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.

  • Calendars below cover the following religious groups:
    Bahá'is, Catholic, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran, Muslim, and Orthodox Christian.
  • Calendars compiled by the University Religious Council. Please contact the Hillel Foundation at (520) 624-6561 for further information.

Religious Holidays: Non-work days

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

See also Work Not Strictly Forbidden

• 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 520-624-3233.
** Buddhist: Two aspects to take into account with Buddhist festivals.  Most, with the exception of the Japanese, use the lunar calendar and the dates of festivals vary from country to country and between Buddhist traditions.
Shabbat, Jewish Sabbath: Every week from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. (Also observed by several Christian denominations, the largest being 7th Day Adventists)
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 fasting, exams may be easier to take in the morning or evening.
2022-23 Academic Year 
Date 
Tradition 
Notes
September 2022
     

Rosh Hashanah•

Set 25-27, 2022 Jewish work not permitted 
October 2022
     
Yom Kippur• October 5, 2022 Jewish work not permitted
Sukkot• Oct 9-16, 2022 Jewish work not permitted 10/9-10/11
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah• Oct 16-18, 2022 Jewish work not permitted 
Birth of the Bab Oct 25, 2022 Bahá'i  work nor permitted
Birth of Baha'u'llah Oct 26, 2022 Bahá'i  work not permitted 
February 2023
     
Tibetan New Year/Losar** Feb 21, 2023 Buddhist work not permitted
March 2023
     
Naw Ruz March 21, 2023 Bahá'i  work not permitted 
April 2023
     
Passover• April 6-13, 2023 Jewish work not permitted 4/7 & 4/13
Ridvan 1st Day April 21, 2023 Bahá'i  work not permitted
Eid al-Fitr April 21-22, 2022 Islam work not permitted
Ridvan 9th Day April 29th, 2023 Bahá'i  work not permitted
May 2023
     
Ridvan 12th Day May 2, 2023 Bahá'i  work not permitted
Vesak** May 5, 2023 Buddhist work not permitted
Declaration of the Bab May 24, 2023 Bahá'i  work not permitted
Shavu'ot• May 25-27, 2023 Jewish work not permitted
Ascension of Baháʼu’lláh May 30, 2023 Bahá'i  work not permitted
June 2023
     
Eid al-Adha June 28-29, 2023 Islam work not permitted 

Religious Holidays: Work Not Strictly Forbidden

See also, Religious Holidays: Non-work days

• 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 520-624-3233.
# Orthodox Christian holidays. Most Orthodox Christians would also be excused from work obligations on Christmas.
** Lunar New Year is an important religious and cultural holiday for Asians.
Academic Year 2022-23
Date
Tradition
Notes
August 2022
     
Ashura* Aug 8, 2022 Islam work not forbidden
October 2022 
     
Sukkot Oct 9-16, 2022 Jewish work not forbidden except 10/9-10/11
December 2022
     
Hanukah• Dec 18-26, 2022 Jewish work not forbidden
Christmas Dec 25, 2022 Christian/Catholic work not forbidden
January 2023
     
Lunar New Year** Jan 22, 2023 Chinese work not forbidden
February 2023
     
Ash Wednesday Feb 22, 2023 Christian/Catholic work not forbidden
March 2023
     
Purim• March 7, 2023 Jewish work not forbidden
Ramadan begins* March 22, 2023 Islam work not forbidden
April 2023
     
Passover April 6-13, 2023 Jewish work not forbidden except 4/7 & 4/13
Holy Thursday April 6, 2023 Christian/Catholic work not forbidden
Good Friday April 7, 2023 Christian/Catholic work not forbidden
Holy Saturday April 8, 2023 Christian/Catholic work not forbidden
Easter April 9, 2023 Christian/Catholic work not forbidden 
Ramadan ends* April 20, 2023 Islam work not forbidden
July 2023
     
Ashura* July 28, 2023 Islam work not forbidden 

 

Religious Holidays 2023-24 Academic Year

Religious Holidays: Non-work days

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

See also Work Not Strictly Forbidden

• 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 520-624-3233.
** Buddhist: Two aspects to take into account with Buddhist festivals.  Most, with the exception of the Japanese, use the lunar calendar and the dates of festivals vary from country to country and between Buddhist traditions.
Shabbat, Jewish Sabbath: Every week from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown. (Also observed by several Christian denominations, the largest being 7th Day Adventists)
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 fasting, exams may be easier to take in the morning or evening.
2023-24 Academic Year 
Date 
Tradition 
Notes
September 2023
     

Rosh Hashanah•

Sept 15-17, 2023 Jewish work not permitted 
Yom Kippur• Sept 25, 2023 Jewish work not permitted
Sukkot• Sept 29-Oct 6, 2023 Jewish work not permitted 9/29-10/1
October 2023
     
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah• Oct 6-8, 2023 Jewish work not permitted 
Birth of the Bab Oct 27, 2022 Bahá'i  work nor permitted
Birth of Baha'u'llah Oct 28, 2022 Bahá'i  work not permitted 
February 2024
     
Tibetan New Year/Losar** Feb 10, 2024 Buddhist work not permitted
March 2024
     
Naw Ruz March 20, 2024 Bahá'i  work not permitted 
April 2024
     
Eid al-Fitr April 9-10, 2024 Islam work not permitted
Ridvan 1st Day April 21, 2024 Bahá'i  work not permitted
Passover• April 22-30, 2024 Jewish work not permitted 4/23 & 4/30
Ridvan 9th Day April 29, 2024 Bahá'i  work not permitted
May 2024
     
Ridvan 12th Day May 2, 2024 Bahá'i  work not permitted
Vesak** May 14, 2024 Buddhist work not permitted
Declaration of the Bab May 25, 2024 Bahá'i  work not permitted
Ascension of Baháʼu’lláh May 30, 2024 Bahá'i  work not permitted
June 2024
     
Shavu'ot• June 11-13, 2024 Jewish work not permitted
Eid al-Adha June 16-17, 2024 Islam work not permitted 

Religious Holidays: Work Not Strictly Forbidden

See also, Religious Holidays: Non-work days

• 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 520-624-3233.
# Orthodox Christian holidays. Most Orthodox Christians would also be excused from work obligations on Christmas.
** Lunar New Year is an important religious and cultural holiday for Asians.
Academic Year 2023-24
Date
Tradition
Notes
August 2023
     
Ashura* Aug 8, 2023 Islam work not forbidden
September 2023 
     
Sukkot Sept 29-Oct 6, 2023 Jewish work not forbidden except 9/29-10/1
December 2023
     
Hanukah• Dec 7-15, 2023 Jewish work not forbidden
Christmas Dec 25, 2023 Christian/Catholic work not forbidden
February 2024
     
Lunar New Year** Feb 10, 2024 Chinese work not forbidden
Ash Wednesday Feb 14, 2024 Christian/Catholic work not forbidden
March 2024
     
Ramadan begins* March 10, 2024 Islam work not forbidden
Purim• March 24, 2024 Jewish work not forbidden
Holy Thursday March 28, 2024 Christian/Catholic work not forbidden
Good Friday March 29, 2024 Christian/Catholic work not forbidden
Holy Saturday March 30, 2024 Christian/Catholic work not forbidden
Easter March 31, 2024 Christian/Catholic work not forbidden 
April 2024
     
Ramadan ends* April 8, 2024 Islam work not forbidden
Passover April 22-30, 2024 Jewish work not forbidden except 4/23 & 4/30
July 2024
     
Ashura* July 16, 2024 Islam work not forbidden