2021-22 Religious Observances

  • Significant religious observances of the major faith groups represented in the United States are included in our Employee Calendar to help teachers, administrators, and other staff members promote a welcoming climate that is sensitive to religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity. Teachers and administrators are encouraged to consider possible conflicts when scheduling tests and planning schoolwide activities and programs to promote participation and support families of all faiths in our school community.

    Observances marked with * and ** begin at sunset or the lunar sighting the evening before which could affect families’ participation in evening events. Restric- tions may vary based on the tradition observed by individual families and their faith group. For some noted observances, students and staff may be absent from school or work. In some cases, older students and adults may be fasting. Some Jewish fast days (with no asterisk) begin at sunrise and end at sunset on the same day. The Communication and Media Relations Department has made every attempt to ensure the accuracy of the dates in this list. The information has been verified through the use of various sources. While this list is not comprehensive, it includes the most common and universal observances as noted in Resources for Planning the School Calendar 2021–22, Interfaith Calendar, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Calendar of Observances, www.islamicfinder.org, and www.bahai.us. Some, but not all, of the more familiar dates also are included on the calendar grid.

    Regional customs or local moon sightings may cause a variation in the date for Islamic holidays, which are tied to a lunar calendar. As a result, lunar-based observances noted in this calendar are estimated and may vary in practice. In addition, some individuals may observe other holidays or timing for universal holidays that are specific to the country or region of origin or of their ethnic or cultural group. As a result, they may not be included or may not match the listings in this calendar.

    Contact your Assistant Superintendent with questions related to holidays observed, attendance, excused absences for religious observances, and make-up work.

    First semester (Fall 2021)                                                                                  Second semester (spring 2022)

    Date

    Day

    Observance

    Date

    Day

    Observance

    July 9

    F

    Martyrdom of the Báb* (Bahà’í)

    January 1

    Sat

    Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Christian)

    July 13

    Tu

    Ullambana (Obon)# (Buddhist)

    January 6

    Th

    Christmas Day (Armenian Orthodox)

    July 17

    Sat

    Tish’a B’Av* (Jewish)

    January 6

    Th

    Epiphany (Christian)

    July 18

    Sun

    Hajj (First Day)** (Islamic)

    January 7

    F

    Christmas Day (Eastern Orthodox)

    July 19

    M

    Arafa Day** (Islamic)

    January 17

    M

    Tu BiShvat* (Jewish)

    July 20

    Tu

    Eid-ul-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice)** (Islamic)

    February 1

    Tu

    Lunar (Chinese) New Year (Spring Festival) (Buddhist)

    July 24

    Sat

    Asala Puja (Dharma Day) (Buddhist)

    Feb. 25–March 1

     

    Ayyám-i-Há* (Bahà’í)

    August 15

    Sun

    Assumption (Christian)

    March 1

    Tu

    Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday) (Christian)

    August 18

    W

    Day of Aashoraa** (Islamic)

    March 2–April 16

     

    Lent (Christian)

    August 30

    M

    Krishna Janmashtami (Jayanti) (Hindu)

    March 2–20

     

    Bahá’í Fast* (Bahà’í)

    September 4–11

     

    Paryushan Parva (Jain)

    March 2

    W

    Ash Wednesday (Lent begins) (Christian)

    September 7 & 8

    Tu & W

    Rosh Hashanah* (New Year) (Jewish)

    March 7–April 23

     

    Lent (Orthodox)

    September 9

    Th

    Tzom Gedaliah (Jewish)

    March 16

    W

    Ta’anit Esther (Jewish)

    September 16

    Th

    Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)* (Jewish)

    March 17

    Th

    Purim (Festival of Lots)* (Jewish)

    September 21–27

     

    Sukkot (Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles)* (Jewish)

    March 18

    F

    Holi (Hindu, Sikh)

    September 28

    Tu

    Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly)* (Jewish)

    March 21

    M

    Naw-Rúz*/Nowrúz # (New Year) (Bahà’í, Zoroastrian)

    September 29

    W

    Simchat Torah* (Jewish)

    March 30

    W

    Magha Puja (Sangha Day) (Buddhist)

    October 15

    F

    Dasara/Dussehra (Hindu)

    April 2

    Sat

    Ramadan, First Day** (Islamic)

    November 1

    M

    All Saints Day (Christian)

    April 8

    F

    Celebration of Buddha’s Birthday (Buddhist)

    November 4

    Th

    Diwali (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)

    April 10

    Sun

    Palm Sunday (Christian)

    November 6

    Sat

    Birth of the Báb* (Bahà’í)

    April 14

    Th

    Baisakhi/Vaisakhi (Hindu, Sikh)

    November 7

    Sun

    Birth of Bahá’u’lláh* (Bahà’í)

    April 14

    Th

    Mahavir Jayanti (Jain)

    November 19

    F

    Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev (Sikh)

    April 15

    F

    Good Friday (Christian)

    November 25

    Th

    Day of the Covenant* (Bahà’í)

    April 15

    F

    Ta’anit Bechorot (Jewish)

    November 27

    Sat

    Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá* (Bahà’í)

    April 16–23

     

    Pesach (Passover)* (Jewish)

    Nov. 29–Dec. 6

     

    Chanukah (Hanukkah, Festival of Lights)* (Jewish)

    April 16 & 17

    Sat & Sun

    Pesach (Passover), First Day* (Jewish)

    December 8

    W

    Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) (Buddhist)

    April 17

    Sun

    Easter (Christian)

    December 8

    W

    Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Christian)

    April 21–May 2

     

    Festival of Ridván* (Bahà’í)

    December 14

    Tu

    Asara B’Tevet (Jewish)

    April 21

    Th

    First Day of Ridván* (Bahà’í)

    December 25

    Sat

    Christmas Day (Christian)

    April 22 & 23

    F & Sat

    Pesach (Passover), Concluding Days* (Jewish)

    December 26

    Sun

    Death of Prophet Zarathustra (Zoroastrian)

    April 22

    F

    Holy Friday (Orthodox)

         

    April 24

    Sun

    Easter/Pascha (Orthodox)

     

     

     

    April 27

    W

    Lailat-ul-Qadr (The Night of Determination)** (Islamic)

     

     

     

    April 28

    Th

    Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)* (Jewish)

     

     

     

    April 29 

    F

    Ninth Day of Ridván* (Bahà’í)

     

     

     

    May 2

    M

    Eid-ul-Fitr (end of Ramadan)** (Islamic)

     

     

     

    May 2

    M

    Twelfth Day of Ridván(Bahà’í)

     

     

     

    May 16

    M

    Visakha Puja (Buddha Day, Vesak) (Buddhist)

     

     

     

    May 24

    Tu

    Declaration of the Báb* (Bahà’í)

     

     

     

    May 26 

    Th

    Ascension (Christian)

     

     

     

    May 29

    Sun

    Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh* (Bahà’í)

     

     

     

    June 5 & 6

    Sun & M

    Shavuot (Festival of Weeks)* (Jewish)

     

     

     

    June 5

    Sun

    Pentecost (Christian)

     

    * Religious observance begins at sundown of the previous day and ends at sundown on the date listed. Note that some Jewish fast days (with no asterisk) begin at sunrise and end at sunset on the same day.

    ** Religious observance begins at lunar sighting of the previous day and ends at lunar sighting on the date listed. All such dates are estimated and may vary.

    # Religious observances may vary significantly by region, country of origin, or ethnic, or cultural group. This date reflects listing in Interfaith Calendar or ADL Calendar.