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Traditional Observances and Major Days of Religious Significance

This calendar lists some traditional observances, and major days of religious significance. Also, see link to the NYS Department of Civil Service Calendar of Legal Holidays and Days of Religious Significance http://www.cs.ny.gov/attendance_leave/TM_39.cfm. Use these dates to aid in developing class syllabus and planning for examinations during the academic year 2013-14. If you are aware of other observances or major days of religious significance that should be listed, or if you see a misrepresentation on this list, please contact the Office of Assistant Provost for Diversity, 585-399-5876 or dlamphro@brockport.edu .

Although classes are in session many of these days, faculty are asked to use this information and their discretion when responding to student requests for time off for religious purposes. Students have certain rights to make up work missed due to observation of religious holidays. The following quote is from S 224-A of the New York State Education Law: “each student who is absent from school, because of her/his religious beliefs, must be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements which s/he may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days.” The full text of this law is found in the affirmative action policy: Student Absence due to Religious Beliefs — Section 224-A of the New York State Education Law. Please take special note of those holidays that have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them. Complaints or appeals related to denial of these rights by instructors should be addressed first with the chairperson of the department offering the course and, if necessary, the dean of the school.

The calendar is intended as a guide, since special and local conditions may cause variation from official practice. It is impossible here to note every observance, such as an individual saint’s day, which ordinarily would not require absence from work.

The following further explains days of religious significance and the calendar notations:

  1. An asterisk (*) indicates a day of required religious observance. The letters before an asterisk indicate the faiths for which the day is a day of required religious observance. The abbreviations used correspond to the following denominations or subdenominations:

    EO - Eastern Orthodox
    P - Protestant
    RC - Roman Catholic
    OJ - Orthodox Jew
    CJ - Conservative Jew
    RJ - Reform Jew
    M - Muslim

  2. All days of religious significance for the Jewish faith begin at sundown on the evening before the date given.
  3. The Orthodox Jewish faith requires its members to observe each Saturday as the Sabbath. Its members are not permitted to travel by car or common carrier after sundown on Friday evening.
  4. Reform Jews observe one day of required religious observance at the beginning and end of holy days rather than the two days Conservative and Orthodox Jews observe.
  5. The Roman Catholic Church requires its members to attend Mass every Sunday and on days of required religious observance. In some areas, this obligation may be fulfilled by attending Mass after 4 p.m. on the preceding day. In some communities, the Solemnity of the Mother of God (January 1), The Assumption (August 15), and All Saints Day (November 1) are not considered to be days of required religious observance if they fall on a Saturday or a Monday.
  6. The Eastern Orthodox Church requires its members to attend Divine Liturgy on Sundays and on days of required religious observance.
  7. Some Eastern Orthodox churches, including many Russian Orthodox parishes, follow the Julian rather than the Gregorian calendar. For this reason, they celebrate certain days of religious significance 13 days later than the dates listed by the Eastern Orthodox Church.
  8. Members of the Islamic faith observe Fridays as their major day of worship. The fast of Ramadan begins at sundown on the evening before the date given; there is no prohibition on working during Ramadan. The two days of required religious observance are Eid-ul-Fitr (Festival of Fastbreaking) and Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice). Members of the Islamic faith are prohibited from working on those two days. All of the dates of Islamic observance are tentative because they are based on sightings of the moon. Those wishing to confirm the exact dates should call the Attendance and Leave Unit no more than 30 days before the date listed on the calendar.

MONTH

DATE

DAY

LEGAL HOLIDAYS

DAYS OF RELIGIOUS
SIGNIFICANCE

JANUARY

1

Wednesday

New Year's Day

Solemnity of the Mother of God (RC*)
Feast of the Circumcision (EO*)

5

Sunday   Feast of Epiphany (RC)

6

Monday   Feast of Epiphany (EO*) (P)

16

Thursday   Tu Bi Shevat (OJ, CJ, RJ)

18 to
25

Saturday to
Saturday

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (P) (RC)

20

Monday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  

FEBRUARY

2

Sunday

 

The Presentation of Christ (EO*)

12

Wednesday Lincoln's Birthday (1)  

17

Monday Washington's Birthday (Observed)  

22

Saturday

 

Saturday of Souls (EO)

MARCH

1

Saturday

 

Saturday of Souls (EO)

5

Wednesday

 

Ash Wednesday (P) (RC)

7

Friday

 

World Day of Prayer (P)

8

Saturday

 

Saturday of Souls (EO)

9

Sunday

 

First Sunday of Lent (P)

13

Thursday

 

Fast of Esther (OJ, CJ, RJ)

16

Sunday

 

Sunday of Orthodoxy (EO)
Purim (OJ, CJ, RJ)

25

Tuesday

 

The Annunciation (EO*)

