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Calendar of Holidays and Religious Observances 

This calendar lists Stephens College's holidays, traditional observances and major days of religious significance. Note that this calendar is meant to be a resource, but is not an exhaustive list of all religious holidays. Although many of these days are not College holidays, Stephens College is a non-denominational institution of higher learning that respects all faith practices and supports diversity of all kinds.

Supervisors are encouraged to refer to this information when responding to employee requests for time off for religious purposes. In most cases, supervisors should respect employees’ requests for time off for this purpose. Supervisors with specific concerns or questions about a particular request are encouraged to contact Human Resources for guidance. Faculty are encouraged to refer to this information when developing their course syllabi and when responding to student requests for excused absence from class for religious purposes. Please take special note of those holidays that have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.

Please Note:

  • Classes are not in session for holidays indicated in BOLD.
  • All Jewish and Islamic holidays begin at sundown on the evening prior to the first date shown.
  • * These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
  • # Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but rather are based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by a day.

Fall 2015

Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Janmashtami Hindu Sept. 5, 2015  
Labor Day   Sept. 7, 2015 Federal holiday.
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 14-15, 2015 Designated non-work day for observers
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 23, 2015 Designated non-work day for observers
Eid al-Adha Islamic Sept. 24, 2015 # Date not fixed. See note above.
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 5, 2015 Designated non-work day for observers
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Sept. 28-Oct. 4, 2015 *Sept. 28-29 primary observation days
Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 6, 2015 Designated non-work day for observers
Columbus Day   Oct. 12, 2015 Federal holiday. 
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Oct. 13-22, 2015  
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic Oct. 15, 2015  
Diwali Hindu Nov. 11, 2015  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2015 Federal holiday.
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 26, 2015 Federal holiday. Also observed Nov. 27, 2015
Saint Nicholas Day Christian Dec. 6, 2015  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 7-14, 2015  
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mexican Dec. 12, 2015  
St. Lucia Day Swedish Dec. 13, 2015  
Saturnalia Pagan Dec. 17, 2015  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Dec. 22, 2015 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Yule Pagan Dec. 22, 2015  
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2015  
Boxing Day Canadian Dec. 26, 2015  
Kwanza African American Dec. 26, 2015-Jan. 1, 2016  
Omisoka Japanese Dec. 31, 2015  
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2016 Federal holiday. 
Three Kings Day/Epiphany Christian Jan. 6, 2015  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2016  

 

Spring 2016

Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 18, 2016 Federal holiday.
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 10, 2016  
President's Day   Feb. 15, 2016 Federal holiday.
Maha Shivaratri Hindu March 8, 2016  
Beginning of Lent Christian March 14, 2016  
Holi Hindu March 23-24, 2016  
Purim Jewish March 24, 2016  
Good Friday Christian Mar. 25, 2016  
Easter Christian Mar. 27, 2016  
Ramanavami Hindu Apr. 15, 2016  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 23-30, 2016 *Apr. 23-24, 29-30 Primary Obligation Days
Designated non-work day for observers
Orthodox Good Friday Christian Orthodox Apr. 29, 2016  
Orthodox Easter Christian Orthodox May 1, 2016  
*Twelfth Day of Ridvan Bahá'í May 2, 2016  
Memorial Day   May 30, 2016 Federal holiday. 
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic Jun. 6, 2016 # Ramadan: Jun. 6-Jul. 6, 2016
Dates not fixed. See note above.
*Shavuot Jewish Jun. 12-13, 2016

Designated non-work day for observers

Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Jul. 1, 2016 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2016 Federal holiday.
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jul. 6, 2016 # Ramadan: Jun. 6-Jul. 6, 2016
Dates not fixed. See note above.
Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 25, 2015  

Fall 2016

Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Labor Day   Sept. 5, 2016 Federal holiday.
Eid al-Adha Islamic Sept. 11, 2016 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Oct. 1-9, 2016  
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic Oct. 2, 2016  
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Oct. 3-4, 2016 Designated non-work day for observers
Columbus Day   Oct. 10, 2016 Federal holiday.
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Oct. 12, 2016 Designated non-work day for observers
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 17-23, 2016 *Oct. 17-18 Primary Obligation Days
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 24, 2016 Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 25, 2016

Designated non-work day for observers 

Diwali Hindu Oct. 30, 2016  
Veteran's Day   Nov. 11, 2016 Federal holiday.
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 24, 2016 Federal holiday. Also observed Nov. 25.
Saint Nicholas Day Christian Dec. 6, 2016  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Dec. 11, 2016 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mexican Dec. 12, 2016  
St. Lucia Day Swedish Dec. 13, 2016  
Saturnalia Pagan Dec. 17, 2016  
Yule Pagan Dec. 22, 2016  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 25, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017  
Christmas Day Christian Dec 25, 2016  
Boxing Day
Canadian Dec. 26, 2016  
Kwanza African American Dec. 26, 2016-Jan. 1, 2017  
Omisoka Japanese Dec. 31, 2016  
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2017  Federal holiday.
Three Kings Day/Epiphany Christian Jan. 6, 2017  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2017  

 

Spring 2017

Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 16, 2017 Federal holiday.
President's Day   Feb. 20, 2017 Federal holiday.  
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb. 25, 2017  
Beginning of Lent Christian Orthodox Feb. 27, 2017  
Ash Wednesday Christian March 1, 2017  
Purim Jewish March 12, 2017  
Holi Hindu March 13-14, 2017  
Ramanavami Hindu April 5, 2017  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish Apr. 11-18, 2017 *Mar. 11-12, 17-18 Primary Obligation Days
Designated non-work day for observers
Good Friday Christian/Christian Orthodox Apr. 14, 2017  
Easter Christian/Christian Orthodox Apr. 16, 2017  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May. 27, 2017 # Ramadan: May 27-Jun. 25, 2017
Dates not fixed. See note above.
Memorial Day   May 29, 2017  
*Shavuot Jewish May 31-June 1, 2017

Designated non-work day for observers

Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic Jun. 21, 2017 # Date not fixed. See note above.
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic Jun. 25, 2017 # Ramadan: May 27-Jun. 25, 2017
Dates not fixed. See note above.
Independence Day   Jul. 4, 2017 Federal holiday.
Janmashtami Hindu Aug. 15, 2017  

 

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