Religious Holidays

Religious holidays 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 Observances and Holidays

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.

*Please note that those holidays listed in bold below are those where a fast is required 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
  • Dhamma Day (Buddhism): 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 (Paganism): August 1, 2022
  • Feast of the Transfiguration (Christianity): August 6, 2022 / August 19, 2022
  • 'Āshūrā’ (Islam): August 7-8, 2022
  • Fravardeghan Days (Zoroastrianism): August 8-17, 2022
  • Raksha Bandhan (Hinduism): August 11, 2022
  • Assumption of Mary, Solemnity /  Dormition (Falling Asleep) of the Theotokos (Christianity): August 15, 2022
  • Krishna Janmashtami (Hinduism): August 18-19, 2022
  • Paryusana Festival (Jainism): August 24-31, 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
  • Das Laxana Festival (Jainism): September 1-9, 2022
  • Birth Date of H.H. Sakya Trizin (Buddhism): September 7, 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
  • 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 or Jewish New Year (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
  • Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement (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
  • Sukkot (Judaism): October 9-16, 2022
  • Kaṭhina Cībar Dān (Buddhism): October 9-November 8, 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 (Judiaism): 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
  • Birth of the Báb (Baháʼí): October 25-26, 2022
  • Vikram Samvat New Year (Hinduism): October 26, 2022
  • Birth of Bahá’u’lláh (Baháʼí): October 26-27, 2022
  • Reformation Day (Christianity): October 31, 2022
  • Samhain (Paganism): October 31-November 1, 2022
  • All Saints' Day (Christianity): November 1, 2022 / June 11, 2023
  • National Native American Heritage Month (Aboriginal Spirituality): November 1-30, 2022
  • All Souls' Day (Christianity): November 2, 2022
  • Birth Date of Guru Nanak Dev Ji (Sikhism): November 8, 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
  • 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 (Paganism): December 21, 2022-January 1, 2023
  • Nativity of the Lord or Christmas (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
  • 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 (Paganism): February 1-2, 2023
  • Setsunbun-sai (Shintoism): February 3, 2023
  • Tu BiShvat (Judaism): February 5-6, 2023
  • Nirvana Day (Buddhism): February 8 or 15, 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
  • 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
  • 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 or New Year (Baháʼí, Zoroastrianism): March 21-22, 2023
  • Nav Varsh (Hinduism): March 21-22, 2023
  • Ramadan (Islam): March 22-April 21, 2023
  • Birthday of Prophet Zoroaster / Khordad Sal (Zoroastrianism): March 26, 2023
  • Ramayana Week (Hinduism): March 22-30, 2023
    - Ramanavami: March 30, 2023
  • Hydesville Day (Spiritualism): March 31, 2023
  • Mahavir Jayanti (Jainism): April 4, 2023
  • Passover or 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
  • 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
  • Yom HaShoah / Holocaust Remembrance Day (Judaism): April 17-18, 2023
  • Laylat al-Qadr (Islam): April 18, 2023
  • Jum’at al-Wada (Islam): 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
  • Nichiren Foundation Day (Buddhism): April 28, 2023
  • Ghambar Maidyozarem (Zoroastrianism): April 30-May 4, 2023
  • Beltane (Paganism): May 1, 2023
  • Dianetics Day (Scientology): May 9, 2023
  • Solemnity of the Ascension of Jesus 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, 2023
  • Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (Baháʼí): May 29, 2023
  • Poson (Buddhism): June 3, 2023
  • Most Holy Trinity, Solemnity (Christianity): June 4, 2023
  • Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Ji (Sikhism): June 16, 2023
  • Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro Anniversary (Buddhism): June 18, 2023
  • Litha or Midsummer (Paganism): June 21, 2023
  • Ghambar Maidyoshahem (Zoroastrianism): June 29-July 3, 2023