Rutgers University Policy on Absence for Religious Reasons states the following: 


It is University policy (University Regulation on Attendance, Book 2, 2.47B, formerly 60.14f) to excuse, without penalty, students who are absent from class because of religious observance and to allow the make-up of work missed because of such absence. Examinations and special required out-of-class activities shall ordinarily not be scheduled on those days when religiously observant students refrain from participating in secular activities. Absences for reasons of religious obligation shall not be counted for purposes of reporting. 


Students are advised to provide timely notification to instructors about necessary absences for religious observances and are responsible for making up the work or exams according to an agreed-upon schedule. 


2018  Day of the Week  Holiday  Religion 
1-Nov  Thursday  All Saints Day  Christian 
1-Nov  Thursday  Samhain – Beltane*  Wicca/Pagan 
2-Nov  Friday  All Souls Day  Catholic Christian 
7-Nov  Wednesday  Diwali  Sikh – Jain – Hindu 
8-Nov  Thursday  Jain New Year **  Jain 
8-Nov  Thursday  Vikram New Year **  Hindu 
12-Nov  Monday  Birth of Baha’u’llah *  Baha’i 
15-Nov  Thursday  Nativity Fast begins – ends Dec. 24  Orthodox Christian 
21-Nov  Wednesday  Mawlid an Nabi *  Islam 
22-Nov  Thursday  Thanksgiving  Interfaith USA 
23-Nov  Friday  Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib  Sikh 
25-Nov  Sunday  Christ the King  Christian 
26-Nov  Monday  Day of the Covenant *  Baha’i 
28-Nov  Wednesday  Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha *  Baha’i 
30-Nov  Friday  St. Andrew’s Day  Christian 
2-Dec  Sunday-Monday(24)  Advent  Christian 
3-Dec  Monday-Monday(10)  Hanukkah *  Jewish 
6-Dec  Thursday  Saint Nicholas Day  Christian 
8-Dec  Saturday  Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) **  Buddhist 
8-Dec  Saturday  Immaculate Conception of Mary  Catholic Christian 
12-Dec  Wednesday  Feast day – Our Lady of Guadalupe  Catholic Christian 
16-Dec  Sunday-Tuesday(25)  Posadas Navidenas  Hispanic Christian 
21-Dec  Friday  Yule  Christian 
21-Dec  Friday  Yule – Litha *  Wicca/Pagan 
21-Dec  Friday  Saint Thomas the Apostle  Christian 
24-Dec  Monday  Christmas Eve  Christian 
25-Dec  Tuesday  Christmas*  Christian 
25-Dec  Tuesday  Feast of the Nativity**  Orthodox Christian 
26-Dec  Wednesday  Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) **  Zoroastrian 
26-Dec  Wednesday  St Stephen’s Day  Christian 
28-Dec  Friday  Holy Innocents  Christian 
30-Dec  Sunday  Holy Family  Catholic Christian 
31-Dec  Monday  Watch Night  Christian 



2019  Day of the Week  Holiday  Religion 
1-Jan  Tuesday  Mary, Mother of God  Catholic Christian 
1-Jan  Tuesday  Feast Day of St Basil  Orthodox Christian 
1-Jan  Tuesday  Gantan-sai(New Years)  Shinto 
1-Jan  Tuesday  Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus  Orthodox Christian 
5-Jan  Saturday  Twelfth Night  Christian 
5-Jan  Saturday  Guru Gobindh Singh birthday  Sikh 
