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Religious Holidays Comprehensive Calendar for Academic Year 2019–2020

Faculty (including coaches) receive annual reminders of this policy and are encouraged to work carefully with students in anticipating and resolving conflicts to their mutual satisfaction.

The list that follows is not exhaustive; it includes major festivals and holy days for many, though by no means all, religious traditions represented and celebrated in the Ramapo community. (If it does not include an important date in the religious calendar of your particular tradition, please let us know.) Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate. Note that some holidays in some traditions are tied to the lunar calendar or to particular cultural patterns that vary by region or by sect which make their location in the calendar somewhat more fluid.

Islamic Holidays: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

For holidays associated with Christianity, the following notations are used to denote observance by particular strands of the Christian traditionRC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox

Dates marked with a double asterisk (**) denote occasions on which the precept of a particular tradition and the practice of nearly all its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.

2019

Days

Holidays

Religion

Aug. 10 – Aug. 11 Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Monday
**Eid al-Adha (date can vary by day) Islam
Aug. 10 – Aug. 11 Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Tuesday
**Tisha B’ Av Judaism
Aug. 24 Saturday **Sri Krishna Jayanti Hinduism
August 28 – Sep 3 Wednesday – Tuesday Paryushana-Parva Jainism
Sept. 29 – Oct 1 Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Tuesday
**Rosh Hashanah (first 2 days) Judaism
Oct. 8 – Oct. 9 Sundown – Tuesday

Sundown – Wednesday

** Yom Kippur Judaism
Oct. 13 – Oct. 15 Sundown-Sunday

Sundown-Tuesday

**Sukkot (1st 2 days) Judaism
Oct. 20 – Oct. 22 Sundown-Sunday

Sundown-Tuesday

**Shemini Atzeret

**Simchat Torah

Judaism
October 27 Sunday Diwali (Deepavali) Hinduism –
Jain – Sikh
October 27 Sunday Mahavira-Jayanti Jainism, Sikhism,

Hinduism

October 28

October 29

Sundown – Monday
Sundown – Tuesday
**Birth of the Báb Bahá’í
October 29

October 30

Sundown –Tuesday
Sundown – Wednesday
**Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í
Nov.1

 

Friday All Saints Day Christianity (RC, P)
Nov. 9

Nov. 10

Sundown – Friday
Sundown – Saturday
Mawlid al Nabi (dates can vary by day) Islam
Dec. 22

Dec. 30

Sundown – Monday
Sundown – Monday
Chanukah Judaism
December 25 Wednesday Christmas Christianity (RC, P)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 Thursday – Wednesday **Kwanzaa African American

 

2020

Days

Holiday

Religion

Jan. 1 Wednesday  Gantan-sai Shinto
Jan. 6 Monday Epiphany (Theophany) Christianity (RC, P, O)
Jan. 7 Tuesday Feast of the Nativity (Christmas) Orthodox Christian
Feb. 8 Saturday Magha Purnima Hinduism
Feb. 5 Wednesday **Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist
Feb. 26 Wednesday Ash Wednesday – Lent begins Christianity (RC, P)
Mar. 1 – Mar. 20 Sunday

Friday

**`Ala’’ (Loftiness) Bahá’í
Mar. 2 Monday Great Lent begins-Clean Monday Orthodox Christian
Mar. 9

Mar. 10

Sundown-Monday

Sundown-Tuesday

Purim Judaism
Mar. 9

Mar. 10

Sundown-Monday

Sundown-Tuesday

Holi – Festival of Colors Hinduism
April 8 – 10 –

April 15 – 16

Sundown – Wednesday
Sundown – Thursday
**Passover (first two and last two days) Judaism
April 10 Friday Good Friday Christianity (RC, P)
April 12 Sunday Easter Bahá’í, Zoroastrian
April 12 Sunday Palm Sunday Orthodox Christian
Apr. 17 Friday Holy Friday Orthodox Christian
Apr. 19 Sunday Easter/Pascha Orthodox Christian
Apr 20

Apr. 21

Sundown-Monday

Sundown-Tuesday

Ridván Bahá’í
Apr. 16 – Apr. 17 Sundown – Tuesday
Sundown – Wednesday
Mahavir Jayanti Jainism
Apr. 19 Friday Good Friday Christianity (RC, P)
Apr. 19 – Apr. 21
Apr. 26 – Apr. 27
Sundown – Friday
Sundown – Saturday
**Pesach (first 2 days and last 2 days) Judaism
Apr. 20 – Apr. 21 Sundown – Saturday
Sundown – Sunday
Ridván (first day) Bahá’í
Apr. 20

Apr. 21

Sundown – Monday

Sundown – Tuesday

Yom HaSho’ah Judaism
Apr. 23

Apr. 24

Sundown-Thursday

Sundown-Friday

**Ramadan begins Islam
Apr. 28 – Apr. 29 Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Monday
Ridván (ninth day) Bahá’í
May 1 – May 2 Sundown – Friday
Sundown – Saturday
Ridván (twelfth day) Bahá’í
May 22 – May 23 Sundown – Friday
Sundown – Saturday
Declaration of the  Báb Bahá’í
May 23 – May 24 Sundown – Saturday
Sundown – Sunday
Eid al-Fitr Islam
May 28 – May 29 Sundown – Thursday
Sundown – Friday
Ascension ofBaha’u’ll”áh  

Bahá’

May 28 – May 30 Sundown-Thursday

Sundown-Saturday

 **Shavuot Judaism
July 29 – July 30 Sundown – Wednesday
Sundown – Thursday
**Tisha B’ Av Judaism