APRIL

13

Sunday

 

Palm Sunday (P) (RC) (EO*)

14

Monday

 

First Passover Seder (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

15

Tuesday

 

Passover (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

16

Wednesday

 

Passover (OJ*, CJ*, RJ)

17 to 20

Thursday to Sunday

 

Intermediate Days of Passover (OJ, CJ, RJ)

17

Thursday

 

Holy Thursday (RC) (EO*)
Maundy Thursday (P)

18

Friday

 

Good Friday (P) (RC) (EO*)

19

Saturday

 

Holy Saturday (EO*)

20

Sunday

 

Easter Sunday (P) (RC) (EO*)

21

Monday

 

Passover (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

22

Tuesday

 

Passover (OJ*, CJ*)

23

Wednesday

 

The Feast of Saint George (EO)

25

Friday

 

The Feast of the Lifegiving Fountain (EO)

28

Monday

 

Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)

MAY

2

Friday

 

May Friendship Day (P)

5

Monday

 

Yom Hazikaron (Day of Remembrance)

6

Tuesday

 

Yom Haatzmaut (Israel Independence Day)

18

Sunday

 

Lag Ba Omer (OJ, CJ, RJ)

21

Wednesday

 

Feast of Sts. Constantine and
Helen (EO)

26

Monday

Memorial Day

 

28

Wednesday

  Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day)

29

Thursday

 

Ascension Thursday (P) (RC*) (EO*)

 

JUNE

 

4

Wednesday

 

Shavuot (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

5

Thursday

  Shavuot (OJ*, CJ*)

7

Saturday

  Saturday of Souls (EO)

8

Sunday

Flag Day (2) Pentecost (P) (RC) (EO*)

9

Monday

  The Feast of the Holy Spirit (EO)

15

Sunday

 

All Saints Day (EO)
Trinity Sunday (RC)

22

Sunday

 

Corpus Christi (RC)

28

Saturday

 

First Day of Ramadan (M) (3)

29

Sunday

 

Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul (EO)

JULY

4

Friday

Independence Day

 

15

Tuesday

 

Fast of the 17th of Tammuz (OJ, CJ, RJ)

28

Monday  

Eid-ul-Fitr (Festival of Fastbreaking) (M*)

AUGUST

5

Tuesday

 

Fast of the 9th of AV (OJ, CJ, RJ)

6

Wednesday

 

The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ (EO*)

15

Friday

 

The Assumption (RC*)
The Repose of the Blessed Mother (EO*)

SEPTEMBER

1

Monday

Labor Day

 

8

Monday

 

Nativity of the Theotokos (EO)

14

Sunday

 

The Elevation of the Holy Cross (EO*)

25

Thursday

 

Rosh Hashanah (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

26

Friday

 

Rosh Hashanah (OJ*, CJ*, RJ)

OCTOBER

3

Friday

 

Kol Nidrei (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

4

Saturday

 

Yom Kippur (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)
Eid-ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) (M*)

5

Sunday

 

World Communion Sunday (P)

9

Thursday

 

Sukkot (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

10

Friday

 

Sukkot (OJ*, CJ*)

11 to 15

Saturday to Wednesday

 

Intermediate Days of Sukkot (OJ, CJ, RJ)

13

Monday

Columbus Day

 

16

Thursday   Shemini Atzeret (OJ*, CJ*, RJ*)

17

Friday  

Simchat Torah (OJ*, CJ*)

26

Sunday  

Reformation Day (P)
Feast of St. Demetrios (EO)

 

NOVEMBER

 

1

Saturday

 

All Saints Day (P) (RC)

2

Sunday

 

All Souls Day (RC)

4

Tuesday

Election Day

 

7

Friday

 

World Community Day (P)

11

Tuesday

Veterans' Day

 

21

Friday

 

Presentation of the Virgin Mary (EO*)

27

Thursday

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day (P)

30

Sunday   First Sunday of Advent (P)

DECEMBER

6

Saturday

 

Feast of St. Nicholas (EO)

8

Monday

 

The Immaculate Conception (RC*)

17 to 24

Wednesday to Wednesday

 

Chanukah (OJ, CJ, RJ)

25

Thursday

Christmas Day

Christmas Day (P)
Feast of the Nativity (EO*) (RC*)

26

Friday

 

First Day of Kwanzaa (4)

27

Saturday

 

Feast of St. Stephen (EO)

(1) The State has designated Lincoln's Birthday as a floating holiday in 2014 for State employees in certain bargaining units.
(2) Flag Day, the second Sunday in June, is not observed on the following Monday, and is not a paid holiday for State employees.
(3) The observance of Ramadan is anticipated to begin on June 28, 2014. See introduction, Note 8.
(4) Kwanzaa actually ends on January 1, 2015.

 

Last Updated 8/16/13