2018-2019 Comprehensive Religious Holiday Calendar

Religious Holidays Comprehensive Calendar – Academic Year 2018-2019

Faculty (including coaches) receive annual reminders of this policy and are encouraged to work carefully with students in anticipating and resolving conflicts to their mutual satisfaction.

The list that follows is not exhaustive; it includes major festivals and holy days for many, though by no means all, religious traditions represented in the Williams community. (If it does not include an important date in the religious calendar of your particular tradition, please let us know.) Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate. Note that some holidays in some traditions are tied to the lunar calendar or to particular cultural patterns that vary by region or by sect which make their location in the calendar somewhat more fluid. Dates marked with a double asterisk (**) denote occasions on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of nearly all its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.

Islamic Holidays: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

For holidays associated with Christianity, the following notations are used to denote observance by particular strands of the Christian tradition: RC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox

INTERFAITH CALENDAR: Primary sacred times for world religions

2018 DAYS HOLIDAY RELIGION
Aug. 20
Aug. 21
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Eid al-Adha (date can vary by a day)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on the first day. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).
Islam
Sep. 9
Sep. 11
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Rosh Hashanah (first 2 days)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. If planning an event, provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply).
Judaism
Sep. 18
Sep. 19
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
**Yom Kippur
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date and after a day of fasting.
Judaism
Sep. 19
Sep. 20
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
Ashura Islam
Sep. 23
Sep. 25
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Sukkot (1st 2 days)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on the first two days. If planning an event, provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply).
Judaism
Sep. 30
Oct. 2
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Shemini Atzeret
**Simchat Torah
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. If planning an event, provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply).
Judaism
Oct. 19 Friday Dassehra/Dasara Hinduism
Nov. 1 Thursday All Saints Day Christianity (RC, P)
Nov. 2 Friday All Souls Day Christianity (RC, P)
Nov. 7 Wednesday **Diwali
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on this date. Hindu employees will likely request a vacation day on this date.
Hinduism -Jain – Sikh
Nov. 8
Nov. 9
Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
Birth of the Báb Bahá’í
Nov. 9
Nov. 10
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
**Birth of Bahá’u’lláh
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. (Baha’i employees will likely request to have this day off.)
Bahá’í
Nov. 19
Nov. 20
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
Mawlid al Nabi
(dates can vary by a day)
Islam
Nov. 25
Nov. 26
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
Day of the Covenant Bahá’í
Nov. 27
Nov. 28
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Ascension of Abdul’l-Baha Bahá’í
Dec. 2
Dec. 23
Sunday
Sunday
Advent begins Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 2
Dec. 10
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
Hanukkah
Recommended Accommodations: Academics and work permitted, not a work holiday. Provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply—potato pancakes, doughnuts or other fried food is customary).
Judaism
Dec. 8 Saturday Bodhi Day Buddhism
Dec. 8 Saturday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 25 Tuesday Christmas Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 26
Jan. 1
Wednesday
Tuesday
Kwanzaa African American
2019 DAYS HOLIDAY RELIGION
Jan. 1 Tuesday **Gantan-sai
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on this date (work holiday)
Shinto
Jan. 6 Sunday Epiphany (Theophany) Christianity (RC, P, O)
Jan. 7 Monday Feast of the Nativity (Christmas)
Many Eastern Orthodox employees will probably request this day off.
Orthodox Christian
Jan. 13 Sunday Maghi Hinduism
Feb. 5 Tuesday **Chinese New Year
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on this date. Many Chinese employees will probably request this day off.
Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
Feb. 8 Friday Nirvana Day Buddhism, Jain, Sikh
Mar. 4 Monday Maha Shivaratri Hinduism
Mar. 5 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday Christianity (RC, P)
Mar. 6 Wednesday Ash Wednesday, Lent begins Christianity (RC, P)
Mar. 11 Monday Lent begins-Clean Monday Orthodox Christian
Mar. 20
Mar. 21
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
Purim
Recommended Accommodations: Purim is not subject to the restrictions on work that affect some other holidays;  however, some sources indicate that Jews should not go about their ordinary business at Purim out of respect for the festival. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (kosher restrictions apply).
Judaism
Mar. 20
Mar. 21
Sundown-Wednesday Sundown-Thursday Holi Hinduism
Mar. 20
Mar. 21
Sundown-Wednesday Sundown-Thursday Naw-Rúz (New Year) Bahá’í, Zoroastrian
Mar. 21 Thursday Magha Puja Day Buddhism
Apr. 8 Monday Vesak (Buddha Day) Buddhism
Apr. 13
Apr. 14
Sunrise-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Ram Navami Hinduism
Apr. 14 Sunday Palm Sunday Christianity (RC,P)
Apr. 16
Apr. 17
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Mahavir Jayanti Jainism
Apr. 19 Friday Good Friday Christianity (RC, P)
Apr. 19-22
Apr. 26-27
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
**Pesach (first two and last two days)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on the first two and last two days of the holiday, provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply—the use of leavening is prohibited so, for example, matzah is eaten in place of bread.)
Judaism
Apr. 20
Apr. 21
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Ridván (1st day) Bahá’í
Apr. 21 Sunday Easter Christianity (RC, P)
Apr. 21 Sunday Palm Sunday Orthodox Christian
Apr. 26 Friday Holy Friday
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on the date.
Orthodox Christian
Apr. 28 Sunday Easter/Pascha Orthodox Christian
Apr. 28
Apr. 29
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
Ridván (9th day) Bahá’í
May 1
May 2
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
Yom HaSho’ah
Recommended Accommodations: This is not a work holiday—academics and work are permitted. Provide food accommodation as requested (kosher restrictions apply).
Judaism
May 1
May 2
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
Ridván (12th day) Bahá’í
May 5
June 4
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Tuesday
**Ramadan
Recommended Accommodations: If possible, avoid scheduling major academic deadlines during this time. Be sensitive to the fact that students and employees celebrating Ramadan will be fasting during the day (continuously for 30 days) and will likely have less stamina as a result. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).
Islam
May 8
May 9
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Judaism
May 19 Sunday Buddha Day-Vesak (date can vary by a day)
Vesak Day is a Buddhist holiday that celebrates the birth of its founder. It is usually observed on the day of the full moon.
Buddhism
May 23
May 24
Sundown-Thursday
Sundow-Friday
Declaration of the Báb Bahá’í
May 28
May 29
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Ascension of Baha’u’lláh Bahá’
May  30 Thursday Ascension of Jesus Christianity (RC, P)
Jun. 4
Jun. 5
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by a day)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. Employees will likely ask to take a vacation day on this day, and that request should be granted if at all possible.  If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).
Islam
Jun. 6 Thursday Ascension of Jesus Orthodox Christian
Jun. 8
Jun. 10
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Monday
**Shavuot
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on the first two and last two days of the holiday. Provide food accommodation as requested. (Kosher restrictions apply—although it is customary to eat dairy).
Judaism
Jun. 9 Sunday Pentecost Christianity (RC, O, P)
Jun. 23 Sunday All Saints Day Orthodox Christian
Aug. 11
Aug. 12
Sundown-Sunday

Sundown-Monday

**Eid al-Adha (date can vary by a day)
Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. Employees will likely ask to take a vacation day on this day, and that request should be granted if at all possible.  If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).
Islam