Religious Observances

Students who need to be absent from a class for religious obligation or observance reasons must make arrangements with instructors in advance using the Student Religious Accommodation Request Form. Completed forms must be submitted directly to the professor by the end of the second week of the term. One form is required for each requested observance and for each course.

The University of Oregon is committed to compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations relating to religious accommodations of its stakeholders, and respects the right of all students and employees to observe their religious holidays, and will make reasonable accommodations, upon request, for such observances.

You can use the following Religious Observances Calendar to identify events, classes, exams or UO activities which may intersect with religious observances.

2016–2017

Fall Term 2016

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Autumn Equinox (EDT)   September 22, 2016 Thursday  
Al-Hijra (Muharram) (New Year) Islamic October 2, 2016 Sunday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Rosh Hashanah [New Year] Jewish October 3-4, 2016 Monday & Tuesday
Aashura (10th day of Muharram) Islamic October 11, 2016 Tuesday
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] Jewish October 12, 2016 Wednesday
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] Jewish October 17-18, 2016 Monday & Tuesday
Birth of the Báb Bahá'í October 20, 2016 Thursday
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Jewish October 24-25, 2016 Monday & Tuesday
Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í November 12, 2016 Saturday
Day of the Covenant Bahá'í November 26, 2016 Saturday
Ascension of ’Abdu’l-Bahá Bahá'í November 28, 2016 Monday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist December 8, 2016 Thursday  
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Muhammed's birthday) Islamic December 11, 2016 Sunday
  • Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
  • Dates are from Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) adopted Islamic Calendar.
  • Events based on sightability of the Moon in North America take place on the day following these dates.
Winter Solstice (EST)   December 21, 2016 Wednesday  
Christmas Western Christian December 25, 2016 Sunday  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) [8-day Feast] Jewish December 25, 2016 - January 1, 2017 Sunday-Sunday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African- American December 26, 2016 - January 1, 2017 Monday-Sunday  

Winter Term 2017

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Gantan-sai (New Year) Shinto January 1, 2017 Sunday  
Feast of the Nativity Eastern Orthodox January 7, 2017 Saturday  
Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Rooster] Chinese January 28, 2017 Saturday  
Purim Jewish March 12, 2017 Sunday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Vernal Equinox (EDT)   March 20, 2017 Monday  
Naw-Rúz  (Bahá'í New Year) Bahá'í March 21, 2017 Tuesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.

Spring Term 2017

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Palm Sunday Eastern Orthodox April 9, 2017 Sunday  
Palm Sunday Western Christian April 9, 2017 Sunday  
Passover (Pesach), 1st two days Jewish April 11-12, 2017 Tuesday-Wednesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Holy Friday Eastern Orthodox April 14, 2017 Friday  
Good Friday Western Christian April 14, 2017 Friday  
Pascha Eastern Orthodox April 16, 2017 Sunday  
Easter Western Christian April 16, 2017 Sunday  
Passover (Pesach), concluding days Jewish April 17-18, 2017 Monday-Tuesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Ridvan Festival, 1st of 12 days Baha'í April 21, 2017 Friday
9th Day of Ridvan Bahá'í April 29, 2017 Saturday
12th Day of Ridvan Bahá'í May 2, 2017 Tuesday
Declaration of the Báb Bahá'í May 23, 2017 Tuesday
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May 27, 2017 Saturday
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í May 29, 2017 Monday
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) Jewish May 31 - June 1, 2017 Wednesday-Thursday
Summer Solstice (EDT)   June 21, 2017 Wednesday  
Eid-al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Shawwal) Islamic June 25, 2017 Sunday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.

Summer Session 2017

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Martyrdom of the Báb Bahá'í July 9, 2017 Sunday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Eid-al-Adha Islamic September 1, 2017 Friday
Al-Hijra (Muharram) (New Year) Islamic September 21, 2017 Thursday
Rosh Hashanah [New Year] Jewish Setember 21-22, 2017 Thursday-Friday
Autumn Equinox (EDT)   September 22, 2017 Friday  

2017-2018

Fall Term 2017

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Aashura (10th day of Muharram) Islamic September 30, 2017 Saturday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] Jewish September 30, 2017 Saturday
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] Jewish October 5-6, 2017 Thursday-Friday
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Jewish October 12-13, 2017 Thursday-Friday
Birth of the Báb Bahá'í October 20, 2017 Friday
Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í November 12, 2017 Sunday
Day of the Covenant Bahá'í November 26, 2017 Sunday
Ascension of ’Abdu’l-Bahá Bahá'í November 28, 2017 Tuesday
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Muhammed's birthday) Islamic November 30, 2017 Thursday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist December 8, 2017 Friday  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) [8-day Feast] Jewish December 13-20, 2017 Wednesday-Wednesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Winter Solstice (EST)   December 21, 2017 Thursday  
Christmas Western Christian December 25, 2017 Monday  
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African- American December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018 Tuesday-Monday  

