Religious Observances at Trinity

Trinity is a vibrant community made up of people of many faiths. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to be aware and respectful of the diverse religious observances of the University community’s members.


Religious Observance Excused Absence Policy for Students

Students who are absent from class in order to observe a religious holiday will be excused from classes under the following circumstances:


Religious Observance Google Calendar

If you would like to subscribe to a Google Calendar that allows you to see when major religious holidays are coming up, follow these instructions:

  • Open the Google Calendar website
  • On the left side, find “Other Calendars” and click on the down arrow 
  • Select “Subscribe to Calendar”
  • In the field provided, enter
  • Select “Add Calendar”
  • The calendar will appear on the left side, under Other Calendars


Religious Observance Calendar

Major Holy Days 2020-2021

The days listed in this calendar are the most likely to affect the academic calendar.

NOTE: * Begins at sundown the day before this date and ends at sundown on this date.

July 30 - August 3*: Eid Al-Adha (Muslim)
The Festival of Sacrifice remembers Abraham’s devotion in offering his son as a sacrifice. Work is generally prohibited.

August 11: Krishna Janmashtami (Hindu)
The birthday of Sri Krishna, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who helped restore the balance of good over evil.

August 16–23: Paryushana Parva (Jain)
Eight-day Festival of Forgiveness and Self-Discipline.

August​ 22: Ganesh Chaturti (Hindu)
Birthday of Sri Ganesha, revered as the god of wisdom, prosperity, and good fortune as well as the remover of obstacles.

August​ 28-29*: Ashura (Muslim)
For Shias, a commemoration of the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, at Karbala.

September 18-20*: Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
Beginning of the Jewish Year and High Holy Days. Work is generally prohibited.

September 27-28*: Yom Kippur (Jewish)
The Day of Atonement. Most solemn Jewish holy day. Adults fast from food and drink. Work is generally prohibited.

October 2-9*: Sukkot (Jewish)
The Feast of the Tabernacles, where meals are consumed in a temporary outdoor structure. Harvest Festival. Work is generally prohibited on the first two days.

October 9–11*: Shemini Atzeret (Jewish)
Marks the end of Sukkot. Work is generally prohibited.

October 10–11*: Simchat Torah (Jewish)
Celebrates and marks both the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings and the beginning of a new cycle. Work is generally prohibited.

October 17–26: Navratri and Vijayadashimi/Dusshera (Hindu)
Festival of nine nights celebrating the Goddess in her various forms, most typically as Durga. The 10th day is a festival celebrating the Goddess’ triumph over evil.

October 18–19: Birth of the Bab and Birth of Baha'u'llah (Bahá’í Faith)
Days honoring the birth of two of the founders of the Bahá’í Faith.

October 31–November 1*: Samhain (Wiccan/Pagan)
Festival of Darkness honoring the dead.

November 1: All Saint’s Day (Christian)
Honors all of the saints, known and unknown.

November 12–16: Diwali (Hindu, Jain, Sikh)
Festival of Lights. Light symbolizes a force against darkness, ignorance, and evil. Diwali is celebrated over a period of 5 days.

December 10–18*: Hanukkah (Jewish)
Festival of Lights. Marks the victory of the Maccabees and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem.

December 25: Srimad Bhagavad Gita Jayanti (Hindu)
Gita Jayanti is the date that Lord Krishna revealed the Bhagavad Gita, a Hindu sacred text, to Prince Arjuna..

December 25: Christmas (Christian)
Celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

January 7: Christmas (Orthodox Christian)
Celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

January 14: Makara Sankranti (Hindu)
A celebration marking the advent of the Sun’s northerly migration and forthcoming Spring.

January 20: Bodhi Day (Buddhist)
Celebration of Buddha’s attainment of enlightenment.

February 17:  Ash Wednesday (Christian)
The beginning of Lent, a 40-day period of fasting and reflection preceding Easter.

February 21: Maha Shivaratri (Hindu)
An evening celebration of the wedding of Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati.

February 25–26*: Purim (Jewish)
Celebration of the story of Esther.

March 2–March 19*: Nineteen Day Fast (Bahá’í Faith)
Bahá’ís between the ages of 15 and 70 fast without food or drink from sunrise to sunset.

March 21–22: Nowruz (Zoroastrian and Bahá’í Faith)
A celebration of the new year.

March 22*: Lailat al Miraj (Muslim)
Commemoration of Prophet Muhammad’s ascension to Heaven.

March 28: Palm/Passion Sunday (Christian)
Celebration of the joyful entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. Beginning of Holy Week which precedes Easter.

March 28-29: Holi (Hindu)
Festival of colors. A two-day festival, Holi celebrates the advent of spring and the enduring message that good will always be victorious over evil.

March 27–April 4*: Pesach, or Passover (Jewish)
Festival of the liberation of the Israelites from Slavery in Egypt. Work is prohibited on the first and last two days.

April 1: Holy Thursday (Christian)
Commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus with the Disciples.

April 2: Good/Holy Friday (Christian)
Commemoration of the Crucifixion of Jesus.

April 4: Easter (Christian)
Celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus.

April 12–May 12*: Ramadan (Muslim)
Holy month of fasting.

April 14: Vaisakhi (Sikh)
Marks the formation of the Khalsa (religious community of Sikhs) by Guru Gobind Singh.

April 19–May 1*: Ridvan (Bahá’í Faith) 
Commemoration of the 12 days when its Founder, Baha’u’llah, declared his mission.

April 21: Rama Navam (Hindu)
Celebration of the birth of Sri Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu who helped restore the balance of good over evil.

April 27: Hanuman Jayanti (Hindu)
Celebrates the birthday of Hanuman, foremost devotee of Sri Rama and Sita.

April 19–May 1*: Ridvan (Bahá’í Faith) 
Commemoration of the 12 days when its Founder, Baha’u’llah, declared his mission.

May 1*: Beltane (Wiccan/Pagan)
Festival of Light honoring Life and Fertility.

May 2: Pascha (Orthodox Christian)
Celebration of Resurrection of Jesus.

April 12–May 11*: Ramadan (Muslim)
Holy month of fasting.