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Religious Holidays during the 2021-2022 Academic Year

The religious holidays that might pose conflicts with the 2021-2022 academic calendar are shown here. This is not an exhaustive list and there may be other holidays that pose conflicts for students.
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  • U-M Guidance to Students Regarding Conflicts Between the Academic and Religious Calendars


U-M School of Information logoMany of the holidays listed below are linked to Fact Sheets prepared by a U-M School of Information Project Team with input and review from religious leaders and community organizations. The UMSI team members are Jacques Chestnut, Rebecca Epstein, Claudia Leo, James Reitz, Colum Slevin, Barbara Smith (project lead), and Todd Stuart.

Most religions contain multiple sects, and even within a single sect – multiple practices around a holiday can be found. Authors of these Fact Sheets have attempted to generally describe an event that is likely celebrated in many different ways. If someone feels the authors have misrepresented any information or would like information added, they are open to feedback. Please email them to DEIHolidayFacts@umich.edu.

HOLIDAY
FAITH
DATE(S)
1st of Muharram (Islamic New Year) ** Islam August 9
10th of Muharram (Ashura) ** Islam August 18
Paryushan ** Jain September 4 - 11
Rosh Hashanah * Jewish September 6 - 8
Yom Kippur * Jewish September 15 - 16
Sukkot * Jewish September 20 - 27
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah * Jewish September 27 - 29
Birth of the Prophet Muhammad (Sunni) ** Islam October 19
Birth of the Prophet Muhammad (Shia) ** Islam October 24
Diwali ** Hindu November 4
Birth of the Báb *** Baha'i November 6
Birth of Bahá’u’lláh *** Baha’i November 7
Hanukkah * Jewish November 28 - December 6
Christmas Christian December 25
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American December 26 - January 1
Feast of Epiphany Christian January 6
Eastern Orthodox Christmas Orthodox Christian January 7
Sankranti Hindu January 14
Lunar New Year Interfaith / National February 1
Ash Wednesday Christian March 2
Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent Orthodox Christian March 7
Purim * Jewish March 16 -17
Naw‐Rúz *** Baha’i March 21
Ramadan **             2021 Factsheet Islam April 2 - May 1
Vaisakhi Sikh April 14
Passover (Pesach) * Jewish April 15 - 23
Good Friday Christian April 15
Easter Christian April 17
First Day of Ridván *** Baha’i April 21
Eastern Orthodox Holy Friday Orthodox Christian April 22
Eastern Orthodox Easter (Pascha) Orthodox Christian April 24
23rd Night of Ramadan ** Islam April 24
Ninth Day of Ridván *** Baha’i April 29
Twelfth Day of Ridván *** Baha’i May 2
27th Night of Ramadan ** Islam April 28
Eid al-Fitr ** Islam May 2
Declaration of the Báb *** Baha’i May 24
Ascension Day Christian May 26
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh *** Baha’i May 29
Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day Orthodox Christian June 2
Shavuot * Jewish June 4 - 6
Juneteenth Inerfaith / African-American June 19
Holy Day of Arafah ** Islam July 9
Eid al-Adha ** Islam July 10
Martyrdom of the Báb *** Baha’i July 10
Eid al-Ghadeer ** Islam July 17
Shabbat * Jewish Weekly

* 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. Muslim holidays begin and end at sundown on the first and last days listed.
*** 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.

 

4/27/21