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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 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 diversity of religious, spiritual, and secular traditions, and individuals may celebrate observances not listed below. When planning around religious observances is not possible, employers and instructors must provide reasonable accommodations as per campus code, and state, and federal law.

Major Religious Observances

Summer 2024

ObservanceReligionDates
Declaration of the Báb
Baháʼí FaithBegins at sunset on May 22, 2024, and ends at sunset on May 23, 2024
VesakBuddhismMay 23, 2024
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláhBaháʼí FaithBegins at sunset on May 27, 2024, and ends at sunset on May 28, 2024
ShavuotJudaismBegins at sundown on June 11, 2024, and ends at sundown on June 13, 2024
Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day OrthodoxOrthodox ChristianityJune 13, 2024
Eid al-AdhaIslamAnticipated to begin at sundown on June 16, 2024, and end at sundown on June 20, 2024
Litha/Midsummer (Summer Solstice)
WiccaJune 20, 2024
Martyrdom of the Báb
Baháʼí FaithBegins at sunset on July 8, 2024, and ends at sunset on July 9, 2024
10th of Muharram (Ashura) IslamAnticipated to begin at sundown on July 16, 2024 and end at sundown on July 17, 2024
Tish’a B’AvJudaismBegins at sundown on August 12, 2024, and ends at sundown on August 13, 2024
LammasWiccaAugust 1, 2024

Fall Semester 2024

ObservanceReligionDates
Arba’eenIslam (Shia)Anticipated to begin at sundown on August 25, 2024, and end at sundown on August 26, 2024
Krishna JanmashtamiHinduismAugust 26, 2024
ParyushanJainismBegins on August 31, 2024 and ends on September 7, 2024
Leil SelichotJudaismBegins at sundown on September 28, 2024
Birth of the Prophet MuhammadIslam (Sunni)Anticipated to begin at sundown on September 15, 2024 and end at sundown on September 16, 2024
Birth of the Prophet MuhammadIslam (Shia)Anticipated to begin at sundown on September 20, 2024 and end at sundown on September 21, 2024
MabonWiccaSeptember 21, 2024
Rosh HashanahJudaismBegins at sundown on October 2, 2024, and ends at sundown on October 4, 2024
NavratriHinduismBegins on October 3, 2024 and ends on October 11, 2024
Yom Kippur
JudaismBegins at sundown on October 11, 2024 and ends at sundown on October 12 2024
SukkotJudaismBegins at sundown on October 16, 2024 and ends at sundown on October 23, 2024
Birth of Guru GranthSikhismOctober 20, 2024
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
JudaismBegins at sundown on October 23, 2024, and ends at nightfall on October 25, 2024
SamhainWiccaBegins at sunset on October 31, 2024 and ends at sunset on November 1, 2024
DiwaliHinduismNovember 1, 2024
Birth of the BábBaháʼí FaithBegins at sunset on November 1, 2024, and ends at sunset on November 2, 2024
Birth of Baha’u’llahBaháʼí FaithBegins at sunset on November 2, 204 and ends at sunset on November 3, 2024
Guru Nanak Birthday
SikhismNovember 15, 2024
Loy Krathong
BuddhismNovember 16, 2024
Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-BahaBaháʼí FaithBegins on sunset on November 26, 2024, and ends at sunset on November 27, 2024
Bodhi DayBuddhismDecember 8, 2024
Yule (Winter Solstice)WiccaBegins on December 21, 2024, and ends on January 1, 2025
HanukkahJudaismBegins at sundown on December 25, 2024 and ends at sundown on January 2, 2025
Christmas
ChristianityDecember 25, 2024
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-AmericanBegins on December 26, 2024, and ends on January 1, 2025

Spring Semester 2025

ObservanceReligionDates
Feast of the Epiphany
ChristianityJanuary 6, 2025
Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti BirthdaySikhismJanuary 6, 2025
Eastern Orthodox Christmas
Eastern Orthodox ChristianityJanuary 7, 2025
Lunar New YearInterfaith/National, Buddhism, Daoism, ConfucianismJanuary 29, 2025
Imbolc/Candlemas/BrigidWicca/CelticBegins on February 1, 2025, and ends on February 2, 2025
Nineteen Day Fast
Baháʼí FaithBegins at sunset on February 28, 2025 and ends at sundown on March 19, 2025
RamadanIslamAnticipated to begin at sundown on February 28, 2025 and end at sundown on March 30, 2025
Ash WednesdayChristianityMarch 5, 2025
PurimJudaismBegins at sundown on March 13, 2025 and ends at sundown on March 14, 2025
HoliHinduism, SikhismMarch 14, 2025
Naw-Ruz/First of Baha – SplendourBaháʼí Faith, ZoroastrianBegins at sunset on March 19, 2025, and ends at sunset on March 20, 2025
Eostara (Spring Equinox)WiccaMarch 20, 2025
23rd Night of RamadanIslamAnticipated to begin at sundown on March 23, 2025
27th Night of RamadanIslam (Sunni)Anticipated to begin at sundown on March 27, 2025
Eid al-FitrIslamAnticipated to begin at sundown on March 30, 2025, and end at sundown on March 31, 2025
Pesach (Passover)JudaismBegins at sundown on April 12 and ends at sundown on April 20, 2025
VaisakhiSikhism, HinduismApril 14, 2025
Good FridayChristianityApril 18, 2025
Eastern Orthodox Holy FridayOrthodox ChristianityApril 18, 2025
First Day of RidvánBaháʼí FaithBegins at sunset on April 19, 2025, and ends at sunset on April 20, 2025
Easter SundayChristianityApril 20, 2025
Eastern Orthodox Easter (Pascha) Eastern Orthodox ChristianityApril 20, 2025
Ninth Day of RidvanBaháʼí FaithBegins at sunset on April 27, 2025, and ends at sunset on April 28, 2025
Twelfth Day of RidvanBaháʼí FaithBegins at sunset on April 30, 2025, and ends at sunset on May 1, 2025
BeltaneWiccaMay 1, 2025
VesakBuddhismMay 12, 2025

Summer 2025

ObservanceReligionDates
Declaration of the Báb
Baháʼí FaithBegins at sunset on May 22, 2025, and ends at sunset on May 23, 2025
Ascension of Bahá’u’lláhBaháʼí FaithBegins at sunset on May 27, 2025, and ends at sunset on May 28, 2025
Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day Orthodox ChristianityMay 29, 2025
Ascension DayCatholicismMay 29, 2025
ShavuotJudaismBegins at sundown on June 1, 2025, and ends at sundown on June 3, 2025
Eid al-AdhaIslamAnticipated to begin at sundown on June 5, 2025, and end at sundown on June 6, 2025
Litha/Midsummer (Summer Solstice)
WiccaJune 21, 2025
10th of Muharram (Ashura)IslamAnticipated to begin at sundown on July 5, 2025 and end at sundown on July 6, 2025
Martyrdom of the Báb
Baháʼí FaithBegins at sunset on July 8, 2025, and ends at sunset on July 9, 2025
LammasWiccaAugust 1, 2024
Tish’a B’AvJudaismBegins at sundown on August 2, 2025, and ends at sundown on August 3, 2025

Special thanks to the following individuals for their assistance in reviewing the religious observances listed on this page and in the full Religious Observances calendar: Rabbi Alan Cook from Sinai Temple of Champaign-Urbana, Amy Felty from the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Urbana, Father Robert Lampitt from St. John’s Catholic Newman Center, Dr. Adam Newman from the Department of Religion, and Imam Ousmane Sawadogo from the Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center.

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.