6-Jan  Sunday  Epiphany  Christian 
6-Jan  Sunday  Feast of the Epiphany (Theophany)  Orthodox Christian 
6-Jan  Sunday  Dia de los Reyes (Three Kings Day)  Christian 
6-Jan  Sunday  Nativity of Christ  Armenian Orthodox 
7-Jan  Monday  Feast of the Nativity**  Orthodox Christian 
8-Jan  Tuesday  Feast of the Holy Family  Catholic Christian 
13-Jan  Sunday  Maghi  Sikh 
13-Jan  Sunday  Baptism of the Lord Jesus  Christian 
17-Jan  Thursday  Blessing of the Animals  Hispanic Catholic Christian 
18-Jan  Friday-Friday(25)  Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  Christian 
19-Jan  Saturday  Timkat  Ethiopian Orthodox Christian 
20-Jan  Sunday  World Religion Day  Baha’i 
21-Jan  Monday-Wednesday(23)  Mahayana New Year **  Buddhist 
25-Jan  Friday  Conversion of St. Paul  Christian 
2-Feb  Saturday  Candlemas – Presentation of Christ in the Temple  Christian 
2-Feb  Saturday  Imbolc – Lughnassah *  Wicca/Pagan 
2-Feb  Saturday  Saint Brighid of Kildare  Celtic Christian 
3-Feb  Sunday  St. Blaze Day  Christian 
3-Feb  Sunday  Setsebun sai(beginning of spring)  Shinto 
3-Feb  Sunday  Four Chaplains Sunday  Interfaith 
5-Feb  Tuesday  Chinese New Year  Confucian, Daoist, Buddhist 
8-Feb  Friday  Nirvana Day  Buddhism 
10-Feb  Sunday  Tu BiShavat *  Jewish 
10-Feb  Sunday  Cheese Fare Sunday  Orthodox Christian 
12-Feb  Tuesday  Triodion  Orthodox Christian 
14-Feb  Thursday  St. Valentine’s Day  Christian 
15-Feb  Friday  Nirvana Day **  Buddhist – Jain 
17-Feb  Sunday  Triodian begins  Orthodox Christian 
26-Feb  Tuesday  Intercalary Days  Baha’i 
    Maha Shivaratri **  Hindu 
1-Mar  Friday  St. David of Wales  Christian 
1-Mar  Friday  Intercalary Days end  Baha’i 
2-Mar  Saturday-Wednesday(20)  Nineteen Day Fast *  Baha’i 
3-Mar  Sunday  Meatfare Sunday  Orthodox Christian 
3-Mar  Sunday  Transfiguration Sunday  Christian 
5-Mar  Tuesday  Shrove Tuesday  Christian 
6-Mar  Wednesday  Ash Wednesday – Lent begins  Christian 
10-Mar  Sunday  Orthodox Sunday  Orthodox Christian 
11-Mar  Monday  Clean Monday – Lent begins  Orthodox Christian 
13-Mar  Wednesday  Birthday of L. Ron Hubbard  Scientology 
17-Mar  Sunday  St. Patrick’s Day  Christian 
19-Mar  Tuesday  St. Joseph’s Day  Christian 
20-Mar  Wednesday  Ostara – Mabon *  Wicca/Pagan 
21-Mar  Thursday  Norooz (New Year)  Persian/Zoroastrian 
21-Mar  Thursday  Naw-Rúz(New Year) *  Baha’i 
21-Mar  Thursday  Hola Mohalla  Sikh 
21-Mar  Thursday  Magha Puja Day**  Buddhist 
21-Mar  Thursday  Lord’s Evening Meal  Jehovah’s Witness Christian 
21-Mar  Thursday  Purim*  Jewish 
25-Mar  Monday  Annunciation of the Virgin Mary  Christian 
28-Mar  Thursday  Khordad Sal (Birth of Prophet Zaranthushtra) **  Zoroastrian 
3-Apr  Wednesday  Lailat al Miraj *  Islam 
9-Apr  Tuesday  Mahavir Jayanti **  Jain 
14-Apr  Sunday  Baisakhi (Vaisakhi)  Sikh 
14-Apr  Sunday  Palm Sunday  Christian 
17-Apr  Wednesday  Orthodox Sunday  Orthodox Christian 
18-Apr  Thursday  Maundy Thursday  Christian 
19-Apr  Friday-Sunday(21)  Theravadin New Year**  Buddhist 
19-Apr  Friday  Good Friday  Christian 