Winter Term 2018

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Gantan-sai (New Year) Shinto January 1, 2018 Monday  
Feast of the Nativity Eastern Orthodox January 7, 2018 Sunday  
Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Dog] Chinese February 16, 2018 Friday  
Purim Jewish March 1, 2018 Thursday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Vernal Equinox (EDT)   March 20, 2018 Tuesday  
Naw-Rúz  (Bahá'í New Year) Bahá'í March 21, 2018 Wednesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Palm Sunday Western Christian March 25, 2018 Sunday  
Good Friday Western Christian March 30, 2018 Friday  
Passover (Pesach), 1st two days Jewish March 31 - April 1, 2018 Saturday-Sunday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Palm Sunday Eastern Orthodox April 1, 2018 Sunday  
Easter Western Christian April 1, 2018 Sunday  

Spring Term 2018

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Holy Friday Eastern Orthodox April 6, 2018 Friday  
Passover (Pesach), concluding days Jewish April 6-7, 2018 Friday-Saturday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Pascha Eastern Orthodox April 8, 2018 Sunday  
Ridvan Festival, 1st of 12 days Baha'í April 21, 2018 Saturday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
9th Day of Ridvan Bahá'í April 29, 2018 Sunday
12th Day of Ridvan Bahá'í May 2, 2018 Wednesday
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May 16, 2018 Wednesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Dates are from Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) adopted Islamic Calendar.
Events based on sightability of the Moon in North America take place on the day following these dates.
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) Jewish May 20-21, 2018 Sunday-Monday  
Declaration of the Báb Bahá'í May 23, 2018 Wednesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í May 29, 2018 Tuesday
Eid-al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Shawwal) Islamic June 15, 2018 Friday
Summer Solstice (EDT)   June 21, 2018 Thursday  

Summer Session 2018

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Martyrdom of the Báb Bahá'í July 9, 2018 Monday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Eid-al-Adha Islamic August 21, 2018 Tuesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Dates are from Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) adopted Islamic Calendar.
Events based on sightability of the Moon in North America take place on the day following these dates.
Rosh Hashanah [New Year] Jewish September 10-11, 2018 Monday-Tuesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Al-Hijra (Muharram) (New Year) Islamic September 11, 2018 Tuesday
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] Jewish September 19, 2018 Wednesday
Aashura (10th day of Muharram) Islamic September 20, 2018 Thursday
Autumn Equinox (EDT)   September 22, 2018 Saturday  

2018-2019

Fall Term 2018

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] Jewish September 24-25, 2018 Monday-Tuesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Jewish October 1-2, 2018 Monday-Tuesday
Birth of the Báb Bahá'í October 20, 2018 Saturday
Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í November 12, 2018 Monday
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Muhammed's birthday) Islamic November 20, 2018 Tuesday
Day of the Covenant Bahá'í November 26, 2018 Monday
Ascension of ’Abdu’l-Bahá Bahá'í November 28, 2018 Wednesday
Hanukkah (Chanukah) [8-day Feast] Jewish December 3-10, 2018 Monday-Monday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist December 8, 2018 Saturday  
Winter Solstice (EST)   December 21, 2018 Friday  
Christmas Western Christian December 25, 2018 Tuesday  
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African- American December 26, 2018 - January 1, 2019 Wednesday-Tuesday  

Winter Term 2019

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Gantan-sai (New Year) Shinto January 1, 2019 Tuesday  
Feast of the Nativity Eastern Orthodox January 7, 2019 Monday  
Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Boar] Chinese February 5, 2019 Tuesday  
Vernal Equinox (EDT)   March 20, 2019 Wednesday  
Naw-Rúz  (Bahá'í New Year) Bahá'í March 21, 2019 Thursday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Purim Jewish March 21, 2019 Thursday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.

Spring Term 2019

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Palm Sunday Western Christian April 14, 2019 Sunday  
Good Friday Western Christian April 19, 2019 Friday  
Passover (Pesach), 1st two days Jewish April 20-21, 2019 Saturday-Sunday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Easter Western Christian April 21, 2019 Sunday  
Palm Sunday Eastern Orthodox April 21, 2019 Sunday  
Ridvan Festival, 1st of 12 days Baha'í April 21, 2019 Sunday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Holy Friday Eastern Orthodox April 26, 2019 Friday  
Passover (Pesach), concluding days Jewish April 26-27, 2019 Fri.-Sat. Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Pascha Eastern Orthodox April 28, 2019 Sunday  
9th Day of Ridvan Bahá'í April 29, 2019 Monday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
12th Day of Ridvan Bahá'í May 2, 2019 Thursday
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic May 6, 2019 Monday
Declaration of the Báb Bahá'í May 23, 2019 Thursday
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í May 29, 2019 Wednesday
Eid-al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Shawwal) Islamic June 4, 2019 Tuesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Dates are from Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) adopted Islamic Calendar.
Events based on sightability of the Moon in North America take place on the day following these dates.
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) Jewish June 9-10, 2019 Sunday-Monday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Summer Solstice (EDT)   June 21, 2019 Friday  

Summer Session 2019

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Martyrdom of the Báb Bahá'í July 9, 2019 Tuesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.

Calendar prepared by the Division of Equity and Inclusion, July 2016