Calendar of Religious Holidays

The University of Arizona will remain open on most of the Religious Holidays listed below. See the General Catalog's Academic Calendar for University-wide holidays and closures.
  • Calendar covers the following religious groups:
    Bahá'is, Catholic, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, and Orthodox Christian.

  • Calendar compiled by the University Religious Council. Please contact the Hillel Foundation at (520) 624-6561 for further information.

Religious Holidays: The religious holidays listed below have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.

See also, Work Not Strictly Forbidden

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Shabbat. Jewish Sabbath. Every week from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown.
(Also observed by several Christian denominations, the largest being 7th Day Adventists.
Bahá'is Feast of Naw-Ruz Mar 21 Mar 21 Mar 20 Mar 21 Mar 21    
Bahá'is 1st day of Ridvan Apr 21 Apr 21 Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 21    
Bahá'is 9th day of Ridvan Apr 29 Apr 29 Apr 29 Apr 29 Apr 29    
Bahá'is 12th day of Ridvan May 2 May 2 May 2 May 2 May 2    
Bahá'is Declaration of the Bab May 23 May 23 May 23 May 23 May 23    
Bahá'is Ascension of Baha'u'llah May 29 May 29 May 29 May 29 May 29    
Bahá'is Martyrdom of the Bab Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9    
Eid al-Fitr* Jul 28 Jul 18 Jul 7 Jun 26 Jun 15  
Rosh Hashanah• Sept 25-26 Sept 14-15 Oct 3-4 Sept 21-22 Sept 10-11    
Yom Kippur• Oct 4 Sept 23 Oct 12 Sept 30 Sept 19    
Eid al-Adha*   Sept 24 Sept 13 Sept 2 Aug 22  
Sukkot• Oct 9-10 Sept 28-29 Oct 17-18 Oct 5-6 Sept 24-25    
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah• Oct 16-17 Oct 5-6 Oct 24-25 Oct 12-13 Oct 1-2    
Bahá'is Birth of the Bab Oct 20 Oct 20 Oct 20 Oct 21 Nov 9    
Bahá'is Birth of Baha'u'llah Nov 12 Nov 12 Nov 12 Oct 22 Nov 10    
Passover• Apr 4-5 Apr 23-24 Apr 11-12 Mar31-Apr1 Apr 20-21  
    Apr 29-30 Apr 17-18 Apr 6-7 Apr 26-27  
Shavu'ot• May 24-25 June 12-13 May31-Jun1 May 20-21 Jun 9-10    

•Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the day preceding the given date.

*Islamic dates are approximate.  The official days can be plus/minus one day and depend upon the official physical sighting of the new moon.  This can be confirmed at the time by calling the Islamic Center at 624-3233.

Note: Bahá'is holidays begin at sunset on the day preceding the given date. There are also 19 days of fasting (Mar 2-21). Work is not forbidden, but because of the fasting, exams may be easier to take in the morning or evening.

 

 

Religious Holidays: Work Not Strictly Forbidden

See also, Religious Holidays: Non-work days

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Ramadan begins* Jun 28 Jun 18 Jun 6 May 27 May 16  
Ash Wednesday Feb 18 Feb 10 Mar 1 Feb 14 Mar 6    
Chinese New Year** Feb 19 Feb 8 Jan 28 Feb 16 Feb 5    
Purim• Mar 5 Mar 24 Mar 12 Mar 1 Mar 21    
Holy Thursday Apr 2 Mar 24 Apr 13 Mar 29 Apr 18    
Good Friday Apr 3 Mar 25 Apr 14 Mar 30 Apr 19    
Holy Saturday Apr 4 Mar 26 Apr 15 Mar 31 Apr 20    
Easter Sunday Apr 5 Mar 27 Apr 16 Apr 1 Apr 21    
Ashura* Nov 3 Oct 23 Oct 11 Sept 30 Sept 19    
Hanukah• Dec 17 - 24 Dec 7 - 14 Dec 24 - 31 Dec 13-20 Dec 3-10    
Christmas Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 25 Dec 25    

*Islamic dates are approximate. The official days can be plus/minus one day and depend upon the official physical sighting of the new moon. This can be confirmed at the time by calling the Islamic Center at (520) 624-3233.

• Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the day preceding the given date.

#Orthodox Christian holidays. Most Orthodox Christians would also be excused from work obligations on Christmas.

**Chinese New Year is an important religious and cultural holiday for Asians.

Calendar covers the following religious groups: Ba'hai, Catholic, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, and Orthodox Christian.

Calendar compiled by the University Religious Council. Please call the Hillel Foundation at 624-6561 for further information