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Religious Observance Policy

The University is a secular institution that values a diversity of religious expression. The University is also an active community with a wide range of personal commitments and academic and extracurricular activities.

Planning for academic and extracurricular activities should be done with sensitivity to the diverse religious commitments of the community and an awareness of religious holidays. Scheduling large-scale, one-time academic or extra-curricular events on a religious holiday should be avoided whenever possible.

Any student may be excused from class or other assignments because of religious observance. A student who will miss an academic obligation because of religious observance is responsible for contacting his or her professor within the first two weeks of the semester. The student is responsible for completing missed work in a timely manner.

Faculty are expected to be mindful of potential conflicts with religious observances and should make reasonable accommodations when students' religious practices conflict with their academic responsibilities.

The religious observance calendar is meant to serve as a scheduling guide. It lists significant holidays from the five largest global faith traditions. However, it is not comprehensive and students may choose to observe a holiday from any tradition not included on the calendar. For information about additional holidays from these and other faith traditions, see interfaith-calendar.org.

The holidays listed are those which occur when the University is open.

University of Richmond Religious Observance Calendar 2020-24

 

2021-22

2022-2023

2023-24

2024-25

BUDDHIST

Buddha's Enlightenment Day

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Friday, December 8, 2023

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2024

Vesak Day

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Monday, May 12, 2025

 

CHRISTIAN CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Wednesday, March 5, 2025

Good Friday

Friday, April 15, 2022

Friday, April 7, 2023

Friday, March 29, 2024

Friday, April 18, 2025

Easter

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Sunday, April 9, 2023

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Sunday, April 20, 2025

CHRISTIAN - EASTERN ORTHODOX

Christmas (Julian Calendar)

Friday, January 7, 2022

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2025

Good Friday

Friday, April 22, 2022

Friday, April 14, 2023

Friday, May 3, 2024

Friday, April 18, 2025

Easter

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Sunday, April 16, 2023

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Sunday, April 20, 2025

HINDU

Diwali

November 4, 2021

Monday, October 24, 2022

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Friday, Nov. 1, 2024

Holi

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Monday, March 25, 2024

Friday, March 14, 2025

 

JEWISH 

Jewish holidays begin at sundown the previous day.

Rosh Hashanah, first two days

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 7-8, 2021

Monday – Tuesday, September 26-27, 2022

Saturday-Sunday, September 16-17, 2023

Thursday, October 3, 2024- Friday, October 4, 2024

Yom Kippur

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Monday, September 25, 2023

Saturday, October 12, 2024

Sukkot

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Monday, October 10, 2022

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Thursday, October 17, 2024

Passover

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Sunday, April 13, 2025-Monday, April 14, 2025

 

MUSLIM

Muslim Holidays begin at sundown the previous day. Dates may vary depending on interpretations of the lunar calendar.

Eid al-Fitr

Tuesday, May 13, 2021

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Monday, March 31, 2025

Eid al-Adha

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Thursday, June 29, 2023

Monday, June 17, 2024

Ashura

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Monday, August 8, 2022

Friday, July 28, 2023

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Ramadan

Sunday, April 3-Sunday, May 1, 2022

Thursday, March 23-Thursday, April 20, 2023

Monday, March 11, 2024

Saturday, March 1, 2025

Buddhist

Buddha's Enlightenment Day -- Also called Rohatsu or Bodhi Day. The day many Buddhist traditions celebrate the enlightenment of the Buddha.

Vesak Day -- There are a variety of cultural traditions celebrating Buddha's Birthday. Many Buddhist cultures celebrate the birth, Awakening, and death of the Buddha on Vesak Day.

Christian

Ash Wednesday -- This day marks the beginning of Lent, a six week period of prayer and fasting in anticipation of Easter.

Good Friday -- The day Jesus was crucified.

Easter Sunday -- The celebration of Jesus being raised from the dead.

Hindu

Diwali -- Festival of Lights. This holiday is typically celebrated by families sharing various traditional rituals in their homes.

Holi -- Festival of Spring or Festival of Colors. This day is typically celebrated by families in India, Nepal, and other parts of Asia by partaking in various regional traditions.

Jewish

Rosh Hashanah -- Jewish New Year. It is the beginning of a ten-day period of introspection and reflection.

Yom Kippur -- Day of Atonement. It is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar marked with fasting, worship, and repentance.

Sukkot -- Festival of Booths. Commemorates the wandering in the desert of the Israelites as well as the fall harvest. While the festival of Sukkot lasts for 8 days, the first day is considered a day of rest.

Passover -- Festival of Passover. It commemorates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. While the Passover lasts for 8 days, the first night is the most significant and the first day is considered a day of rest.

Muslim

Eid al-Fitr -- Marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, and the holiest month in Islamic tradition. It literally means "breaking the fast."

Eid al-Adha -- Festival of Sacrifice. Commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael. God provided a sheep to sacrifice in Ishmael's place

Ashura -- Shi'a Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, Muhammad's grandson. According to Sunni Muslims, Muhammad fasted and asked others to do so on this day as well.

Ramadan -- The ninth month of the Islamic lunar year and is the time in which Muslims observe fast from sunrise to sunset.