Religious Holidays Comprehensive Calendar Academic Year 2017-2018

Religious Holidays Comprehensive Calendar
Academic Year 2017-2018

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 insure 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 traditionRC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox

INTERFAITH CALENDAR: Primary sacred times for world religions                                                 Print pdf

2017

DAYS

HOLIDAY

RELIGION

Sep. 1
Sep. 5
Sundown-FridaySundown-Tuesday **Eid al-Adha (date can vary by a day)

Recommended Accommodations:
Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, and activities on the first day. (Islamic dietary restrictions apply).

Islam
Sep. 20
Sep. 22
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Friday
**Rosh Hashanah (2 days)

Recommended Accommodations:
Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date.(kosher restrictions apply).

Judaism
Sep. 21
Sep. 29
Thursday
Friday
Navaratri Hinduism
Sep. 29
Sep. 30
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
**Yom Kippur

Recommended Accommodations:
Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date and after a day of fasting.

Judaism
Sep. 30 Saturday Dussehra/Dasara Hinduism
Sep. 30
Oct. 1
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Ashura Islam
Oct. 1
Oct. 2
Sundown-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
Muharram/New Year
(date can vary by a day)
Islam
Oct. 4
Oct. 6
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundow-Friday
**Sukkot (1st 2 days)

Recommended Accommodations:
Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on the first two days. (kosher restrictions apply).

Judaism
Oct. 11
Oct. 13
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Friday
**Shemini Atzeret
**Simchat TorahRecommended Accommodations:
Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. (kosher restrictions apply).
Judaism
Oct. 19
Oct. 20
Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
Birth of the Báb Bahá’í
Oct. 19 Thursday **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. 1 Wednesday All Saints Day Christianity (RC, P)
Nov. 2 Thursday All Souls Day Christianity (RC, P)
Nov. 4 Saturday Guru Nanak Jayanti Birthday Sikh
Nov. 11
Nov. 12
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
**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. 24
Nov. 25
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
Day of the Covenant Bahá’í
Nov. 27
Nov. 28
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
Ascension of Abdul’l-Baha Bahá’í
Nov. 30
Dec. 1
Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
Mawlid al Nabi
(dates can vary by a day)
Islam
Dec. 3
Dec. 24
Sunday
Sunday
Advent Begins Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 8 Friday Bodhi Day Buddhism
Dec. 8 Friday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 12
Dec. 20
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Wednesday
**Hanukkah

Recommended Accommodations: Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on this date. (kosher restrictions apply).

Judaism
Dec. 25 Monday Christmas Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 26
Jan. 1
Tuesday
Monday
Kwanzaa African American

2018

DAYS

HOLIDAY

RELIGION

Jan. 1 Monday **Gantan-sai

Recommended Accommodations:
Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on this date (work holiday)

Shinto
Jan. 2
Jan. 4
Tuesday
Thursday
Mahayana New Year Buddhism
Jan. 6 Saturday Epiphany (Theophany) Christianity (RC, P, O)
Jan. 7 Sunday Feast of the Nativity (Christmas)

Many Eastern Orthodox employees will probably request this day off.

Orthodox Christian
Jan. 13 Saturday Maghi Hinduism
Feb. 8 Thursday Nirvana Day Buddhism, Jain, Sikh
Feb. 12 Monday Lent begins-Clean Monday Christianity (O)
Feb. 13 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday Christianity (RC, P)
Feb. 14 Wednesday Ash Wednesday, Lent begins Christianity (RC, P)
Feb. 14 Wednesday Maha Shivaratri Hinduism
Feb. 16 Friday **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. 28
Mar. 1
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
Purim

Recommended Accommodations:
Purim is not subject to the restrictions on work that affect some other holidays. If planning an evening event, provide food accommodations if requested (kosher restrictions apply).

Judaism
Mar. 1
Mar. 2
Sundown-Thursday Sundown-Friday Holi Hinduism
Mar. 20
Mar. 21
Sundown-Tuesday Sundown-Wednesday Naw-Rúz (New Year) Bahá’í, Zoroastrian
Mar. 25 Sunday Palm Sunday Christianity (RC, P)
Mar. 25
Mar. 26
Sunrise-Sunday
Sundown-Monday
Ram Navami Hinduism
Mar. 30 Friday Good Friday Christianity (RC, P)
Mar. 30-Apr. 1
Apr.  6 & 7
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Monday
**Pesach (1st 2 days and last 2 days of Passover)

Recommended Accommodations:
Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on the first two and last two days of the holiday (kosher restrictions apply).

Judaism
Mar. 31 Saturday Magha Puja Day Buddhism
Apr. 1 Sunday Easter Christianity (RC, P)
Apr. 1 Sunday Palm Sunday Orthodox Christian
Apr. 6 Friday Holy Friday

Recommended Accommodations:
Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events and activities on the date.

Orthodox Christian
Apr. 8 Sunday Easter/Pascha Orthodox Christian
Apr. 11
Apr. 12
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
Yom HaSho’ah

Recommended Accommodations:
This is not a work holiday—academics and work are permitted (kosher restrictions apply).

Judaism
Apr. 12
Apr. 13
Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
Lailat al Mi’raj Islam
Apr. 18
Apr. 19
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundown-Thursday
Yom Ha’Atzmaut Judaism
Apr. 20
Apr. 21
Sundown-Friday
Sundown-Saturday
Ridván (1st day) Bahá’í
Apr. 28
Apr. 29
Sundown-Saturday
Sundown-Sunday
Ridván (9th day) Bahá’í
Apr. 29 Sunday Buddha Day- Visakha Puja Buddhism
May 1
May 2
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
Ridván (12th day) Bahá’í
May 3 Thursday National Day of Prayer-USA Interfaith
May  10 Thursday Ascension of Jesus Christianity (RC, P)
May 14 Monday Vaisakhi (date can vary by a day) Sikhism, Hinduism
May 15
June 14
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Thursday
**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 19
May 21
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. (Kosher restrictions apply)

Judaism
May 20 Sunday Pentecost Christianity (RC, P)
May 23
May 24
Sundown-Wednesday
Sundow-Thursday
Declaration of the Báb Bahá’í
May 27 Sunday Pentecost Orthodox Christian
May 28
May 29
Sundown-Monday
Sundown-Tuesday
Ascension of Baha’u’lláh Bahá’
May 29 Tuesday Vesak (Buddha Day) Buddhism
Jun. 2 Saturday All Saints Day Orthodox Christian
Jun. 14
Jun. 15
Sundown-Thursday
Sundown-Friday
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
Aug. 21
Aug. 22
Sundown-Tuesday
Sundown-Wednesday
**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