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Religious Observances Calendar

Policy Statement

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 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.

Religious Holidays Comprehensive Calendar

2020 Days Holiday Religion
Jan 1 Wednesday Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Roman Catholic
Jan 1 Wednesday Oshogatsu Shinto
Jan 2 Thursday Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday Sikh
Jan 6 Monday Epiphany Christian
Jan 7 Tuesday Christmas Coptic Orthodox Christian
Jan 7 Tuesday Asara B’Tevet (The Tenth of Tevet) Jewish
Jan 14 Tuesday New Year Eastern Orthodox Christian
Jan 14 Tuesday Maghi Sikh
Jan 15 Wednesday Makar Sankranti Hindu
Jan 19 Sunday World Religion Day Baha’i
Jan 25 Saturday Chinese New Year Buddhist
Feb 1 Saturday Imbolc Pagan and Wiccan
Feb 3 Monday Setsubun Shinto
Feb 10 Monday Tu Bishvat Jewish
Feb 10 Monday Magha Puja Buddhist
Feb 15 Sunday Parinirvana or Nirvana Day Buddhist
Feb 21 Friday Maha Shivaratri (Shiva’s Night) Hindu
Feb 25 Tuesday Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha (2/25-2/29) Baha’i
Feb 26 Wednesday Ash Wednesday Christian
Feb 26 02/26 – 04/09 Lent Christian
Feb 29 02/29 – 03/19 Nineteen Day Fast Baha’i
Mar 9 Monday Purim (Festival of Lots) Jewish
Mar 9 Monday Holi Hindu/ Sikh/ Jain/ Buddhist
Mar 10 Tuesday Hola Mohalla Sikh
Mar 13 Friday Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard Scientology
Mar 19 Thursday Ostara Pagan and Wiccan
Mar 19 Thursday Feast of St Joseph Roman Catholic
Mar 20 03/19 – 03/20 Naw Ruz (New Year) Baha'i
Mar 20 Friday Naw Ruz (New Year) Zoroastrian
Mar 22 Sunday Lailat al Miraj Islam
Mar 25 Wednesday The Annunciation Christian
Apr 5 Sunday Palm Sunday Christian
Apr 6 Monday Mahavir Jayanti Jain
Apr 8 Wednesday Buddha’s Birth Buddhist
Apr 8 04/08 – 04/09 Mid-Sha’ban Islam
Apr 9 Thursday (Holy) Thursday Maundy
Apr 9 04/09 – 04/16 Passover Jewish
Apr 11 Saturday Holy Saturday Christian
Apr 12 Sunday Easter Christian
Apr 13 Monday Vaisakhi (New Year) Hindu/Sikh
Apr 19 Sunday Ascension Day Orthodox Christian
Apr 19 04/19 – 05/01 Ridvan Baha’i
Apr 21 Tuesday Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) Jewish
Apr 23 (4/23-5/23) Ramadan Islamic
Apr 28 Tuesday Yom HaZikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) Jewish
Apr 29 Wednesday Yom HaAtzma'ut (Israeli Independence Day) Jewish
Apr 30 Thursday Beltaine Pagan and Wiccan
May 7 Thursday Vesak Buddhist
May 12 Tuesday Lag B’Omer (33rd Day of Counting the Omer) Jewish
May 19 Tuesday Laylat al-Qadr Islam
May 21 Thursday Ascension Day Christian
May 22 05/22 – 05/23 Declaration of the Bab Baha'i
May 23 05/23 – 05/24 Eid al-Fitr Islamic
May 27 05/27 – 05/28 Ascension of Baha’u’llah Baha’i
May 28 05/28-05/30 Shavuot Jewish
May 31 Sunday Pentecost Sunday Christian
Jun 14 Sunday Race Unity Day Baha'i
Jun 14 Sunday All Saints Day Orthodox Christian
Jun 16 Tuesday Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sikh
Jun 20 Saturday Litha (Summer Solstice) Pagan and Wiccan
Jul 10 Friday Martyrdom of the Bab Baha'i
Jul 22 Wednesday Khordad Sal Zoroastrian
Jul 23 Thursday Birthday of Haile Selassie Rastafarian
Jul 24 Friday Pioneer Day The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Jul 28 (7/29-8/2) The Hajj Islamic
Jul 30 07/30 - 07/31 Eid al-Adha Islamic
Aug 1 Saturday Lughnasadh Pagan and Wiccan
Aug 11 Tuesday Krishna Janmashtami Hindu
Aug 15 Saturday Feast of Assumption Roman Catholic
Aug 16 08/16 – 08/23 Paryushana Jain
Aug 19 Wedensday Islamic New Year Islamic
Sep 1 09/01 – 09/17 Pitru Paksha Hindu
Sep 11 Friday Nayrouz Orthodox Christian
Sep 12 Sunday Leil Selichot (Prayers for forgiveness for the New Year) Jewish
Sep 18 09/18 – 09/20 Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Jewish
Sep 21 Monday Mabon Pagan and Wiccan
Sep 21 Monday Tzom Gedaliah (Fast of the Seventh Month) Jewish
Sep 27 09/27 - 09/28 Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish
Oct 2 10/02 – 10/09 Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish
Oct 7 Wednesday Arbaeen Islamic
Oct 9 10/9 – 10/11 Shmini Atzeret (Eighth Day of the Feast of Tabernancles) Jewish
Oct 10 10/10 – 10/11 Jewish: Simchat Torah (Beginning of the Annual Torah Reading Cycle) Jewish
Oct 17 10/17 – 10/26 Navratri Hindu
Oct 20 Monday Birthday of the Bab Baha’i
Oct 25 Sunday Dussehra Hindu
Oct 28 Wednesday Mawlid Islamic
Oct 31 Saturday Samhain Pagan and Wiccan
Nov 1 Sunday All Saints Day – Day of the Dead Christian
Nov 2 Monday All Soul's Day Christian
Nov 2 Monday Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassie Rastafarian
Nov 12 Thursday Birthday of Baha’u’llah Baha’i
Nov 14 Saturday Diwali Hindu/Sikh/Jain
Nov 15 Sunday New Year Jain
Nov 24 11/24 – 11/25 Day of the Covenant Baha’i
Nov 28 11/28 – 01/06 Christmas Fast Orthodox Christian
Nov 29 11/29 – 12/24 Advent Bahadur Christian
Nov 30 Monday Martyrdom of Guru Bahadur Sikh
Nov 30 Monday Guru Nanak Ji’s Birthday Sikh
Dec 8 Tuesday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic
Dec 8 Tuesday Bodhi Day (Buddha’s Enlightenment) Buddhist
Dec 10 12/10 – 12/18 Hanukkah (Festival of Lights) Jewish
Dec 12 12/10 – 12/18 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day)16 Catholic Christian
Dec 16 Wednesday Las Posadas
Dec 20 Sunday Yule Pagan and Wiccan
Dec 24 Thursday Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Friday Christmas Christian
Dec 26 Saturday St. Stephen’s Day Christian
Dec 26 Saturday Zartosht No-Diso Zoroastrian