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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.

2017-18 Academic Year 

Fall 2017

Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Labor Day   Sept. 5, 2017 # Federal holiday.
Eid al-Adha Islamic Sept. 1-5, 2017  
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Sept. 21-29, 2017  
Hijrah (New Year) Islamic Sept. 22, 2017  
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 21-22, 2017 Designated non-work day for observers
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 30, 2017 Designated non-work day for observers
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Oct. 5-11, 2017 *Oct. 5-6 Primary Obligation Days
Columbus Day   Oct. 9, 2017 Federal holiday.
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 12, 2017 Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 13, 2017

Designated non-work day for observers 

Diwali Hindu Oct. 19, 2017  
Veterans Day   Nov. 11, 2017 Federal holiday.
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 23, 2017 Federal holiday. 
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Dec. 1, 2017 #  
Saint Nicholas Day Christian Dec. 6, 2017  
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mexican Dec. 12, 2017  
St. Lucia Day Swedish Dec. 13, 2017  
Saturnalia Pagan Dec. 17, 2017  
Yule Pagan Dec. 21, 2017  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 12-20, 2017  
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2017  
Boxing Day
Canadian Dec. 26, 2017  
Kwanza African American Dec. 26, 2017-Jan. 1, 2018  
Omisoka Japanese Dec. 31, 2017  
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2018  Federal holiday.
Three Kings Day/Epiphany Christian Jan. 6, 2018  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2018  

 

Spring 2018

Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Martin Luther King Day   Jan. 15, 2018 Federal holiday.
Maha Shivaratri Hindu Feb. 13, 2018  
Beginning of Lent Christian Orthodox Feb. 14, 2018  
Ash Wednesday Christian Feb. 14, 2018  
Presidents Day   Feb. 19, 2018 Federal holiday.  
Purim Jewish March 1, 2018  
Holi Hindu March 1-2, 2018  
Ramanavami Hindu March 25, 2018  
Good Friday Christian/Christian Orthodox March 30, 2018  
*Passover (Pesach) Jewish March 31-April 5, 2018 *March 31-April 1, 4-5 Primary Obligation Days
Designated non-work day for observers
Easter Christian/Christian Orthodox April 1, 2018  
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May 16, 2018 # Ramadan: May 15-June 14, 2018

Memorial Day   May 28, 2018  
Shavuot Jewish May 20-21, 2018

Designated non-work day for observers

Lailat Ul Qadr Islamic June 11, 2018 #  
Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) Islamic June 14-17, 2018 #

Independence Day   July 4, 2018 Federal holiday.
Janmashtami Hindu Sept. 2, 2018  

 

Fiscal Year 2018 Observed Holidays

  • Independence Day – Tuesday, July 4, 2017
  • Labor Day – Monday, September 4, 2017
  • Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 23, 2017
  • Day after Thanksgiving – Friday, November 24, 2017
  • Winter Break – begins Saturday, December 23, 2017; campus reopens Tuesday, January 2, 2018
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Memorial Day – Monday, May 28, 2018

 

Fall 2018

Holiday or ObservanceReligious GroupDatesAdditional Notes
Eid al-Adha Islamic Aug. 21-25, 2018 #  
Labor Day   Sept. 3, 2018 Federal holiday.
*Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish Sept. 10-11, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers
Hijrah (New Year) Islamic Sept. 11, 2018  
*Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish Sept. 19, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers
*Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish Sept. 24-30, 2018 *Sept. 24-25 Primary Obligation Days
*Shmini Atzeret Jewish Oct. 1, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers
*Simchat Torah Jewish Oct. 2, 2018 Designated non-work day for observers
Columbus Day   Oct. 8, 2018 Federal holiday.
Navaratri/Dassehra Hindu Oct. 9-18, 2018  
Diwali Hindu Nov. 7, 2018  
Veterans Day   Nov. 11, 2018 Federal holiday.
Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic Nov. 20, 2018 #  
Thanksgiving Day   Nov. 22, 2018 Federal holiday.
Saint Nicholas Day Christian Dec. 6, 2018  
Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe Mexican Dec. 12, 2018  
St. Lucia Day Swedish Dec. 13, 2018  
Saturnalia Pagan Dec. 17, 2018  
Yule Pagan Dec. 21, 2018  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish Dec. 3-10, 2018  
Christmas Day Christian Dec. 25, 2018  
Boxing Day
Canadian Dec. 26, 2018  
Kwanza African American Dec. 26, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019  
Omisoka Japanese Dec. 24, 2018  
New Year's Day   Jan. 1, 2019  Federal holiday.
Three Kings Day/Epiphany Christian Jan. 6, 2019  
Orthodox Christmas Christian Orthodox Jan. 7, 2019  

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