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Religious Observances that Affect the Academic Calendar

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To help instructors and staff in course and event planning, some of the religious observances that may affect the academic calendar between January to July 2022 are listed below. This table attempts to include dates for religions that are most widely observed by students and employees at the University of Illinois and is intended as an aid only. Members of the University of Illinois community practice a range of faith traditions, and it is the expectation of the university that religious accommodations be honored regardless of whether the date is included in this table.

A more complete calendar of religious observances is maintained by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion as part of the university’s general calendar. Religious Observances. For questions, please contact diversity@illinois.edu.

Religious Observances
January – July 2022

ObservanceReligionDates
Feast of the EpiphanyChristianJanuary 6, 2022
Eastern Orthodox ChristmasOrthodox ChristianJanuary 7, 2022
Lunar New YearInterfaith / NationalFebruary 1, 2022
Ash WednesdayChristianMarch 2, 2022
Nineteen Day FastBaha’iBegins at sunset on March 2 and ends at sunset on March 20, 2022
Eastern Orthodox Beginning of LentOrthodox ChristianMarch 7, 2022
PurimJewishBegins at sundown on March 16  and ends at sunset on March 17, 2022
HoliSikh, HinduBegins at sunset on March 17 and ends at sunset on March 18, 2022
Naw‐RúzBaha’iBegins at sunset on March 20 and ends at sunset on March 21, 2022
Eostara (Spring Equinox)WiccaMarch 21, 2022
RamadanIslamBegins in the evening of Saturday, April 2, and ends in the evening of Monday, May 2. This observance is calculated on a lunar calendar and is approximate.
VaisakhiSikhApril 14, 2022
Passover (Pesach)JewishBegins at sundown on April 15 and ends at sundown on April 23, 2022
Good FridayChristianApril 15, 2022
EasterChristianApril 17, 2022
First Day of RidvánBaha’iBegins at sunset on April 20 and ends at sunset on April 21, 2022
Eastern Orthodox Holy FridayOrthodox ChristianApril 22, 2022
Eastern Orthodox Easter (Pascha)Orthodox ChristianApril 24, 2022
23rd Night of RamadanIslamAnticipated to begin at sundown on April 24, 2022. This observance is calculated on a lunar calendar and is approximate.
Ninth Day of RidvánBaha’iBegins at sunset on April 28 and end at sunset on April 29, 2022
Twelfth Day of RidvánBaha’iBegins at sunset on May 1 and ends at sunset on May 2, 2022
27th Night of RamadanIslamAnticipated to begin at sundown on April 28, 2022. This observance is calculated on a lunar calendar and is approximate.
Eid al-FitrIslamBegins in the evening of Monday, May 2, and ends on the evening of Tuesday, May 3. This observance is calculated on a lunar calendar and is approximate.
VesakBuddhistMay 15, 2022
Declaration of the BábBaha’iBegins at sunset on May 23 and ends at sunset on May 24, 2022
Ascension DayChristianMay 26, 2022
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláhBaha’iBegins at sunset on May 28 and ends at sunset on May 29, 2022
Eastern Orthodox Ascension DayOrthodox ChristianJune 2, 2022
ShavuotJewishBegins at sundown on June 4 and ends at sundown on June 6, 2022
Litha/Midsummer (Summer Solstice)IslamJune 21, 2022
Eid al-AdhaIslamAnticipated to begin at sundown on July 10 and end at sundown on July 11. This observance is calculated on a lunar calendar and is approximate.
Martyrdom of the BábBaha’iBegins at sunset on July 9 and ends at sunset on July 10