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Religious Holidays 2019-20

Please be aware that the following message regarding religious holidays has been sent to all faculty.

Dear Colleagues,
The Office of Intercultural Relations has prepared the following list of major religious holidays occurring during the 2019-20 academic year. Faculty members should be aware that religious observances are considered College-approved events. Students who miss class meetings because of participation in a College-approved event are officially excused but are expected to make up any missed work. Faculty members who wish to cancel classes to accommodate their own religious observances should inform their students in advance and arrange to make up for the missed class time.

January 6: Epiphany, commonly known as Three Kings’ Day (Catholic, Christian)

March 31 - April 7*: Passover (Judaism)

January 7: Orthodox Christmas (Christian Orthodox)

February 14: Ash Wednesday (Christian)

March 21*: Nowruz - the Iranian Eve of the New Year (celebrated by Zoroastrians, Jews, Muslims, and Bahais in Iran)

March 30: Good Friday (Christian)

April 1: Easter (Christian)

May 1*: Beltane-Samhain (Wiccan)

May 27*: Ramadan beginning (Islam)

June 26*: Eid al-Fitr (Islam)

July 31: Eid al-Adha (Islam)

September 1**: Eid al-Adha (Islam)

September 21-22*: Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)

September 30*: Yom Kippur (Judaism)

October 19:  Diwali (Hindu)

December 24: Christmas Eve (Christian)

December 25: Christmas Day (Christian)

December 13 – 20*: Hanukkah (Judaism)

* These holidays begin at sundown the previous day. 
**These holidays are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate. 
Please be aware that students may request accommodations for additional religious observances or practices (e.g., fasting, attire, etc.).