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 2021-2022

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

The calendar below is not a comprehensive list of holy days, but it includes dates of particular significance to traditions represented on campus that occur during the months that the academic year is in session. Suggestions for additions to this list may be directed to Chaplain Alex Serna-Wallender.

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

July 19 - July 20
Eid Al-adha | Islamic - The Festival Of Sacrifice Remembers Abraham’s Devotion In Offering His Son As A Sacrifice. Work Is Generally Prohibited. 

August 19*
Ashura | Islamic - For Shias, A Commemoration Of The Martyrdom Of Hussein, A Grandson Of The Prophet Muhammad, At Karbala. 

August 29
Krishna Janmashtami | Hindu - The Birthday Of Sri Krishna, An Incarnation Of Lord Vishnu Who Helped Restore The Balance Of Good Over Evil.

September 4-11
Paryushana Parva | Jain - Eight-day Festival Of Forgiveness And Self-discipline. 

September 7 -8*
Rosh Hashanah | Jewish - Beginning Of The Jewish Year And High Holy Days. Work Is Generally Prohibited. 

September 10
Ganesh Chaturti | Hindu - Birthday Of Sri Ganesha, Revered As The God Of Wisdom, Prosperity And Good Fortune And The Remover Of Obstacles. 

September 16*
Yom Kippur | Jewish - The Day Of Atonement. Most Solemn Jewish Holy Day. Adults Fast From Food And Drink. Work Is Generally Prohibited. 

September 21-27*
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. 

September 27-29*
Shemini Atzeret | Jewish - Marks The End Of Sukkot. Work Is Generally Prohibited. 

September 29*
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 6 -14
Navratri; October 15 - - Vijayadashimi/Dusshera | Hindu - Festival Of 9 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 31*
Samhain | Wiccan/Pagan - Festival Of Darkness Honoring The Dead.

November 1
All Saint’s Day | Christian - Honors All The Saints Known And Unknown. 

November 4
Diwali | Hindu, Jain, Sikh - Festival Of Lights. Light Symbolizes A Force Against Darkness, Ignorance, Evil. Diwali Is Celebrated Over A Period Of 5 Days. 

November 6* & 7*
Birth Of The Bab & Baha'u'llah | Bahá'í - Honors The Founders Of The Bahá'í Faith. 

November 29-December 6*
Hanukkah | Jewish - Festival Of Lights. Marks The Victory Of The Maccabees And The Rededication Of The Temple In Jerusalem. 

December 14
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 10
Bodhi Day | Uddhist Celebration Of Buddha’s Attainment Of Enlightenment. 

January 14
Makara Sankranti | Hindu - A Celebration Marking The Advent Of The Sun’s Northerly Migration And Forthcoming Spring. 

February 1:  Lunar New Year 
One of the most important festivals celebrated in Asian cultures. Activities include making offerings to household deities, hosting banquets for family and friends, and festive parades.

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 1
Maha Shivaratri | Hindu - An Evening Celebration Of The Wedding Of Lord Shiva And His Consort Goddess Parvati 

March 1*
Lailat Al Miraj | Islamic - Commemoration Of Prophet Muhammad’s Ascension To Heaven. 

March 1 –20*
Nineteen Day Fastm | Bahá’í - Bahá’ís Between The Ages Of 15 And 70 Fast Without Food Or Drink From Sunrise To Sunset. 

March 2
Ash Wednesday | Christian - The Beginning Of Lent, A 40-day Period Of Fasting And Reflection Preceding Easter. 

March 17*
Purim | Jewish - Celebration Of The Story Of Esther. 

March 17-18
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 20
Nowruz (New Year) | Zoroastrian And Bahá’í Faith.


April 3- May 1*
Ramadan | Islamic - Holy Month Of Fasting. 

April 10
Rama Navami | Hindu - Celebration Of The Birth Of Sri Rama, An Incarnation Of Lord Vishnu Who Helped Restore The Balance Of Good Over Evil. 

April 10
Palm/Passion Sunday | Christian - Celebration Of Joyful Entrance Of Jesus Into Jerusalem. Beginning Of Holy Week, Preceding Easter. 

April 14
Holy Thursday | Christian - Commemoration Of The Last Supper Of Jesus With The Disciples. 

April 14
Vaisakhi | Sikh - Marks The Formation Of The Khalsa (Religious Community Of Sikhs) By Guru Gobind Singh. 

April 15
Good/Holy Friday |Christian - Commemoration Of The Crucifixion Of Jesus. 

April 16
Hanuman Jayanti | Hindu - Celebrates The Birthday Of Hanuman, Foremost Devotee Of Sri Rama And Sita. 

April 16 - 23*
Pesach (Passover) | Jewish - Festival Of Liberation Of Israelites From Slavery In Egypt. Work Is Prohibited On The First And Last Two Days. 

April 17
Easter | Christian - Celebration Of The Resurrection Of Jesus. 

April 19 - May 1*
Ridvan | Bahá’í Faith - Commemoration Of The 12 Days When Its Founder, Baha’u’llah, Declared His Mission. 

April 24
Pascha | Orthodox Christian - Celebration Of Resurrection Of Jesus.

May 1*
Beltane | Wiccan/Pagan - Festival Of Light Honoring Life And Fertility. 

May 2*
Eid Al-fitr | Islamic - Marks The End Of Ramadan, Holy Month Of Fasting