Our communities will celebrate over 60 religious holidays during the year
Office Hours: During the school year: Monday-Friday 9 AM to 9 PM Summer: Monday-Friday 9 AM to 5 PM
This is a partial list of some major holy days of those traditions listed below. Holy days noted in bold are widely considered to be major holy days within the religious tradition, and are most likely to be times when an adherent would engage in religious observations. Therefore, a religious accommodation such as absence from class and/or rescheduling of an exam may be requested. Accommodations must be requested in a timely manner. Religious holy days from traditions not listed here may also require accommodation. On dates marked with an asterisk (*), observances begin at sundown of the preceding day. Jewish holy days end one hour after sunset of the concluding day. Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist holy days may vary depending on the sighting of the moon.
|24||Sri Krishna Jayanti||Hinduism|
|27 -Sep 3||Paryushana||Jainism|
|31||Al-Hijra (New Year)||Islam|
|*29 - Oct 8||Navratri||Hinduism|
|*30 - Oct 1||Rosh Hashana||Judaism|
|*14-15||First and Second Days of Sukkot||Judaism|
|20||Installation Sri Guru Granth Shib Ji||Sikhism|
|24-29||Diwali||Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism|
|27||Bandi Chhor Divas||Sikhism|
|29||Birth of the Bab||Bahá’í|
|30||Birth of Bahá’u’lláh||Bahá’í|
|November||1||Feast of All Saints||Christianity|
|2||Feast of All Souls||Christianity|
|12||Birthdate of Gur Nanak Dev Ji||Sikhism|
|24||Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji||Sikhism|
|25||Day of the Covenant||Bahá’í|
|28||Ascension of Abdu'l-Baha||Bahá’í|
|December||8||Feast of the Immaculate Conception||Christianity|
|26||Death of Prophet Zarathustra||Zoroastrianism|
|January||5||Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib||Sikhism|
|6||Armenian Christmas||Eastern Christianity|
|10||Mahayana New Year||Buddhism|
|25||Chinese New Year||Buddhism|
|15||Nirvana Day||Buddhism, Jainism|
|7-9||Thereavada New Year||Buddhism|
|*9-10||First Two Days of Passover||Judaism|
|12||Palm Sunday||Eastern Christianity|
|*15-16||Last Two Days of Passover||Judaism|
|17||Holy Friday||Eastern Christianity|
|19||Pascha (Easter)||Eastern Christianity|
|20||First Day of Ridvan||Bahá’í|
|27||Ninth Day of Ridvan||Bahá’í|
|May||1||Twelfth Day of Ridvan||Bahá’í|
|23||Declaration of the Bab||Bahá’í|
|28||Ascension of Baha'u'llah||Bahá’í|
|9||Martydom of the Bab||Bahá’í|
- Observance of Buddhist, Hindu/Vedic and Islamic holy days is dependent on the sighting of the moon. Please note that the dates provided may not be the exact dates but the closest approximates.
- Observance of Baha'i holy days begins at sundown of preceding day and ends at sunset of the holy days.
- Roman Catholic obligatory feasts require attendance at services and avoidance of servile work.
- Roman Catholic traditional feasts are those days on which it is assumed that the faithful will attend services. This may exclude servile work and include various requirements of prayer and fasting.
The above are guidelines for your rights and responsibilities regarding religious observances. The university administration, in reaffirming American University's historic commitment to diversity, makes it clear that religious observance is to be honored. The following paragraph is included in a letter recently sent by the provost to all faculty:
According to university policy, students may receive excused absences from class or exam attendance for observance of religious holidays. Students should not be penalized for excused absences and are required to make-up all work missed as a result of these absences. Students must also inform their professors of their religious obligations in a timely manner. On holy days, please try to avoid scheduling exams or other important events. If you must schedule important class events on these days, please provide proper notification in your syllabi and give students reasonable opportunities to make-up missed work. Students have been instructed to notify faculty in advance if they intend to miss class for a religious commitment.
It is the responsibility of the student to manage the work or study time lost as the result of religious holidays or observances that do not fall within class time or scheduled examination periods.
If you need to make a request for a religious accommodation, you can do so through our online form.
If you have any questions about the policy or about religious observance, please contact any of the chaplains listed below:
Mr. Jason Benkendorf, Hillel Executive Director
202-885-3322 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Donna Denize, Baha'i Chaplain
202-537-6478 - email@example.com
Rev. Joey Heath-Mason, United Methodist Chaplain
202-885-3304 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Imam Imad-ad-Dean Ahmad, Muslim Chaplain
301-946-9437 - email@example.com
Fr. Ivan Pertine, Catholic Chaplain
202-885-32940 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Kavita Pallod Sekhsaria, Hindu/Vedic Chaplain
202-885-3320 - email@example.com
Bhante Uparatana, Buddhist Chaplain
301-946-9437 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev. Blane Young, Chi Alpha Chaplain