UConn recognizes and welcomes the variety of religious and cultural observances present in our community. We believe that meaningful inclusion plays a critical role in the well-being of all members of the UConn community. In accordance with this mission, we advise faculty and staff to take dates of religious holidays into consideration when planning events or setting academic deadlines.
A detailed calendar of religious holidays and culturally significant events can be found below. We also encourage you to learn more about individual observances at the Interfaith Calendar. These resources provided to assist faculty and staff in planning activities and deadlines. This list is non-exhaustive, and requests to accommodate sincerely held religious practices must be assessed on an individualized basis. The University’s Religious Accommodation Policy provides further information and guidance.
Guidance for Religious Accommodations in an Academic Settings
Consistent with state law, any student who is unable to attend classes on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day because of the tenets of a sincerely held religious practice or belief may be excused from any academic activities on such particular day or days or at such particular time of day.
Students requesting a religious accommodation should understand the following:
- Requests must be made directly to the instructor with as much notice as possible.
- Students are responsible for obtaining the materials and information provided during any class(es) missed.
- Undergraduate students must work with Dean of Students to reschedule finals; graduate students (excluding law, medicine, and dental medicine) must work directly with their faculty member to reschedule finals.
Faculty and Course Instructors Responsibilities:
- It is the responsibility of course instructors to make available to each student who is absent from academic activities because of a sincerely held religious practice or belief an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirements which has been missed because of such absence.
- Course instructors should make every attempt to respect the privacy of students when making accommodations and should not ask the student for proof that their religious practices or beliefs are sincerely held. Course instructors can consult with their department head or dean for assistance.
Students with concerns are encouraged to discuss the matter with their course instructor or department head. Undergraduate students may also contact the Dean of Students Office for additional assistance, and graduate students may consult with The Graduate School (excluding law, medicine, and dental medicine students).
Any individual (students, faculty, and staff) with questions or concerns may also contact the Office of Institutional Equity at email@example.com or (860) 486-2943 or refer to equity.uconn.edu for further information.
2023 Religious & Cultural Important Dates
Dates marked in bold are major holidays for which accommodations are most requested. This list is not exhaustive and requests for accommodations relating to any religious observances must be assessed on an individualized basis pursuant to the University’s Religious Accommodation Policy.
We also encourage you to learn more about individual observances at the Interfaith Calendar.
*Begins at sundown
^Dietary restrictions or meal adjustments
|January 1||Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God||Roman Catholic|
|January 3||Asara B'Tevet||Judaism|
|January 6||Feast of Epiphany||Christian|
|January 7||Eastern Orthodox Christmas||Eastern Orthodox Christian|
|January 22||Lunar New Year||National|
|February 22||Ash Wednesday^||Christian|
|February 28||Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent^||Eastern Orthodox Christian|
|March 6 – 7||Purim*||Jewish|
|March 22 – April 21||Ramadan*^||Islam|
|April 2||Palm Sunday||Christian (Roman Catholic, Protestant and Eastern Orthodox Christianity)|
|April 5 – 13||Passover* ^||Jewish|
|April 6||Maundy Thursday||Christian (Roman Catholic and Protestant)|
|April 7||Good Friday^||Christian (Roman Catholic and Protestant)|
|April 9||Easter Sunday||Christian|
|April 14||Good Friday^||Eastern Orthodox Christian|
|April 16||Easter||Eastern Orthodox Christian|
|April 21 – 22||Eid al-Fitr^*||Islamic|
|May 1||Beltane||Pagan, Wiccan, Druid|
|May 21||Summer Solstice||Pagan and Wiccan|
|May 26||Buddha Day^||Buddhist|
|May 25 – 27||Shavout*||Jewish|
|June 8||Feast of Corpus Christi||Christianity|
|June 11||Race Unity Day||Baha’i|
|June 16||Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib||Sikh|
|June 25||Litha||Pagan and Wiccan|
|June 26 – July 1||Hajj*||Islamic|
|June 28 – June 29||Eid al-Adha*||Islamic|
|July 9||Martyrdom of the Bab||Baha’i|
|July 19||Beginning of Hijri Year (1444 AH)*||Islamic|
|July 18 - 19||Islamic New Year||Islamic|
|July 26 – July 27||Tisha B’av*^||Jewish|
|August 1||Lughnasadh||Pagan and Wiccan|
|August 15||Feast of the Assumption||Roman Catholic|
|September 5 - 6||Arba'een||Islamic|
|September 6 - 7||Krishna Janmashtami||Hindu|
|September 15 - 17||Rosh Hashanah*||Judaism|
|September 18||Tzom Gedaliah||Judaism|
|September 21 - 29||Mabon||Pagan and Wiccan|
|September 24 - 25||Yom Kippur*^||Judaism|
|September 26 - 27||Mawlid||Islam|
|September 29||Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival||National|
|September 29 - October 6||Sukkot*||Judaism|
|October 6 - 8||Shemini Atzeret*||Judaism|
|October 7 - 8||Simchat Torah*||Judaism|
|October 15 - 24||Navarati||Hindu|
|October 16||Birthday of Báb||Baha'i|
|October 17||Birthday of Baha'u'llah||Baha'i|
|October 31||Samhain||Pagan and Wiccan|
|November 1||All Saints Day||Christian|
|November 2||All Souls' Day||Christian|
|November 24||Martyrdom of Guru Bahadur||Sikh|
|November 28 - January 6||Christmas Fast||Christian|
|December 3 - 24||Advent||Christian|
|December 7 -15||Hanukkah*||Judaism|
|December 8||Feast of the Immaculate Conception||Roman Catholic|
|December 8||Bodhi Day||Buddhist|
|December 12||Our Lady of Guadalupe (Feast Day)||Christian|
|December 16 - 24||Las Posadas||Christian|
|December 21 - January 1||Yule||Pagan and Wiccan|
|December 22||Asara B'Tevet||Judaism|
|December 24||Christmas Eve||Christian|
|December 25||Christmas Day||Christian|
|December 26||St. Stephen's Day||Christian|
UConn Religious Accommodation Policy: https://policy.uconn.edu/2018/08/01/religious-accommodation-policy/
FAQs Regarding Religious Accommodations: https://policy.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/243/2019/01/Religious-Accommodation-Policy-FAQ-1-17-19.pdf
Office of Institutional Equity: https://equity.uconn.edu/
UConn Faith: https://faith.studentaffairs.uconn.edu/
UConn Cultural Centers: https://office.diversity.uconn.edu/cultural-centers/
Dean of Students – Rescheduling Final Exams (Undergraduates): https://dos.uconn.edu/reschedule-finals/
The Graduate School: https://grad.uconn.edu/gspa/
Glossary of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Terms: https://diversity.uconn.edu/glossary/
Interfaith Calendar Definitions: http://www.interfaith-calendar.org/calendardefinitions.htm