2019-2020 Religious Holidays

July 2019
31 Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola C/Catholic Special Worship
10-11 Íd al-Adha Islam Work-restricted
15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary C/Catholic Special Worship
24 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Work-restricted
27-3 Paryushan Jain Special Worship
29-1 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Work-restricted
8-9 Yom Kippur Jewish Work-restricted
13-20 Sukkot Jewish Work-restricted (1st and 2nd Day)
20 Shemini Atzeret Jewish Work-restricted
21-22 Simchat Torah Jewish Work-restricted
27 Diwali Hindu, Jain Special Worship
28-29 Birth of the Bab Bahá'í Work-restricted
30 Birth of Baháúllah Bahá'í Work-restricted
1 All Saints' Day C/Catholic Special Worship
2 All Souls' Day Catholic Meaningful
12 Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh Work-restricted
16 Remembering the Martyrs of the UCA C/Catholic Meaningful
24 Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib Sikh Work-restricted
  Bandi Chhor Divas Sikh Work-restricted
28 Thanksgiving Federal Meaningful
1-24 Advent Season Begins Christian Meaningful
3 Feast of St. Francis Xavier C/Catholic Meaningful
8 Bodhi Day Buddhist Special Worship
8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception C/Catholic Special Worship
12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe C/Catholic Meaningful
22-30 Hanukkah Jewish Special Worship
25 Christmas Christian Special Worship
26-1 Kwanzaa Ethnic Meaningful
January 2020
1 Feast of Mary Mother of God C/Catholic Special Worship
5 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib Islam Special Worship
7 Christmas Eastern Orthodox/Christian Special Worship
8 Bodhi Day Buddhist Special Worship
21 Maha Shivaratri Hindu Work-restricted
25 Shri Ramakrishna Jayanti Hindu Work-restricted
26 Ash Wednesday C/Catholic Special Worship
9-10 Purim Jewish Special Worship
20 Norouz Persian Work-restricted
20-21 Naw-Ruz Persian Work-restricted
25 Feast of the Annunciation C/Catholic Meaningful
2 Rama Navami Hindu Work-restricted
5 Palm Sunday Eastern Orthodox/Christian Meaningful
8 Passover Begins Jewish Work-restricted
10 Good Friday C/Catholic Special Worship
12 Easter C/Catholic Special Worship
13 Vaisakhi Sikh Special Worship
16 Passover Ends Jewish Work-restricted
17 Good Friday Eastern Orthodox/Christian Meaningful
19 Pascha/Easter Eastern Orthodox/Christian Special Worship
19 Ridvan Begins Bahá'í Work-restricted
23 Ramadan Begins Islam Work-restricted
1 Ridvan Ends Bahá'í Work-restricted
7 Vesak Buddhist Work-restricted
21 Feast of Ascension C/Catholic Special Worship
22-23 Declaration of the Bab Bahá'í Work-restricted
23 Ramadan Ends Islam Work-restricted
23-24 Eid al-Fitr Islam Work-restricted
27-28 Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í Work-restricted
28-30 Shavuot Begins Jewish Work-restricted
16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sikh Work-restricted


Work-restricted Religious Holy Days
A recognized denominational sacred or holy day that is observed by persons or groups who are required - through a set or system of religious beliefs, laws/doctrines, tenets, canons or theology - to restrict or limit work and/or physical or mental activity directed toward the production or accomplishment of something; toil; labor. This definition may include academic endeavors (e.g. examinations, classroom activities and research, or out-of-classroom learning experiences).

  • Hindu, Jain, and Sikh holy days are calculated on a lunar calendar and are observed at different times in different regions.
  • All Jewish and Bahá'í holy days begin at sunset the previous day.
  • Observances/practices vary from culture to culture within and across denominations.

Sunday is widely observed as a Sabbath and day of worship for many faith traditions. In the Jewish faith, Saturday (beginning at sunset on Friday) is a work-restricted Sabbath, Regulations governing observance for worship depends on regional customs.

There are no work-restricted holy days within the Christian faith by tenet. By custom, in the United States, Easter and Christmas (a federal holiday) are considered to be non-work days.

Special worship: Such religious observances listed above are NOT work-restricted by definition but may involve a special worship or observance.

Meaningful: Such days are NOT work-restricted by definition but may be particularly significant to persons attending or working at a Jesuit Catholic university.

Information courtesy of Xavier University