Fall 2021 – Fall 2022

We encourage you to learn more about various holy days, and use this resource as you plan your calendar and consider making accommodations for your students and employees. Religious observances listed below are among major holidays of various faiths. These dates are gathered from various sources. Lunar calendars vary based on religion.

While we attempt to be inclusive, we realize not all religions are represented below.


Fall Semester 2021

Sept. 6-8                      Rosh Hashanah* (Jewish – start of Jewish New Year)

Sept. 15-16                  Yom Kippur* (Jewish – holiest day of year, atonement, abstinence)

Sept. 21-27                  Sukkot* (Jewish – celebration)

Sept. 27-28                  Shemini Atzeret* (Jewish – fall festival, memorial for the dead)

Sept. 28-29                  Simchat Torah* (Jewish – completion of annual reading of Torah)

Oct. 8-15                     Navaratri (Hindu – festival)

Nov. 4                          Diwali* (Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain – festival of lights)

Nov. 28-Dec. 6            Hanukkah (Jewish – festival of lights)

Dec. 25                         Christmas* (Christian – birth of Jesus)

Spring Semester 2022

Feb. 1                          Chinese New Year* (Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist – most important)

March 2                       Ash Wednesday (Christian – first day of Lent, a time of prayer and fasting)

March 17-18               Holi (Hindu – festival of colors)

April 2-May 1              Ramadan (Islamic – faith through fasting/prayer)

April 10                        Palm Sunday (Christian – commemoration of Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem)

April 15-23                  Pesach/Passover* (Jewish – exodus of Israelites from Egypt)

April 14                        Maundy Thursday (Christian – Last Supper of Jesus with the Apostles)

April 14                        Vaisakhi (Sikh – new year festival commemorating 1699, the year Sikhism was born)

April 15                        Good Friday (Christian – crucifixion of Jesus Christ)

April 17                        Easter* (Christian – resurrection of Jesus Christ)

April 27-28                  Yom HaSho’ah (Jewish – Holocaust Remembrance Day)

May 2-3                       Eid al-Fitr* (Islamic – break the fast, last day of Ramadan)

May 8                           Buddha Day/Visakha Puja (Buddist – festival commemorating birth of Buddha)

Summer 2022

June 4-6                       Shavout* (Jewish – receipt of Torah on Mount Sinai)

July 9-10                      Eid al-Adha* (Islamic – major festival, make sacrifices for faith)

Aug. 11                        Raksha Bandhan (Hindu – festival)

Aug. 18                        Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu – festival, birth of Hindu god Krishna)

Fall Semester 2022

Sept. 25-27                  Rosh Hashanah* (Jewish – start of Jewish New Year)

Oct. 4-5                       Yom Kippur* (Jewish – holiest day of year, atonement, abstinence)

Oct. 9-16                     Sukkot* (Jewish – celebration)

Oct. 16-18                   Shemini Atzeret* (Jewish – fall festival, memorial for the dead)

Oct. 17-18                   Simchat Torah* (Jewish – completion of annual reading of Torah)

Oct. 24                         Diwali* (Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jain – festival of lights)

Oct. 26-27                   Birth of Baha’u’llah* (Baha’I – birth of Baha’u’llah)

Dec. 18-26                   Hanukkah (Jewish – festival of lights)

 

* Holiday with significant work restriction

Jewish days begin and end at sundown.