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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

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

University of Richmond Religious Observance Calendar 2018-22







Buddha's Enlightenment Day

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Sunday, December 8, 2020

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Buddha's Birthday

Monday, April 8, 2019

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Friday, April 8, 2022



Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Good Friday

Friday, April 19, 2019

Friday, April 10, 2020

Friday, April 2, 2021

Friday, April 15, 2022


Sunday, April 21, 2019

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Sunday, April 17, 2022


Christmas (Julian Calendar)

Monday, January 7, 2019

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Friday, January 7, 2022

Good Friday

Friday, April 26, 2019

Friday, April 17, 2020

Friday, April 30, 2021

Friday, April 22, 2022


Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Sunday, April 24, 2022



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Saturday, November 14, 2020

November 4, 2021



Jewish holidays begin at sundown the previous day.

Rosh Hashanah, first two days

September 10-11, 2018

Monday-Tuesday, September 30 - October 1, 2019

Saturday-Sunday, September 19-20, 2020

Tuesday-Wednesday, September 7-8, 2021

Yom Kippur

September 19, 2018

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Monday, September 28, 2020

Thursday, September 16, 2021


September 24, 2018

Monday, October 14, 2019

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Tuesday, September 21, 2021


April 20, 2019

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Saturday, April 16, 2022



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

Eid al-Fitr

Friday, June 15, 2018

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Tuesday, May 13, 2021

Eid al-Adha

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Monday, August 12, 2019


July 31, 2020

Tuesday, July 20, 2021


Thursday, September 20, 2018

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Thursday, August 19, 2021


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

Buddha's Birthday -- The birthday of the Buddha.


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.


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


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.


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.