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RELIGIOUS and Cultural HOLIDAYS

Dear Friends,

Here is a calendar of religious holidays for Fall 2014. (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 2014

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

August


 30 – Sep 7

Paryushana Parva

Jain


September


   8

Ksamavani

Jain

11

Ethiopian New Year

Rastafari

13

Janmasthami

Hindu

12-16

Paitishahema Gahambar

Zoroastrian

23

Mabon / Fall Equinox

Wiccan

23

Shuubun no Hi

Buddhist (Japan)

23

Radhasthami

Hindu

25-26

Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on 24th

Jewish

25 – Oct 3

Maha Navaratri

Sikh, Hindu


October


2

Mihragan: Celebration of Mithra

Zoroastrian

3

Dushera

Sikh

4

Yom Kippur begins as sundown on the 3rd

Jewish

5

Eid al Adha begins at sundown on the 4th

Muslim

9

Birthday of Guru Ram Das

Sikh

9-10

Sukkot begins at sundown on the 8th

Jewish

14

Al-Hijira (Islamic New Year)

Muslim

12 – 16

Ayathrem Gahambar 

Zoroastrian

16

Shemini Atzerert begins at sundown on the 15th

Jewish

17

Simchat Torah begins at sundown on the 16th

Jewish

20

Birth of the Bab

Baha’i

23

Bandi Chhor Divas

Sikh

23-27

Diwali (Deepavali), Mahavira Nirvana

Hindu, Sikh, Jain,

23

Ashura

Muslim

31

Samhain

Wiccan

31

All Hallows Eve

Christian


November


1

All Saints' Day

Christian

2

Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I

Rastafari

6

Guru Nanak Jayanti

Sikh

7

Lhabab Duchen

Buddhist (Tibetan)

8

Jnana Panchami

Jain

15

Nativity Fast begins

Orthodox Christian

15

Shichigosan

Shinto

17

Anapanasati

Buddhist (Theravadan)

24

Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom

Sikh

24

Adargan

Zoroastrian

26

Day of Covenant begins at sundown on 25th

Baha’i

27

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

17- 24

Hanukkah begins at sunset on the 16th  

Jewish

21

Yule

Wiccan

21

Yalda (Shab-e Chelleh)

Zoroastrian

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.