Colby’s Religious Holidays Policy:

Colby College is supportive of the religious practices of its students, faculty, and staff. The College is committed to ensuring that all students are able to observe their religious beliefs without academic penalty.

The College will enable any student to make up any course requirements scheduled during a religious holiday that is observed by that student. Students are expected to inform course instructors within two weeks of the beginning of the term of any religious observance that will conflict with coursework.  The faculty member will then work with the student to find a reasonable accommodation that will allow the student to complete the academic work. In addition, no student will be required to participate in college events such as athletic commitments, lectures, or concerts on these holidays.

Approved by the faculty on December 4, 2013

Religious Holidays Comprehensive Calendar
Academic Year 2016-2017

The list that follows is not exhaustive; it includes major festivals and holy days for many, though by no means all, religious traditions present in the Colby community. (If it does not include an important date in the religious calendar of your particular tradition, please let us know.) Every effort has been made to insure that this information is accurate. Note that some holidays in some traditions are tied to the lunar calendar or to particular cultural patterns that vary by region or by sect which make their location in the calendar somewhat more fluid. Dates marked with a double asterisk (**) denote occasions on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of nearly all its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.

Islamic Holidays: Regional customs or moon sightings may cause a variation of the date for Islamic holidays, which begin at sundown the day before the date specified for the holiday. The Islamic calendar is lunar and the days begin at sunset, so there may be one-day error depending on when the New Moon is first seen.

For holidays associated with Christianity, the following notations are used to denote observance by particular strands of the Christian traditionRC-Roman Catholic P-Protestant O-Orthodox

Sep. 12-13Sundown-Monday - Sundown TuesdayEid al AdhaIslam
Oct. 1 - 9Sundown-Saturday - Sundown-SundayNavaratriHinduism
Oct. 1-2Sundown-Saturday - Sundown-SundayMuharram/New YearIslam
Oct. 2-4Sundown-Sunday - Sundown Tuesday
**Rosh HashanahJudaism
Oct. 11TuesdayDussehra/DasaraHinduism
Oct. 11-12Sundown-Tuesday Sundown-Wednesday**Yom KippurJudaism
Oct. 11-12Sundown-Tuesday - Sundown-WednesdayAshuraIslam
Oct. 16-23Sundown-Sunday - Sundown- Sunday**Sukkot (1st 2 days)Judaism
Oct. 23Sundown-Sunday**Shemini AtzeretJudaism
Oct. 25Sundown-Tuesday**Simchat TorahJudaism
Oct. 19-20Sundown-Wednesday - Sundown-ThursdayBirth of the BábBahá'í
Oct. 30 - Nov. 3WednesdayDiwali/DeepavaliHinduism -Jain - Sikh
Nov. 1 TuesdayAll Saints DayChristianity (RC, P)
Nov. 2WednesdayAll Souls DayChristianity (RC, P)
Nov. 11-12Sundown-Wednesday - Sundown-ThursdayBirth of Bahá'u'lláhBahá'í
Nov. 14MondayGuru Nanak Jayanti BirthdaySikh
Nov. 27SundayAdvent BeginsChristianity (O, P, RC)
Dec. 6-14Sundown-Sunday - Sundown-MondayChanukahJudaism
Dec. 8 ThursdayFeast of the Immaculate ConceptionChristianity (RC, P)
Dec. 8 ThursdayBodhi DayBuddhism
Dec. 13-14Sundown-Tuesday - Sundown-WednesdayMawlid an NabiIslam
Dec. 21WednesdayWinter Solstice Zoroastrian, Pagan
Dec. 25SundayChristmasChristianity (O, RC, P)
Dec. 26MondayKwanzaaAfrican American
Jan. 6FridayEpiphany/TheophanyChristian (RC, P, O)
Jan. 6 FridayNativity of ChristArmenian Orthodox Christian
Jan. 7 SaturdayChristmasChristianity (O)
Jan. 12-15Thursday - SundayMahayana New YearBuddhism
Jan 28SaturdayChinese New YearConfucian, Daiost, Buddhist
Feb. 15WednesdayNirvana DayBuddhism
Feb. 25SaturdayMaha ShivaratriHinduism
Feb. 27MondayLent begins, Clean MondayChristianity (O)
Mar. 1WednesdayAsh Wednesday, Lent beginsChristianity (RC, P)
Mar. 1-20Sunrise-Wednesday - Sundown-MondayNineteen Day Fast beginsBahá'í
Mar. 11-12Sundown-Saturday - Sundown-Sunday**PurimJudaism
Mar. 12SundayMagha Puja DayBuddhism
Mar. 13-14Monday-TuesdayHoliHinduism
Mar. 20-21Sundown-Monday - Sundown-TuesdayNaw-RuzBahá'í, Zoroastrian
Mar. 28TuesdayNew YearHinduism
Apr. 5WednesdayRam NavamiHinduism
Apr. 8SaturdayBuddha's Birthday/HanamatsuriBuddhism
Apr. 9SundayPalm SundayChristianity (RC, P, O)
Apr. 10-18Sundown-Monday - Sundown-Tuesday**Pesach (1st day of Passover. Work restriction on first two and last two days)Judaism
Apr. 14FridayGood FridayChristianity (RC, P, O)
Apr. 16SundayEaster/PaschaChristianity (RC, P, O)
Apr. 20 - 21Sundown-Thursday - - Sundown-Friday**Ridván (1st day)Bahá'í
Apr. 22-23Sundown-Saturday - Sundown-SundayYom HaShoahJudaism
Apr. 23-24Sundown-Wednesday - Sundown-ThursdayLailat al Mi'rajIslam
Apr. 28 - 29Sundown-Friday - Sundown-Saturday**Ridván (9th day)Bahá'í
Apr. 31 - May 1Sundown-Sunday - Sundown-MondayYom Ha’AtzmautJudaism
May 1-2Sundown-Monday - Sundown-Tuesday**Ridván (12th day)Bahá'í
May 10WednesdayVesak/Visakha PujaBuddhism
May 10WednesdayWesak (Buddha Day)Buddhism
May 22-23Sundown-Monday - Sundown-TuesdayDeclaration of the BábBahá'í
May 25
ThursdayAscension of JesusChristianity (P, RC, O)
May 26 - Jun 25Sundown-Friday - Sundown-SundayRamadan Islam
May 28-29Sundown-Sunday - Sundown-Monday**Ascension of Baha'u'lláhBahá'í
May 30 - Jun. 1Sundown-Tuesday - Sundown-Thursday**ShavuotJudaism
Jun. 4SundayPentecostChristianity (RC, P)
Jun. 25-26Sundown-Saturday - Sundown-Sunday (date can vary)Eid al-Fitr Islam


Sources:  Williams College Chaplains’ Office,,,