Religious Holidays and Observances

Religious holidays and observances are important events for valuable members of the RIT community. Students may request accommodations to observe these holidays. RIT policy D04.0 Attendance states: "Absences, for whatever reason, do not relieve students of their responsibility for fulfilling normal requirements in any course. In particular, it is the student's responsibility to make individual arrangements in advance of missing class due to personal obligations such as religious holidays, ...in order that he or she may meet his or her obligations without penalty for missing class."

*Please note that some of the holidays below dictate that no work be completed on a particular date or set of dates.  Regarding assignments, papers, quizzes, and exams, please make every effort to work with students to accommodate these observant requests within reason.

2022-2023 Listing

The list of holidays below is not meant to be exhaustive. There are many other observances based upon the myriad of spiritual and/or religious traditions throughout the world. For descriptions of each of the holidays, please visit Harvard Divinity School's Multifaith Calendar webpage.  To learn more about each of these traditions and more, please visit The Pluralism Project from Harvard University here.

*Please note that those holidays listed in bold below are those where a fast is required, special worship is warranted, or work is forbidden.

  • H.H. Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso Birth Date (Buddhism): July 6, 2022
  • Day of Arafah (Islam): July 8, 2022
  • Martyrdom of the Báb (Baháʼí): July 10, 2022
  • Eid al-Adha (Islam): July 10-14, 2022
  • Buck Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): July 13, 2022
  • Dhamma Day (Buddhism): July 13, 2022
  • Chaturmas (Hinduism, Jainism): July 13-November 8, 2022
  • Guru Purnima (Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism): July 13, 2022
  • Vassa (Buddhism): July 14-October 10, 2022
  • First of Muḥarram (Islam): July 30, 2022
  • Oh-harai-taisai (Shintoism): July 30, 2022
  • Lughnasadh or Lammas (Paganism): August 1, 2022
  • Transfiguration of Jesus Christ / Feast of the Transfiguration (Christianity): August 6, 2022
  • 'Āshūrā’ (Islam): August 7-8, 2022
  • Fravardeghan Days (Zoroastrianism): August 8-17, 2022
  • Raksha Bandhan (Hinduism): August 11, 2022
  • Sturgeon Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): August 11, 2022
  • Assumption of Mary, Solemnity / Dormition of the Theotokos (Christianity): August 15, 2022
  • Krishna Janmashtami (Hinduism): August 18-19, 2022
  • Paryushana (Jainism): August 24-September 1, 2022
  • Festival of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva (Buddhism): August 26, 2022
  • Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism): August 31, 2022
  • First Parkash Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikhism): September 1, 2022
  • Samvatsari (Jainism): September 1, 2022
  • Das Lakshana (Jainism): September 1-10, 2022
  • Birth Date of H.H. Sakya Trizin (Buddhism): September 7, 2022
  • Nativity of the Theotokos / Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christianity): September 8, 2022
  • Anant Chaturdashi / Ganesh Visarjan (Hinduism, Jainism): September 9, 2022
  • Harvest Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): September 10, 2022
  • Ksamavani (Jainism): September 10, 2022
  • Pitru Paksha (Hinduism): September 10-25, 2022
  • Auditors' Day (Scientology): September 11, 2022
  • Anniversary of the Tatsunokuchi Persecution (Buddhism): September 12, 2022
  • Ghambar Paitishem (Zoroastrianism): September 12-16, 2022
  • Elevation of the Holy Cross / Exaltation of the Holy Cross (Christianity): September 14, 2022
  • Festival of Higan-e (Buddhism): September 20-26, 2022
  • Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos (Christianity): September 21, 2022
  • Mabon or Autumn Equinox (Paganism): September 21-September 29, 2022
  • Eihei Dogen Kigen Memorial (Buddhism): September 22, 2022
  • Shūbun-no-hi (Shintoism): September 23, 2022
  • Rosh Hashanah (Judaism): September 25-27, 2022
  • Navaratri (Hinduism): September 26-October 5, 2022
  • Mehragan (Zoroastrianism): October 1-2, 2022
  • World Communion Day (Christianity): October 2, 2022
  • Navpad Oli (Jainism): October 2-October 9, 2022
  • Yom Kippur (Judaism): October 4-5, 2022
  • Bodhidharma Memorial (Buddhism): October 5, 2022
  • Dusserah (Hinduism): October 5, 2022
  • International Association of Scientologists Day (Scientology): October 7, 2022
  • Mawlid an-Nabi (Islam): October 7-8, 2022
  • Hunter's Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): October 9, 2022
  • Sukkot (Judaism): October 9-16, 2022
  • Kaṭhina Cībar Dān (Buddhism): October 9-November 8, 2022
  • Atmasiddhi Rachna Divas (Jainism): October 10, 2022
  • Parvarana (Buddhism): October 10, 2022
