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Religious Holidays Comprehensive Calendar for Academic Year 2020–2021

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.

2020

Days

Holidays

Religion

Aug. 11 – Aug. 12 Sundown – Tuesday
Sundown – Wednesday
**Sri Krishna Jayanti (date can vary by day) Hinduism
Sep. 18 – Sep. 20 Sundown – Friday
Sundown – Sunday
**Rosh Hashanah (first 2 days) Judaism
Sep. 20 – Sep. 21 Sunday – Monday Paryushana-Parva Jainism
Sep. 27 – Sep. 28 Sundown Sunday

Sundown Monda

** Yom Kippur Judaism
Oct. 2 – Oct. 4 Sundown – Friday
Sundown – Sunday
**Sukkot (1st 2 days) Judaism
Oct. 9 – Oct. 11 Sundown – Friday

Sundown – Sunday

**Shemini Atzeret

**Simchat Torah

Judaism
Oct. 17 – Oct. 26 Sundown – Sat

Sundown – Mon

Navaratri Hinduism
Oct. 18 – Oct. 19 Sundown-Sunday

Sundown-Monday

**Birth of the Báb Bahá’í
Oct.  28 – Oct 29 Sundown – Wed

Sundown – Thurs

Mawlid al Nabi (dates can vary by day)

 

Islam
Nov. 6

Nov. 7

Sundown – Friday
Sundown – Saturday
**Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Bahá’í
 

Nov. 14

 

Saturday

 

Diwali (Deepavli)

Jainism
SikhismHinduism
 

Dec. 10

Dec. 18

 

Sundown – Thurs

Sundown – Fri

 

Hanukkah/Chanukah

 

 

Judaism

Dec. 24

Dec. 25

 

Thursday

Friday

Christmas Christianity

(RC, P, O)

Dec. 26

Jan. 1

Saturday
Friday
**Kwanzaa African
American

 

2021

Days

Holidays

Religion

Jan. 7 Thursday Feast of the Nativity (Christmas) Orthodox Christian
 Feb. 12  Friday **Chinese New Year Confucian, Daoist, Buddhis
Feb. 17 Wednesday Ash Wed, Lent begins Christianity (RC, P)
 Feb. 25

Feb 26

 Sundown Thurs

Sundown Fri

Purim Judaism
Mar. 1 – Mar. 19 Monday

Friday

**`Ala’’ (Loftiness) Bahá’í
Mar. 15

May 1

Monday

Saturday

Great Lent begins/Clean Mon Orthodox Christian
Mar. 19

Mar. 20

Sundown-Friday

Sundown-Saturday

Naw-Ru’z Bahá’í
Mar. 27-29

April 2-4

Sundown-Saturday

Sundown-Sunday

**Pesach/Passover (first two and last

two days)

Judaism
Mar. 28 –

Mar. 29

Sundown – Sunday
Sundown – Monday
Holi – Festival of Colors (date may vary) Hinduism
Mar. 28 Sunday Palm Sunday Christianity (RC, P)
April 2 Friday Good Friday Christianity (RC, P)
April 4 Sunday Easter Christianity (RC, P)
Apr. 6 Tuesday Mahavira-Jayanti Jainism
Sikhism, Hinduism
Apr. 8

Apr. 9

Sundown Thursday

Sundown Friday

Yom HaSho’ah Judaism
Apr 12

May 11

Sundown-Monday

Sundown-Tuesday

**Ramadan begins Islam
Apr. 28

Apr. 29

Sundown – Wednesday
Sundown – Thursday
Ridván (9th day) Bahá’í

 

Apr. 30 Friday Holy Friday Orthodox Christian
May 1

May 2

Sundown – Saturday
Sundown – Sunday
Ridván (12th day) Bahá’í
May 2 Sunday Easter/Pascha Orthodox Christian
May 12

May 13

Sundown – Wednesday

Sundown – Thursday

Eid al-Fitr Islam
May 16

May 17

Sundown-Sunday

Sundown-Monday

**Shavuot

 

Judaism
May 22

May 23

Sundown – Saturday
Sundown – Sunday
Declaration of the  Báb Bahá’í
May 28

May 29

Sundown – Friday
Sundown – Saturday
Ascension of Baha’u’ll”áh Bahá’
July 17

July 18

Sundown –Satuday
Sundown – Sunday
**Tisha B’ Av Judaism
July 19

July 20

Sundown – Monday
Sundown -Tuesday
Eid al-Adha Islam