Religious Holy Days

Accommodating Religious Observance

As a non-sectarian institution, Allegheny College affirms the variety of religious faiths represented within our community and supports individuals’ personal practice and expression of religion. We urge flexibility and consideration of religious practice in both curricular and co-curricular planning.

In addition to the chronological list below, we offer guidelines for faculty and academic departments, for programming offices, and for athletics to assist in honoring the religions represented within our community. A list of required religious observance that conflicts with final exams can be found on the page of faculty guidelines.

Please contact the Spiritual and Religious Life Office for more assistance or with specific questions.

Religious Calendar for 2021-2022

*Holiday begins the evening of the first date listed and ends the evening of the last date listed.
#Work is suspended for Baha’is.

Jul. 8-9* Martyrdom of the Bab (Death of the herald of the Baha’i faith)
Jul. 20 Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice; Islamic celebration at the end of the Hajj)
Aug. 1 Lughnassad, or Lammas (Pagan celebration of the beginning of harvest)
Aug. 17 Ashura (Shi‘ite holy day commemorating the martyrdom of Husayn b. ‘Ali)
Aug. 29 Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu festival celebrating the birth of Krishna)
Sep. 6-8* Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
Sep. 10 Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu celebration of Ganesha’s birthday)
Sep. 15-16* Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement)
Sep. 20-27* Sukkot (Jewish week-long Festival of Booths)
Sep. 22 Harvest, or Mabon (Pagan ritual of thanksgiving)
Sep. 28-29* Simchat Torah (Jewish celebration of the Torah)
Oct. 6-15 Navaratri (Hindu nine-day autumn festival)
Oct. 14 Dussehra, or Dasara (Hindu celebration of victories by several gods and goddesses)
Oct. 19 Mawlid al-Nabi (Islamic observance of Prophet Muhammad’s birthday
Oct. 31-Nov. 1 Samhain (Pagan festival honoring those who have died)
Nov. 1 All Saints Day (Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics)
Nov. 4 Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights)
Nov. 5-6*# Birth of the Bab (Herald of Baha’i faith)
Nov. 6-7*# Birth of Baha’u’llah (Founder of Baha’i faith)
Nov. 18 Guru Nanak Jayanti (Sikh observance of founder’s birthday)
Nov. 28-Dec. 6* Hanukkah (Jewish eight-day Festival of Lights)
Nov. 28-Dec. 24 Advent (Christian season of preparation for Christmas)
Dec. 8 Immaculate Conception (Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics celebrating the immaculate conception of Mary)
Dec. 21 Yule, or Winter Solstice (Pagan observance of the winter solstice)
Dec. 25 Christmas (Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus)
Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Kwanzaa (African American cultural festival)
Jan. 6 Epiphany (Christian celebration of Jesus’ manifestation to Gentiles)
Jan. 7 Christmas (Eastern Orthodox celebration of Jesus’ birth
Jan. 16-17* Tu B’Shvat (Jewish celebration of trees)
Feb. 2 Imbolc (Pagan celebration of the beginning of spring)
Feb. 5 Saraswati Puja, or Vasant Panchami (Hindu springtime festival)
Feb. 15 Nirvana Day (Buddhists mark Buddha’s full achievement of Nirvana)
Feb. 28 Maha Shrivrati (Hindu festival honoring the god Shiva)
Mar. 1 Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, celebration prior to Christian season of Lent)
Mar. 1-19* Baha’i Month of Fasting (Last month of Baha’i calendar)
Mar. 2 Ash Wednesday (Christian first day of Lent)
Mar. 2-Apr. 14 Lent (Christian 40-day season of preparation for Easter)
Mar. 16-17* Purim (Jewish Feast of Lots)
Mar. 17 Holi (Hindu Festival of Colors)
Mar. 20-21*# Naw-Rúz (Baha’i New Year)
Mar. 20 Ostara (Pagan festival at the spring equinox)
Apr. 3-May 3 Ramadan (Islamic month of fasting)
Apr. 10 Palm Sunday (Christian observance of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem)
Apr. 14 Maundy Thursday (Christian observance of Jesus’ last supper)
Apr. 15-23 Passover (Jewish week-long observance of the Exodus from Egypt)
Apr. 15 Good Friday (Christian observance of Jesus’ death and burial)
Apr. 17 Easter (Christian celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead)
Apr. 20-May 2*# Festival of Ridvan (Baha’i founder Baha’u’llah proclaimed as God’s messenger) Work suspended on day 1 (Apr. 20-21*), day 9 (Apr. 28-29*) and day 12 (May 1-2*)
Apr. 22 Holy Friday (Eastern Orthodox)
Apr. 24 Easter (Eastern Orthodox celebration of Jesus’ resurrection)
Apr. 27-28* Yom Hashoah (Jewish day of Holocaust remembrance)
Apr. 29 Laylat al-Qadr (Islamic night of prayer during Ramadan; date may vary)
May 1 Beltane (Pagan celebration related to May Day, fertility)
May 3 Eid al-Fitr (Islamic celebration at the end of Ramadan)
May 23-24*# Declaration of the Bab (Herald of Baha’i faith)
May 28-29*# Ascension of Baha’u’llah (Marks Baha’i founder’s death)
Jun. 4-6* Shavuot (Jewish commemoration of God’s gift of Torah at Sinai)
Jun. 5 Pentecost (Christian celebration of Holy Spirit and birth of the church)
Jun. 21 Midsummer, or Litha (Pagan holiday around the summer solstice)