Religious Holidays and Observances

The following is a multi-faith listing of religious holidays and observances that occur during the 2019-2020 academic year. This guiding document is produced so that scheduling of activities and exams can accommodate the religious needs of our students, alumnae, faculty and staff. The holidays listed here do not represent an exhaustive list.  Because the list is not exhaustive, faculty and staff should continue to consult with their students to be assured any holidays and observances are recognized and accommodated in accord with NYS law (New York State Education Law 224-A). The list includes holidays for many - but by no means all - faiths in our campus community. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate and inclusive. If you have any additions or corrections, please feel free to contact us.

  • Dates are assembled from various calendar sources and begin and end with the compulsory academic year.

  • The dates for Islamic holidays may vary by region or practice. Holidays begin at sundown on the first day and end at nightfall on the last day listed.

  • Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the first day and end at nightfall on the last day listed.

Calendar of Holidays and Observances

ObservanceFaith or ReligionDates

Krishna Janmashtami

Hindu Aug. 24

10th of Muharram

Islam Aug. 31

Ganesh Chaturthi 

Hindu Sept. 2

Ashura

Islam Sept. 9 and 10

Mabon

Pagan Sept. 21 to 29

Equinox

Pagan Sept. 23

Navaratri

Hindu Sept. 29 to Oct. 8

Rosh Hashanah

Jewish Sept. 30 and Oct. 1

Fast of Gedaliah

Jewish Oct. 2

Dasara

Hindu Oct. 8

Yom Kippur

Jewish Oct. 8 and 9

Sukkot

Jewish Oct. 13 to 20

Simchat Torah 

Jewish Oct. 21 and 22

Diwali (Deepavali)

Hindu, Jain, Sikh Oct. 25 to 29

Birth of the Báb

Baha'i Oct. 29

Birth of Baha'u'llah

Baha'i Oct. 30 

Reformation Day

Protestant Christian Oct. 31

All Hallows Eve

Christian Oct. 31

All Saints Day

Christian Nov. 1

Samhain

Pagan Nov. 1

All Soul's Day

Catholic Christian Nov. 2

Mawlid, Mawlid al-Nabi al-Sharif 
(
Birth of the Prophet Muhammad)

Islam Nov. 9 and 10

Nativity Fast Begins

Orthodox Christian Nov. 28

Ascension of 'Abdu'l-Baha

Baha'i Nov. 28

 Immaculate Conception of Mary

Catholic Christian Dec. 9

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Catholic Christian Dec. 12

Yule

Christian Dec. 22

Hanukkah

Jewish Dec. 22-30

Christmas

Christian Dec. 25

Kwanzaa

Interfaith/African-American Dec. 26  to Jan. 1

Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus

Orhtodox Christian Jan. 1

Guru Gobindh Singh's Birth

Sikh Jan. 2

Feast of the Epiphany

Orthodox Christian Jan. 6

Eastern Orthodox Christmas

Orthodox Christian Jan. 7

Mahayana New Year 

Buddhist Jan. 10 to 12

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) 

Buddhist Jan. 13

Maghi

Sikh Jan. 14

Lunar New Year

Buddhist, Confucianism, Tao Jan. 25

Tu BiShvat

Jewish Feb. 10

Nirvana Day

Buddhist Feb. 15

Transfiguration Sunday

Christian Feb. 23

Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins)

Christian Feb. 26

Eastern Orthodox Lent Begins

Orthodox Christian Mar. 2

Purim

Jewish Mar. 10

Equinox

Pagan Mar. 20

Naw-Ruz (Baha'i New Year)

Baha'i Mar. 20

Laylat al Miraj

Islam Mar. 22

Palm Sunday

Christian Apr. 5

Fast of Bechorot

Jewish Apr. 8

Passover (Pesach)

Jewish Apr. 8-16

Theravadin New Year

Buddhist Apr. 9-11

Good Friday

Christian Apr. 10

Easter

Christian Apr. 12

Baisakhi (Vaisakhi)

Sikh Apr. 13

Eastern Orthodox Good Friday

Orthodox Christian Apr. 17

Eastern Orthodox Easter

Orthodox Christian Apr. 19

Ridvan

Baha'i Apr. 19-May 1

Ramadan

Islam

Apr. 23-May 23

Beltane

Pagan May 1

National Day of Prayer

Interfaith May 7

Vesak (Buddha Purnima, Buddha Day)

Buddhism May 7