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'í, 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'í Feast of Naw-Ruz Mar 21 Mar 21 Mar 21 Mar 21    
Bahá'í 1st day of Ridvan Apr 21 Apr 21 Apr 21 Apr 21    
Bahá'í 9th day of Ridvan Apr 29 Apr 29 Apr 29 Apr 29    
Bahá'í 12th day of Ridvan May 2 May 2 May 2 May 2    
Bahá'í Declaration of the Bab May 23 May 23 May 23 May 23    
Bahá'í Ascension of Baha'u'llah May 29 May 29 May 29 May 29    
Bahá'ís Martyrdom of the Bab Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9 Jul 9    
Rosh Hashanah• Sept 5-6 Sept 25-26 Sept 14-15 Oct 3-4    
Yom Kippur• Sept 14 Oct 4 Sept 23 Oct 12    
Sukkot• Sept 19-20 Oct 9-10 Sept 28-29 Oct 17-18    
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah• Sept 26-27 Oct 16-17 Oct 5-6 Oct 24-25    
Bahá'í Birth of the Bab Oct 20 Oct 20 Oct 20 Oct 20    
Bahá'í Birth of Baha'u'llah Nov 12 Nov 12 Nov 12 Nov 12    
Passover•

Apr 15-16
Apr 21-22

Apr 4-5
Apr 10-11
Apr 23-24
Apr 29-30
Apr 11-12
Apr 17-18
   
Shavu'ot• Jun 4-5 May 24-25 June 12-13 May 31-Jun 1    
•Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the day preceding the given date.

Note: Bahá'í 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*

Jul 9

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