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Religious Holidays and Observances

The following is a multi-faith listing of religious holidays and observances that occur during the 2022-2023 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 is not an exhaustive list.

  • 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

Observance Faith or Religion Dates


Eid al-Fitr

Islam Sunday, May 1 to Monday, May 2

Ascension Day

Christian Thursday, May 26

Orthodox Ascension Day

Orthodox Christian Thursday, June 2

Eid al-Adha

Islam Saturday, July 9 to Sunday, July 10 
Muharram (Islamic New Year) Islam Friday, July 29 to Sunday, August 8


Islam Sunday, August 7 to Monday, August 8

Mabon Autumnal Equinox

Pagan Friday, September 23
Rosh Hashanah Judaism Sunday, September 25 to Tuesday, September 27


Hinduism Monday, September 26 to Wednesday, October 5

Fast of Gedaliah

Judaism Wednesday, September 28

Yom Kippur

Judaism Tuesday, October 4 to Wednesday, October 5


Hinduism Wednesday, October 5

Mawlid al-Nabi

Islam Friday, October 7 to Saturday, October 8


Judaism Sunday, October 9 to Sunday, October 16

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Judaism Sunday, October 16 to Tuesday, October 18


Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikh, Jain Monday, October 24

Birth of Bahá'u'lláh 

Baha’i Wednesday, October 26 to Thursday, October 27


Pagan Monday, October 31 to Tuesday, November 1

All Saints Day

Roman Catholic, Unitarian Universalist Tuesday, November 1

All Souls Day

Christian, Unitarian Universalist Wednesday, November 2

First Sunday of Advent

Christian Sunday, November 27

Bodhi Day

Buddhism Thursday, December 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Roman Catholic Thursday, December 8

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Roman Catholic
Monday, December 12


Judaism Sunday, December 18 to Monday, December 26


Pagan Wednesday, December 21

Joseph Smith's Birthday

Mormon (CJCLDS) Friday, December 23


Christian, Unitarian Universalist Saturday, December 25


African Heritage Monday, December 26 to Sunday, January 1



Shinto Sunday, January 1

The Solemnity of Mary

Roman Catholic Sunday, January 1

Fast of the 10th of Tevet

Judaism Tuesday, January 3


Christian Friday, January 6


Orthodox Christian Saturday, January 7

Nativity of Jesus Christ

Christian Monday, January 9


Hinduism Sunday, January 15

Chinese New Year 

Multifaith, Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist Sunday, January 22


Pagan Wednesday, February 1


Shinto Friday, February 3

Tu BiShvat

Judaism Sunday, February 5 to Monday, February 6

Maha Shivaratri

Hinduism Saturday, February 18

Start of Lent and Ash Wednesday

Christian Wednesday, February 22

Clean Monday (Monday of Lent)

Orthodox Christian Monday, February 27

Women's Day of Prayer

Multifaith Friday, March 3

Fast of Esther

Monday, March 6


Judaism Monday, March 6 to Tuesday, March 7


Wednesday, March 8

Spring Equinox

Pagan Monday, March 20


Islam Wednesday, March 22 to Friday, April 21

Palm Sunday

Christian, Unitarian Universalist Sunday, April 2

Fast of the First Born

Wednesday, April 5

Passover (Pesach)

Judaism Wednesday, April 5 to Thursday, April 13

Holy (Maundy) Thursday

Christian, Unitarian Universalist
Thursday, April 6

Good Friday

Christian, Unitarian Universalist Friday, April 7


SaturdayApril 8


Christian, Unitarian Universalist
Sunday, April 9

Great Friday

Orthodox Christian Friday, April 14

Orthodox Easter

Orthodox Christian
Sunday, April 16

Yom HaShoah

Monday, April 17 to Tuesday, April 18

Laylat al-Qadr

Tuesday, April 18

First Day of Riḍván

Bahá’í Friday, April 21
Eid al-Fitr Islam

Friday, April 21 to Saturday, April 22

Ninth Day of Riḍván Bahá’í

Saturday, April 29

Twelfth Day of Riḍván


Tuesday, May 2


Christian, Unitarian Universalist

Sunday, May 28