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Major Religious Holidays

Major Religious Holidays with Work Restrictions

Several religions prohibit working on certain holidays. To aid staff, faculty and supervisors with scheduling events and activities, a short list of some holidays on which students, staff, or faculty may not be able to work or attend class is provided belowPlease note that this list is not at all exhaustive. There are holidays that do not appear on this list.

  • *Rosh Hashanah – Jewish
  • *Yom Kippur – Jewish
  • *Eid al Fitr – Muslim
  • *Eid al Adha – Muslim
  • *Mawlid – Muslim
  • *Naw Ruz – Baha’i
  • *NowRuz - Persian, Muslims in Iran, Zoroastrian
  • Christmas – Christian
  • Christmas - Christian, Greek Orthodox (different dates)
  • *Passover – Jewish
  • Good Friday – Christian
  • Easter – Christian
  • Easter - Christian, Greek Orthodox (different dates)
  • *Shavuot – Jewish
  • *Declaration of the Bab – Baha’i
  • *Ascension of the Baha’u’llah – Baha’i
  • *Ashura – Muslim

*Note that in many religious traditions the holidays begin at sundown on the eve of the holiday; that is, the day before the first full day of the holiday, and end at sundown on the last day of the holiday. Holidays that run from sundown to sundown are marked with an asterisk.

The holidays in the list above are noted with a double asterisk on the overlay for Google Calendar . The dates of many of these holidays are based on lunar calendars and so their dates vary from year to year on the Gregorian calendar. Please check an Interfaith Calendar for dates in future years. 

For Students: If you have a question about an absence for a holiday that is not listed, please contact the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) at (919) 515-2963.

Additional Major Holidays

We occasionally get inquiries about additional important holidays that are not on the list above. Below are some major holidays that have been brought to our attention. These may or may not entail work restrictions. They are listed here just for reference.

  • *Ramadan – Muslim
  • Divali (Deepavali) – Hindu
  • *The Birth of the Bab – Baha’i
  • *The Birth of Baha’u’llah – Baha’i
  • Nativity of Christ – Orthodox Christian
  • Chinese New Year
  • *First Day of Ridvan – Baha’i
  • *Martyrdom of the Bab – Baha’i

NC State Google Calendar Overlay of Major Religious and Cultural Holidays

We have created an overlay for Google Calendar of major religious and cultural holidays. Clicking the link, makes this cultural holidays calendar available to be overlaid on your own Google calendar.The holidays on the first list above, with work restrictions, are noted with a double asterisk on the Google calendar overlay. The Google Calendar overlay contains all the holidays from both of the above lists.

The calendar is intended to be used as a guide for instructors and event planners to indicate which days are important religious holidays that might entail work restrictions.

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