Religious Observances

August 24, 2023

Southern communities will be celebrating their respective upcoming religious holidays and observances this fall academic semester. We can show we care by being aware, respectful, and supportive to all.

Please note, practices and observances vary between and among faith communities. Some may request time away to observe, while others may seek accommodations for a day of fasting, attending a religious service, or a time of prayer while at work or school. No one should be penalized because of a religious observance or practice, and accommodations should be made. Please be mindful to avoid scheduling major events or business meetings during these religious observance days.

Suggestion for Religious and Holiday Accommodations

Suggestions for religious and holiday accommodations for students in teaching are available through the Office of Faculty Development website.

Religious Observances

Highlighted below is a partial list of upcoming religious observances. For more information, please visit the DiversityResources Interfaith Calendar.

Arbaeen Muslim September 6
Janmashtami Hindu September 6
Coptic New Year Coptic Orthodox Christianity September 11
Rosh Hashanah (New Year) Jewish September 15 - 17
Mabon: Autumn Equinox Pagan & Wiccan September 21 - 29
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish September 24 - 25
Mawlid al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad) Islamic September 27
Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) Jewish September 29 - October 6
Pitru Paksha Hindu September 29 - October 14
Shemini Atzeret Jewish October 7
Simchat Torah Jewish October 8
Navaratri/Dussehra Hindu October 15 - 24
Birth of the Bab Baha'i faith October 16
Birth of Baha'u'llah Baha'i faith October 17
Samhain Pagan & Wiccan November 1
All Saints Day Catholic November 1
Anniversary of the Crowning of Haile Selassi Rastafarian November 2
Diwali Hindu November 12
Guru Nanak Ji's Birthday Sikhism November 27
Jain New Year Jain November 27
St. Andrew's Feast Day Catholic November 30
Hanukkah (Chanukah) Jewish December 8 - 15
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Catholic December 8
Yule (Winter Solstice) Pagan & Wiccan December 21 - January 1
Guru Gobind Singh's Birthday Sikh December 22
Christmas Day Christian December 25
St. Stephen's Feast Day Christian December 26


If you have any questions, please contact:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Cindy Cardozo,

Interfaith Office: Rabbi Barbara Paris, Hillel Advisor, EN 227; 203-581-1363;

Center for Intercultural Engagement: Dian Brown-Albert, Director of Multicultural Affairs,

Religious Studies Program: David Pettigrew,