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RELIGIOUS and Cultural HOLIDAYS

Dear Friends,

Here is a calendar of religious holidays for Fall 2013. (Note that some holidays may be celebrated on different days due to sectarian and regional differences.  Many holidays begin at sundown the evening before.) If you find errors or have dates you would like to add, please let me know.

As you are probably aware, the Colleges’ policy on religious observance includes the following:  “The Colleges accept the responsibility of making available to each student who is absent from class because of religious obligations and practices an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirement missed.” 

Some of our students come from very strong religious and cultural backgrounds where no classes are held on Rosh Ha-Shanah, Yom Kippur, Diwali, Eid-ul-Fitr, etc.  In order to support these students in maintaining their religious and cultural diversity, it is helpful to do the following:

  1. Avoid scheduling tests, major quizzes, field trips, major lectures and large campus events on major holidays (noted in bold type).
  2. Include a reminder of our campus policy in your syllabus.
  3. Note the responsibilities students have in requesting accommodation.
  4. Note the ways you anticipate providing accommodations.
  5. Talk about the issue when you address your attendance policy at the start of the semester.

 

I thank you in advance for your help in making Hobart and William Smith Colleges a community that welcomes diversity and assists students as they claim their religious and cultural identities.


Lesley Adams,
Chaplain



Religious and Cultural Holidays for Fall 2013

Major holidays in bold text
Some holidays may be celebrated on different dates
according to regional custom or moon sighting.

 

September

5-6

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on 4th

Jewish

19

Ganesha Charurthi

Hindu

11

Ethiopian New Year

Rastafari

12

Paryushana Parva

Jain

13

Janmasthami

Hindu

14

Yom Kippur begins as sundown on the 13th

Jewish

12-16

Paitishahema Gahambar

Zoroastrian

16

Onam

Hindu

19-25

Sukkot begins at sundown on the 18th

Jewish

22

Mabon / Fall Equinox

Wiccan

23

Shuubun no Hi

Buddhist (Japan)

23

Radhasthami

Hindu

27

Simchat Torah begins at sundown on the 26th

Jewish


October

 2

Mihragan: Celebration of Mithra

Zoroastrian

 5-13

Navaratri

Hindu

 9-13

Durga Puja

Hindu

 9

Birthday of Guru Ram Das

Sikh

14

Dussehera

Hindu

15

Eid al Adha  begins at sundown on the 14th

Muslim

19

Pavarana

Buddhist (Theravadan)

20

Birth of the Bab

Baha’i

31

Samhain

Wiccan

31

All Hallows Eve

Christian


November

 1

All Saints' Day

Christian

1-5

Diwali (Deepavali)

Hindu, Jain, Sikh

 2

Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I

Rastafari

 3

Bandi Chhor Divas

Sikh

 4

Al-Hijira (Islamic New Year)

Muslim

 7

Lhabab Duchen

Buddhist (Tibetan)

 8

Jnana Panchami

Jain

14

Ashura

Muslim

15

Nativity Fast begins

Orthodox Christian

15

Shichigosan  

Shinto

17

Anapanasati

Buddhist (Theravadan)

21

Birthday of Guru Nanak

Sikh

24

Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom

Sikh

24

Adargan

Zoroastrian

26

Day of Covenant begins at sundown on 25th

Baha’i

28-Dec 5

Hanukkah begins at sunset on the 27th  

Jewish

28

Thanksgiving

USA

28

Guru Nanak birthday

Sikh


December

 1

First Sunday of Advent

Christian

 6

St. Nicholas Day

Christian

 8

Immaculate Conception

Catholic Christian

12

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Catholic Christian

16

Posadas Navidenas through 12/25

Hispanic Christian

21

Yule/Solstice

Wiccan/ Christian

25

Christmas/Feast of the Nativity

Christian

26

Zartosht No-Diso

Zoroastrian

26 – Jan 1

Kwanzaa

African American

31

Oomisoka

Shinto

31 – Jan 4

Maidyarem Gahambar

Zoroastrian


POLICY

The Colleges’ policy on religious observance includes the following: “The Colleges accept the responsibility of making available to each student who is absent from class because of religious obligations and practices an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirement missed.”

Major holidays, especially those with work restrictions, are listed in bold type. Jewish and Muslim holidays begin the evening before.

CONTACT

If your religion is not reflected in this list, please feel free to contact The Rev. Lesley M. Adams, Chaplain.