feb. 26 Ash Wednesday Catholic special worship
March 9 Purim begins Jewish special worship
March 10 Purim ends Jewish special worship
March 20 Norouz Persian work-restricted
March 20-21 Naw-Ruz Bahá'í work-restricted
March 25  Feast of the Annunciation  Catholic meaningful
April 2 Ramanavami Hindu work-restricted
April 5 Palm Sunday Eastern Orthodox/Christian meaningful
April 8 Passover begins Jewish work-restricted
April 10 Good Friday Catholic special worship
April 12 Easter Catholic special worship
April 13 Vaisakhi Sikh special worship
April 16 Passover ends Jewish work-restricted
April 17 Good Friday Eastern Orthodox/Christian meaningful
April 19 Ridvan begins Bahá'í work-restricted
April 23 Ramadan begins Islam work-restricted
May 1 Ridvan ends Bahá'í  work-restricted
 May 7 Vesak Buddhist work-restricted
May 21 Feast of Ascension  Catholic special worship
May 22-23 Declaration of the Bab   Bahá'í  work-restricted
May 23 Ramadan ends Islam work-restricted
May 23-24  Eid al-Fitr Islam work-restricted
May 27-28 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í work-restricted
May 28-20 Shavuot begins Jewish work-restricted
June 16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sikh work-restricted
July 9-10 Martyrdom of the Bab Bahá'í  work-restricted
 July 29-30 Tisha B'Av Begins  Jewish 25 hour fasting, work-restricted optional
 July 30-31 Eid-ul-Adha Islam work-restricted
 July 31 Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola  Catholic special worship
 Aug. 11 Krishna Janmashtami  Hindu work-restricted
 Aug. 15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary Catholic special worship
Aug. 16-23 Paryushan Jain special worship
Sept. 18-20 Rosh Hashanah Jewish work-restricted
Sept. 27-28 Yom Kippur  Jewish work-restricted
Oct. 2-9 Sukkot  Jewish work-restricted
Oct. 9 Shemini Atzeret begins Jewish work-restricted
Oct. 10-11 Simchat Torah Jewish work-restricted
Oct. 11 Shemini Atzeret ends Jewish

work-restricted

Oct. 28-29 Birth of the Bab Bahá'í work-restricted
Oct. 30 Birth of Baháúllah Bahá'í  work-restricted
 Nov. 1 All Saints Day Catholic special worship
Nov. 2 All Souls Day Catholic special worship
Nov. 14 Diwali Hindu, Jain special worship
Nov. 16 Remembering the Martyrs of the UCA secular meaningful
Nov. 24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Sikh work-restricted
Nov. 26 Thanksgiving federal  meaningful
Nov. 29 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh work-restricted
Nov. 29-Dec 24 Advent season Christian meaningful
Dec. 3 Feast of St. Francis Xavier Catholic meaningful
Dec. 8  Bodhi Day Buddhist special worship
Dec. 8  Feast of the Immaculate Conception Catholic special worship
Dec. 10-18 Hanukkah Jewish special worship
Dec. 12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic meaningful
Dec. 12 Mawlid-al0Nabi Sikh work-restricted
Dec. 25 Christmas Christian special worship
Dec. 26-Jan 1 Kwanzaa ethnic meaningful

 

Work-Restricted Religious Holy Days

A recognized denominational sacred or holy day that is observed by persons or groups who are required — through a set or system of religious beliefs, laws/doctrines, tenets, canons or theology — to restrict or limit work and/or physical or mental activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something; toil; labor. This definition may include academic endeavors (e.g. examinations, classroom activities and research, or out-of-classroom learning experiences).

  • Hindu, Jain, and Sikh holy days are calculated on a lunar calendar and are observed at different times in different regions.
  • All Jewish and Bahá'í holy days begin at sunset the previous day.
  • Observances/practices vary from culture to culture within and across denominations.

Sunday is widely observed as a Sabbath and day of worship for many faith traditions. In the Jewish faith, Saturday (beginning at sunset on Friday) is a work-restricted Sabbath, Regulations governing observance for worship depends on regional customs.

There are no work-restricted holy days within the Christian faith by tenet. By custom, in the United States, Easter and Christmas (a federal holiday) are considered to be non-work days.

Special Worship

Such religious observances listed above are NOT work-restricted by definition but may involve a special worship or observance.

Meaningful

Such days are NOT work-restricted by definition but may be particularly significant to persons attending or working at a Jesuit Catholic university.