  • Karva Chauth (Hinduism): October 12-13, 2022
  • Ghambar Ayathrem (Zoroastrianism): October 12-16, 2022
  • Nichiren Shonin Memorial (Buddhism): October 13, 2022
  • Shemini Atzeret (Judaism): October 16-17, 2022
  • Simchat Torah (Judaism): October 16-18, 2022
  • Installation of Holy Scriptures as Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji (Sikhism): October 20, 2022
  • Bandi Chhor Divas (Sikhism): October 24, 2022
  • Diwali (Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism): October 24, 2022
  • Mahavira Nirvana (Jainism): October 24, 2022
  • Birth of the Báb (Baháʼí): October 25-26, 2022
  • Day of Enlightenment of Lord Gautamswami (Jainism): October 26, 2022
  • Vikram Samvat New Year (Hinduism, Jainism): October 26, 2022
  • Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Baháʼí): October 26-27, 2022
  • Gyan Panchami (Jainism): October 29, 2022
  • Reformation Day (Christianity): October 31, 2022
  • Samhain (Paganism): October 31-November 1, 2022
  • Solemnity of All Saints / All Saints' Sunday (Christianity): November 1, 2022 / June 11, 2023
  • National Native American Heritage Month (Aboriginal Spirituality): November 1-30, 2022
  • Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (Christianity): November 2, 2022
  • Dev Deepawali / Kartika Purnima (Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism): November 7-8, 2022
  • Beaver Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): November 8, 2022
  • Birth Date of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhism): November 8, 2022
  • Lokasha Jayanti (Jainism): November 8, 2022
  • Birth Date of Shrimad Rajchandra (Jainism): November 9, 2022
  • Feast of the Einherjar / Ancestors' Blót (Paganism): November 11, 2022
  • Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Christianity): November 20, 2022
  • Presentation of the Theotokos / Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christianity): November 21, 2022
  • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji (Sikhism): November 24, 2022
  • Native American Heritage Day (Aboriginal Spirituality): November 25, 2022
  • Day of the Covenant (Baháʼí): November 26, 2022
  • Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha (Baháʼí): November 28-29, 2022
  • Advent / Nativity Fast (Christianity): November 27-December 24, 2022 / November 28, 2022-January 6, 2023
  • Maunajiyaras (Jainism): December 3, 2022
  • Karthika Deepam (Hinduism): December 6, 2022
  • Cold Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): December 7, 2022
  • Bodhi Day (Buddhism): December 8, 2022
  • Sanghamitta Day (Buddhism): December 8, 2022
  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christianity): December 8, 2022
  • Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Christianity): December 12, 2021
  • Hanukkah (Judaism): December 18-26, 2022
  • Tohji-taisai (Shintoism): December 21, 2022
  • Yule or Winter Solstice (Paganism): December 21, 2022-January 1, 2023
  • Nativity of the Lord / Nativity of Christ (Christianity): December 25, 2022 / January 6, 2023 / January 7, 2023
  • Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrianism): December 26, 2022
  • Ghambar Maidyarem (Zoroastrianism): December 31-January 4, 2023
  • Gantan-sai (Shintoism): January 1, 2023
  • Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God (Christianity): January 1, 2023
  • Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Ji (Sikhism): January 5, 2023
  • Epiphany of the Lord, Solemnity / Theophany (Christianity): January 6, 2023
  • Wolf Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): January 6, 2023
  • Mahāyāna New Year (Buddhism): January 7, 2023
  • Seijin-no-hi (Shintoism): January 9, 2023
  • Linji Memorial (Buddhism): January 11, 2023
  • Orthodox New Year (Christianity): January 14, 2023
  • Makar Sankranti / Maghi (Hinduism, Sikhism): January 15, 2023
  • World Religion Day (Baháʼí): January 15, 2023
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Christianity): January 18-25, 2023
  • Lunar New Year (Buddhism): January 22, 2023
  • Sadeh (Zoroastrianism): January 24, 2023
  • Honen Shonin Memorial (Buddhism): January 25, 2023
  • Vasant Panchami (Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism): January 26, 2023
  • Imbolc or Candlemas (Paganism): February 1-2, 2023
  • Presentation of Jesus at the Temple / Feast of Presentation of the Lord (Christianity): February 2, 2023
  • Setsunbun-sai (Shintoism): February 3, 2023
  • Snow Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): February 5, 2023
  • Tu BiShvat (Judaism): February 5-6, 2023
  • Nirvana Day (Buddhism): February 8, 2023 / February 15, 2023
  • Váli's Blót (Paganism): February 14, 2023
  • Laylat al-Isra'wa al-Mi'raj (Islam): February 17-18, 2023
  • Maha Shivaratri (Hinduism): February 18, 2023
  • Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti (Hinduism): February 21, 2023
