Office of the Provost

Religious Holidays during the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Calendar index

The religious holidays that might pose conflicts with the 2019-2020 academic calendar are shown here. This is not an exhaustive list and there may be other holidays that pose conflicts for students.

Link to U-M Guidance to Students Regarding Conflicts Between the Academic and Religious Calendars

Holy Day of Arafah ** Islam August 10
Eid al-Adha ** Islam August 10-11
Paryushan ** Jain August 27-September 3
10th of Muharram ** Islam August 31
Rosh Hashanah * Jewish Sept. 29 - Oct. 1
Yom Kippur * Jewish October 8 - 9
Sukkot * Jewish October 13 - 15
Birth of the Báb *** Baha'i October 29
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah * Jewish October 20 - 22
Diwali ** Hindu October 27
Birth of Bahá’u’lláh *** Baha’i October 30
Birth of the Prophet Muhammad ** Islam November 9
Hanukkah * Jewish December 22 - 30
Christmas Christian December 25
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American December 26 - January 1
Feast of the Epiphany Christian January 6
Eastern Orthodox Christmas (Julian Calendar) Orthodox Christian January 7
Sankranti Hindu January 15
Lunar New Year Interfaith / National January 25
Ash Wednesday Christian February 26
Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent Orthodox Christian March 2
Purim * Jewish March 9 -10
Naw‐Rúz *** Baha’i March 20
Passover (Pesach) * Jewish April 8 - 16
Good Friday Christian April 10
Easter Christian April 12
Baisakhi Sikh April 14
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox Christian April 17
Eastern Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christian April 19
First Day of Ridván *** Baha’i April 20
Ramadan ** Islam April 23 - May 23
Ninth Day of Ridván *** Baha’i April 28
Twelfth Day of Ridván *** Baha’i May 1
23rd Night of Ramadan ** Islam May 16
27th Night of Ramadan ** Islam May 20
Ascension Day Christian May 21
Declaration of the Báb *** Baha’i May 23
Eid al-Fitr ** Islam May 24
Shavuot * Jewish May 28 - 30
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh *** Baha’i May 28
Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day Orthodox Christian May 29
Martyrdom of the Báb *** Baha’i July 9
Holy Day of Arafah ** Islam July 29

* Jewish holy days begin and end at sundown on the first and last days listed.
** These holidays are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate.
*** The Bahá’í day ends and a new one begins at sunset; consequently, the day on which a Holy Day is observed begins at sunset of the day before the Gregorian calendar dates given above


U-M Guidance to Students Regarding Conflicts Between the Academic and Religious Calendars

Although the University of Michigan, as an institution, does not observe religious holidays, it has long been the University's policy that every reasonable effort should be made to help students avoid negative academic consequences when their religious obligations conflict with academic requirements. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence. Students who expect to miss classes, examinations, or other assignments as a consequence of their religious observance shall be provided with a reasonable alternative opportunity to complete such academic responsibilities. It is the obligation of students to provide faculty with reasonable notice of the dates of religious holidays on which they will be absent. Such notice must be given by the drop/add deadline of the given term. Students who are absent on days of examinations or class assignments shall be offered an opportunity to make up the work, without penalty, unless it can be demonstrated that a make-up opportunity would interfere unreasonably with the delivery of the course. Should disagreement arise over any aspect of this policy, the parties involved should contact the Department Chair, the Dean of the School, or the Ombudsperson. Final appeals will be resolved by the Provost.