20-Apr  Saturday-Saturday(27)  Pesach*  Jewish 
20-Apr  Saturday  Lazarus Saturday  Orthodox Christian 
21-Apr  Sunday  Easter  Christian 
21-Apr  Sunday  First Day of Ridvan *  Baha’i 
21-Apr  Sunday  Lailat al Bara’ah *  Islam 
21-Apr  Sunday  Palm Sunday  Orthodox Christian 
23-Apr  Tuesday  St. George’s Day  Christian 
26-Apr  Friday  Holy Friday  Orthodox Christian 
28-Apr  Sunday  Pascha – Easter  Orthodox Christian 
29-Apr  Monday  Ninth Day of Ridvan  Baha’i 
30-Apr  Tuesday  St. James the Great Day  Orthodox Christian 
1-May  Wednesday  Beltane – Samhain*  Wicca/Pagan 
2-May  Thursday  Last day of Ridvan *  Baha’i 
2-May  Thursday  National Day of Prayer – USA  Interfaith 
2-May  Thursday  Yom HaShoah  Jewish 
3-May  Friday  Saints Philip & James  Christian 
6-May  Monday  Ramadanbegins *  Islam 
9-May  Thursday  Yom Ha’Atzmaut *  Jewish 
18-May  Saturday  Visakha Puja- Buddha Day **  Buddhist 
23-May  Thursday  Declaration of the Bab*  Baha’i 
23-May  Thursday  Lag B/Omer *  Jewish 
29-May  Wednesday  Ascension of Baha’u’llah*  Baha’i 
30-May  Thursday  Ascension of Jesus  Christian 
1-Jun  Saturday  Laylat al Kadr *  Islam 
5-Jun  Wednesday-Friday(7)  Eid al Fitr – Ramadan ends*  Islam 
6-Jun  Thursday  Ascension of Jesus  Orthodox Christian 
9-Jun  Sunday  St. Columba of Iona  Celtic Christian 
9-Jun  Sunday  Pentecost  Christian 
9-Jun  Sunday-Monday(10)  Shavuot *  Jewish 
15-Jun  Saturday  Saint Vladimir Day  Christian 
16-Jun  Sunday  Guru Arjan martyrdom  Sikh 
16-Jun  Sunday  Trinity Sunday  Christian 
19-Jun  Wednesday  New Church Day  Swedenborgian Christian 
20-Jun  Thursday  Corpus Christi  Catholic Christian 
21-Jun  Friday  Litha-Yule *  Wicca/Pagan 
22-Jun  Saturday  First Nations Day  Canadian Native People 
23-Jun  Sunday  All Saints  Orthodox Christian 
28-Jun  Friday  Sacred Heart of Jesus  Catholic Christian 
29-Jun  Saturday  Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul  Christian 
9-Jul  Tuesday  Martyrdom of the Bab *  Baha’i 
11-Jul  Thursday  St Benedict Day  Catholic Christian 
13-Jul  Saturday  Obon(Ulambana) **  Buddhist – Shinto 
15-Jul  Monday  St. Vladimir the Great Day  Orthodox Christian 
16-Jul  Tuesday  Asalha Puja Day**  Buddhist 
24-Jul  Wednesday  Pioneer Day  Mormon Christian 
25-Jul  Thursday  St. James the Great Day  Christian 
1-Aug  Thursday  Lammas  Christian 
1-Aug  Thursday  Lughnassad – Imbolc *  Wicca/Pagan 
1-Aug  Thursday  Fast in Honor of Holy Mother of Jesus  Orthodox Christian 
6-Aug  Tuesday  Transfiguration of the Lord  Orthodox Christian 
10-Aug  Saturday  Tish’a B’av  Jewish 
10-Aug  Saturday  Waqf al Arafa *  Islam 
12-Aug  Monday-Thursday(15)  Eid al Adha*  Islam 
15-Aug  Thursday  Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary  Catholic Christian 
15-Aug  Thursday  Dormition of the Theotokos  Orthodox Christian 
23-Aug  Friday  Krishna Janmashtami**  Hindu 
29-Aug  Thursday  Beheading of St. John the Baptist  Christian 
1-Sep  Sunday  Ecclesiastical year begins  Orthodox Christian 
1-Sep  Sunday  New Year – Hijra *  Islam 
