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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 below. Please 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
  • *The Birth of the Bab – Baha’i
  • *The Birth of Baha’u’llah – Baha’i
  • *Mawlid – Muslim
  • *Naw Ruz – Baha’i
  • *NowRuz – Persian, Muslims in Iran, Zoroastrian
  • Christmas – Christian
  • Nativity of Christ – Eastern Orthodox
  • *Passover – Jewish
  • *First Day, 9th Day and 12th Day of Ridvan – Baha’i
  • Good Friday – Christian
  • Easter – Christian
  • Easter – Eastern Orthodox
  • *Shavuot – Jewish
  • *Declaration of the Bab – Baha’i
  • *Ascension of the Baha’u’llah – Baha’i
  • *Martyrdom of the Bab – Baha’i
  • *Ashura – Muslim
  • Vijaya Dashami, also called Dasara – Hindu

*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 absence-verification@ncsu.edu and see the class absence verification website.

Additional Major Holidays

Major holidays that are important cultural or religious celebrations and observances but do not require students or employees to abstain from work are listed below.

  • *Ramadan – Muslim
  • Divali (Deepavali) – Hindu
  • Chinese New Year
  • Holi – Hindu

NC State Google Calendar Overlays of Major Religious and Cultural Holidays

The calendars are 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.You can overlay either of these calendars on your Google Calendar by clicking on the link above. The calendar will appear, then click on the “+” button at the lower right corner of the calendar. The Google Calendar overlay labeled “Holidays with work restrictions” contains all the holidays with work restrictions listed on the Major Religious Holidays website.  The overlay linked under “Both holidays with work restrictions and additional major holidays” contains all holidays listed above.

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