Major Religious Holidays

Gantan-sai (Shinto)

Shinto New Year festival.

  • January 1, 2014
  • January 1, 2015
 
Epiphany (Christian)

Church festival in commemoration of the coming of the Magi.

  • January 6, 2014
  • January 6, 2015
 
Setsubum-sai (Shinto)

Festival marking the beginning of spring.

  • February 3, 2014
  • February 3, 2015
 
Chinese New Year (Buddhist/Confucian/Daoist)

Traditional Chinese holiday, marking the end of the winter.

  • January 31, 2014
  • February 19, 2015
 
Ash Wednesday (Christian)

First day of Lent.

  • March 5, 2014
  • February 18, 2015
 
Purim (Jewish)

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • March 15-16, 2014
  • March 4-5, 2015
 
Naw Ruz (Baha’i)

The Baha’i New Year.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • March 20-21, 2014
  • March 20-21, 2015
 
Palm Sunday (Christian)

The Sunday before Easter.

  • April 13, 2014
  • March 29, 2015
 
Passover (Jewish)

Commemorates the liberation of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • April 14–22, 2014
  • April 3–11, 2015
 
Holi (Hindu)

The Hindu spring festival.

  • March 27, 2013
  • March 17, 2014
  • March 6, 2015
 
Maundy Thursday (Christian)

The Thursday before Easter.

  • April 17, 2014
  • April 2, 2015
 
Good Friday (Christian)

The Friday before Easter.

  • April 18, 2014
  • April 3, 2015
 
Easter (Christian)

The major festival of the Christian church year.

  • April 20, 2014
  • April 5, 2015
 
Yom HaShoah (Jewish)

Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • April 27-28, 2014
  • April 15-16, 2015
 
Vaisakhi (Sikh)

The Sikh New Year.

  • April 13, 2014
  • April 13, 2015
 
Shavuot (Jewish)

Commemorates the revelation of the Ten Commandments.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • June 4-5, 2014
  • May 24-25, 2015
 
Buddha Day (Buddhist)

Traditionally known as the Buddha’s birthday. It is the major Buddhist festival.

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  • May 14, 2014
  • May 4, 2015
 
Ascension of the Baha’ Allah (Baha’i)

Commemorates the death of the founder of the Baha’i faith.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • May 28-29, 2014
  • May 28-29, 2015
 
Ramadan (Islamic)

The ninth month of the Islamic year commemorating the revelation of the Koran to Muhammad.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • July 8 – August 7, 2013
  • June 27 – July 27, 2014
  • June 17 – July 16, 2015
 
Tishah-b’Ab (Jewish)

Observed with fasting in commemoration of the destruction of the temples at Jerusalem.

  • July 15-16, 2013
  • August 4-5, 2014
  • July 25-26, 2015
 
Eid al-Fitr (Islamic)

The last day of Ramadan, marking the end of a month of fasting.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • August 7-8, 2013
  • July 27-28, 2014
  • July 16-17, 2015
 
Raksha Bandhan (Hindu)

Celebrates brotherhood and love.

  • August 21, 2013
  • August 10, 2014
  • August 29, 2015
 
Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)

Celebrates the birth of the deified hero Krishna.

  • August 28, 2013
  • August 17, 2014
  • September 5, 2015
 
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

The Jewish New Year.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • September 4-6, 2013
  • September 24-26, 2014
  • September 13-15, 2015
 
Yom Kippur (Jewish)

Concludes the ten days of repentance that begin with Rosh Hashanah.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • September 13-14, 2013
  • October 3-4, 2014
  • September 22-23, 2015
 
Sukkoth (Jewish)

Harvest festival.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • September 18–25, 2013
  • October 8–15, 2014
  • September 27 – October 4, 2015
 
Shemini Atzereth (Jewish)

Festival following the seventh day of Sukkoth.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • September 25-26, 2013
  • October 15-16, 2014
  • October 4-5, 2015
 
Simchas Torah (Jewish)

Celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • September 26-27, 2013
  • October 16-17, 2014
  • October 5-6, 2015
 
Navratri (Hindu)

Festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil.

  • October 5–13, 2013
  • September 25 – October 3, 2014
  • October 13–21, 2015
 
Eid al-Adha (Islamic)

Commemorates the willingness of Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • October 14-15, 2013
  • October 3-4, 2014
  • September 23-24, 2015
 
Diwali (Hindu/Buddhist/Sikh)

Festival of lights.

  • November 3, 2013
  • October 23, 2014
  • November 11, 2015
 
Birth of Baha’ Allah (Baha’i)

Celebrates the birth of Baha’ Allah, the founder of the Baha’i faith.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

  • November 11-12, 2013
  • November 11-12, 2014
  • November 11-12, 2015
 
Hanukkah (Jewish)

Commemorates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem after its defilement by Antiochus of Syria.

Begins and ends at sundown on the dates listed.

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  • November 27 – December 5, 2013
  • December 16–24, 2014
  • December 6–14, 2015
 
Christmas (Christian)

Commemorates the birth of Christ.

  • December 25, 2013
  • December 25, 2014
  • December 25, 2015
 

Download this CalendarThis is a list of some major holidays that are celebrated by diverse individuals and groups. It is provided as a starting point to assist with scheduling meetings, activities, and events that are open and available to as many individuals in the UCF community as possible. It is by no means an exhaustive list of all possible holidays observed by students, nor do all holidays listed here necessarily require accommodation. Please consult it and share with others who engage in scheduling and planning functions.

For those considering requests to accommodate religious observances on workdays, please see the following docu-ment on the UCF EO/AA website: http://www.eeo.ucf.edu/documents/
ReligiousAccommodation7-10.pdf
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Note to faculty considering requests from students: the period of observance may include reasonable local travel time to a site for observance. It need not include time for travel chosen personally for observance outside the local area.