  • Tibetan New Year (Buddhism): February 21, 2023
  • Lent / Great Lent (Christianity): February 22-April 6, 2023 / February 27-April 8, 2023
    - Ash Wednesday: February 22, 2023
    - Clean Monday: February 27, 2023
    - Palm Sunday: April 2, 2023 / April 9, 2023
  • Ayyám-i-Há (Baháʼí): February 26-March 1, 2023
  • Nineteen-Day Fast (Baháʼí): March 2-20, 2023
  • World Day of Prayer (Christianity): March 3, 2023
  • Sangha Day (Buddhism): March 6, 2023
  • Purim (Judaism): March 6-7, 2023
  • Worm Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): March 7, 2023
  • Laylat al-Bara'ah (Islam): March 7-8, 2023
  • Hola Mohalla (Sikhism): March 8-10, 2023
  • Holi (Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism): March 8, 2023
  • Birth Date of L. Ron Hubbard (Scientology): March 13, 2023
  • Memorial of Shan-tao (Buddhism): March 14, 2023
  • Sikh New Year's Day (Sikhism): March 14, 2023
  • Ghambar Hamaspathmaedem (Zoroastrianism): March 16-20, 2023
  • Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christianity): March 19, 2023
  • Ostara or Spring Equinox (Paganism): March 20, 2023
  • Festival of Higan-e (Buddhism): March 20-26, 2023
  • Shūbun-no-hi (Shintoism): March 21, 2023
  • Naw-Rúz (Baháʼí, Zoroastrianism): March 21-22, 2023
  • Nav Varsh (Hinduism): March 21-22, 2023
  • Ramayana Week (Hinduism): March 22-30, 2023
    - Ramanavami: March 30, 2023
  • Ramadan (Islam): March 22-April 21, 2023
  • Solemnity of the Annunciation / Feast of the Annunciation (Christianity): March 25, 2023
  • Birthday of Prophet Zoroaster / Khordad Sal (Zoroastrianism): March 26, 2023
  • Navpad Oli (Jainism): March 28-April 6, 2023
  • Hydesville Day (Spiritualism): March 31, 2023
  • Palm Sunday / Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem (Christianity): April 2, 2023 / April 9, 2023
  • Mahavira Jayanti (Jainism): April 4, 2023
  • Pesach (Judaism): April 5-13, 2023
  • Anniversary of the Founding of the Church (Latter Day Saint movement): April 6, 2023
  • Hanuman Jayanti (Hinduism): April 6, 2023
  • Pink Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): April 6, 2023
  • Theravāda New Year (Buddhism): April 6, 2023
  • Easter Triduum / Paschal Triduum (Christianity): April 6-April 9, 2023 / April 13-16, 2023
    • - Holy or Maundy Thursday / Great and Holy Thursday: April 6, 2023 / April 13, 2023
    • - Good Friday / Great and Holy Friday: April 7, 2023 / April 14, 2023
    • - Holy Saturday / Great and Holy Saturday: April 8, 2023 / April 15, 2023
    • - Easter / Pascha: April 9, 2023 / April 16, 2023
  • Lazarus Saturday (Christianity): April 8, 2023
  • Vesak (Buddhism): April 8, 2023
  • Vaisakhi / Baisakhi (Hinduism, Sikhism): April 14, 2023
  • Laylat al-Qadr (Islam): April 18, 2023
  • Jum’at al-Wada (Islam): April 21, 2023
  • Shrimad Rajchandra Dehvilay (Jainism): April 21, 2023
  • Eid al-Fitr (Islam): April 21-22, 2023
  • Riḍván (Baháʼí): April 21-May 2, 2023
    - First Day of Riḍván (Baháʼí): April 21, 2023
    - Ninth Day of Riḍván (Baháʼí): April 29, 2023
    - Twelfth Day of Riḍván (Baháʼí): May 2, 2023
  • Akshaya Tritiya (Hinduism, Jainism): April 22, 2023
  • Yggdrasil Day (Paganism): April 22, 2023
  • Nichiren Foundation Day (Buddhism): April 28, 2023
  • Ghambar Maidyozarem (Zoroastrianism): April 30-May 4, 2023
  • Beltane or May Eve (Paganism): May 1, 2023
  • Flower Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): May 5, 2023
  • Dianetics Day (Scientology): May 9, 2023
  • Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus Christ / Ascension of Christ (Christianity): May 18, 2023 / May 25, 2023
  • Shanja Matsuri (Shintoism): May 19, 2023
  • Declaration of the Báb (Baháʼí): May 24, 2023
  • Shavuot (Judaism): May 25-27, 2023
  • Buddha's Birth Date (Buddhism): May 26, 2023
  • Pentecost (Christianity): May 28, 2023 / June 4-6, 2023
  • Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Baháʼí): May 29, 2023
  • Poson (Buddhism): June 3, 2023
  • Strawberry Moon (Aboriginal Spirituality, Paganism): June 3, 2023
  • Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Christianity): June 4, 2023
  • Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Christianity): June 8, 2023
  • Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Sikhism): June 16, 2023
  • Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Christianity): June 16, 2023
  • Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Anniversary (Buddhism): June 18, 2023
  • Litha or Summer Solstice (Paganism): June 21, 2023
  • Nativity of John the Baptist / Nativity of St. John the Forerunner (Christianity): June 24, 2023 / July 7, 2023
  • Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul / Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (Christianity): June 29, 2023 / July 12, 2023
  • Ghambar Maidyoshahem (Zoroastrianism): June 29-July 3, 2023