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Religious Observances

Randolph College is cognizant of our community’s increasing diversity and strives to respect all spiritual beliefs and practices.

We request that students, faculty, and staff also be mindful of the expansive range of religious observances.

  • Faculty should consider how holy days may impact student class attendance or their ability to complete assignments when due.
  • Administrative and academic departments, as well as student organizations, should also be aware of holy days when scheduling department-wide or college-wide events and programming.

Religious Accommodations

Students who seek religious accommodations for class assignments, attendance, or athletic practice/competition should contact faculty or coaches well in advance with such requests.

  • Religious Accomodations Request Form PDF | DOCX

Religious Holidays Calendar

Below is a list of holy days observed by many in our community.  Please contact us with suggestions for this list.

2023-2024: Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec | Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul

August ^

Aug. 15 – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Christianity-Protestant,Christianity-Roman Catholic)
Aug. 30 – Raksha Bandan (Hinduism)

September ^

Sept. 6-7 – Krishna Janmashtami (Sir Krishna Jayanti or Janmashtami) (Hinduism/Krishnaism)
Sept. 15-17 – Rosh Hashanah (Judaism)
Sept. 18-19 – Ganesh Chaturthi (Hinduism)
Sept. 23 – Mabon (Wicca/Paganism)
Sept. 24-25 – Yom Kippur (Judaism)
Sept. 26-27 – Mawlid An-Nabi (Islam)
Sept. 29 – – Oct. 6 – Sukkot (Judaism)

October ^

Oct. 6-8 – Shemini Atzeret (Judaism)
Oct. 7-8 – Simchat Torah (Judaism)
Oct. 15-24 – Navratri (Hinduism)
Oct. 16 – Birth of Baha’u’llah (BaHá’í)
Oct. 31 – Samhain (Wicca/Paganism)

November ^

Nov. 3 – All Saints Day (Christianity-Protestant,Christianity-Roman Catholic)
Nov. 2 – All Souls Day (Christianity-Roman Catholic)
Nov. 12 – Diwali (Dipavali) (Hinduism)
Nov. 26 – Guru Nank’s Birthday (Sikhism)

December ^

Dec. 7-15 – Hanukkah (Judaism)
Dec. 8 – Immaculate Conception of Mary (Christianity-Roman Catholic)
Dec. 8 – Bodhi Day (Buddhism)
Dec. 21 – Jan. 1 – Yule (Wicca/Paganism)
Dec. 25 – Christmas (Christianity-Protestant,Christianity-Roman Catholic)
Dec. 26 – Jan. 1 – Kwanzaa (African Heritage)

January ^

Jan. 6 – Epiphany (Christianity-Protestant,Christianity-Roman Catholic)
Jan. 24-25 – Tu B’Shevat (Judaism

February ^

Feb. 1 – Imbolc (Wicca/Paganism)
Feb. 8 – Laylat Al-Isra’waal-Mi’raj (Mi’raj al-Nabiy) (Islam)
Feb. 10 – Chinese New Year (Confucianism/Daoism/Buddhism)
Feb. 14 – Vasant Panchami Saraswati Puja (Hinduism)
Feb. 14 – Ash Wednesday (Christianity-Protestant,Christianity-Roman Catholic)
Feb. 14 – March 28 – Lent (Christianity-Protestant,Christianity-Roman Catholic)
Feb. 15 – Nirvana Day (Buddhism)
Feb. 24-25 – Laylat al-Bara’ah (Islam

March ^

Feb. 14 – March 28 – Lent continues (Christianity-Protestant,Christianity-Roman Catholic)
Mar. 8 – Maha Shivaratri (Hinduism)
Mar. 10 – April 9 – Ramadan (Islam)
Mar. 11 – Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti (Hinduism)
Mar. 18 – May 4 – Great Lent (Christianity-Orthodox)
Mar. 19 – Ostara (Wicca/Paganism)
Mar. 23-24 – Purim (Feast of Lots) (Judaism)
Mar. 24 – Palm Sunday (Christianity-Protestant,Christianity-Roman Catholic)
Mar. 25 – Holi (Hinduism)
Mar. 28 – Holy Thursday /Maundy Thursday (Christianity-Protestant,Christianity-Roman Catholic)
Mar. 29 – Good Friday (Christianity-Protestant,Christianity-Roman Catholic)
Mar. 31 – Easter Sunday (Christianity-Protestant,Christianity-Roman Catholic

April ^

Mar. 10 – April 9 – Ramadan continues (Islam)
Mar. 18 – May 4 – Great Lent continues (Christianity-Orthodox)
Apr. 9-12 – Eid al-Fitr (‘Id al-Fitr) (Islam)
Apr. 17 – Ramanavami (Hinduism)
Apr. 22-30 – Passover (Pesach) (Judaism)
Apr. 30 – May 1 – Beltane (Wicca/Paganism

May ^

Mar. 18 – May 4 – Great Lent continues (Christianity-Orthodox)
May 5 – Orthodox Easter Sunday (Christianity-Orthodox)
May 5-6 – Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) (Judaism)
May 23 – Vesak (Buddha Day) (Buddhism)
May 19 – Pentecost (Christianity-Protestant,Christianity-Roman Catholic

June ^

Jun. 11-13 – Shavuot (Judaism)
Jun. 15-18 – Eid al-Adha (‘Id Al Adha) (Islam)
Jun. 21 – Litha (Wicca/Paganism)

July ^

Jul. 21 – Dharma Day (Buddhism)

August ^

Aug. 12-13 – Tisha B’Av (Judaism)
Aug. 24 – Lammas / Lughnasa (Wicca/Paganism)

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