Religious Holidays & Observances Calendar

Case Western Reserve University, the Office of the Dean of Students, and the Interreligious Council (IRC) promotes the celebration of our culturally and spiritually diverse community and align our core values for a welcoming, inclusive institution. CWRU acknowledges that, on occasion, religious holidays and observances might preclude members of our community, including students, faculty, and staff from participating in academic, professional, and regular duties.

CWRU is committed to ensuring that all members of our community act and engage in good faith efforts when seeking or responding to requests related to religious holidays and observances. The Office of Student Affairs and Office of Equity have established policies for Religious Accommodations and Religious Holidays. The Office of Equity is available to provide guidance, resources, and procedures regarding requests of Religious Accommodations. To review the Office of Equity's presentation/training module about Religious Accommodations, please visit this link. Holiday closings that are included in the University's official Academic Calendar can be viewed here.  The University's main schedule of closings and holidays can be viewed here.

Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day because of their religious beliefs is excused from any such activity. The student will be given the opportunity to make up the examination or work that is missed, provided that the make-up work does not create any unreasonable burden upon the University. When possible, students should give notice to instructors early in the semester about missing class because of a religious observance.

Faculty should accommodate any student who is unable to attend class or participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day because of their religious beliefs. The student will be given the opportunity to make up the examination or work that was missed, provided that the make-up work does not create an unreasonable burden upon the University. Faculty should request that students give notice to instructors as early as possible in the semester.
Source: Faculty Handbook, Chapter 4, Article XVII (page 168)


The following calendar is not an exhaustive list of recognized religious observances; therefore, some faith, religious, and spiritual traditions might not be represented on this calendar. In some traditions, the holiday or observance will begin at sundown the evening before the dates listed below. Additionally, in some traditions, local and regional customs may create variation in the date of observance for certain holidays or dates may not be fixed but depend on the lunar calendar or phases of the moon. Not all of the holidays and observances listed below include work restrictions that will interfere with class attendance or professional/work duties.

2022 Date


Faith, Religion, or Spiritual Tradition

January 1 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Roman Catholic
January 1 Oshogatsu Shinto
January 6 Epiphany or Three Kings Day Christian
January 10 Bodhi Day Buddhist
January 13 Maghi Sikh
January 14 Makar Sankranti Hindu
January 16 World Religion Day Baha'i
January 16 - 17 Tu BiShvat Judaism
February 1 Lunar New Year Buddhist
February 1 - 2 Imbolc Pagan and Wiccan
February 3 Setsubun Shinto
February 15 Nirvana Day Buddhist
February 16 Magha Puja Buddhist
February 25 - March 1 Festival of Ayyam-i-Ha Baha'i
March 1 Maha Shivaratri Hindu
March 1 Lailat al Miraj Islam
March 2 Ash Wednesday Christian
March 2 - April 14 Lent Christian
March 13 Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard Scientology
March 16 Ta'anit Esther Judaism
March 16 - 17 Purim Judaism
March 18 Holi Hindu/Sikh/Buddhist/Jain
March 18 - 19 Mid-Sha'ban Islam
March 18 - 20 Hola Mohalla Sikh
March 19 Feast of St. Joseph Roman Catholic
March 20 Ostara Pagan and Wiccan
March 20 - 21 Naw Rúz Baha'i/Zoroastrian
April 2 - May 2 Ramadan Islam
April 10 Palm Sunday Christian
April 14 Maundy (Holy) Thursday Christian
April 14 Vaisakhi Hindu/ Sikh
April 14 Mahavir Jayanti Jain
April 15 Good Friday Christian
April 15 - 23 Passover Judaism
April 16 Holy Saturday Christian
April 17 Easter Sunday Christian
April 24 Easter/Pascha (Orthodox) Christian
April 27 - 28 Yom HaShoah Judaism
April 29 Laylat al-Qadr Islam
May 1 Beltaine Pagan and Wiccan
May 2 - 3 Eid-al-Fitr Islam
May 3 - 4 Yom HaZikaron Judaism
May 4 - 5 Yom HaAtzma'ut Judaism
May 6 Vesak Buddhist
May 8 Buddha's Birth Buddhist
May 18 - 19 Lag B'Omer Judaism
June 4 - 6 Shavout Judaism
June 5 Pentecost Sunday Christian
June 15 - 16 Fast of Tammuz Judaism
June 16 Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib Sikh
June 24 Litha Pagan and Wiccan
July 7 - 12 The Hajj Islam
July 9 - 10 Martyrdom of Báb Baha'i
July 9 - 13 Eid al-Adha Islam
July 24 - 25 Pioneer Day Christian
July 29 - 30 Islamic New Year Islam
August 1 Lughnasadh Pagan and Wiccan
August 5 - 6 Tisha B' Av Judaism
August 15 Feast of Assumption Roman Catholic
August 18 - 19 Krishna Janmashtami Hindu
September 16 - 17 Arba'een Islam
September 21 - 29 Mabon Pagan and Wiccan
September 25 - 27 Rosh Hashanah Judaism
September 26 - October 5 Navarati Hindu
September 28 Tzom Gedaliah Judaism
October 4 - 5 Yom Kippur Judaism
October 5 Dussehra Hindu
October 8 Mawlid Islam
October 9 - 16 Sukkot Judaism
October 16 - 18 Shemini Atzeret Judaism
October 17 - 18 Simchat Torah Judaism
October 24 Diwali Hindu/Sikh/Jain
October 25 - 26 Birthday of Báb Baha'i
October 26 - 27 Birthday of Baha'u'llah Baha'i
October 31 - November 1 Samhain Pagan and Wiccan
November 1 All Saints Day Christian
November 2 All Soul's Day Christian
November 24 Martyrdom of Guru Bahadur Sikh
November 27 - December 24 Advent Christian
November 28 - January 6 Christmas Fast Christian
December 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic
December 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day) Christian
December 16 - 24 Las Posadas Christian
December 18 - 26 Hanukkah Judaism
December 21 - January 1 Yule Pagan and Wiccan
December 24 Christmas Eve Christian
December 25 Christmas Day Christian
December 26 St. Stephen's Day Christian

*For more information on religious holidays and observances, the Interfaith Calendar can be viewed here.