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Religious Observance Calendar

Trinity is a community made up of many faiths. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to be aware and respectful of the diverse religious observances of University community members.

Major Holy Days 2020-2021

The days listed below are the ones most likely to affect the academic calendar.

NOTE: * Begins at sundown the day before this date and ends at sundown on this date.

July 30 - August 3* --  Eid Al-Adha | Muslim  - The Festival of Sacrifice remembers Abraham’s devotion in offering his son as a sacrifice. Work is generally prohibited.

August 11  --  Krishna Janmashtami | Hindu - The birthday of Sri Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who helped restore the balance of good over evil.

August 16-23 --  Paryushana Parva | Jain - Eight-day Festival of Forgiveness and Self-Discipline.

August​ 22  --  Ganesh Chaturti | Hindu - Birthday of Sri Ganesha, revered as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and the remover of obstacles.

August​ 28-29* --  Ashura | Muslim - For Shias, a commemoration of the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at Karbala.

October 17-26 --  Navratri; October 25  --  Vijayadashimi/Dusshera | Hindu - Festival of 9 nights celebrating the Goddess in her various forms, most typically as Durga: The 10th day is a festival celebrating the Goddess’ triumph over evil.

September 18-20* --  Rosh Hashanah | Jewish - Beginning of the Jewish Year and High Holy Days. Work is generally prohibited.

September 27-28* --  Yom Kippur | Jewish - The Day of Atonement. Most solemn Jewish holy day. Adults fast from food and drink. Work is generally prohibited.

October 2-9* --  Sukkot | Jewish -The Feast of the Tabernacles, where meals are consumed in a temporary outdoor structure. Harvest Festival. Work is generally prohibited on the first two days.

October 9-11* --  Shemini Atzeret | Jewish -  Marks the end of Sukkot. Work is generally prohibited.

October 10-11* --  Simchat Torah | Jewish - Celebrates and marks both the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle. Work is generally prohibited.

October 18 & 19  --  Birth of the Bab and Birth of Baha'u'llah| Bahá’í Faith - Days honoring the birth of two of the founders of hte Bahá’í Faith.

October 31 - November 1* --  Samhain | Wiccan/Pagan - Festival of Darkness honoring the dead.

November 1  --  All Saint’s Day | Christian - Honors all the saints known and unknown.

November 12-16 -  Diwali | Hindu, Jain, Sikh - Festival of Lights. Light symbolizes a force against darkness, ignorance, evil. Diwali is celebrated over a period of 5 days.

December 7  --  Srimad Bhagavad Gita Jayanti | Hindu - Gita Jayanti is the date that Lord Krishna revealed the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu sacred text, to Prince Arjuna.

December 10-18* --  Hanukkah | Jewish - Festival of Lights. Marks the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem.

December 25  --  Christmas | Christian - Celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ.

January 2  --  Bodhi Day | Buddhist - Celebration of Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment.

January 7  --  Christmas | Orthodox Christian - Celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ.

January 15  --  Makara Sankranti | Hindu -  A celebration marking the advent of the Sun’s northerly migration and forthcoming Spring.

February 21  --  Maha Shivaratri | Hindu -  An evening celebration of the wedding of Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati

February 17  --  Ash Wednesday | Christian - The beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and reflection preceding Easter.

February 29-March 19* --  Nineteen Day Fast | Bahá’í Faith - Bahá’ís between the ages of 15 and 70 fast without food or drink from sunrise to sunset.

March 9-10  --  Holi | Hindu - Festival of colors. A two-day festival, Holi celebrates the advent of spring and the enduring message that good will always be victorious over evil.

March 9-10* --  Purim | Jewish - Celebration of the story of Esther.

March 21-22  --  Nowruz (New Year) | Zoroastrian and Bahá’í Faith.

March 22* --  Lailat al Miraj | Muslim - Commemoration of Prophet Muhammad’s ascension to Heaven.

April 2  --  Rama Navam | Hindu - Celebration of the birth of Sri Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who helped restore the balance of good over evil.

April 5  --  Palm/Passion Sunday | Christian - Celebration of joyful entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. Beginning of Holy Week, preceeding Easter.

April 8  --  Hanuman Jayanti | Hindu - Celebrates the birthday of Hanuman, foremost devotee of Sri Rama and Sita.

April 8-16* --  Pesach (Passover) | Jewish - Festival of liberation of Israelites from Slavery in Egypt. Work is prohibited on the first and last two days.

April 9  --  Holy Thursday | Christian - Commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus with the Disciples.

April 10  --  Good/Holy Friday |Christian - Commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus.

April 12  --  Easter | Christian - Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus.

April 13  --  Vaisakhi | Sikh - Marks the formation of the Khalsa (religious community of Sikhs) by Guru Gobind Singh.

April 19  --  Pascha | Orthodox Christian - Celebration of Resurrection of Jesus.

April 19  --  May 1* Ridvan | Bahá’í Faith - Commemoration of the 12 days when its Founder, Baha’u’llah, declared his mission.

May 1* --  Beltane | Wiccan/Pagan - Festival of Light honoring Life and Fertility.

April 12-May 11* --  Ramadan | Muslim - Holy month of fasting.

    (Thank you to our friends at  the Yale University Chaplain’s Office for developing this calendar.)

Trinity’s Religious Observance Excused Absence Policy 

“Students who are absent from class in order to observe a religious holiday...will be excused from classes under the following circumstances: 

  •  A student’s absence from class does not excuse the student from any work missed during the absence. Students may not be penalized for excused absences; the student and instructor will devise an appropriate substitute for missed work, classes, and examinations.
  • The responsibility to make up work lies solely with the student, who should discuss the missed assignments with the instructor. 
  • Students must discuss with the instructor as far in advance as possible the fact that they will miss classes to observe a religious holiday.”


Religious Observance GoogleCalendar 

Directions to subscribe to the Religious Observance Calendar for GoogleCalendar. 

  1. On your computer, open Google Calendar.
  2. On the left side, find “Other calendars” and click the down arrow .
  3. Select Subscribe to Calendar.
  4. Enter the following calendar’s address in the field provided: h1fkc78ne7p70f5dmt8mac79ems [at]
  5. Click Add calendar. The calendar will appear on the left side under “Other calendars.”

    (Thank you to our friends at  the Yale University Chaplain’s Office for developing the calendar.)