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Religious Observances Calendar 2021

Embodying a culturally and spiritually diverse community, Drexel University recognizes that on the occasion of important or solemn religious days, certain of its members will observe practices that preclude them from attending to their regular duties whether as faculty members, staff or students. On the occasion of such days, it is important for all who do not share in these same practices to accommodate their colleagues and peers.

The University is committed to making every reasonable effort to accommodate religious observances, which include fasting and work restrictions in many religions. The Office of Equality and Diversity is available to provide information, resources and options about reasonable accommodations at any stage in the process. For more information, please view the University’s Religious Observances policy.


The following calendar provides a non-exhaustive list of globally recognized religious observances. Please note that Jewish and Islamic observances begin at sundown the evening before the date listed. Some of the dates may be approximate, as many holidays, such as Islamic and Hindu holy days, are based on the lunar calendar.

2021 Date Holiday Religion
January 1Solemnity of Mary, Mother of GodRoman Catholic
January 1OshogatsuShinto
January 6Epiphany or Three Kings DayChristian
January 13MaghiSikh
January 14Makar SankrantiHindu
January 17World Religion DayBaha'i
January 28Tu BiShvatJudaism
February 2ImbolcPagan and Wiccan
February 2SetsubunShinto
February 12Lunar New YearBuddhist
February 15Nirvana DayBuddhist
February 17 - April 3LentChristian
February 17Ash WednesdayChristian
February 25 - February 28Festival of Ayyam-i-HaBaha'i
February 25Ta'anit EstherJudaism
February 25 - 26PurimJudaism
February 26Magha PujaBuddhist
March 11Maha ShivaratriHindu
March 11Lailat al MirajIslam
March 13Birthday of L. Ron HubbardScientology
March 19Feast of St. JosephRoman Catholic
March 20OstaraPagan and Wiccan
March 20Naw RúzBaha'i/ Zoroastrian
March 27 - April 4PassoverJudaism
March 28Palm SundayChristian
March 28 - 29Mid-Sha'banIslam
March 29HoliHindu/Sikh/Buddhist/Jain
March 29Hola MohallaSikh
April 1Maundy (Holy) ThursdayChristian
April 2Good FridayChristian
April 3Holy SaturdayChristian
April 4Easter SundayChristian
April 8Buddha's BirthBuddhist
April 8VesakBuddhist
April 8Yom HaShoahJudaism
April 12 - May 11RamadanIslam
April 13VaisakhiHindu/ Sikh
April 13Yom HaZikaronJudaism
April 15Yom HaAtzma'utJudaism
April 25Mahavir JayantiJain
April 30Lag B'OmerJudaism
May 1BeltainePagan and Wiccan
May 2Easter/Pascha (Orthodox)Christian
May 9Laylat al-QadrIslam
May 12 - 13Eid-al-FitrIslam
May 16 - 18ShavoutJudaism
May 23Pentecost SundayChristian
June 16Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev SahibSikh
June 24LithaPagan and Wiccan
June 27Fast of TammuzJudaism
July 9Martyrdom of BábBaha'i
July 17 - 22The HajjIslam
July 18Tisha B' AvJudaism
July 19 - 20Eid al-AdhaIslam
July 24Pioneer DayChristian
August 1LughnasadhPagan and Wiccan
August 10Islamic New YearIslam
August 15Feast of AssumptionRoman Catholic
August 30Krishna JanmashtamiHindu
September 6 - 8Rosh HashanahJudaism
September 9Tzom GedaliahJudaism
September 15 - 16Yom KippurJudaism
September 21 - 29MabonPagan and Wiccan
September 27 - 28Arba'eenIslam
September 27 - 29Shemini AtzeretJudaism
September 20 - 27SukkotJudaism
September 28Simchat TorahJudaism
October 6 - 14NavaratiHindu
October 14DussehraHindu
October 19MawlidIslam
October 31SamhainPagan and Wiccan
November 1All Saints DayChristian
November 2All Soul's DayChristian
November 4DiwaliHindu/Sikh/Jain
November 6Birthday of BábBaha'I
November 7Birthday of Baha'u'llahBaha'i
November 24Martyrdom of Guru BahadurSikh
November 28 - December 6HanukkahJudaism
November 28 - January 6Christmas FastChristian
November 28 - December 24AdventChristian
December 8Feast of the Immaculate ConceptionRoman Catholic
December 8Bodhi DayBuddhist
December 12Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day)Christian
December 14Asara B'TevetJudaism
December 16 - 25Las PosadasChristian
December 21 - January 1YulePagan and Wiccan
December 24Christmas EveChristian
December 25Christmas DayChristian
December 26St. Stephen's DayChristian