3-Sep  Tuesday  Paryushana Parva*  Jain 
8-Sep  Sunday  Nativity of Virgin Mary  Christian 
10-Sep  Tuesday  Ashura *  Islam 
14-Sep  Saturday  Elevation of the Life Giving Cross (Holy Cross)  Christian 
23-Sep  Monday  Mabon – Ostara*  Wicca 
27-Sep  Friday  Meskel  Ethiopian Christian 
29-Sep  Sunday  Michael and All Angels  Christian 
30-Sep  Monday-Tuesday(1)  Rosh Hashanah*  Jewish 
4-Oct  Friday  St Francis Day  Catholic Christian 
4-Oct  Friday  Blessing of the Animals  Christian 
8-Oct  Tuesday  Dasara**  Hindu 
9-Oct  Wednesday  Yom Kippur *  Jewish 
14-Oct  Monday-Sunday(20)  Sukkot *  Jewish 
14-Oct  Monday  Thanksgiving – Canada  Interfaith 
18-Oct  Friday  St. Luke, Apostle & Evangelist  Christian 
20-Oct  Sunday  Birth of the Báb *  Baha’i 
20-Oct  Sunday  installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth  Sikh 
21-Oct  Monday  Shemini Atzeret *  Jewish 
22-Oct  Tuesday  Simchat Torah *  Jewish 
27-Oct  Sunday  Christ the King  Christian 
27-Oct  Sunday  Diwali  Sikh – Hindu – Jain 
28-Oct  Monday  Milvian Bridge Day  Christian 
28-Oct  Monday  Jain New Year  Jain 
29-Oct  Tuesday  Reformation Day  Protestant Christian 
31-Oct  Thursday  All Hallows Eve  Christian 
31-Oct  Thursday  Reformation Day  Protestant Christian 
1-Nov  Friday  All Saints Day  Christian 
1-Nov  Friday  Samhain – Beltane*  Wicca/Pagan 
2-Nov  Saturday  All Souls Day  Catholic Christian 
10-Nov  Sunday  Mawlid an Nabi *  Islam 
12-Nov  Tuesday  Birth of Baha’u’llah *  Baha’i 
12-Nov  Tuesday  Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib  Sikh 
15-Nov  Friday  Nativity Fast begins – ends Dec. 24  Orthodox Christian 
23-Nov  Saturday  Thanksgiving  Interfaith 
24-Nov  Sunday  Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahdur  Sikh 
26-Nov  Tuesday  Christ the King  Christian 
26-Nov  Tuesday  Day of the Covenant *  Baha’i 
28-Nov  Thursday  Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha *  Baha’i 
28-Nov  Thursday  Thanksgiving  Interfaith USA 
30-Nov  Saturday  St. Andrew’s Day  Christian 
1-Dec  Sunday-Tuesday(24)  Advent  Christian 
6-Dec  Friday  Saint Nicholas Day  Christian 
8-Dec  Sunday  Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) **  Buddhist 
8-Dec  Sunday  Immaculate Conception of Mary  Catholic Christian 
12-Dec  Thursday  Feast day – Our Lady of Guadalupe  Catholic Christian 
16-Dec  Monday-Wednesday(25)  Posadas Navidenas  Hispanic Christian 
21-Dec  Saturday  Yule  Christian 
21-Dec  Saturday  Yule – Litha *  Wicca/Pagan 
23-Dec  Monday-Monday(30)  Hanukkah *  Jewish 
24-Dec  Tuesday  Christmas Eve  Christian 
25-Dec  Wednesday  Christmas*  Christian 
25-Dec  Wednesday  Feast of the Nativity**  Orthodox Christian 
26-Dec  Thursday  Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra) **  Zoroastrian 
26-Dec  Thursday  St Stephen’s Day  Christian 
27-Dec  Friday  Saint John – Apostle and Evangelist  Christian 
28-Dec  Saturday  Holy Innocents  Christian 
29-Dec  Sunday  Holy Family  Catholic Christian 
31-Dec  Tuesday  Watch Night  Christian