Religious Holy Days

Memorandum of Religious Holy Days (Academic Impact)

This is a list of Religious Holy Days that may impact our students, faculty, and staff during the Academic year. This is NOT a complete list for every religious tradition and does not guarantee exemption from work or school obligations.

Word Document: Memo – Religious Holy Days 2022 – 2023 (for internal use only)

RSL Interfaith Center List of Religious Holy Days

Please see below for a more complete list of religious holidays by date.

All multi-day holidays listed on the day they begin with duration included
*means dates may vary, either by region or country or depending on the lunar calendar.

**Begins at sunset the evening before the dates indicated



Year Month Date (Range) Holiday Religious Tradition
2022 August 1** Lughnasadh Pagan/Wicca
1 Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus Christian (Orthodox)
6 Feast of Transfiguration Christian


Ashura Islam
13-15* Obon (Bon Festival) Shinto
15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian (Catholic)
15 Dormition of the Theotokos Christian (Orthodox)
19* Krishna Janmashtami Hindu
24-31* Paryushan Parva Jain
30* Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu


Year Month Date (Range) Holiday Religious Tradition
2022 September 8 Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian (Catholic)
11 Ethiopian New Year (Enkutatash) Rastafari
21 Nativity of the Theotokos Christian (Orthodox)
22 Autumn Equinox Mabon Pagan/Wicca
26-27** Rosh Hashanah Judaism
28 Fast of Gedaliah Judaism
29 Michaelmas Christian (Catholic)


Year Month Date (Range) Holiday Religious Tradition
2022 October 2 Feast of the Guardian Angels Christian (Catholic)
4 Dussehra Hindu
5** Yom Kippur Judaism
7** Mawlid an Nabi Islam
9 Birthday of Guru Ram Das Sikh
10-16** Sukkot Judaism
10 Indigenous People’s Day Native American Traditions
16-18 Sh’mini Atzeret/ Simchat Torah Judaism
20 Installation of the Scriptures as Guru Granth Sikh
24 Diwali Hindu
26* Jain New Year

(Gujarati New Year)



26* Birth of the Báb Bahai
27* Birthday of Baha’u’llah Bahai
31 Samhain Pagan/Wicca
31 Reformation Day Christian (Protestant)
31 All Hallows Eve Christian (Catholic)


Year Month Date (Range) Holiday Religious Tradition
2022 November 1 All Saints Day Christian (Catholic)
2 All Souls Day Christian (Catholic)
2 Day of the Dead Mexican Traditions
8* Birthday of Guru Nanak Sikh
9 Lakshmi Puja Hindu
15 Shichigosan Shinto
23 Niinamesai Shinto
25** Day of the Covenant Bahai
25 Native American Heritage Day Native American Traditions
27** Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha Bahai
27 First Day of Advent Christian


Year Month Date (Range) Holiday Religious Tradition
2022 December 8 Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary Christian (Catholic)
12 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Christian (Catholic)
18-26 ** Hanukkah Judaism
21 Yule Pagan/Wicca
24 Christmas Eve Christian
25 Christmas Christian
26 Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) Zoroastrian
31 New Year’s Eve (Gregorian calendar)


Year Month Date (Range) Holiday Religious Tradition
2023 January 1 New Year’s Day (Gregorian calendar)
1 Gantan-sai Shinto
3 Fast of Tevet 10 Judaism
5 Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sikh
6 Epiphany Christian
6 Feast of Theophany Christian (Orthodox)
7 Feast of Nativity Christian (Orthodox)
7 Mahayana New Year Buddhist
9 Seijin Shiki Shinto
13 Maghi / Lohri Sikh
14 Makar Sankranti Hindu
15 World Religion Day Bahai
22 Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
26 Vasant Panchami Hindu


Year Month Date (Range) Holiday Religious Tradition
2023 February 2** Imbolc Pagan/Wicca
2 Candlemas Christian
3 Setsubun Shinto
3 Birthday of Guru Har Rai Sikh
6 15th of Shevat Judaism
12 Darwin Day Humanist
14 St. Valentine’s Day Christian
21 Shrove Tuesday Christian
22 Ash Wednesday Christian
22-April 6 Lent Christian
26-March 1* Ayyám-i-Há Bahai
27 Clean Monday Christian (Orthodox)


Year Month Date (Range) Holiday Religious Tradition
2023 March 2-20* Month of Fasting Bahai
3 Hina-Matsuri Shinto
6** Ta’anit Esther Judaism
7 Holi Hindu
7** Purim Judaism
8-10 Hola Mohalla Sikh
17 St. Patrick’s Day Christian (Catholic)
18 Maha Shivaratri Hindu
20 Ostera – Vernal Equinox Pagan/Wicca
21 Nowruz (Persian New Year) Zoroastrian
21* Naw-Rúz Bahai
23-April 21 Ramadan Islam
25 Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Christian (Orthodox)


Year Month Date (Range) Holiday Religious Tradition
2023 April 2 Palm Sunday Christian
5 Fast of the Firstborn Judaism
6 Maundy Thursday Christian
6-13** Pesach / Passover Judaism
7 Good Friday Christian
8 Holy Saturday Christian
9 Easter Sunday Christian
14 Vaisakhi Sikh
16 Orthodox Easter Christian (Orthodox)
16 Theravada New Year Buddhist
18* Laylat al Qadr Islam
18 Birthday of Guru Angad Sikh
21 Birthday of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sikh
21* First Day of Ridvan Bahai
29* Ninth Day of Ridvan Bahai
30 Rama Navami Hindu


Year Month Date (Range) Holiday Religious Tradition
2023 May 1 Beltane Pagan/Wicca
5 Birthday of Guru Amar Das Sikh
9** Lag B’Omer Judaism
18 Ascension of Jesus Christian
22** Eid al-Fitr Islam
24* Declaration of the Bab Bahai
26 Buddha’s Birthday Buddhist
26-27** Shavuot Judaism
28 Pentecost Christian
29* Ascension of the Baha’u’llah Bahai
30 Feast of All Saints Christian (Orthodox)


Year Month Date (Range) Holiday Religious Tradition
2023 June 4 Trinity Sunday Christian
4 Orthodox Pentecost Christian (Orthodox)
8 Corpus Christi Christian
16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sikh
19 Juneteenth US Holiday
24 Litha Pagan/Wicca


Year Month Date (Range) Holiday Religious Tradition
2023 July 3 Asalha Puja Day Buddhist
4 Independence Day US Holiday
5 Birthday of Guru Hargobind Sikh
6-27 Tish’a B’Av and The Three Weeks Judaism
10* Martyrdom of the Bab Bahai
24 Pioneer Day (public holiday on the 23rd) Christian (Latter Day Saints)