2020-2021 Religious Holidays

July 2020
30-31 Eid-ul-Adha Islam Work-restricted
31 Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola C/Catholic Special Worship
August
11 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu Work-restricted
15 Feast of the Assumption of Mary C/Catholic Special Worship
16-23 Paryushan Jain Special Worship
September
18-20 Rosh Hashanah Jewish Work-restricted
27-28 Yom Kippur Jewish Work-restricted
October

2-9

Sukkot

Jewish

Work-restricted

9

Shemini Atzeret begins

Jewish

Work-restricted

10-11

Simchat Torah

Jewish

Work-restricted

11

Shemini Atzeret Ends

Jewish

Work-restricted

28-29

Birth of the Bab

Bahá'í

Work-restricted

30

Birth of Baháúllah

Bahá'í

Work-restricted

November

1

All Saints Day

C/Catholic

Special Worship

2

All Souls Day

Catholic

Special Worship

14


Diwali

Hindu, Jain

Special Worship

16

Remembering the Martyrs of the UCA

C/Catholic

Meaningful

24

Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib

Sikh

Work-restricted

26

Thanksgiving

Federal

Meaningful

30

Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib

Sikh

Work-restricted

December

Nov 29- Dec 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

10-18

Hanukkah

Jewish

Special Worship

12

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

C/Catholic

Meaningful

12

Mawlid-al-Nabi

Sikh

Work-restricted

25

Christmas

Christian

Special Worship

26-1

Kwanzaa

Ethnic

Meaningful

January 2021

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

20

Bodhi Day

Buddhist

Special Worship

February

17

Ash Wednesday

C/Catholic

Special Worship

25

Purim begins

Jewish

Special Worship

26

Purim ends

Jewish

Special Worship

March

11

Maha Shivaratri

Hindu

Work-restricted

15

Shri Ramakrishna Jayanti

Hindu

Work-restricted

20

Naw-Rúz

Baháʼí

Work-restricted

21-22

Nowruz

Persian

Work-restricted

25

Feast of the Annunciation

C/Catholic

Meaningful

27

Passover Begins

Jewish

Work-restricted (1st, 2nd, and last 2 days)

28

Palm Sunday

Eastern Orthodox/Christian

Meaningful

April

1

Holy Thursday

C/Catholic

Special Worship

2

Good Friday

C/Catholic

Special Worship

4

Easter

C/Catholic

Special Worship

4

Passover ends

Jewish

Work-restricted (1st, 2nd, and last 2 days)

8

Vesak

Buddhist

Work-restricted

12

Ramadan Begins

Islam

Work-restricted (Friday Afternoon)

14

Vaisakhi

Sikh

Special Worship

20

Ridvan Begins

Bahá'í

Work-restricted

21

Rama Navami

Hindu

Work-restricted

30

Good Friday

Eastern Orthodox/Christian

Meaningful

May

1

Ridvan Ends

Bahá'í

Work-restricted

11

Ramadan Ends

Islam

Work-restricted (Friday Afternoon)

12-13

Eid al-Fitr

Islam

Work-restricted

13

Feast of Ascension

C/Catholic

Special Worship

16-18

Shavuot

Jewish

Work-restricted

23

Declaration of the Bab

Bahá'í

Work-restricted

27-28


Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh

Bahá'í

Work-restricted

June

16

Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib

Sikh

Work-restricted

July

9-10

Martyrdom of the Bab

Bahá'í

Work-restricted

17-18

Tisha B'Av

Jewish

25 hours fasting, Work-restricted optional

19-20

Eid-ul-Adha

Islam

Work-restricted

31

Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola

Catholic

Special Worship

 

 

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